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:
- An understanding of the GEO process;
- Substantial project management experience;
- Experience in the coordination of international projects;
- Technical expertise relating to forest observations and carbon and emissions modelling;
- Thorough understanding of the policy context related to forest and processes such as REDD+;
- Experience in capacity building methods and approaches;
- A good understanding of related funding mechanisms and of international donors in general;
- Experience of outreach and communication for international programmes;
- Higher university education, excellent verbal and written communication skills, fluency in English;
- Excellent qualitative and quantitative skills in analysis, synthesis and computing; and
- 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
Interested applicants should apply via email to the GEO Secretariat at: email@example.com.