Technical coordinator for emission reduction and adaptation to climate change strategy for the AFOLU sector, Tegucigalpa, Honduras At Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO )


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Technical coordinator of emission reduction and adaptation to climate change strategy of the AFOLU sector

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

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

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 strategy of reductions 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. 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 ”

Hierarchical dependency

The technical coordinator for the development of the strategy for reducing emissions and adapting to Climate Change of the AFOLU sector of SICA, will work under the general supervision of the FAO Representative in Honduras and the Assistant Program Representative, reporting directly to the IR3 Coordinator ( a ).

Field of specialization

The technical coordinator of the strategy for reducing emissions to Climate Change of the AFOLU sector within the framework of SICA will have as: Responsibly supervise the planning, execution and monitoring of the initiative. This role includes coordination of activities, resource management, personnel supervision, and communication and collaboration with stakeholders.

Tasks and responsibilities

  •  Coordinate and supervise the work of the project team to ensure that all activities are carried out in accordance with the work plan.
  •  Monitor the use of ( human, material and financial ) resources efficiently and effectively.
  •  Supervise and coordinate data collection and analysis for project monitoring and evaluation.
  •  Participate in technical meetings for the evaluation and monitoring of the project.
  •  Inform about the programming and progress of activities.
  •  Attend IR3 regularly and collaboratively in meetings and discussions
  •  Develop a diagnosis of the available national information, of the adaptation instruments and measures, and the variables and indicators of mitigation and adaptation of the AFOLU sector that the country collects and / or reports.
  •  Coordinate the participation of national institutions in the sessions for the selection and harmonization of regional variables and indicators for the AFOLU sector
  •  Participate in the continuous improvement of monitoring systems related to the environment and agriculture, with a focus on the specific situation in Honduras.
  •  Collaborate in the construction of methods to improve existing monitoring systems and possible integrations between them.
  •  Get involved in the validation process of methodological proposals in the context of Honduras, attending validation events and providing relevant feedback.
  •  Promote collaborative environments that help the growth of discussions and activities related to the agricultural and forestry sector at the national and regional levels.
  •  Support in the development of strategies for the exchange of experiences, cooperation and strengthening of technical skills in relation to monitoring and verification systems.
  •  Help gather and analyze information that may indicate opportunities and obstacles for the implementation and scaling of selected approaches.
  •  With the support of regional advisers in MRV and in consensus with national institutions, identify and document the variables and indicators prioritized at the regional level of mitigation and adaptation for the first regional report.
  •  Prepare the draft protocol for current monitoring systems or integrate existing monitoring systems related to the ( two parts ) sector: 1 ) processes that involve the variables and indicators proposed for the first regional report; 2 ) processes related to the other variables in indicators.
  •  Prepare a national report of the AFOLU sector and the mitigation and adaptation variables / indicators prioritized for the regional report.
  •  Socialization workshops with relevant national actors in the methodological proposal of the protocol ( parts 1 and 2 )
  •  Support the national technical team in the preparation of material to be presented at the AFOLU Regional Table

THE CANDIDATES WILL BE EVALUED IN ARRANGE TO THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:

Minimum requirements

  •  University degree with Master’s degree ( project management, international development, environmental and / or Forest science, etc. ).
  •  Minimum experience of five ( 5 ) years in the area of forest management and inter-institutional relations of the public, private or cooperative sector.
  •  Practical knowledge of Spanish.
  •  Honduran nationality.

FAO core competencies

  •  Results-based approach
  •  Teamwork
  •  Communication
  •  Building effective relationships
  •  Knowledge exchange and continuous improvement.

Selection criteria

  •  Knowledge of processes related to climate change, protocols and guidelines of the UNFCCC and the IPCC
  •  Proven experience in topics related to the design of Monitoring, Reporting and Verification strategies.
  •  Experience in processes related to the calculation of Co2 emissions.
  •  Experience of knowledge of techniques for monitoring and evaluating forest resources.
  •  Preferably knowledge of United Nations policies and procedures.
  •  Desirable knowledge in Transversalization of gender and intercultural approaches in climate and / or development projects.
  •  Knowledge of the functioning of state institutions ( SAG, ICF and SERNA ).
  •  Proven experience in relation to Forest / Environmental / Agricultural management issues
  •  Proven experience of processes related to climate change
  •  Proven experience in topics related to MRV strategy design.
  •  Experience in processes related to Carbon issues
  •  Experience of knowledge of techniques for monitoring and evaluating forest resources.
  •  Preference, knowledge of United Nations policies and procedures.
  •  Desirable knowledge in Transversalization of gender and intercultural approaches in climate and / or development projects.
  •  Knowledge of the functioning of state institutions ( SAG, ICF and SERNA ).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  •  FAO does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process ( application, interview, processing ).
  •  Incomplete applications will not be taken into account. If you need help or have questions, contact: Careers@fao.org
  •  Applications received after the expiration of the application deadline will not be accepted.
  •  We inform you that FAO will only consider academic degrees or credentials obtained from a teaching institution included in the World Database on Higher Education, which is a list maintained by the International Association of Universities ( IAU ) / UNESCO. The list can be consulted at: www.whed.net/
  •  For any other questions visit the FAO website on employment: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/es/ .

It is noted that all candidates should adhere to the Organization’s values of commitment to FAO, respect for all and integrity and transparency.

PRESENTATION OF REQUESTMENTS

  •  If you want to apply, go to the FAO Recruitment Website ( Employment in FAO ) and complete your online profile.
  •  Incomplete applications will not be taken into account. Only applications received through the contracting portal will be considered.
  •  We advise candidates to submit their application sufficiently in advance of the expiration of the term.
  •  If you need help, contact: Careers@fao.org.

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