Support technician for the strengthening of the AFOLU 2040 national tables ( Honduras )
Job advertisement : Jun 18, 2023
Publication cancellation date : Jul 2, 2023, 9:59:00 PM
Organizational Unit: FLHON – FAO Representation in Honduras
Job type : Temporary work
Requirement Type: NPP ( National Project Personnel )
Grade Level: N / A
Main location : Honduras-Tegucigalpa
Duration: 3 months of testing
Position Number: N / A
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The Central American Region has been identified as the most sensitive tropical region to climate change ( IPCC AR5 ). The Region has experienced hydrometeorological events in recent decades, such as extreme rains and severe droughts, which have meant very high losses and damages, with important implications and obstacles for development. Central America is severely affected by severe droughts, mainly impacting the area identified as the Central American Dry Corridor, with strong implications for food production and food security, infrastructure and productive activities in general. Climate scenarios show that the Region will experience more intense, and more frequent, extreme events. The agriculture, forestry and other land uses sector ( AFOLU,) is of critical importance to the Central American Integration System ( SICA ) region made up of 8 countries. Agricultural activity is an important catalyst of the rural economy, with a primary role in food security and in the fight against poverty, as well as a key element to reduce migration of rural inhabitants. Agriculture is an economic activity of great relevance since it contributes about 8.5% of the region’s GDP and generates, on average, 19.8% of employment. At the same time, agricultural and livestock use of land is the main source of degradation, affecting the provision of ecosystem services and aggravating exposure to climatic risks ( droughts and floods ) throughout the region. The SICA region only contributes approximately 2.2% of emissions from the AFOLU sector globally. The Central American Commission for Environment and Development ( CCAD ) and the Central American Council for Agriculture ( CAC ), since 2019 they agreed to work together on the Regional Resilience Construction Initiative in the SICA region under a synergistic approach between Mitigation and Adaptation focusing on the Agriculture Sector, Forestry and other land uses ( hereinafter SICA AFOLU 2040 ) Regional Initiative. The objective of the proposed Initiative is for the region to restore and conserve ten million hectares of degraded land and ecosystems by 2030, with the idea of increasing ambition, with a goal of reaching Carbon Neutrality by 2040. The initiative has a high level of ministerial commitment in environment and agriculture and support from the international community.Agri-food systems remain unsustainable and vulnerable to climate impacts; however, current global climate actions are insufficient, and countries do not receive adequate support in their ambitions and actions towards innovative solutions of the agri-food system that address climate adaptation, mitigation and resilience. This project seeks to support the carbon neutrality strategy and adaptation to Climate Change of the AFOLU sector of SICA ( ACOLU2040 ) in its components 3, 4 and 5 ( 4: Transformation of Agricultural Production Systems, with transit towards sustainable Agriculture and Livestock.5: Integration and Promotion of techniques, sustainable agricultural practices and services adapted to the climate in the cultivation of basic grains and livestock to guarantee food security. 6:Develop / Establish an expanded Monitoring System Report and Verification ( MRV ), including Agriculture – Mitigation and Adaptation ), through capacity development and the generation and dissemination of information for decision-making in two countries of the Central American dry corridor, Honduras and Nicaragua, through four products: 1 ) Strengthen the capacities in Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of SECTOR AFOLU, through the generation of a harmonized protocol for the preparation and integration of a harmonized subregional report, with pilots in the countries, which allows generating lessons learned and good practices at the subregional level. 2 ) Collect and disseminate best practices for Nature-based Solutions ( SbN ),Sustainable Agriculture Adapted to Climate ( ASAC ) and sustainable management of soil and water as part of agricultural practices that facilitate adaptation and mitigation to climate change in the AFOLU sector, prioritizing: i ) crops of importance to the AFOLU Sector; ii ) sustainable livestock; and iii ) increase resilience and potential for carbon capture and sequestration through solutions and technologies to facilitate the capture, storage and efficient use of water. The compilation will include economic, financial, environmental and social analyzes incorporating considerations on youth, gender and indigenous peoples in a transversal way. In turn, good gender practices will be highlighted, towns, youth and interculturality developed in the project.3 ) Support the preparation of investment notes with sustainability criteria linked to the territories prioritized within the framework of the Hand in Hand Initiative, including innovative financing mechanisms to close the investment gap necessary to adopt SbN and ASAC on a large scale. Promoting specific criteria and lines that facilitate access for women, youth and indigenous peoples to these financing mechanisms. 4 ) Prepare and transfer to the institutions of Honduras and Nicaragua, the methodologies ( techniques and practices ) in nutrition in the AFOLU sector, to guarantee food and nutritional security. These methodologies will have considerations and analysis of gender, eternity and interculturality. As for the area of improvement,the project contributes to the best environment and is further aligned to Regional Initiative 3: “ Sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture, although it also contributes to Regional Initiative 2: “ Hand in hand to achieve prosperous and inclusive rural societies ”.
The Support Technician for the Strengthening of the AFOLU 2040 National Tables will work under the general supervision of the FAO Representative in Honduras and the Assistant Representative for Programs, reporting directly to the IR3 Coordinator ( a ) and the project technical supervisor.
Field of specialization
The holder will be in charge of providing technical and operational assistance in the formation of the table for the AFOLU sector.
Tasks and responsibilities
- Facilitate spaces for strengthening AFOLU national tables
- Provide technical support to the national team for the integration, operation and organization of the AFOLU national table
- Support and facilitate the technical and operational functioning of the AFOLU national table
- Support the working sessions of the AFOLU national table
- Presentar información periódica técnica de las actividades.
- Identificar, recopilar datos para la sistematización de buenas prácticas desarrolladas por el proyecto.
- Participar de las reuniones técnicas para la evaluación y monitoreo del proyecto.
- Apoyar a la Representación en la articulación de los diferentes proyectos y demás tareas, acciones ejecutadas alrededor del Programa de Campo de la FAO.
LOS CANDIDATOS SERÁN EVALUADOS CON ARREGLO A LOS SIGUIENTES CRITERIOS:
- Ingeniería en Ciencias Ambientales, Agronómica, Forestales o áreas afines.
- Mínimo de 3 años de experiencia profesional en la participación e involucramiento de proyectos relacionados con el cambio climático, gestión agrícola, gestión forestal, gestión ambiental u áreas a fines.
- Conocimiento práctico del español
- Nacionalidad Hondureña
Competencias fundamentales de la FAO
- Enfoque basado en los resultados
- Trabajo en equipo
- Establecimiento de relaciones eficaces
- Intercambio de conocimientos y mejora continua
Criterios de selección
- Conocimiento de las directrices del Panel Intergubernamental de Expertos en Cambio Climático (IPCC) y de la Convención Marco de Naciones Unidas para el Cambio Climático (CMNUCC) relacionadas con la agricultura, los bosques y otros usos del suelo (AFOLU).
- Conocimiento en los sistemas de Monitoreo, Reporte y Verificación (MRV) a nivel nacional.
- Comprensión del sector AFOLU, Inventarios Nacionales Forestales, Censos Agropecuarios y Sistemas Nacionales de Monitoreo Forestal.
- Familiaridad con los conceptos de mitigación y adaptación al cambio climático, biodiversidad, conservación de suelos y otros aspectos ambientales relevantes.
- Experience in the formation of inter-institutional or multisectoral roundtables related to binding issues: Landscape Restoration, Biodiversity, Protected Areas, MRV or related areas.
- Availability to travel nationally and regionally.
- Advanced knowledge in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PowerBI).
- Knowledge of the operation of state institutions (SAG, ICF and SERNA).
- Communication Skills: Excellent ability for written and verbal communication in Spanish.
- Proven professional experience in the participation and involvement of projects related to climate change, agricultural management, forest management, environmental management or areas for purposes.
- Preferably, professional knowledge with the guidelines of the Intergovernmental Panel of Experts on Climate Change ( IPCC ) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ( UNFCCC ) related to agriculture, forests and other land uses ( ACOLU ).
- Proven knowledge experience of Monitoring, Reporting and Verification systems ( MRV ).
- Proven knowledge experience in understanding the AFOLU sector, National Forest Inventories, Agricultural Censuses and National Forest Monitoring Systems.
- Proven experience in topics such as: organization and facilitation of workshops, dialogues and other forms of participatory work with a variety of stakeholders, including indigenous communities, producer organizations, and private sector stakeholders.
- Knowledge of the operation of state institutions (SAG, ICF and SERNA).
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