Junior AFOLU Expert, Coalition for Rainforest Nations


The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agenda item on “Reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries and approaches to stimulate action” was initially  introduced at the Conference of the Parties (COP11) in December 2005 by the governments of Papua New Guinea and Costa Rica, supported by eight other Parties. The challenge was to establish a mechanism called REDD+ aimed at incentivizing mitigation actions in the forest sector to be included in the post-2012 climate change framework agreement. Such mechanism needs to be able to provide the appropriate incentive to the right people at the right time to make it worthwhile for them to change their current use of forest resources. To do so, a system for monitoring, reporting and verifying emissions and removals related to implemented actions shall be set. The greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory is the instrument that the Climate Change Convention has set to report greenhouse gases estimates with the aim to understand national trends in emissions and removals, assess and plan low-carbon development strategies, assess global GHG emissions and removals.
Currently there is a lack of capacity in Non-Annex I Parties for producing a high-quality sustainable GHG inventories by fulfilling a set of monitoring and compliance procedures required. Some elements of these procedures are: 
  • Parties should establish a national system for the estimation of anthropogenic GHG emissions by sources and removals by sinks;
  • Parties should prepare and submit a national GHG inventory;
  • GHG inventories shall be subject to an independent review led by expert teams.
A Non-Annex I Party which will be ready to submit a comprehensive national GHG inventory following the reporting requirements under the UNFCCC will have the capability to assess and report anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks under the expected REDD+ mechanism. In prevision of such forthcoming mechanism it is fundamental that all potential REDD+ countries start to work towards establishing a national GHG inventory system.
The focus of the CD-REDD II Project is to empower countries to prepare and manage their national GHG inventory by providing training on all aspects and phases of GHG inventory development with the focus on the AFOLU (Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use) sector. On behalf of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations (CfRN), the Project will assist seven developing countries selected among CfRN member countries, and will consist in global and regional workshops, in-country training sessions and remote assistance.
CfRN is looking for a motivated Junior Expert for the following tasks to be executed under the direct supervision of the Project Senior Expert:
1. Prepare tutorial materials on the AFOLU sector of the national GHG inventory, to be used for the technical capacity building activities at global, regional, national level;
2. Collaborate and exchange experiences and lessons learnt with other agencies and institutions involved in capacity building activities for the AFOLU sector of the national GHG inventories in developing countries;
3. Undertake field missions and deliver training courses in participating countries.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with excellent interpersonal abilities. Background in GHG inventories is mandatory and a background in data analyses of forest inventory data and/or geospatial data is desirable.

Language:  Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of Spanish is a plus.
Interested candidates are invited to send their curriculum vitae and any supporting documentation as relevant to the following email address: msecrieru@rainforestcoalition.org 
Deadline for applications: 28 February 2011
Duration: Two years position starting as soon as possible
Salary level: 60,000 $ per year
Duty station: Rome with travel to participating countries