Request for Contractor

The principles on which the Plan will be based were established during the Concept Phase presented to GEO-VII in November, 2010. The Plan will be a detailed realistic technical and management proposal and it should inter alia:

  • Assess national capabilities for producing national forest information;
  • Identify strategies needed to improve national capabilities;
  • Identify potential sources of observations (satellite and in-situ) and associated data policies;
  • Provide a work plan with time lines and deliverables for the GFOI;
  • Identify recommendations to GEO-VIII (November 2011) for future action to implement the work plan;
  • Make proposals for measuring success;
  • Prepare and edit meeting reports, technical & scientific reports, periodic progress reports and input to documents and publications as appropriate.
  • Represent GEO at international conferences and meetings.
  • Carry out other related duties as required.

The successful candidate will have:

  1. An understanding of the GEO process;
  2. Substantial project management experience;
  3. Experience in the coordination of international projects;
  4. Technical expertise relating to forest observations and carbon and emissions modelling;
  5. Thorough understanding of the policy context related to forest and processes such as REDD+;
  6. Experience in capacity building methods and approaches;
  7. A good understanding of related funding mechanisms and of international donors in general;
  8. Experience of outreach and communication for international programmes;
  9. Higher university education, excellent verbal and written communication skills, fluency in English;
  10. Excellent qualitative and quantitative skills in analysis, synthesis and computing; and
  11. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to work in international settings with representatives from a range of countries and geographical regions.

Duration of contract: The contract will be for a period of one year with the possibility of renewal for a further year. The location will be the GEO Secretariat in Geneva.
Starting date: 1 April 2011

Application Procedure:
Interested applicants should apply via email to the GEO Secretariat at: