Overview

RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests holds a unique and important place in the world of forestry. It is the only international not‐for‐profit organization that specializes in capacity development for community forestry and devolved forest management. RECOFTC engages in strategic networks and effective partnerships with governments, nongovernment organizations, civil society, the private sector, local people, and research and educational institutes throughout the Asia‐Pacific region and beyond. With over 30 years of international experience and a dynamic approach to capacity development—involving research, analysis and synthesis; strategic communication; training and learning networks; and piloting and demonstrating—RECOFTC delivers innovative solutions for people and forests.

RECOFTC is currently seeking a Project Officer to supervise and support the implementation of country-based project activities under the Voices for Mekong Forests (V4MF) project.  The successful applicant will be based at RECOFTC’s regional office in Bangkok, Thailand. The contract period will be for 24 months, with possibility of extension. This is an international recruited position and is required to have frequent travels to the project focal countries.

Background of the Project

RECOFTC-The Center for People and Forests in partnership with WWF, NEPCon, EWMI-ODI, NGO Forum, LBA, MERN, Raks Thai and Pan-Nature are implementing a five year (2017-2021) project by the European Union (EU), to strengthen the capacity of Non-State Actors (NSA) for improved forest governance in the Mekong region. The overarching rationale of the project is that for forests to be sustained, forest governance must be based on principles of inclusivity, requiring effective participation of NSAs. The project recognizes that many sub-national, national, regional and global initiatives offer opportunities for NSAs to become actively involved in government-led forest landscape dialogues and decision-making processes. The project therefore leverages and contributes to these initiatives, particularly the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade – Voluntary Partnership Agreements (FLEGT-VPA) and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+), by helping to ensure they are built on multi-stakeholder processes, and that civil society have the capacity to effectively engage on issues, present their concerns to policy makers, and organize themselves to share information and strengthen negotiating positions.

Geographical focus of the Project

The project is working on regional, national and landscape levels, recognizing that efforts to address the challenges facing forest governance in the region need to take a holistic approach. The trans-boundary focus of this project covers three landscapes across five countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam). These landscapes are home to many forest dependent communities, and among the most biodiverse in the region, providing a range of ecosystem services.

The target landscapes are:

  1. Dawna Tenasserim Transboundary Landscape (DTL) – covering Tanintharyi Nature Reserve (Myanmar) and Western Forest Complex (Thailand)
  2. Northern Thailand – Lao PDR Transboundary Landscape (NTLL) – covering DoiPhuKha National Park (Thailand) and Bokeo and Xayabury provinces (Lao PDR)
  3. Viet Nam – Lao PDR – Cambodia Transboundary Landscape (VLCL) – covering: a) Eastern Plains Landscape (Cambodia bordering with Viet Nam); b) Quang Nam province, Central Annamites; Kon Tum province, Central Highlands (Viet Nam bordering Cambodia and Lao PDR); and c) XePian and Dong Amphan National Biodiversity Conservation Areas (Lao PDR)

POSITION SUMMARY

The Project Officer will work under the supervision of the Project Coordinator. His/her main role is to supervise and support the implementation of country-based project activities according to the project’s scope. The assignment will focus on enhancing coordination with the project partners to ensure that the project expected results are effectively delivered and within the agreed timeline. As part of the project core team, additional tasks will relate to support the efficient management of the project finances, administration, monitoring and communication.

The position is international, at Program Officer (PO) level. It is offered for an initial period of two years, potentially renewable for a second 2-yr period based on performance review and funding availability. The successful candidate will be based in RECOFTC regional office in Bangkok (Thailand); however, it will initially require frequent travel (30-50% time) in the Mekong countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam, in addition to Thailand) for project partners’ coordination purpose.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The main tasks of the Project Officer will include but are not limited to the following:

1) Coordination

  • Supervise and support the coordination of project partners and country offices to ensure that the project activities are implemented as planned and synergized between implementing partners in country and regionally;
  • Record and prepare quarterly technical reports for RECOFTC’s project activities and support and review quarterly technical reports from project partners before  submission to the Project Coordinator;
  • Assist the Project Coordinator in submitting the project’s annual technical report to the donor, and in holding the project’s annual reflection/planning event.

2) Technical support

  • Provide guidance to implementing partners on desk and field-based information and data collection that are pertinent to the project scope, objective and outputs, as well as provide capacity development on adapted techniques and applications to be introduced to that effect;
  • Assist in periodically reviewing the country-wide forest governance assessment and situational analysis (FGSA) and coordinate with implementing partners and relevant stakeholders to process the analysis’ results and proceed on;
  • Assist in periodically monitoring the country-wide forest governance capacity development strategy (CDS) and coordinate with implementing partners and relevant stakeholders to process the analysis’ results and proceed on;
  • Facilitate the offer of tailored training to implementing partners and targeted beneficiaries on selected capacity development topics, for instance on how to use tools/applications for forest governance monitoring (FGM);
  • Support and advise on country-wise strategic engagement by implementing partners and targeted beneficiaries in relevant multi-stakeholder FG related processes, e.g. FGM, FLEGT VPA and REDD+;
  • Perform any other technical task as reasonably requested by the Project Coordinator, in particular in relation to the implementation and monitoring of the project’s four cross-cutting strategies/plans (incorporating gender, conflict sensitivity analysis and risk mitigation, communication and advocacy, and participatory monitoring and evaluation).

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

The Project Officer will have the following essential qualifications and experience:

Essential:

  • Bachelor Degree (or higher) in Natural Sciences, Natural Resource Management, Environment, Forestry, International Development, Social Sciences, or related fields;
  • Minimum seven years of relevant and progressively responsible working experience;
  • Good knowledge and experience working on forest and people issues, forest governance, community forestry, sustainable forest management, FLEGT/REDD+ and/or other related conservation or development issues;
  • Proven experience in the implementation and management/coordination of a complex multi-country program/project;
  • Experience in technically supporting and administratively managing a project;
  • Experience in adult learning, training, knowledge and skill transfer;
  • Proven capacity to (pro-) actively and constructively interact with non-state (NGOs, CSOs, communities) and state actors (government officials);
  • Proven ability to meet datelines;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and web-based applications;
  • Fair English skills with proven record of good writing.

Desirable:

  • Good understanding of forest governance concept, principles and frameworks, and forest legality and law enforcement (exposure to FLEGT is a great plus)
  • Proven skills in using data collection and spatial tools and applications;
  • Experience in facilitating meeting;
  • Output and outcome oriented;
  • Familiarity with the Mekong region and countries;
  • Willingness and availability to travel frequently (1-2 week(s)/month initially).

General:

In addition to job specific skills and experience, the applicant should possess the following characteristics (including attitudes and skills)

  • Interpersonal communication skills, individually and in‐groups, with an ability to work as an active member in a team. This implies flexibility and open‐mindedness;
  • Possess leadership personality, and able to take on and solve problems quickly and efficiently;
  • Hands‐on experience and able to work independently with minimum supervision;
  • Initiative and ability to make informed independent judgments (which is not inconsistent with an overall team approach);
  • Ability to work in a variety of cultural and institutional contexts.

Interested candidates are requested to submit CV and a cover letter indicating why they are suitable for this position along with salary expectations and current contact details of three referees, including recent supervisors to HR@recoftc.org. Please quote the position title in the subject line of the email. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. RECOFTC has a competitive compensation package. However, offers shall be based on salary history, relevant experience and qualifications of the selected candidate.

To learn more about RECOFTC, please visit our website www.recoftc.org

Women and candidates from the Asia-Pacific region are strongly encouraged to apply.  RECOFTC is an equal opportunity employer and the successful candidate will be selected based on merit.

RECOFTC retains the right to offer this position at a job grade relevant to the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.