Ecosystem restoration monitoring consultant

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Rome, Italy
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
0-2 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Organizational Setting

The REDD+/National Forest Monitoring cluster of the Forestry Department supports countries on technical issues related to forestry and the development of cost effective and reliable Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) processes for emission reductions, which may be helpful to the implementation of REDD+. In addition, the REDD+/NFM cluster contributes to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration by leading the Task Force on Monitoring in order to develop a framework for operational monitoring and for reporting the progress and achievements in the context of the UN Decade. A first draft has been produced with an extensive list of associated indicators. These indicators need to be reviewed by specific groups of experts through tailored consultations and linked with geospatial and tabular data in support to local to national monitoring and reporting progress at global level. The work of the consultant will be to provide support to the Monitoring Task Force Core Team in the development of the Framework on Ecosystem Restoration Monitoring (FERM) database that will be integrated into a geoportal linked and/or integrated with the FAO Hand-in-Hand geospatial platform.

Reporting Lines

The work will be held under the direct supervision of the REDD+/NFM cluster Africa coordinator.

Technical Focus

The incumbent will assist the different staff members and consultants of the REDD+/NFM cluster in the development and formulation of project proposals with a specific focus on the Africa region as well as in relation to the UN Decade Ecosystem Restoration.

Tasks and responsibilities

The incumbent will:

  • Provide a systematic review and stock taking of existing monitoring frameworks and reporting processes relevant to UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, in close discussion with the Task Force on Ecosystem Monitoring; 
  • Participate and contribute to the Task Force on Ecosystem Monitoring related activities; 
  • Provide support to coordination team on collaborative effort with member of the task force such as GRO, WRI, IUCN to better understand strengths, weakness and comparative advantages of platforms, contributing to an overall strengthened restoration monitoring partnership;
  • Coordinate feedback from the expert consultation on indicators, frameworks, and available data;
  • Progressively populate and operationalize the FERM Database with focus on global frameworks and data and selected country information;
  • Work collaboratively with Sub Task Force coordinators on selection of priority indicators for Terrestrial, Aquatic and Transitional ecosystems and Socio economics progress and impacts of restoration;
  • Provide technical support in identifying and characterizing ecosystem restoration activities, related ecosystem services, with national and local partners in priority countries;
  • Provide technical support in developing the approach to interrogate the FERM database in support to stakeholder’s needs and available data and information;
  • Prepare an approach to characterize ecosystem restoration in the context of environmental accounting schemes prepared;
  • Deliver a detailed report on the categorization of various indicators for global ecosystem restoration monitoring, as well as propose and help move forward work on a reporting framework, in close coordination with the Task Force on Monitoring core team;
  • Perform any other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced University degree in Forestry, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Economy, Natural Resources Management or related field;
  • At least 1 year of relevant experience in analysing policy frameworks, in particular related to climate change and/or ecosystem restoration
  • Working knowledge of English, and limited knowledge of French or Spanish (level B).

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Excellent analytic and writing skills
  • Database management

Selection Criteria

  • Good knowledge of the issues related to climate change and ecosystem restoration
  • Ability to work in a team and with limited supervision;
  • Demonstrated experience in coordinating expert feedback to write reports and project documents
  • Knowledge of FAO or United Nations procedures is considered an asset.