Forestry Officer

Food and Agriculture Organization

Bangkok, Thailand

Ensure the planning, smooth implementation and strengthening of regional and country capacities on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) and more broadly, halting deforestation, degradation and emissions. Monitor, measure and report on forest resources in Asia and the Pacific region, while ensuring technical linkage with the FAO Forestry Roadmap, Climate Change Strategy, the FAO Strategic Framework and in accordance with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), particularly in Asia and the Pacific region.

Key Results

  • Research, technical analysis and project related services to support the delivery of programme projects, products and services.

Key Functions

  • Researches and analyses technical, social, economic, environmental, institutional, and technology related information, data and statistics and/or related policy issues to support the delivery of programme projects, products and services.
  • Produces a variety of technical information, data, statistics and reports as well as input for technical documents and web pages.
  • Provides technical support/analysis to various assessments, studies and initiatives and provides technical backstopping to field projects.
  • Collaborates in the development of improved/updated tools, systems, processes and databases.
  • Participates in multidisciplinary teams and/or leads working groups/teams collaborates with other divisions and agencies on work groups and committees and promotes best practices.
  • Collaborates in, provides technical backstopping to and ensures the quality/effectiveness of capacity development activities within Members such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning materials, on-line tools.
  • Promotes knowledge sharing and best practices at international meetings and conferences and influences partners in stakeholder consultations.
  • Supports resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate Strategy.

Specific Functions

  • Acts as a focal point for specific countries in Asia and the Pacific, including initiatives and projects (UN-REDD programme and beyond).
  • Plans, manages and implements, in collaboration with colleagues and counterparts, technical assistance related to REDD+ / halting deforestation and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV), as well as programming of proceeds from REDD+ results-based payments.
  • Provides guidance and technical inputs to strengthen capacities and promote south-south cooperation and networks on forest-based solutions to climate change, taking into special account integration with agriculture, forestry and land use elements of national climate action plans; ensures measurement, reporting and verification, including enhanced transparency framework and ensures that cutting edge knowledge and tools are adequately and efficiently used and tested in the region.
  • Ensures smooth and effective dialogue and collaboration between FAO headquarters, Regional and Decentralized Offices, facilitating technical backstopping for the consolidation of a strategic portfolio and the functioning of the decentralized team/human resources for regional work areas/projects/initiatives under his/her responsibility.
  • Ensures (or provides inputs as needed) actions to mobilize new financial resources to strengthen capacities for planning, delivery, reporting on results and to unlock finance related to REDD+/halting deforestation and NDCs actions.
  • Collaborates with other agencies, actors and initiatives at regional and national levels, including but not limiting to UN-REDD Programme, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the World Bank in country-level and regional activities.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in forestry, forest economics, forest engineering or other field related to biodiversity and natural resources management.
  • Five years of relevant experience in forest management and/or monitoring in tropical forest countries, REDD+ / forest-based climate change actions, measurement and reporting.
  • Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate - level B) of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).