EMPLOYMENT: FAO Senior Forestry Officer (Team Leader)

Under the supervision of the Director of the Forest Economics, Policy and Products Division (FOE), the incumbent will be responsible for planning, organizing and coordinating the technical and operational delivery of the Department’s work on forest products and industries in the context of the organization’s strategic framework and related forestry priorities. In particular, the incumbent will:

  • provide strategic, managerial and technical leadership, guidance and support to the Team on forest products development, marketing and trade, including wood and non-wood forest products; wood energy; small and medium scale industries and forest harvesting and engineering;
  • plan, implement, monitor and report on the technical, operational and financial delivery of the Team’s contributions to FAO’s strategic objectives and provide input into the FAO corporate Programme of Work and related processes;
  • supervise the team members’ work and performance, including the development of work plans and yearly performance evaluations;
  • promote interdisciplinary work by the team and strengthen synergies and collaboration with other Departments and decentralized offices in the context of the implementation of FAO’s strategic framework;
  • provide advice to FAO member countries to strengthen their capacity for sustainable development, production, marketing and trade of forest products, especially in the context of a green economy, and to develop sustainable forest industries;
  • foster, strengthen and manage strategic partnerships with relevant institutions at international, national and local levels, including the private sector, NGOs and donors dealing with matters related to forest products and industries;
  • serve as the Secretary of the FAO Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries, prepare meetings and lead the implementation of activities agreed by FAO and the Committee;
  • participate in relevant Organization-wide, cross-Departmental committees, project teams, and working groups and provide technical leadership on internal and external technical networks;
  • lead or participate in resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate strategy;
  • perform other duties as required.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: April 30, 2014

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EMPLOYMENT: IFPRI Project Manager, HarvestChoice and Africa RISING

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to fill the position of Project Manager at the Environment and Production Technology Division for a two-year, fixed-term, renewable appointment. Under the direct supervision of the team leaders of HarvestChoice (http://harvestchoice.org) and Africa RISING (http://africa-rising.net) projects, the Project Manager will assist and manage operation, representation, and research outputs of the projects. This position is based at IFPRI headquarters in Washington, DC.

Essential Duties:

  • Data Management
    • Oversee the quality and relevance of HarvestChoice and Africa RISING M&E project knowledge products, including data and tools, and provide guidance to relevant team members as necessary.
    • Catalog and geo-reference CGIAR’s research activities, in close collaboration with the focal points of Consortium Research Programs across CGIAR and the Consortium Office; Managing the research activity database and web-based tools.
    • Organize and summarize large amounts of technical documents; perform a range of program coordination and data management activities; build and implement data collection plans.
  • Project Management
    • Manage contracts and relations with external developers and collaborators of HarvestChoice and Africa RISING; communicate with project partners on project goals, requirements, and scheduling of deliverables
    • Manage project calendar and planned milestones, deliverables, activities to alert responsible staff and collaborators to ensure timely delivery of products and reports.
    • Develop and manage project-related presentation materials.
    • Respond to internal/external project information requests.
    • Maintain project meeting minutes and related materials.

More information.

Deadline: May 14, 2014

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CALL FOR COMMENTS: REDD+ Practical Guide to Participatory Governance Assessment

The UN-REDD Program invites commonts on its draft guide to the Participatory Governance Assessment (PGA).

The PGA is one of several tools developed by the UN-REDD Programme that countries can use to address governance challenges related to their REDD+ processes. The PGA is an inclusive and multi-stakeholder process that aims to produce robust and credible governance information as a first step in addressing weaknesses in governance and eventually, as a basis for policy reform. 

Formulated in response to UN-REDD Programme partner country demand for practical guidance on Participatory Governance Assessments (PGAs), the purpose of this guide is to outline the main steps of a PGA process, while allowing flexibility for variances across regions, countries, peoples, communities and circumstances. The guide also draws on lessons, challenges and practical solutions drawn from the experience of the four PGA pilots within the UN-REDD Programme to date: Ecuador, Indonesia, Nigeria and Vietnam. The intended primary users of this guide are national stakeholders who are or who will be engaged in a PGA process, including civil society, government, academia and private sector actors in general, and PGA coordinators in partner countries in particular.

The draft is available here in English, French, and Spanish. If you wish to comment you may send them to Tina Sølvberg, UN-REDD Programme: tina.solvberg@undp.org by Friday, May 1st.

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EMPLOYMENT: 2 Program Officer Positions with The African Forest Forum (Nairobi)

The African Forest Forum (AFF) is an association of individuals who share the pursuit and commitment to the sustainable management, use and conservation of the forest and tree resources of Africa for the betterment of the socio-economic wellbeing of its people and for the stability and improvement of its environment. The purpose of AFF is to provide a platform and create an enabling environment for independent and objective analysis, advocacy and advice on all relevant policy and technical issues pertaining to achieving sustainable management, use and conservation of Africa’s forest and tree resources as part of efforts to reduce poverty, protect the environment and promote economic and social development.

The African Forest Forum is recruiting for the positions of Senior Programme Officer (SPO) and Programme Officer for the “Strengthening Sustainable Forest Management in Africa” project, to be based at its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

Deadlines: May 6th (Senior Programme Officer) and May 10th (Programme Officer), 2014

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Lose to gain: is involuntary resettlement a development opportunity?

Eldis News - Tue, 2014-04-15 13:39

Resettlement policies and laws in South Asian countries at present focus primarily on compensation payment for property acquired for a public purpose. This book assesses the adequacy of conventional compensation and resettlement assistance programs such as cash-for-land, land-for-land compensation, limited and temporary employment opportunities at project construction sites, better housing in urban development projects, and income and livelihood restoration and improvement assistance programmes.

It also examines affected persons’ perspectives, how they perceive their displacement, and what strategies they use to respond to displacement with or without assistance from project sponsors and authorities. This knowledge will help policy makers, project sponsors, and project executive agencies to improve resettlement planning and implementation programmes and, at least to some extent, will assist in reforming resettlement policies and land laws.

Such reforms, this book argues, should consider

  • the adequacy of current resettlement policy frameworks to deal with complex, widespread, and ambiguous experiences of affected persons of development interventions
  • the almost inevitable impoverishment of project-affected persons from the pre-displacement phase to post-resettlement phase
  • limited state commitment to broadening such policy frameworks into national laws
  • widespread weak institutional capacity to implement the laws


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Odisha seeks MoEF nod for Nalco's slurry pipeline

India Environment Portal - Tue, 2014-04-15 13:00
Wants to lay a slurry pipeline from its CPP at Angul to Bharatpur South coal block of MCL The Odisha government had sought the nod of the Union ministry of environment & forests (MoEF) for diversion of 12.63 hectares (ha) of forest land to lay a slurry pipeline from its captive power plant (CPP) at Angul to Bharatpur South coal block of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL).
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Forest dept, CIDCO plan mangrove wetland centre in Navi Mumbai

India Environment Portal - Mon, 2014-04-14 13:00
The mangrove cell is also planning to start the western coast’s first marine interpretation centre at Airoli. Soon, Mumbaikars can walk through the mangroves along the Palm Beach Road in Navi Mumbai and get closer to flamingos in the Thane creek. The forest department and the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) are undertaking a joint survey of mangroves in the area with the plan of creating a wetland centre there.
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Over 10,000 acres of forest lost to fire

India Environment Portal - Mon, 2014-04-14 13:00
Over 10,000 acres of forest was razed by a fire, which started above Rabuna under Phangyul gewog in Wangdue on April 10. As of yesterday night, the fire was not contained. Wangdue range officer, Chencho
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Honda plants 10,000 trees nationwide

India Environment Portal - Mon, 2014-04-14 13:00
Honda Atlas Cars Pakistan Limited (HACPL) has always held strong to its commitment towards nurturing a greener planet. As a part of the same pledge HACPL undertook another initiative of a nationwide tree
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Drive to plant 300,000 trees in Karachi soon

India Environment Portal - Mon, 2014-04-14 13:00
Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has said that under Green and Peaceful Karachi Program, National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH) in collaboration with over 30 organizations would plant
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3 top NGOs for CAG probe into Forest Rights Act implementation

India Environment Portal - Mon, 2014-04-14 13:00
Seeking transparency, three NGOs working for wildlife conservation and tribal development at the grassroots have filed an application in the Supreme Court demanding a committee of independent experts or
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Climate change 2014: mitigation of climate change (IPCC Climate Change Report, Fifth Assessment, WGIII AR5)

India Environment Portal - Mon, 2014-04-14 13:00

This final volume of the three-part landmark report released by the IPCC shows that global emissions of greenhouse gases have risen to unprecedented levels and calls for emissions reductions from energy production and use, transport, buildings, industry, land use, and human settlements.

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Sourcing examples of policy and programming practice for empowering women in a rural context

Eldis News - Mon, 2014-04-14 10:16

This reports deals with the issue of empowering women in a rural context, aiming at promoting transformative gender policy by updating livelihoods advisers’ knowledge of gender in a changing agricultural and rural context.

The document indicates that innovative methodologies for integrating gender into value chain approaches seem to be gaining popularity, but few consolidated reports of evidence of impact has yet been located on gender and value chains. The paper reviews the impact of economic resource transfers to women and to men, and highlights some gender issues related to conditional/unconditional cash-transfer programmes, grants to micro-enterprises, and microcredit programmes.

Conclusions include:

  • savings and micro savings really make an impact, and access to land, property, title to land really makes a difference in terms of productivity for women farmers
  • microfinance alone is not sufficient to grow the businesses of very poor women, but a relatively large capital transfer, if paired with income generation training and follow-up technical visits, can transform the occupational choices of very poor women
  • business training alone does not result in the growth of women-owned businesses, however the impact can be improved by increasing the quality and duration of the training and targeting women running larger firms


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11 dead in Chile blaze; 500 homes destroyed

India Environment Portal - Sun, 2014-04-13 13:00
Valparaiso, April 13: At least 11 persons have died in a huge fire in Chile's port city of Valparaiso famous for its UNESCO-listed historic centre, officials said today. The blaze, which started in woodland
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Towards a conceptual framework for improved monitoring and evaluation of SEA outcomes: a discussion note

Eldis News - Fri, 2014-04-11 20:44

This paper tries to answer the question how can standard Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process be modified to incorporate robust long term monitoring frameworks which facilitate outcome mapping and impact assessment.

Theoretically, any SEA intervention should lead to an outcome that improves policies, plans and programmes (PPP) relative to the counterfactual – how things would be without SEA. However, it is important to stress that every SEA should develop its own theory of change (ToC).

The paper figures that an important point to note on comparing the effect of SEAs at different times is that ultimate impact is very likely to depend on decision takers, organisations and institutions beyond the control of those commissioning the SEA. Furthermore, the “influencing environment” is very important. So when it comes to identifying the outcomes and impact of an SEA, the role of the SEA needs to be distinguished in the bigger picture.

The author suggests that:

  • a conceptual framework for comparing similar SEAs should be used so that those synthesising evidence from one type of SEAs have to explain why lessons will apply to other SEAs
  • SEA practitioners should be allowed to deviate from recognised good practice if it can be shown why an alternative approach makes more sense
  • while SEA process evaluation is still valuable, the biggest gap is in impact assessment

The paper also underscores that it should be fairly straightforward to develop an Institutional Capacity Assessment Matrix (ICAM) and Organisational Capacity Assessment Matrix (OCAM) for SEA.

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