Temporário – National Specialist in Integrated Natural Resources Management – FAO – Recife, PE

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Technical Focus:

The goal of the REDESER project is to interrupt and reverse the desertification process through actions to address the growing causes of soil degradation and biodiversity loss in Areas at Risk of Desertification (ARD) with action focused on (but not limited to) areas in the states of Bahia, Paraíba, Rio Grande do Norte, Ceará and Alagoas.

The Project’s actions are structured into five complementary components:

1) To promote the Integrated Management of Natural Resources in the productive landscapes of the ARD; (2) To promote forest management for multiple uses, through the adoption and expansion of Sustainable Forest Management among the local farmers in the ARD; 3) Forest and Restoration of Landscapes so as to contribute to the economies of the communities and the conservation of biological diversity; (4) Knowledge Management, capacity-building and awareness-raising targeting the communities and institutions involved in environmental licensing processes; and 5) Coordination with other agencies, monitoring and evaluation.

Under the global supervision of the FAO Representative in Brazil, the National Project Director (NPD), and the Lead Technical Officer (LTO) at  FAO, and the direct supervision of the Technical Project Coordinator (TPC), the Integrated Natural Resources Management Specialist will be responsible for the implementation, follow-up and monitoring of Component 1 of the project. The Integrated Natural Resources Management Specialist, in collaboration with the TPC, will be responsible for the global and annual planning, the preparation of terms of reference, the monitoring of contracts, and the coordination and technical supervision of all activities inserted in Component 1 of the Redeser project.

Tasks and responsibilities:

Management, monitoring and evaluation of Component 1

  • Exclusively act in the Coordination of Component 1 of the REDESER project;
  • Collect, compile and provide the data and information necessary for the integration of annual Work Plans and Budgets (AWP/B), co-financing budgets, and quarterly timelines for the micro-regions of the Project distributed in the five states where the project is active (MRs) in all actions related to Component 1;
  • Prepare and monitor the annual Work Plan and budgets for Component 1 at micro-region level;
  • Contribute for the implementation of the monitoring and evaluation system (M&E) of the project, including the preparation of biannual Project Progress Reports (PPRs) and the Annual Project Implementation Review (PIR), and to support the Technical Project Coordinator in the preparation of technical reports, and in the planning and monitoring of evaluation missions, whenever necessary;
  • Coordinate and keep records of planning and evaluation meetings (Component 1);
  • Participate in periodic Project Management Unit meetings;
  • Contribute to the communication strategy planned by the Project Management Unit;
  • Provide technical inputs on risks that may arise during the implementation of component 1, and to suggest the necessary mitigation measures to reduce their impact, with the prompt communication of the adoption of these measures (should they be necessary) to the General Project Coordinator, so as to avoid delays in the implementation of the project;
  • Collaborate with the Technical Project Coordinator, the Project Component Coordinators (components 2 and 3) and the Monitoring & Evaluation specialist as considered necessary and in accordance with their fields of expertise;
  • Support the development and implementation of the Redeser Information System, for the project management.

Coordination and implementation of Component 1

  • Guarantee the proper implementation of the activities foreseen in the Work Plans and Budgets relate to Component 1, by contributing with technical/methodological inputs and Project management techniques;
  • Monitor and evaluate the activities and expected results related to Project partners and Co-financers, in accordance with the letters of agreement signed and official commitments undertaken,
  • Establish, together with the Project Management Unit, communication channels with government institutions, municipal and agricultural authorities, producer organizations and other partners;
  • Coordinate actions and provide technical assistance to institutions responsible for field activities, in order to ensure the quality of the products and expected results of Component 1, as described in Annex 1 of the Project Document;
  • Carry out regular monitoring and field visits and to advise the partners’ technical staff;
  • Support the Technical Project Coordinator in the preparation of the Terms of Reference for the consultancy on the Value Chain of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) and other contracts related to Component 1;
  • Guide, in cooperation with the Technical Project Coordinator and the other Project Coordinators, inventories of agreed contracts for the implementation of the activities;
  • Follow-up on and monitor the process of selection/bidding of contracts, and the provision of services by companies, institutes and consultants contracted, including the technical analysis of products, monitoring of schedules, activities, and quality of the results (component 1);
  • Interact with researchers, technicians, managers, and other stakeholders with expertise on the theme and involved in the activities that correspond to component 1 of the Project, such as: (i) inventory and analysis of both traditional and modern best practices in the integrated management of the natural resources in the caatinga biome; and (ii) identification and assessment of key supply chains for Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP), and (iii) identification and implementation of marketing studies and business plans for the development and strengthening of micro-enterprises based on the sustainable production and trade of NTFP, among others;
  • Guide, in partnership with the project collaborators, projects for the restoration of degraded land, practices for the improvement of productive landscapes and land use practices, as set out in the Project Document;
  • Prepare, in coordination with the Awareness-Raising and Capacity-Building Specialist (component 4) and other Project partners, information and training materials for the management and technical staffs of relevant local agencies and key stakeholders in landscape policy and management, including the environmental authorities of the Federal Government and of the states in the Northeast region of Brazil;
  • Support the organization and implementation of training workshops on the integrated management of natural resources and the Restoration of Forest and Landscape (and other themes to be defined), in coordination with the Awareness-Raising and Capacity-Building Specialist;
  • Ensure technical compliance with the Project’s objective, results and products and follow the monitoring and evaluation plan;
  • Coordinate the exchange of experiences and activities to increase the positive impacts of the Project;
  • Assist in the planning, development and execution of awareness-raising campaigns with policy-makers, Project managers, partners and beneficiaries, in order to reinforce principles, concepts, and practices, such as Integrated Natural Resource Management (INRM), Sustainable Forest Management (SFM), Forest Restoration in the Brazilian Caatinga, Sustainable Land Management (SLM), Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN), and the concepts and practices recommended by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the National Policy to Combat Desertification and Mitigate the Effects of Drought (Law 1,3153/2015), among others;
  • Drive automotive vehicles to carry out Project activities, when necessary;

Minimum Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in Geography, Biology, Forest Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Agronomy, or related areas.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in the fields of land use planning and management;
  • Experience in planning and coordination/execution processes for capacity building on the themes related to this term of reference;
  • Experience in project management and monitoring.

Brazilian Nationality

  • Advanced Portuguese and intermediate English are mandatory. Spanish is desirable.

 FAO Core Competencies:

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

 Technical/Functional Skills:

  • Knowledge and experience in Integrated Management of Natural Resources and preparation of land use and development plans at landscapes or protected areas;
  • Knowledge and use of participatory planning tools;
  • Proven ability to carry out field work, to work as a team and to establish working relations with central and local government institutions and civil society organizations;
  • Excellent oral and written communication abilities;
  • To be the holder of a valid National Driver’s License, category “B”, and have experience in driving automotive vehicles on long distance journeys, roads and land roads.

Additional Selection Criteria:

  • Knowledge and experience in production chains of non-timber products is desirable;
  • Knowledge in ecosystem services and related themes is desirable;
  • Knowledge on the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is desirable;
  • Knowledge of basic geoprocessing tools and software (i.e.: ArcGis, ArcMap, Spring) is desirable.
  • Availability for field work and travel.
  • Postgraduate course in Land Use Planning, Integrated Landscape Management, or other fields related to the position is desirable.

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