Forest Governance and Sustainable Forest Management
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Project Overview and Role:
Palladium is seeking Experts in Forest Governance and Sustainable Forest Management for an anticipated USAID funded Forest Governance program in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. The project will focus on supporting both partner governments to tackle illegal logging, expand sustainable forest resource management; improve alternative livelihoods - especially those promoting a higher value being placed on natural areas - and improving the governance of these resources at all levels.
Under the leadership of the Chief of Party (COP), the Experts in each country will provide technical guidance on forestry management and governance and serve as liaisons with relevant stakeholders in the forestry and natural resources area. The Experts will have a firm understanding of programmatic aspects of the project in the context of evolving political, legal, and economic contexts and contribute to a continuous adaptive management approach.
From the pool of applicants, Palladium will recruit Experts to fulfil both senior and junior roles in the team, depending on skills sets and the final Terms of Reference for the programme. The Experts will be expected to take on three or more of the responsibilities listed below.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Experts will be expected to take on three or more of the following technical responsibilities:
- Support forest policy development and implementation, particularly relating to law enforcement measures and forest management planning
- Facilitate multi-stakeholder collaboration between members of civil society, the private sector and government on the development and implementation of forest sector regulations
- Support capacity building of teams from civil society and / or government
- Design and support the implementation of forest monitoring activities, from a civil society and / or professional auditing and certification perspective
- Identify markets for non-timber forest products and developing new value chains, particularly related to community-based forest enterprises
- Facilitate land right allocation processes for communities in forest areas, including conflict resolution and social safeguards
- Develop business models focussing on the production of ecosystem services - such as biodiversity conservation, ecotourism and / or carbon
- Collaborating with timber industry on the development and implementation of sustainable forest management plans and best practices, such as Reduced Impact Logging
- Contribute to the assessment of national and sub-national barriers that may encourage illegal deforestation intervention
- Coordinate with local authorities, governments, and community organizations
- Support forestry and biodiversity assessments, spatial analyses and research activities
- Insure participation of women, youth, indigenous, and marginalized groups in social forestry schemes
- Close working relationships with government agencies responsible for timber production and forest administration
- Qualification in natural resource management, environmental governance, sustainable landscapes, or other relevant field
- Experience supporting indigenous communities through participatory planning, and natural resource management
- Demonstrated understanding of national, regional, and local politics relevant to the natural resources sector in Papua New Guinea or the Solomon Islands
- Experience with a donor, contractor or international NGOs in a relevant sector such as natural resources management, environment/biodiversity, forestry, land use management, or agriculture
- Proven ability to leverage and manage partnership and cooperate with host country governments and international partners in implementing donor-funded projects preferred
- Strong oral and written communication skills, including presentation experience to high-level audiences, and publication in peer reviewed journals, fluency in English
- Strong interpersonal and management skills
- Strong analytical and conceptual skills and the ability to think and plan strategically, ability to manage a culturally and linguistically diverse staff, consultants and counterparts
- Professional and diplomatic demeanor and conduct, especially during interactions with the client and its constituents
- Papua New Guinean and Solomon Islands nationals with relevant experience are encouraged to apply