Environmental Specialist

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Organizational Setting:
The United Nations Results Group on Environmental Sustainability was established under the United Nations Development Cooperation Strategy 2016-2020 (UNDCS). The goal of the UNDCS is to coordinate and ensure harmonization of the United Nations efforts towards enhancing environmental sustainability in Turkey. The Results Group on Environmental Sustainability aims to analyse and share information on proposed and ongoing initiatives of national and international partners. This work is targeting improved synergies and to addressing gaps in programming
Reporting Lines:
National Consultant for Environment will be working under overall supervision of the FAO Sub-regional Coordinator for Central Asia and FAO Representative in Turkey, and technical supervision of the Forestry Officer in SEC on behalf of the UN Results Group on Environment.
Technical Focus
 Environmental sciences, social sciences or related fields.
Tasks and responsibilities
– review past/ongoing/pipeline environmental projects which UN Agencies carried out since 2000, and
– identify areas that were used as pilot sites in those projects to obtain reference for future programming efforts.
In short term, this context analysis should contribute to the formulation of a joint programme concept note that will address the country specific demands, in line with the comparative advantage of the United Nations agencies in Turkey. The consultant is expected to perform the following specific tasks:
  1. Review information from UN Agencies on past/ongoing/pipeline projects funded through various donors, including national budget. This information should include locations of pilot sites for interventions. Suggested method is desk review of project documents provided by the agencies;
  2. Obtain feedback from the UN agencies on impact of past/ongoing/pipeline environmental projects, and on priorities that led to the selection of respective pilot sites. Suggested methods include interviews and/or desk reviews of project evaluation documents provided by the agencies;
  3. Analyze distribution of sites with respect to administrative units (including protected area status) and geographical areas (e.g., mountains, lowlands, etc.) including land cover (e.g., steppe, forest, arable land, etc.)
  4. Develop criteria to determine areas with absent, limited and high number of interventions;
  5. Analyze one or two basic socio-economical parameters including gender mainstreaming (e.g. employment, family income) to assess status of livelihoods in areas with absent, limited and high number of interventions;  
  6. Obtain feedback from the line ministries and UN Agencies on priorities for future environmental projects. Suggested methods include interviews and/or desk reviews of documents provided by the line ministries, UN Agencies and RG members;
  7. Identify  how livelihoods can be potentially supported through contribution of future environmental projects;
  8. Propose in line with – 1) priorities for future environmental projects and 2) support of livelihoods by environmental projects – areas with absent or limited number of past and ongoing interventions for their use as future pilots sites
  9. Summarize key findings and recommendations in a final report including presentation to the RG members
  10. Develop a short concept note on a joint programme on environment  
Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced university degree in environmental sciences, social sciences or related fields;
  • Minimum 5 years of working experience on matters related to environment;
  • Working knowledge of English and Turkish.
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvemen
Selection Criteria
  • Knowledge and understanding of the work of international organizations and national governments, and other counterparts;
  • Assets include knowledge and experience in:
    • Natural resource management and livelihoods enhancement projects in Turkey
    • Results based management
    • Gender Mainstreaming
  • FAO does not charge a 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 recognised in the IAU/UNESCO list.
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
  • Candidates with acceptable language certificate/s should upload them when submitting their application. For details, visit http://www.fao.org/3/I8446EN/i8446en.pdf
  • For other issues, visit the FAO employment website: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/
  • For further information on categories, contract duration and honoraria, please refer to the Conditions page.
To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.
Vacancies will be removed from the recruitment portal at 23:59 Central European Time (CET) on the deadline for applications date. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.
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