Forest and Farm Facility Expert

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This is a UNV International Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Specialist contracts.

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) secretariat has awarded FAO a project entitled Climate Change Adaptation in Forest and Agricultural Mosaic Landscapes as part of GEF7. This project will be implemented in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for Nature from 2021 to 2025. The assignee will be part of the FAO team facilitating the implementation of this project.

The GEF programme directions are:

• Reduce vulnerability and increase resilience through innovation and technology transfer for climate change adaptation; • Mainstream climate change adaptation and resilience for systemic impact.

The key project components of the GEF 7 project are:

  1. Strengthening the management capacity within productive landscapes for climate resilience;
  2. Promoting innovations and technologies in forestry value chains;
  3. Enhancing diversified farm-based livelihood strategies for climate resilience;
  4. Project monitoring, evaluation, and dissemination of results.

The Forest and Farm Facility Expert will support the Zambia FAO country office in the implementation of the Forest and Farm Facility programme and the Global Environment Facility (GEF 7) programme implemented in Zambia. She/He will facilitate resilient landscapes and adaptation measures to climate change by identifying vulnerable communities in Eastern, Southern and Western Provinces.

Under the direct supervision of Project Coordinator (FFF / GEF), the Forest and Farm Facility Expert will undertake the following tasks:

• Support the Project Coordinator (FFF/GEF) in the development and implementation of in-country Forest and Farm Facility climate resilient Landscape programme and Global Environment Facility programme framework, annual work plans and budgets with the direct FFF partners in particular, the Cotton Association of Zambia (CAZ) and the Zambia National Forest Commodities Association (ZNFCA), the main Forest and Farm producer organization (FFPO) partners and relevant Government institutions, and in consultation with FAOR and the FFF management team; • Monitor gender mainstreaming in all activities and compliance of 12% budget allocation for gender mainstreaming activities; • Support the development of funding proposals with the purpose to upscale and out scale FFF activities in Zambia; Look for synergies between FFF related activities and Finnish funded initiatives in Zambia and find ways to make it work; • Develop innovative ways of reporting results of FFF phase II to partners and donors; • Support the preparation of monthly and annual reports (including images – with captions and photo credits, press releases, radio programmes and other communication activities) to the FFF management team and national stakeholders on implementation progress, monitoring and learning experience;

Follow up on selection and implementation of small grants:

• Support the compliance of FAO guidelines for procurement of goods and services of small grants and ensure documentation of lessons learned from the implementation of the small grants and feed into monitoring and learning framework.

Support Planning, Monitoring and Learnings in the country:

• Support the development of a participatory monitoring and learning framework for FFF (country) and facilitate its implementation; ensure the monitoring and learning (M&L) reports feed into planning and decision making processes; • Support the preparation of the country synthesis report based on FFF stakeholder workshops and M&L system; Support the preparation of monthly and annual reports (including images – with captions and photo credits, press releases, radio programmes and other communication activities) to the FFF management team and national stakeholders on implementation progress, monitoring and learning experience; • Support capacity building of partners in planning and biodiversity assessments, information management of biodiversity data, including training and awareness creation on biodiversity; Facilitate the integration of biological diversity concerns into project/programmes planning and implementation; facilitate climate resilience, biodiversity conservation and livelihood diversification including food security; • Facilitate innovative approaches to achieving a green economy and recovery (renewable energy/bioeconomy and green charcoal works); Participate in national, regional, and global FFF events and other policy platforms relevant to FFF implementation; • Support planning and facilitate exchanges and peer-to-peer visits for experience and knowledge sharing among female and male farmers, Forest, and Farm producer organizations (FFPOs), private sector etc. in and outside the country; • Liaise with other climate change programmes at the FAO country office e.g., Green Climate Fund SCRALA project (Strengthening Climate Resilience of Agricultural Livelihoods in Agro-Ecological Regions I and II in Zambia) and FAO/GRZ Green Renewable Energy Project (Green Recovery in Agri-food Chains through Sustainable Energy Interventions) and ecosystem management and biodiversity.

• Accountability • Adaptability and Flexibility • Client Orientation • Commitment and Motivation • Commitment to Continuous Learning • Communication • Creativity • Ethics and Values • Integrity • Judgement and Decision-making • Knowledge Sharing • Leadership • Respect for Diversity • Working in Teams

environmental and sustainable natural resources management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, resilience building, inte-grated approaches, and nature-based solutions to climate change; • Knowledge of global policies on climate change e.g., Paris agreement, Agenda 2030, SDGs and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs); • Skills and knowledge in natural resources management and governance; • Skills and knowledge in climate change mitigation and adaptation measurements; • Experience in application of digitalization and new technologies/tools in data collection, analysis, reporting and monitoring; • Experience in application of community forest and value addition of forest products for market creation; • Good written and communication skills, in English; • Gender sensitive.

Zambia is a landlocked, middle-income country with a population estimated at 18 million. Lusaka became the capital city of Zambia in May 1935. Lusaka’s central position in Zambia and its pleasant climate were two of the main reasons for its selection as the capital. It is a metropolis, which provides a home to about two and half million (2.5M) inhabitants of different nationalities. It has grown to become the seat of the Government of the Republic of Zambia and as such all diplomatic missions, international organizations, industrial and commercial entities are based there. Its political, social, economic and cultural significance has also increased through the years.

Public transport is provided by private operators using minibuses and taxis. The bus routes are not mapped and roads are often congested. Good modern housing for rent is available on the open market. The official language is English, which is widely spoken. The country is generally food secure, with sufficient local fresh fruits and vegetables available in the markets, as well as various dairy, poultry, and meat products. There are several international schools using the Cambridge GCSE or IGCSE syllabi, from key stage one through to A levels. Health conditions are generally good, although malaria is endemic. Zambia is generally a safe place to live in, although not free of crime. Some prudence is required. For more info, visit:

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