The US Forest Service (USFS), as a part of the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) programs in Mozambique, may require the services of a program support specialist to provide support to an ongoing partnership between the USFS and Mozambique’s National Administration for Conservation Areas (ANAC). The specialist will serve as the liaison between ANAC, related partner institutions, and the USFS and help manage the partnership’s technical portfolio.
The USFS is currently supporting the National Administration for Conservation Areas (ANAC) to address natural resource challenges in key areas across Mozambique. Since 2011, ANAC has been the lead agency responsible for the management of 16 conservation areas within the country. These areas represent 25% of the national territory, or 20 million hectares. The largest of these protected areas, Niassa National Reserve (NNR), remains a key hotspot for biodiversity and boasts many challenges and opportunities for effective natural resource management.
The USFS conducted a scoping mission to Niassa National Reserve in 2019 and identified a suite of activities through which the USFS is ideally suited to contribute to ANAC’s important work. These activities focus on four overarching themes: fire management and training, protected area infrastructure design, capacity building for law enforcement, and community engagement and outreach. With support from USAID/Mozambique, the USFS and ANAC have designed and begun implementing a program around these themes that, for the immediate future, will focus on NNR. USFS also has separate activities related to sustainable timber and forest landscape restoration that the Specialist would also support as they develop.
The USFS Mozambique Program Support Specialist will work with colleagues from ANAC, the USFS, USAID, and other partner institutions such as the Wildlife Conservation Society on a daily basis to oversee technical cooperation and serve as a member of (or an extension of) the USFS team based in Washington, D.C., USA. This specialist may be based within a geographic focus area or may work from Maputo with occasional travel to field sites to support communities and partners with technical activities. This position will be expected to work closely under the guidance of USFS technical and management teams based remotely and with occasional visits to Mozambique once international travel resumes following the global pandemic.
Degree in forestry, conservation biology, ecology, geography, or related discipline, or equivalent professional experience in natural resource management;
Demonstrated leadership and management skills; capable of executing complex tasks with minimal supervision over an extended timeline;
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
Project administration and financial management skills, and associated attention to detail;
Experience working in developing countries, preferably within sub-Saharan Africa;
Ability to work in a dynamic environment with in-country and U.S. government agencies, international donors, NGOs, community groups, and other stakeholders;
Experience working with key government partners in Mozambique strongly preferred;
Excellent writing and presentation skills;
Willingness to work out-of-doors in potentially arduous conditions for prolonged periods of time and in areas with intermittent power supply and internet connectivity;
English and Portuguese fluency required.
Duties In collaboration with the USFS International Programs (IP) office in Washington, DC, the USFS Mozambique Program Support Specialist will help oversee the field design, implementation, and coordination of activities with ANAC and related partners.
The specialist will report to the US Forest Service Mozambique Program Manager and will support planning, coordination, and logistics of the initiative in Mozambique, working from Maputo or a field site, with occasional travel in between. The specialist will work with colleagues from ANAC and partner institutions (e.g., governmental and non-governmental institutions, local communities, academia, development partners and relevant development partner-supported projects) on a continuous basis.
Responsibilities of the Specialist include, but are not limited to:
Collaborate with colleagues from Government of Mozambique, local authorities, non-governmental organizations, private sector, civil society organization, academia, and community partner organizations on design and implementation of core project activities;
Provide reporting and program implementation information on a regular basis to USFS/IP Program Manager;
Lead technical activities such as assessments, trainings, oversight, field trials, as required;
Liaise closely with USFS technical teams and advisors – remotely via email, Whatsapp, and other web-based platforms – on key technical activities and trainings;
Support coordination, implementation, monitoring and troubleshooting on technical activities potentially including site planning, nursery management, wood identification or wild fire management; and,
Provide other assistance related to USFS field missions as required and discussed with supervisor.
Develop field level work plans in close collaboration with the USFS/IP and partners;
Deliver high quality, scientifically sound technical activities based upon USFS technical team support and in close collaboration with communities and partners;
Ensure thorough, high quality, and timely reporting for program activities; and,
Collect necessary communications and monitoring data throughout the implementation of technical activities.
Oversight and Reporting: The specialist shall report to the USFS-IP Mozambique Program Manager at the USFS/IP Africa & Middle East office and provide regular evaluation and guidance.
Period of Performance: Up to one year with a possibility of extension
Location of Work: Maputo or Mecula, Mozambique preferred with occasional travel in country
Compensation: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Timeline: Apply by March 31, 2021.
If the US Forest Service were to secure the services of an individual with these technical skills, the successful applicant would be hired through a contractor. Interested candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to Allison Saracina at firstname.lastname@example.org with USFS Mozambique Program Support Specialist in the subject line.
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