Resilient Watershed Management Specialist

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

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Organizational Setting

The Forest Division (NFO) leads FAO’s work in promoting sustainable forest management and providing leadership on the environmental, social and economic dimensions of forestry, including its contributions to poverty reduction and food security and nutrition. It liaises with member countries, civil society and the private sector in aspects ranging from development of effective forest policies to forest conservation and management issues, and strengthens the role of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation including disaster protection. The Forestry Division also collects, analyses and disseminates information on the world’s forest resources and on the production, trade and consumption of wood and non-wood forest products. The post is located in the Water and Mountains Team, Forestry Division.  In addition, the Water and Mountains Team hosts the Mountain Partnership Secretariat.
The posts are located in various duty stations (Rome, Lima, Baguio, Manila, home-based).

Reporting Lines

The consultant(s) will report to the Water and Mountains Team with direct supervision of the Forestry Officer (Water and Mountains) in collaboration with the Mountain Partnership Secretariat team.

Technical Focus 

The incumbent(s) will contribute to 1) the implementation of FAO’s project “Enhancing community resilience to climate change in mountain watersheds”(the Project) and support 2) the Resilient Watershed Management Programme (the Programme). The Project aims at strengthening the capacities of institutions and communities on the risk-based watershed management approach for forest and land use management to enhance local populations’ resilience to natural disasters by improving their livelihoods. The Programme aims at enhancing enabling environments and institutions, and promoting resilient watershed management. The incumbent(s) will work directly with both the Project and the Programme.

Specifically the Water and Mountains Team is looking for international consultants with experience and working knowledge on thematic areas related to: 

•    Resilient watershed management
•    Landscape and ecosystem approaches
•    Nature-based solutions
•    Natural resource management
•    Sustainable Mountain Development
•    Sustainable forest management
•    Climate Change adaptation
•    Biodiversity conservation
•    Agroforestry
•    Agrobiodiversity management
•    Sustainable Food Systems
•    Value chain analysis and management
•    Agribusiness and marketing
•    Partnerships development

Tasks and responsibilities

. The tasks and responsibilities of each selected Consultant will be defined in the Terms of Reference for the specific assignment.  In general, under the overall responsibility and supervision of the Forestry Officer, Water and Mountains Team, and in close collaboration with the team members, assigned tasks and responsibilities will include a number of the following elements:

•    Provide technical assistance on risk-based watershed management to the Water and Mountains Team;
•    Develop and implement the activities related to the risk-based watershed management component of the project, with particular reference to assessments, planning and implementation, capacity development and tools, sustainable value chains, including knowledge management platforms;
•    Ensure synergy and coordination with all other project components and with all relevant projects implemented by the Water and Mountains Team;
•    Coordinate with local, regional and national governments in the components of the project in Peru and the Philippines;
•    Facilitate networking among project stakeholders, respond to needs and promote best practices on risk-based watershed management;
•    Support the Water and Mountains advocacy activities (Rio Convention COPs, working groups, policy briefs, UN reports, declarations);
•    Contribute to policy advice for the advancement of risk-based watershed management issues in the 2030 Agenda;
•    Contribute to the development and implementation of strategies to support fragile ecosystems such as mountains, islands;
•    Support the Water and Mountains Team to collect data and analytical research in the field of risk-based watershed management; 
•    Contribute to the development and dissemination of technical content and information products on risk-based watershed management for wide variety of audiences, particularly at the international level;
•    Support monitoring and evaluation of The Project and The Programme;
•    Contribute to the design and formulation of project proposals.

Specific tasks include (but not limited to):

•    Conduct problem analysis in regions of the Philippines and Peru to further identify the key issues within target communities, employing literature reviews of forest and land management and prepare analysis reports;
•    Develop an implementation strategy in consultation with stakeholders;
•    Design training programme to identify the appropriate risk mitigation measures for village leaders and farmers;
•    Conduct regional level multi-hazard risk assessment by using GIS and remote sensing;
•    Design and conduct workshops of community-level risk assessment, mapping and planning;
•    Contribute to preparing technical assistance on the implementation of risk mitigation measures to target communities;
•    Provide technical assistance on sustainable agriculture, forest and land management through agricultural value-chain development of mountain products
•    Contribute in preparing publications by collecting the best practice of enhancing resilience to climate change in mountain communities, with case-studies from project area;
•    Collaborate with and support other field consultant of the project; 
•    Liaise with selected the Mountain Partnership regional members to engage them in the Mountain Partnership;
•    Contribute to the dissemination of project outcomes at the global level;
•    Perform any other tasks as required.


Minimum Requirements

•    University degree in the fields of forestry, geography, agriculture, natural resource management, rural development, environmental sciences, ecology, environmental law, environmental engineering, economics, and/or related field. Master and Doctorate degree in any of the above-mentioned or related fields will be an asset.
•    From three to fifteen years of relevant experience in results-based project/programme planning and monitoring, including practical experience in project formulation, appraisal, implementation, monitoring, communication and/or in financial and budget planning.
•    Language requirements for consultants in Peru and Rome: Working knowledge of English and Spanish.
•    Language requirements for consultants in the Philippines: Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other languages of the Organization (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or Russian).
•    Language requirements for PSAs: Working knowledge of English and/or Spanish.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

•    Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in the field is essential. 
•    Extent and relevance of experience in a technical area of assignment.
•    Extent and relevance of experience in project/programme formulation and implementation of projects, programmes and studies in the pertinent field of expertise.
•    Familiarity with UN and/or international organizations procedures and practices is considered a strong asset.
•    Demonstrated experience in drafting technical documents and reports.
•    Ability to organize and conduct technical meetings, conferences and workshops when applicable.
•    Ability to facilitate participatory processes or stakeholder involvement.

Selection Criteria

•    Understanding of risk-based watershed management (2030 Agenda, Sendai Framework, Paris Agreement, Aichi Biodiversity Targets and Global Forest Goals). 
•    Relevant and demonstrated experience in training and other capacity development activities linked to risk-based watershed management, sustainable Mountain Development, sustainable value chains, small-scale enterprises, food security and nutrition, advocacy and information.
•    Good presentation and writing skills with demonstrated records of publications.
•    Experience of outreach activities, especially at the United Nations level.
•    Experience in coordinating and liaising with industry, academia, national authorities, UN agencies, donors, intergovernmental organizations, and non-governmental organizations.

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


FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)

Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list
If you are in possession of language certificate/s from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT), please attach the certificate/s when submitting the application.

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