Professional Vacancy Announcement No: FOED-172-07-PRJ
Deadline For Application: 23 June 2007
Position Title National Forest Programme Facilitator
Duty Station Accra, Ghana
Grade Level P-3
Duration Twelve months, extendable subject to availability of funds
CCOG Code: 1H06
Organizational Unit National Forest Programme Facility (FOED) Forest Economic and Policy Division (FOE) Forestry Department (FO)


Under the general supervision of Manager, National Forest Programme Facility (Facility) and in liaison with the Senior Regional Forestry Officer for Africa, the incumbent will : * backstop (“coach”), according to the Facility principles and procedures, the ongoing and new Facility supported activities in 3 to 5 Facility partner countries in West and Central Africa;
* advise the staff of the Forestry Departments, non-state forestry organizations and institutions in the countries of the two Sub-Regions on the procedures of the Facility, leading to the establishment of Letters of Agreements, and the successful implementation of the activities;
* provide comments and carry out the technical clearance of reports and outcomes from the activities carried out with Facility support; including the review of proposals made by stakeholders for Facility grants, and the evaluation and ranking reports made by the multi-stakeholder steering committees;
* monitor and evaluate the activities covered under the different Letters of Agreement in the partner countries; complete the evaluation sheets (score-cards) in the on-line Facility database, and upload the finalized documents in the data-base;
* encourage and assist the countries to revise at a regular basis the “nfp-update”;
* Assist, if requested, in the preparation and the delivery of capacity building events and other activities related to national forest programmes organized by the Facility in the countries;
* perform other related duties as required.
* NB: Promotion to this post is for duration of assignment only.

Candidates should meet the following:

* Advanced University degree in forestry, forest economics, or natural resource management;
* Five years of relevant professional experience in the Africa Region, preferably in West and Central Africa, in forestry related development activities, such as natural resource management, forest policies, participatory processes, non-state stakeholder involvement in policy formulation processes, capacity building and information management;
* Working knowledge of English and French.

Candidates will be assessed against the following:

* Relevance of professional experience in forestry, forestry development, natural resource management; forest policies, participatory processes at national and sub-regional level in Africa;
* Extent of operational skills for project management, capacity building and information management;
* Excellent language and communication skills;
* Networking skills with different types of forestry stakeholders (government and non-government);
* Ability to work autonomously, take initiative, and operate as a team player;
* Extended command of computer programmes for text processing, data base management, calculation sheets, presentations and the use of Internet.

Please note that all candidates should possess computer/word processing skills and should be capable of working with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
* The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments.

TO APPLY: Carefully read and follow the Guidelines to applicants

Send your application to:

V.A FOED-172-07-PRJ
Mr Keiichi Takahata NFP Facility (FOED)
FAO Via delle Terme di Caracalla 00100 Rome ITALY
Fax No: +39 06 570 55137

This vacancy is open to male and female candidates. Applications from qualified women candidates and applications from qualified candidates from non/under-represented member states are encouraged. Please note that FAO staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the Director-General and may be assigned to any activities or office of the organization.