Professional in protected areas and Complementary Conservation Strategies, Cali, Colombia At Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO )

Professional in protected areas and Complementary Conservation Strategies

Job Announcement : 12 / May / 2023

Date of cancellation of publication : May 26, 2023, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: FAO Partnership and Liaison Office in Colombia

Type of position : Temporary work

Requisition Type: NPP ( National Project Personnel )

Grade Level: N / A

Main location : Colombia-Cali

Duration: 3 months trial period, renewable

Position Number: N / A

FAO seeks to ensure gender, geographic and linguistic diversity among its staff and its international consultants, in order to serve the Member States of the Organization in the best possible way in all regions.

  •  FAO is committed to achieving diversity in its workforce in terms of sex, nationality, origin and culture.
  •  Women, nationals of under-represented or under-represented Member States and persons with disabilities with the necessary qualifications are encouraged to submit their applications.
  •  All persons working for FAO must comply with the highest standards of professional integrity and conduct and uphold FAO’s values.
  •  FAO, as a specialized agency of the United Nations, applies a zero tolerance policy for conduct incompatible with its statute, objectives and mandate, in particular sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.
  •  All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
  •  All requests will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

Organizational framework

FAO is the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, which leads the international effort for a world free from hunger and malnutrition in which food and agriculture contribute to improving the living standards of all its inhabitants. , especially the poorest, in a sustainable way from the economic, social and environmental point of view. We work to contribute to the fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda and its global goals by promoting sustainable, inclusive and resilient food systems to achieve better production, nutrition, environment and life.

The vacancy is located in Cali – Valle del Cauca with trips to the project’s areas of operation. The position belongs to the area of ​​Natural Resources and Governance.

hierarchical dependency

Under the general supervision of the FAO Representative in Colombia, the Program Officer, the technical supervision of the senior specialist in natural resources and governance and the direct supervision of the project coordinator.

Field of specialization

The Professional in protected areas and Complementary Conservation Strategies is responsible for leading the forestry component, complying with FAO standards.

Tasks and responsibilities

Within the framework of component 2 of the project (Integrated Management of PAs, areas with a buffer function and Complementary ECC Conservation Strategies), you must:

  •  Coordinate the implementation of the activities of the component in charge.
  •  Prepare periodic reports on the activities carried out and contribute to the preparation of semi-annual project progress reports (IPP).
  •  Support the monitoring and periodic evaluation of the project, collecting information related to compliance with the Results Framework indicators and their means of verification, and identification of lessons learned.
  •  Participate in the design and implementation of the MUCB intervention plans.
  •  Support the process of formulating the management plan for the National Integrated Management District (DNMI) Cabo Manglares, Bajo Mira and Frontera, by including zoning for the regulation of artisanal and industrial fisheries in the area.
  •  Support the implementation of actions for the adoption of management plans and the strengthening of consultation spaces that allow the governance, conservation and protection of the Katios, Farallones, Tatamá and Munchique PNN in coordination with the communities.
  •  Accompany the identification, prioritization and implementation of prioritized activities of the management plan of the Río Bravo forest reserve.
  •  Identify and prioritize, in coordination with the environmental authorities ( National Natural Parks ( PNN ) and Regional Autonomous Corporations ( CAR ) in the region ), needs to improve management effectiveness based on the application of the Effectiveness Analysis tool of the Management of Protected Areas with Social Participation” AEMAPPS for the areas of the SPNN National Natural Parks System and the tools prioritized by the regional environmental authorities and the strengthening of governance mechanisms in the prioritized Protected Areas.
  •  Prepare and supervise, in coordination with environmental authorities (PNN and CAR in the region), the implementation of the investment plan to improve the management effectiveness of prioritized PAs and strengthen governance mechanisms in prioritized Protected Areas.
  •  Guide the application of the GEF PA Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT) at mid-term and at the end of the project.
  •  Prepare the terms of reference and supervise, in coordination with the participating entities, the contract signed for the design of the financial sustainability strategy for the consolidation (implementation of the action plan) of SIRAP Pacífico.
  •  Prepare the terms of reference and supervise the implementation of prioritized actions of the designed financial sustainability strategy.
  •  Coordinate the support of the project in the realization of spaces for participation and decision-making in accordance with the internal regulations and work plan of SIRAP Pacífico.
  •  Make a proposal of criteria to prioritize and select the Complementary ECC Conservation Strategies in the Mosaics of Use and Conservation of Biodiversity ( MUCB ).
  •  Prepare the terms of reference and supervise the formulation of planning and management instruments for Complementary ECC Conservation Strategies for black and indigenous peoples and implementation of prioritized actions.
  •  Accompany the identification and prioritization of investment needs to support the implementation of planning and management instruments, as a basis for the formulation of the prioritized investment plan in the ECC Complementary Conservation Strategies.
  •  Accompany the implementation of the plan once it is agreed, approved and activities are prioritized with the direct actors.
  •  Accompany the design and implementation of community monitoring mechanisms in the ECC Complementary Conservation Strategies, which account for the progress and/or improvement in the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in those areas.
  •  Preparation of a document of lessons learned in the formulation of the management instruments of the ECC Complementary Conservation Strategies of indigenous peoples, blacks and peasants, the implementation of said management plans and the community monitoring strategies used
  •  Accompany the establishment of mechanisms for the identification, recognition and registration of ECC Complementary Conservation Strategies within the framework of the national process carried out by MADS together with the Alexander Von Humbolt Institute IAvH with the support of GIZ.
  •  Lead the joint exercise of concertation of the minimum technical requirements for the characterization of the Complementary ECC Conservation Strategies.
  •  Preparation of a document that systematizes the agreed technical guidelines for the characterization of the ECC Complementary Conservation Strategies.
  •  Coordinate the characterization of the ECC Complementary Conservation Strategies in the MUCB.
  •  Define and develop, in coordination with the participating entities, the identification of minimum technical requirements for the formalization of the ECC Complementary Conservation Strategies.
  •  Lead the consolidation, socialization and feedback, together with the project team and the participating entities, of the technical guidelines of the ECC Complementary Conservation Strategies of the Colombian Pacific region, as a contribution to its formalization process at the national level.
  •  Validate, together with the participating entities, the selection of priority areas for conservation to be declared Protected Areas, within each of the prioritized MUCBs.
  •  Arrange with the pertinent entities, actions to support the declaration process of prioritized areas.
  •  Prepare the terms of reference and supervise the implementation of concerted support actions for the declaration of the new PAs and the implementation of activities that are prioritized for their management.
  •  Support the monitoring and periodic evaluation of the project, collecting information on variables and indicators of the products under their responsibility.
  •  Participate in meetings with the Coordination Unit.
  •  Support the calls, organization and development of workshops for consultations with communities and ethnic organizations in the framework of the implementation of the Participation Plan for ethnic and peasant communities.
  •  Accompany the Coordination Unit in meetings of a technical nature that are cited within the framework of the project.
  •  Support the professionals and technicians who are members of the project team with advice on cross-cutting aspects related to their specialty and functions.
  •  The other activities and/or tasks that are assigned by the contract supervisor and/or by the coordination of the project, which are inherent to the development of the contractual object.


Minimum requirements

  •  University degree in ecology, biology, bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental engineering, forest engineering or related to biodiversity conservation and management of protected areas.
  •  Minimum professional experience of five (5) years in sustainable development projects and work with black, indigenous and peasant peoples, at the regional, local level of the Colombian Pacific.
  •  Practical knowledge of Spanish (level C) spoken and written.
  •  Colombian nationality.

FAO Core Competencies

  •  Results-based approach
  •  Teamwork
  •  Communication
  •  Building Effective Relationships
  •  Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement

Technical/functional skills

  •  Experience in environmental, social programs or projects.
  •  Work experience in the Colombian Pacific region with black, indigenous and peasant communities.
  •  Work experience with representatives of regional, local and level government institutions.
  •  Proven ability to work with technical and managerial staff from governmental and non-governmental institutions.
  •  Knowledge of the environmental institutional arrangement of the region, with specific emphasis on the Pacific SIRAP.
  •  Ability to prepare concise reports in accordance with United Nations standards.
  •  Ability to write, document and present reports on the results of the execution of planned activities.
  •  Ability to work in a team and with multidisciplinary and multicultural groups.
  •  Desirable experience in the management and implementation of GEF projects.
  •  Social commitment and ability to work effectively and harmoniously in multicultural environments.
  •  Availability to make field trips and visits to the communities participating in the project.
  •  Permanent attitude and behavior of cordiality, composure, respect and collaboration with all the people and organizations with whom he interacts.
  •  Knowledge of the rights of ethnic peoples and women.
  •  Ability to act at all times with extreme discretion regarding the documents, information and materials of the United Nations.
  •  Permanent attitude and behavior of cordiality, composure, respect and collaboration with all the people and organizations with whom he interacts.


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