RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests holds a unique and important place in the world of forestry. It is the only international not‐for‐profit organization that specializes in capacity development for community forestry and devolved forest management. RECOFTC engages in strategic networks and effective partnerships with governments, nongovernment organizations, civil society, the private sector, local people, and research and educational institutes throughout the Asia‐Pacific region and beyond. With over 25 years of international experience and a dynamic approach to capacity development—involving research, analysis and synthesis; strategic communication; training and learning networks; and piloting and demonstrating—RECOFTC delivers innovative solutions for people and forests.
RECOFTC is now seeking a Project Coordinator, the 3rd Phase of ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC), under Capacity Development and Technical Services (CDTS) unit. The successful candidate will be based at RECOFTC headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. The contract period will be 24 months starting from January 2017. Formal appointment is subject to the approval of funds.
With the support from the Government of Switzerland through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), RECOFTC is part of implementing partners of ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) in support of the ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN), now known as the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry (AWG-SF).The AWG-SF supports the overall goal of the ASEAN Multi-sectoral Framework on Climate Change and Food Security (AFCC) and the Strategic Plan for Action for ASEAN Cooperation in Forestry through ASEAN platform to contribute to food security through sustainable, efficient and effective use of land, forest, water and aquatic resources by minimizing the risks and impacts of, and the contributions to climate change.
ASFCC has completed its first phase (2011-2013), the second phase (2014-2016), and now moving to the third phase (2017-20219). RECOFTC, along with other partner organizations, plays a key role in supporting the AWG-SF programs. RECOFTC’s roles in ASFCC are as follows:
- Conduct capacity building for AWG-SF (ASEAN member states and relevant civil society organizations& NGOs) in developing social forestry and its links to climate change mitigation and adaptation in the ASEAN region.
- Support the AWG-SF Secretariat to ensure effective knowledge sharing and dissemination.
- Assist countries in piloting social forestry approaches for climate change mitigation and adaptation, particularly in ASEAN countries where linkages can be made to existing RECOFTC projects and SDC’s regional programme.
- Strengthen and enhance National Social/ Community Forestry Working Groups and in ASEAN member states and their links to the respective national climate change bureaus.
The Project Coordinator will be responsible for the overall coordination, design, deliver, and monitor the progress of the Third Phase of ASFCC-RECOFTC project. The Project Coordinator will report directly to the Capacity Development and Technical Support (CDTS) Unit Manager.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
1. Project coordination:
- Responsible for effective delivery of project activities;
- Represent RECOFTC and the project where applicable and share the lessons learned;
- Design and deliver of all ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC) under RECOFTC’s defined outputs and outcomes, by focusing on social forestry, climate change and food security issues.
- Liaise with donor, ASEAN and ASFCC partners to prepare, negotiate, and finalize ASFCC-RECOFTC project coordination and plan
- Coordinate with RECOFTC country offices to develop annual work plans and implement the ASFCC-RECOFTC plans.
- Prepare budget and manage financial matters of ASFCC-RECOFTC Phase III Project
- Provide technical inputs for RECOFTC’s program development through annual work plan and program review exercises, and other similar opportunities.
- Prepare project progress reports, annual reports, and financial reports together with relevant RECOFTC staff from different units
2. Capacity development and learning interventions:
- Coordinate, design and deliver capacity development activities as defined in ASFCC-RECOFTC work-plan
- Involve in reviewing the modules for training materials on the topics defined ASFCC-RECOFTC work-plan
- Provide contributions to RECOFTC’s capacity development activities, as directed by CDTS manager
3. Monitoring and evaluation:
- Develop and coordinate Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) component of ASFCC-RECOFTC with relevant M&E program staff to ensure the alignment with RECOFTC Strategic Plan
- Provide technical and administration advises for ASFCC partners in relation to project M&E
- Keep regular updating the M&E system and record on TEIS – Training and Events Info System in according to the progress of ASFCC-RECOFTC plan
4. Knowledge management:
• Coordinate documentation of best practices in ASEAN Member States and provide inputs for planning and designing the knowledge management system for social forestry in ASEAN, through learning groups’ activities and other communication tools
- Work closely with RECOFTC staff to develop, produce, and disseminate series of knowledge products both for English and local languages
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- MSc. in forestry, natural resources management, environment, agriculture, social sciences, international development or equivalent.
- Minimum seven years’ experience in implementing natural resources management projects.
- Strong experience in project management with a good skill in planning and managing funds
- Extensive experience in capacity building, participatory training, and curriculum development
- Strong team building, leadership, and networking qualities.
- Fluent written and spoken English.
- Willingness to travel frequently.
- Experience in natural resource management especially in ASEAN region.
- Good facilitation skill would be an asset.
- Knowledge of regional languages, especially those of ASEAN countries.
- Understanding of social forestry in relation to climate change issues in ASEAN region.
In addition to job specific skills and experience, the applicant should possess the following characteristics (including attitudes and skills)
- Interpersonal communication skills, individually and in‐groups, with an ability to work as an active member of teams. This implies flexibility and open‐mindedness;
- Possess leadership personality, and able to take on and solve problems quickly and efficiently;
- Hands‐on experience and able to work independently with minimum supervision;
- Initiative and ability to make informed independent judgments (which is not inconsistent with an overall team approach);
- Ability to work in a variety of cultural and institutional contexts.