Forest Officer: Forest Landscape Restoration Job description
Reporting to: The National Coordinator
Grade: Professional Staff
Type of contract: Project-based
The Forest Landscape Restoration Project Officer will coordinate the planning, implementation and tracking of a portfolio of project as well as provide technical assistance and contribute to knowledge generation. This portfolio is aimed at supporting partners in defining and implementing Forest Landscape Restoration commitments in support to the Bonn Challenge target to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested lands by 2020 and beyond, underpinned by national and sub-national strategies, clear resourcing frameworks, supportive policy and institutional frameworks, and early action in landscapes.
Under the overall supervision of the National Coordinator, Forest Landscape Restoration Officer will have the following specific responsibilities:
1. Project management and implementation
- Create detailed work plans, budgets and schedules for successful project completion that effectively allocate the resources to the activities.
- Ensure that project activities are on-time, on-budget, and on-track for contributing to the achievement of the projects’ objectives and contractual obligations and programmatic objectives.
- In collaboration with the Programmes Officer, develop project monitoring and learning (M&L) systems to measure the impacts from the results of the projects and activities.
- Elaborate TORs and negotiate external contracts and internal agreements with partners, Regional and Country programmes, and consultants, in collaboration with administration staff.
- Coordinate and monitor the administration of project budgets and work plans according to approved external contracts and internal agreements, work plans, internal procedures and policies, and donor requirements.
- Work closely with the accountant in preparing financial and technical reports and supporting documentation for funders as outlined in funding agreements.
2. Technical assistance, knowledge generation and analytical analysis.
- Provide specific technical assistance to project partners and colleagues to ensure the achievement of targets, results and deliverables on time and with high quality.
- Promote exchange of technical information among project components.
- Be proactive in seeking and delivering innovative solutions and technical information to project partners and colleagues.
- Engage with national and international organisations to leverage the results and deliverables of the projects.
- In collaboration with the National Coordinator and Programmes Officer, develop and support the capture and sharing of project related knowledge to ensure the timely and quality delivery of knowledge products for specific audiences and other project outputs.
- Ensure effective information flow between all those engaged in or affected by project implementation.
- Establish files to ensure that all project information is appropriately documented and a communications schedule to update stakeholders including appropriate staff on the progress of the projects.
3. Project and programme development and quality assurance.
- Collaborate with the Monitoring and Learning Officer, Programmes Officer and partners to apply the M&E framework and its tools to demonstrate the impacts of the projects and activities.
- Review the quality of the work completed with the project teams on a regular basis to ensure that it meets project standards.
- Facilitate effective collaboration between project team members, as appropriate, to ensure thematic alignment of project implementation.
- In close collaboration with the project team and other stakeholders design, develop and fundraise for new related projects.
4. Other responsibilities
- As requested by the National Coordinator, the Officer shall:
- Represent the Zambia CBNRM Forum on forest issues at political and technical meetings, seminars and other events and processes locally and regionally.
- Support the project activities by researching and synthesising information on particular themes and issues relevant to the work of the Programme.
- Supervise additional project staff, consultants and interns engaged in the project.
- Carry out additional tasks as may be requested by the supervising officer.
- Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline (Forestry Management, Land Use, Natural Resources Management, Development Studies, Environmental Management, or other relevant academic field).
- At least 3 years of relevant professional work experience on relevant issues.
- Proven track record in coordinating multidisciplinary projects and team work.
- Ability to work effectively within a large decentralised workforce of professionals of different nationalities and to mobilise it towards common goals.
- Organisational experience, including a proven ability to work on a variety of tasks simultaneously, and to perform well under pressure.
- Fluent English and knowledge of key other local languages is an asset.
- Excellent interpersonal and networking skills, especially within team members and multi-stakeholder contexts.
- Effective communicator to a wide range of audiences and through a variety of mediums.
- Available for significant travel locally and regionally.
- Knowledge of the socio, economic and ecological aspects of the Silowana Complex.
Method of application
Applications must include a cover letter and complete CV of not more than 5 pages with full contact details of three referees and should be addressed to the Recruiting Officer, via email to: Note that the CV and Cover letter MUST be in PDF form. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Zambia CBNRM Forum is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.