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International Forester (m-f-d) - Participatory Forest Management

Short project description

Implementation Support for the Billion Tree Afforestation Support Project (BTASP)

The BTASP shall contribute to the protection and sustainable use and management of forests in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa established under BTAP and 10BTAP as part of the National Clean Green Pakistan Initiative and the Bonn Challenge. The project will become part of the German Good Governance Programme and is financed by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The proposed project outcome is the following: “The restored forest landscapes are being managed in a participatory and sustainable manner, and the livelihoods of the population in the project areas have improved.”

The project shall be installed and managed in a participatory manner in the participating villages, in collaboration with representatives of the beneficiary groups and close collaboration with representatives of potential partner organizations. The focus will be on poor rural communities, small landowners, and inclusion of informal users. The FEWD is strengthened as Project Executing Department (PED) and decision-making power shall be delegated to the local communities as forest owners and users. By this, women’s livelihoods and participation in local decision making is to be improved an Village Land Use Plans, and Participatory Forest Development Plans are elaborated for better consideration of land ownership. Digitalisation of financial transactions and an especially elaborated Management Information Systems (MIS) help to improve transparency, accountability and efficiency in the programs and activities managed by FEWD.

Job description

The main task of the Team Leader (m-f-d) sought with this ad is to manage the project in such a way that the following six outputs can be fulfilled:

Output 1: Participatory Forest Development Plans (PFDP) for 10BTAP have been elaborated in a participatory way, including Developing Village Land Use Plans and Village Development Plans, as well as the implementation and participation of Village Development Committees and Women Organizations.

Output 2: A nationally replicable Management-Information System (MIS) for the FEWD to manage all its activities and monitor its impacts is established, operated, and maintained as part of the government’s E-Governance-strategy.

Output 3: Performance-based payments have been established as common practice by the FEWD.

Output 4: The 10BTAP afforestation measures are supported in all BTASP project areas (tree nurseries, tree plantation and forest protection activities).

Output 5: The capacities of FEWD as project executing department (PED) have been strengthened.

Output 6: Minimum two value chains per forest division for the sustainable use of forest-related resources have been established or improved and driven by women.

Detailed requirements

Education:
Postgraduate degree in forestry, natural resources management or similar degree, combined with Management or Social Sciences would be excellent.

Country/Regional experience:
Pakistan, South Asia

Languages:
English. German or Pashtu will be an asset

Expertise / Profile:

  1. Several years of management experiences in the management of development cooperation projects, particularly in the forestry sector, including financial management of disposition fund.
  2. Professional skills in MIS as well as the development and implementation of integrated monitoring systems.
  3. Good ability to collaborate with partner institutions and their capacity development in transparency, accountability, and efficiency.
  4. Professional skills in sustainable forest establishment and management, with particular emphasis on participatory approaches, gender, and rural community development.
  5. Working experience in (especially non-timber) forest product value chains and rural income generating activities.
  6. Professional experience in participatory land use planning.
  7. Knowledge about ESMF development and application, environmental and social safeguards.

Country:
Pakistan

Region and duty station:
Peshawar - Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Forestry, Environment & Wildlife Department (FEWD)

Project / Assignment duration:
6 years

Estimated project start:
Q1/2 2021 – Q4 2026

Project status:
Shortlisted

Deadline:
05/03/2021

Contact

Please contact vacancies(at)aht-group.com to express your interest and to send your CV, preferably in KfW format.