Plantation Development Advisor (PDA) Employment Opportunity – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Organisation: Food and
Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: FAO
Representative 
Vacancy Announcement Number:
FRUGA/01/11/SPGSIII/16
About US:
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has a
global mandate to improve nutrition, increase agricultural productivity, raise
the standard of living in rural populations and contribute to global economic’
growth. Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts – to
make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead
active, healthy lives.
About SPGS III Project:
FAO implements the Sawlog Production Grant Scheme Phase III project
(SPGS III), an initiative of the Government of Uganda financed by the European
Union, is catalyzing the production of high quality timber plantations with the
dual purpose of increasing private sector confidence in forestry investment and
mitigating the effect of climate change.
Job Summary: The Plantation
Development Advisor will provide expert advice and technical assistance to
support effective implementation, delivery and future programming for
commercial forestry plantation development along the value chain from local to
national level through policy, regulatory and technical interventions under the
project.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
·        
Support effective programming and functioning of
the SPGS III, including identification of opportunities for investment in tree
growing in the programme area/clusters;
·        
Support multi-stakeholder fora in lobbying for
more enabling regulatory and policy environment for commercial forestry and
transparent markets along the forest and forest industry value chains;
·        
Support strategic planning and guidance on
implementation of silvicultural practices, such as in the establishment,
assessment and valuation of forest plantations;
·        
Coach and mentor forest plantation
officers/managers to a level that enables sustainable management of forest
plantations (i.e. Forest certification, forest management principles, modern
practical commercial and community forestry practices, etc)
·        
Actively facilitate vertical integration between
tree growers, training and research institutions and processing industries for
knowledge exchange and professional development;
·        
Support communication campaigns for the
implementation of commercial forestry standards for standing timber and wood
products, and raising market awareness;
·        
Support and advice on development of Forest
Information and Management System;
·        
Provide support in the development of packages
(models) to enhance employment opportunities for vulnerable people within the
forest value chain in the project area;
·        
Support in identifying funding frameworks that
strongly position FAO and Government of Uganda to attract resources and achieve
high level impacts on commercial forestry initiatives;
·        
Offer support in the development and update of
detailed practical commercial and community forestry training programme for
SPGSIII staff, contractors, forest investors, communities, government forest
managers and workers;
·        
Undertake other strategic roles related to
project as directed by FAO Representative.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:
·        
The ideal candidate for the Food and Agriculture
Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Plantation Development Advisor career
opportunity should hold a Master’s degree in forestry, natural resource
management, environment management, or any other related field. A PhD will be
an added advantage.
·        
At least ten years’ experience, of which five
years in advisory capacity in a commercial forestry environment (plantation
establishment and management preferably in East Africa/Africa). Broad knowledge
and understanding of the commercial forestry industry in Uganda would be an
added advantage.
·        
Excellent analytical, facilitation and
communication (written and verbal in English) skills.
·        
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to
work amicably with diverse stakeholders.
·        
Proven ability to negotiate at policy and
managerial level, as well as at community level.
·        
Ability to work under pressure and keep to
deadlines.
NB: Please note that all
candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All
and Integrity and Transparency.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested Ugandan nationals should submit
their applications together with detailed curriculum vitae (CV) and copies of
certificates in a sealed envelope, and a completed FAO Personal Profile Form
that can be accessed online, Click Here
(Please logon or create online profile) , quoting Vacancy Announcement no.
addressed to:
The Country Representative,
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in
Uganda.
NB: The envelopes should be registered at reception and placed in the
box at reception of the FAO offices at Plot 88 Buganda Road, Wandegeya,
Kampala.
Deadline: 25th November 2016 by
2:00pm
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