Forestry Officer (FLEGT - Latin America)

FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Panama City, Panama

Reporting Lines

The Forestry Officer reports to the EU FAO FLEGT Programme Manager and in close coordination with the Sub-Regional and Regional Forestry Officers for Meso-America and South America.

Technical Focus

Identify, manage and implement initiatives that support increased stakeholder participation in strengthening forest governance and other FLEGT-related actions in countries eligible for the programme.

Key Results

Comprehensive technical and policy expertise to support the planning, development and implementation of Departmental/Division programmes, projects, products and services in accordance with Departmental/Division objectives and FAO Strategic Objectives.

Key Functions

  • Plans and leads components of multi-disciplinary teams, leads and/or participates on Organization-wide, cross-Departmental committees, project teams, and working groups and/or provides specialized expertise on technical networks and/or international technical policy and/or international technical policy and standard setting bodies.
  • Develops technical, analytical, monitoring and reporting frameworks, and related methodologies, tools, systems and databases etc. to support the planning, implementation/delivery and monitoring of programmes of work, projects, products and/or services.
  • Designs and conducts research, data collection, validation, analysis and/or reporting activities to support the development of technical standards, international instruments, innovative approaches and strategies, new tools, technologies, technical reports/publications, and/or policy proposals as well as the provision of technical/policy/specialist/advice and expertise.
  • Responds to country requests for technical and policy assistance, provides technical advice, assistance and solutions to Decentralized Offices and provides technical backstopping to field projects.
  • Collaborates in, provides technical backstopping to and ensures the quality / effectiveness of capacity development and knowledge sharing activities within member countries such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning materials, on-line tools.
  • Promotes international cooperation/advocates best practices, increased policy dialogue and provides technical expertise at international/intergovernmental meetings.
  • Participates in resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate strategy.

Specific Functions

  • Provides assistance to FAO Representatives, European Union Delegations, Heads of Forestry Administrations, civil society and private sector organizations in the identification of FLEGT initiatives in the region in line with FAO priorities for the region, and leads/participates in and technically guides the FLEGT programme/project formulation process in the region;
  • Participates in corporate planning and contribute to the implementation and achievement of FAO's Strategic Objectives (SOs) and regional priorities in line with the objectives of the FLEGT Programme, streamlines the FLEGT Programme objectives into FAO's sub-regional and country level work plans;
  • Oversees and conducts awareness raising and facilitate experience sharing on FLEGT related topics within FAO regional, sub-regional and country offices as well as between stakeholders in programme countries;
  • Builds partnerships, provides guidance and works with regional and national institutions to coordinate and strengthen implementation of FLEGT related projects and programmes in eligible countries;
  • Leads the planning and coordination of regional aspects of FLEGT related calls for proposals in eligible countries including advertising calls, screening and evaluating proposals;
  • Identifies and develops FLEGT related direct assistance projects based on client demand;
  • Leads the monitoring, provision of technical support, and appraisal of all projects developed and funded in the region;
  • Provides day to day guidance and supervision of FAO FLEGT Programme consultants for Latin America;
  • Assists/supervises/contributes to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. progress reports, background papers, analysis, studies and publications.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in forestry, forest economics, forest engineering or natural resources;
  • Seven years of relevant experience in forest policy, economics, forest governance;
  • Working knowledge of English and Spanish.


  • Results Focus;
  • Teamwork;
  • Communication;
  • Building Effective Relationships;
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement.

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable;
  • Working experience in developing countries, especially in Latin America;
  • Relevance and extent of experience in forest law enforcement, governance and trade processes;
  • Extent of field experience including the management, monitoring and technical backstopping of field projects/programmes and consultants;
  • Proven ability to establish networks and work with/facilitate government, private sector and non-governmental institutions to develop shared vision that positively impact global forest sector issues.


  • All candidates should possess computer/word processing skills.

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