Forestry Officer (REDD+), Rome, Italy At Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Closing date: Tuesday, 26 September 2023


Forestry Officer (REDD+)

Job Posting: 05/Sep/2023

Closure Date: 26/Sep/2023, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : NFO

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : Professional Project

Grade Level : P-3

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : Fixed-term: 1 year with possibility of extension

Post Number : 2009777

CCOG Code : 1H06

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  •  Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply
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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through the FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

Organizational Setting

The Forestry Division (NFO) leads FAO’s work in promoting sustainable forest management and providing leadership on the environmental, social and economic dimensions of forestry, including its contributions to poverty reduction and food security and nutrition. It liaises with member countries, civil society and the private sector in aspects ranging from development of effective forest policies to forest conservation and management issues and strengthens the role of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Division also collects analyses and disseminates information on the world’s forest resources and on the production, trade and consumption of wood and non-wood forest products. The Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) Team supports countries in achieving high quality emission reductions from deforestation and forest degradation, enhancing and conserving tropical forests and other high-carbon ecosystems while contributing to national sustainable development and agrifood systems transformation. The post is located in the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) Team within Forestry Division (NFO) at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Reporting Lines The Forestry Officer (REDD+) reports to the Senior Forestry Officer/Team Leader, REDD+, under the overall guidance of the Deputy Director, NFO and the Director, NFO and works in close coordination with teams within NFO, Decentralized Offices and other relevant FAO units and personnel dealing with supply chains, forests and climate change, and national forest monitoring.

Technical Focus The Forestry Officer (REDD+) supports and contributes to the technical implementation of the project ‘Building global capacity on halting deforestation and conversions from agricultural commodities’.

Key Results Research, technical analysis and project related services to support the delivery of programme projects, products and services.

Key Functions

  •  Researches and analyses technical, social, economic, environmental, institutional, and technology related information, data and statistics and/or related policy issues to support the delivery of programme projects, products and services.
  •  Produces a variety of technical information, data, statistics and reports as well as input for technical documents and web pages.
  •  Provides technical support/analysis to various assessments, studies and initiatives and provides technical backstopping to field projects.
  •  Collaborates in the development of improved/updated tools, systems, processes and databases.
  •  Participates on multidisciplinary teams, and/or leads working groups/teams collaborates with other Centres/Divisions/Offices and agencies on work groups and committees and promotes best practices.
  •  Collaborates in, provides technical backstopping to and ensures the quality/effectiveness of capacity development activities within Members such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning materials, on-line tools.
  •  Promotes knowledge sharing and best practices at international meetings and conferences and influences partners in stakeholder consultations.
  •  Supports resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate Strategy.

Specific Functions

  •  Supports the implementation of the ‘Building global capacity on halting deforestation and conversions from agricultural commodities’ project.
  •  Reviews and contributes to the content development of a global set of knowledge and training material packages related to decoupling agricultural production from deforestation.
  •  Organizes and implements regional capacity building initiatives and events related to agriculture and forestry nexus and halting deforestation.
  •  Contributes to the REDD+ Team of the Forestry Divisions’ work on linkages between agriculture and forestry and climate change.’
  •  Performs other related duties as requested related to the thematic area on halting deforestation and conversions from agricultural commodities.


Minimum Requirements

  •  Advanced university degree in forestry, agronomy, environmental sciences, or related field.
  •  Five years of relevant experience in REDD+, climate change, reducing deforestation, agroforestry, landscape approach and global forest policies in developing countries.
  •  Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate – level B) of another official FAO language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).


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

Technical/Functional Skills

  •  Work experience in more than one location or area of work, especially in developing countries and countries in transition and field positions.
  •  Knowledge of funding mechanisms and reporting requirements of the donor is an asset.
  •  Depth of familiarity with Climate Change negotiations in the context of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), REDD+, the Forest, Agriculture and Commodity Trade (FACT) dialogue, the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) national pathways and related Forests – Food Systems coalition.
  •  Extent and relevance of experience of developing forest positive agricultural production and supply chains, including agroforestry, sustainable community enterprise development and innovative financing approaches for forest positive finance.
  •  Extent and relevance of experience in formulating and supporting field projects and/or programmes on sustainable forests and land use management and related issues, collaborating with government institutions in developing countries.
  •  Experience in forest-positive finance and private sector investment in forest positive agricultural supply chain is desirable.
  •  Familiarity with the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and/or other vertical climate funds is an asset.
  •  Demonstrated ability to mobilize resources.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency. GENERAL INFORMATION

  •  FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment
  •  Extension of fixed term appointments is based on certification of performance and availability of funds
  •  Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. CONDITIONS OF SERVICE

A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link: allowances/salary.htm Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:

  •  Dependency allowances
  •  Rental subsidy
  •  Education grant for children
  •  Home leave travel
  •  30 working days of annual leave per year
  •  Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
  •  International health insurance; optional life insurance
  •  Disability protection

FAO encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes:

  •  elements of family-friendly policies
  •  flexible working arrangements
  •  standards of conduct


  •  To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications and language skills;
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  •  Once your profile is completed, please apply and submit your application;
  •  Your application will be screened based on the information provided on your online profile;
  •  Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at
  •  Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications;
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  •  Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered;
  •  Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
  •  We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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