7 Nov 2016

Capacity Building Jobs Food and Agriculture Organization 2016

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Capacity Building and Knowledge Management Specialist Jobs at Food and Agriculture Organization

Contract Type: Personal Services Agreement
Duty Station: Nairobi
Organizational Unit: FAO Representation Office in Kenya
Duration: 21 Days When Actually Employed To 31 March 2017
Eligible Candidates: Kenyan Nationals
Anticipated Start Date: ASAP
Deadline for Application: 9th November 2016

Partners/Institutional Setting, Capacity Building and Knowledge Management Specialist


The Restoration Initiative (TRI) Program has been developed to make a significant global contribution to restoring ecosystem functioning and improving livelihoods through the restoration of priority degraded and deforested landscapes, in support of the Bonn Challenge, and in response to the expressed needs of countries.

Through the GEF programmatic approach, the TRI will create synergies, provide a wider array of tools and resources to national projects, and leverage key partnerships to yield cost savings and realize greater impact than possible under a fragmented, project-by-project approach.

The Program consists of 10 national projects supported by a Global Learning, Financing, and Partnerships project to develop and disseminate best practices and tools, catalyze investment in restoration, expand the scope of countries and actors engaged in forest and landscape restoration, and realize benefits at scale.

The Restoration Initiative has been developed through collaboration between and will be steered by GEF Agencies IUCN, FAO, and UNEP.

The global program document has been approved by the GEF Council on June 8 2016. It is now expected that all country program develop project documents during the project preparation phase.

The project on Restoration of arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) of Kenya through bio-enterprise development and other incentives under The Restoration Initiative in Kenya is one of the 11 national Child projects under the TRI.

As the other national Child project, it will focus on Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) in country working on policy, FLR implementation, capacity building, finance and upscaling as well as knowledge management.
Reporting Line Under the direct supervision of the FAO Representative in Kenya, the overall guidance of the Lead Technical Officer, and the International GEF Design Consultant, and in close collaboration with the GEF team at FAO, the consultant will be responsible for informing the development of the project in relation to institutional and partnership setting, capacity building as well as knowledge management. Technical Functions

Capacity Building Job Responsibilities

1. Partners/Institutional setting and Capacity Building

  • Institutional and stakeholders setting and capacity building for forest and landscape restoration
  • Map current roles and responsibilities of the key institutions and stakeholders involved in FLR at national level and in the pilot site(s) in particular.
  • Assess the governance structures and existing institutional arrangements (both at national and local levels) between the key stakeholders (including collaborative mechanisms and cross-sectoral coordination) for implementation of the project activities (work with the other national consultants and the International Design Expert).
  • Analyse the govt. institutions and main stakeholders’ capacities to support/implement forest and landscape restoration and integrated landscape management (including an assessment of fiscal and human resources, knowledge and expertise, as well as operational and procedural frameworks).
  • Identify capacity development needs for effective forest and landscape restoration and integrated landscape management both at national and local level and in the pilot sites (using Capacity Development Scorecards).
  • The stakeholders’ capacity building need should be assessed on all the topics relevant to this project: policy work, FLR implementation on the field and especially on Assessment of Restoration Opportunities and FLR
  • Monitoring tools (at both pilot site and national levels).
  • Define the institutional and partners setting necessary to the successful implementation of the project.
  • Specify strategies to ensure the institutions and stakeholders’ ability to fulfil their respective roles in project implementation and to support the long-term sustainability of project results beyond the project duration.
  • Detail the activities (and budget) needed for this during the life of the project.
  • Define a system to assess the progress in terms of capacity building for FLR capacity (with a focus on FLR opportunity assessment and monitoring) at country/local level.
  • This will be done in close collaboration with the other national and international consultants (in charge of the content of the activities) to make sure that the activities are well defined and that the role of each partner (institutional and others) is well defined and supported for the success of the project.

2. Knowledge Management & Linkages with the Global Child project

  • Assessment of national need and contribution to knowledge management and tools – Assess, through research and interviews, the kind of knowledge and knowledge tools needed at national and local levels to ensure efficient FLR delivery.
  • Link the need with what might be offered by the Global Child (in close collaboration with FAO HQ in charge of this component of the Global Child project):
  • FLR implementation tools, guidelines and e-learning;
  • Forest and landscape restoration financing tools developed by the FAO Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism;
  • Awareness Raising Campaign on FLR to support the national project objectives as well as the Global awareness on FLR – Assess the type of knowledge (tool) developed at national level which could be shared at the global level through the knowledge platform (to be developed by the Global Component) or south-south cooperation.
  • Detail activities (and budget) needed in linkages with Knowledge Management knowing that the budget will have to provision for participation to Global activities such as the Annual Knowledge exchange meeting and the bi-annual Finance Fair.
  • For this activity, a close collaboration with the Rome-based consultant in charge of developing the Knowledge
  • Management part of the Global Child would be important.
  • It will also be important to highlight the existing tools developed by the FLR Mechanism in FAO such as the
  • Monitoring Roadmap (for monitoring related activities) and the future Monitoring Toolbox.

3. Liaison with the International Design Consultant and support for the development of the final project document for GEF

  • The consultant will also be responsible to answer any queries from the International design Consultant in relation to Institutional/Partners settings, Knowledge management and Monitoring & Evaluation, in order to satisfy the quality of documents needed by the GEF.

4. Liaison with the team in charge of the Knowledge component of the Global Child

  • This dialogue will be important to know how to best integrate the national Child into the Global program and how the national Child will benefit from the tools and experiences offered by the Global Child.

Capacity Building Job Minimum Requirements

  • Degree in project management, knowledge science, forestry or related discipline
  • At least 10 years of work experience in partners coordination, project management, knowledge management or capacity building
  • Experience and thorough familiarity with the forestry partners and institution sector in Kenya both and the policy and field levels
  • Experience in forest policy and institutional analysis
  • Fluency in English and good writing skills


How to Apply

  • Candidates are requested to attach a cover letter and FAO Personal Profile Form (PPF). To create the PPF, please follow the instructions available at http://www.fao.org/employment/irecruitment-access/en/. In order for your application to be properly evaluated, please ensure that all sections of the on-line profile are completed. Please note that attached resumes or CV’s in place of the PPF will not be considered.
  • Please send your application to [email protected] quoting the position title and vacancy announcement number. Applications received after the deadline and without all the specified/ required documents will not be given consideration. Only short listed candidates will be contacted
  • This vacancy is open to both male and female candidates. Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

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