Dec 7, 2017

Sudan: FORESTRY EXPERT

NGO/UN Job Vacancy



Organization: UN Environment Programme
Country: Sudan
Closing date: 28 Dec 2017

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Special Notice

This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of six months and may be subject to extension. Consultants are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. Recruitment for this position is done on a local basis, whether or not the candidate is a resident of the duty station.

Organizational Setting:

The United Nations Environment is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment**.**

Part of UN Environments’ Division of Ecosystems, the Post-conflict and Disaster Management Branch (PCDMB) works to understand and reduce the impacts of environmental degradation from disasters and conflicts on human health, livelihoods and security. It also emphasizes the role of healthy ecosystems and sustainably-managed resources in reducing the risk of disasters and conflicts. From the Balkans to Afghanistan, Lebanon, Sudan and Nigeria, PCDMB has responded to crisis situations in more than 40 countries since 1999, delivering wide-ranging environmental expertise to national governments and partners in the UN family. PCDMB has also conducted post-crisis environmental assessments in 12 countries.
Through its Disasters and Conflicts subprogram, UN Environment provides four main services to Member States and the broader UN system:
• Post-crisis environmental assessments
• Post-crisis environmental recovery
• Environmental cooperation for peacebuilding
• Disaster risk reduction.
PCDMB has project offices in Afghanistan, Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, and Nigeria, and these activities are coordinated from the main PCDMB office in Geneva, Switzerland.

UN Environment Sudan plans to implement a second phase of the Wadi El Ku Integrated Catchment Management project in North Darfur with support from the European Union. The purpose of this second project phase is to extend and scale up successful interventions, based on the first phase of the project, with the aim of improving local community livelihoods and stemming the negative cycle of environmental degradation and social tensions in the Wadi El Ku. Phase 2 will expand the geographic coverage of planned interventions both upstream and downstream of the initial project intervention area, and build on and enhance the role of the Catchment Management Forum to assume a more comprehensive watershed management approach.

Specific Tasks and responsibilities:

The duties and responsibilities of this position are as follows:

· Lead and undertake an impact assessment of forestry activities in North Darfur, to understand the value (or lack thereof) of forestry activities to lives and livelihoods. The assessment will be designed in consultation with the UN Environment forestry expert in Khartoum, the Forestry National Corporation in El Fasher, and Practical Action, El Fasher;

· Conduct field visits to Phase 1 forestry areas, assess sustainability, and make clear and actionable recommendations to improve sustainability (targeting communities and forestry extension providers);

· Co-design PAPD/CEAP approach with partner Practical Action and with input from UN Environment’s forestry expert in Khartoum. The environmental dimension of the PAPD/CEAPs should clearly incorporate: the location and description of existing natural resources (ideally mapped); the main users and livelihood groups dependent on these resources; the main environmental issues facing the community and the community’s interpretation of root causes; legal and social relations governing access to and control over natural resources; any environment cooperation as well as conflict ‘hotspots’; existing cultural norms and values with regards the environment; environmental skills within the community; identification of income generating activities (actual or potential) dependent on natural resources;

· Participate fully in the implementation and writing up of the PAPD/CEAPs for all the project village councils;

· Support partners to think through and define forestry and natural resource activities, based on the outcomes of the PAPD/CEAPs process. Partners should be able to translate this into clear, actionable activities within their implementation period work plans;

· Work with the project team to define socio-economic indicators, check them for appropriateness and measurability, and get these approved by project management;

· Develop an implementation plan to monitor above socio-economic indicators and train partners in monitoring approaches.

Expected Results /Deliverables

· Impact assessment report on forestry activities in North Darfur;

· A summary report on Phase 1 forestry activities, sustainability, and recommendations for improvement (targeting communities and forestry extension providers);

· Participatory Action Plan Development (PAPD) / Community Environmental Action Planning (CEAP) approach document which clearly incorporates the environmental dimension;

· Clear and well-structured PAPD/CEAP plans for each of the project’s village councils including a standard template of PAPD/CEAP plan;

· Partner implementation period work plans reflecting clear and robust forestry and natural resource activities and approaches;

· Socio-economic indicators defined, checked for appropriateness and measurability, and approved by project management;

· Implementation plan developed to monitor above socio-economic indicators and partners trained in monitoring approaches.

Competencies:

· Professionalism – Knowledge of general office and administrative support including administrative policies, processes and procedures. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

· Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

· Planning& Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

· Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Qualifications:

Education:**

Advanced university degree in forestry, environment, ecology, natural resource management or related field

Experience:

· Minimum five (5) years of experience in the field of programme implementation and management, with particular focus on forestry and natural resources promotion, research, monitoring, and management;

· Results driven, ability to work under pressure and to meet strict deadlines;

· Substantial field experience and demonstrated ability to deliver programmes in conflict and post-conflict countries;

· Excellent written and spoken communication skills required in both English and Arabic;

· Ability to work in multidisciplinary environments, as a contributing member;

· Comfortable working at the conceptual and practical levels;

· Excellent knowledge of the socio-political context of Sudan, particularly in conflict affected rural areas;

  • Experience working with government or with the UN or other international agencies in Sudan is preferred

Language:

Fluency in both written and oral English a must. Knowledge of Arabic and the Sudan context a strong asset

Assessment: Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other

assessment methods.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS' BANK ACCOUNTS.

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How to apply:

How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. It is preferable for applications to be sent in by email with a clear indication of the “Functional Title” associated with the application.

A letter of motivation as well as the P11 form/Curriculum Vitae should be sent by email to:

Chado.tshering@unep.org