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International Expert on Carbon Flow Monitoring Under Sustainable Land and Forest Management in the Greater Caucasus Landscape (SLM/SFM) project and EC Clima East Pilot Project on “Ecosystem Based Approaches to Climate Change”

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
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Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 25/05/2015
Company Name UNDP
Contact Name Human Resources
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The objective of the SLFM project is to secure the flow of multiple ecosystem services, including carbon storage and sequestration and water provisioning services, while ensuring ecosystem resilience to climate change. The project will engineer a paradigm shift from the current unsustainable practices to sustainable land and forest management practice. The Clima East project envisages enhancing carbon storage potential of forests and pastures integrated into forestry and pasture land-use planning and decision making. The project(s) shall address barriers to sustainable pasture and forest management. In doing so they will support measures to mitigate CC such as managing natural forests to emphasize natural regeneration through improved grazing and wood collecting in forests. It will avoid GHG emissions caused by degradation, increase sequestration through enhanced biomass and improve the productivity of forests and pasturelands. This would result in short and long-term global benefits.

The purpose of the EU funded EC Clima East Pilot Project on “Ecosystem-based approach to climate change” is to support the design and application of sustainable pasture management practices in the country with the overall objective of improving pasture/soil condition in the selected target zones (Ismayilli region) that would ultimately result in improved soil condition and land management practices which leads to enhanced CO2 sequestration and absorption by the grasslands.

The project has three inter-related major outputs:

  • a) Conducting inventory of the pasture areas in Ismayilli to obtain a clear picture on soil/vegetation/carbon conditions;
  • b) Preparation and application of sustainable land management models across 3,000 ha of selected pasture land (including rehabilitation and restoration works);
  • c) Design and application of carbon flow monitoring mechanism to assess changes in carbon sequestration/absorption and avoided CO2 emissions overtime. All components have built-in capacity building elements targeting local government representatives responsible for land management and agricultural policy, farmers and communities, as well as civil servants in the field of environment.

 

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

Expert on Carbon Flow Monitoring will be responsible for effective development, adoption, and utilization of carbon flow monitoring protocols integrated in the national forest monitoring system based on refined methodological approaches for carbon stock field assessment by means of timely and qualitative implementation of the main components of the field carbon assessment program.

Scope of Work:

  • Liaise with MoENR and other relevant government agencies, and all relevant stakeholders related to SLM and carbon management, including donor organizations and NGOs and also establish seamless cooperation of departmental boundaries within the MoENR, particularly between the Forest Development Department (FDD) and the Environmental Monitoring Department (EMD);
  • Mobilize efforts of national experts involved to carbon working group for timely and qualitative implementation of activities for effective development, adoption, and utilization of carbon monitoring protocols;
  • Liaise with the International Expert conducting capacity needs assessment to clarify and define the specific training needs of the MoENR, DFD, FE and EMD, for carbon monitoring (The training needs in terms of importance and necessity of carbon forest monitoring, current international best practices in the domain of SFM). The carbon pools (Above Ground Biomass, Below Ground Biomass, Litter, Dead wood, SOC). How they need to be monitored at different scales namely project area wise, landscape level and national level, etc., based on stratification. Also provide inputs in terms of the different international mechanisms like REDD+, AFOLU, UNFCCC, VCS methodologies shall be explained for understanding the reporting requirements and thereby the need for carbon monitoring shall be explained);
  • Ensure timely and qualitative organization of the training activities focusing upon introducing modern forest and pasture inventory methods together with carbon measurement protocols to be used (to train at least 20 local/national specialist on carbon flow monitoring and international protocols);
  • Ensure proper implementation of field assessment of carbon methodology - will build upon, modify and be integrated into the current forest and pasture inventory methodology;
  • Ensure proper implementation of MRV practices as per the latest developments envisaged under REDD+ / UNFCCC methodologies;
  • Ensure proper implementation of consultative process by organizing working group meetings, round table discussions and validation workshops in close coordination with National Project Manager during the visits to the country;
  • Prepare presentation to present carbon monitoring protocols at the validation workshops;
  • Ensure timely submission of reports to National Project Manager related to implementation of works for development, adoption, and utilization of carbon monitoring protocols;
  • Prepare methodology for the carbon measurement and monitoring in the selected pilot regions of the project
  • Supervision and Final calculation of the carbon flow in pilot regions with the help of GIS specialist;
  • To support the project with conducting of study tour on the best international practices on carbon flow monitoring (July or August, 2015, at least 7 participants, 5 days in total).

Deliverables:

Year 2015 (Third Quarter):

  • Liaise with MoENR and other relevant government agencies, and all relevant stakeholders related to SLM and carbon management, including donor organizations and NGOs and also establish seamless cooperation of departmental boundaries within the MoENR, particularly between the Forest Development Department (FDD) and the Environmental Monitoring Department (EMD);
  • Implementation of field assessment of carbon methodology - will build upon, modify and be integrated into the current forest inventory methodology;
  • To train at least 20 experts in carbon monitoring in forest and pasture lands as part of capacity building program.

Year 2015 (Last Quarter):

  • Implementation of MRV practices as per the latest developments envisaged under REDD+ / UNFCCC methodologies;
  • Presentation to present carbon monitoring protocols at the validation workshops;
  • And design of the activities for the year 2016 within the projects.

 

 

Competencies

 

  • Displaying cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Outstanding communication and presentation skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills;
  • Outstanding time-management, organizational and inter-personal skills;
  • Sharing knowledge and experience, communicating ideas and managing information flow;
  • Strong team building skills, team management;
  • Respond positively to feedback and differing points of view;
  • Planning, organizing and multi-tasking;
  • Analytical thinking;
  • Strong drafting, presentation, management and reporting skills;
  • Strong computer skills;
  • Excellent written communication and coordination skills.

 

 

Required Skills and Experience

 

Education:

  • A university degree in physics, environment or any other field.

Experience:

  • At least 3 years of experience in carbon monitoring/measurement, emissions trading or CDM projects;
  • Strong knowledge of carbon monitoring issues, including the political, institutional and socio-economic contexts;
  • Working experience with ministries and national institutions;
  • Working experience with UNDP in past will be an asset;
  • Information about available best international  practices on SLM/SFM and policies and all other related issues.

Language:

  • Fluent in written and oral communication in English;
  • Knowledge of Russian will be an asset.

 

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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