Local recruitment: National Specialist on Watershed Management

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Myanmar (Burma) 🇲🇲


Job Posting: 18/Sep/2023
Closure Date: 02/Oct/2023, 11:59:00 PM
Organizational Unit: FAMYA – FAO Representation in Union of Myanmar
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: PSA (Personal Services Agreement)
Grade Level: N/A
Primary Location: Home-Based
Duration: 80 working days during 7 months
Post Number: N/A
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Organizational Setting

TCP/MYA/3901 (Building community resilience through resilient watershed management) is under the FAO Representation office of Myanmar’ technical Cooperation Programme for 2022-2023. The main objective of the project is to address data and information gaps related to resilient watershed management by conducting a national level resilient watershed analysis adopting a landscape approach aimed to identify priority risk reduction area through geospatial assessment. 

The watershed areas in Myanmar are under pressure and at risk of degradation due to the unsustainable exploitation of natural resources, poor land use and technical and institutional issues, and unstable political situation and climate crisis. The watershed degradation accelerates ecological degeneration, reduces economic opportunities and increases social problems. 

Therefore, protection and effective management of watersheds is critical to preserve water quality and healthy ecosystems and to provide ecosystems services. The conservation, use and sustainable management of watershed resources to meet the demands of growing populations have been a high priority now in Myanmar. 

In response to the pressure and at risk of degradation of watershed areas in Myanmar, FAO-Myanmar intend to integrate risk reduction landscape approach into community livelihood activities through the adoption of resilient watershed management.  

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative (Programme) in Myanmar and guidance of the International Consultant and the direct technical supervision of Lead Technical Officers (LTO) from FAO Regional Office in Bangkok.

Tasks and responsibilities

The specialist will perform the following duties: 

• Assist in the strategic approach and project implementation 

• Assist and provide technical inputs on a national risk assessment at landscape level to identify priority watershed areas

• Assist in the development of a National risk assessment at landscape level report

• Assist in the development of a strategic Action Plan for the priority risk reduction opportunity areas

• Assist assessment team to collect primary and secondary data including socio-economic and bio-physical data, tabulate and analyse them

• Assist in stakeholder mapping and institutional arrangements at the national and landscape/watershed levels

• Assist the team in participatory hazards, exposure and vulnerability mapping, and identifying risk hot spots and impacts of specific hazards

• Organize the stakeholder consultations and workshops at different levels (national to watershed levels) to identify drivers of landscape degradation, problems, and impact chain 

• Assist the international consultant in identifying and prioritising risk reduction measures

• Provide technical inputs based on the local knowledge on identification of the demonstration sites and designing the demonstration plot in order to test risk reduction plan and measures in a risk reduction priority area

• Prepare a field mission plan based on the field activities

• Lead in field survey, data collection and participatory mapping and assessments 

• Prepare data collection, survey and participatory mapping/assessment reports 

• Support the development of the ToR for the establishment of the demonstration site to test the strategic plan

• Perform any other duties as requested by LTO and the International Consultant.


Minimum Requirements    

• Advanced University degree in Forestry, watershed management, environmental conservation and disaster risk reduction  or other related subject areas

• At least 5 years of work experience in, integrated watershed management, Climate Change and disaster risk reduction or related fields in developing countries;

• Working knowledge (Level C) of Myanmar/Burmese 

• Working knowledge (Level C) in English 

• National of Myanmar or resident of the country with a valid work permit

FAO Core Competencies

• Results Focus

• Teamwork

• Communication

• Building Effective Relationships

• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Selection Criteria 

• Proven experience in applying participatory approaches and tools, soil and water conservation, multi-hazard management, disaster risk reduction, hydro-climatic data handling and applications, qualitative and quantitative data analysis; 

• In-depth knowledge of policy and strategic decision-making requirements for sustainable landscape restoration and livelihood development in the tropics, land related Climate Change mitigation   

• Work Experience with government and non-government organizations and community engagement and demonstrated understanding of the links between sustainable community development, and social and gender issues; 

• Proficiency in both spoken and written English;

• Strong inter-personal skills and excellent oral communication skills.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


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