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WWF-Vietnam: Consultant in Central Annamites

Posted on 18 December 2015
WWF-Vietnam is seeking for a qualified candidate for the position Consultant for developing technical guidelines for enhanced implementation of Payment for Forest Environmental Service (PFES) for forest owners and province, district and commune government staff involved in PFES implementation.
 
Base location: PFES areas in Thua Thien Hue and Quang Nam provinces
Key requirements:
1.             MSc or higher in forestry, natural resource management, biology, geography or other related field.
2.             A minimum of five-year experience in the field of natural resources/forest management is mandatory, of which at least three years in PFES implementation.
3.             Previous experience in elaborating technical guidelines is an advantage.
4.             Work experience as government staff at provincial level and/or with a company involved in PFES in a relevant position is an advantage.
5.             Must have working proficiency of both Vietnamese and English.
How to apply:
A detailed Job Description for this position is attached. The JD is also posted on www.panda.org/greatermekong/jobs .
Interested candidates should email a curriculum vitae and cover letter (both in English) to ngan.nguyenthithu@wwfgreatermekong.org by 08 January 2016
Terms of Reference
Develop technical guidelines for ENHANCED implementation of Payment for Forest Environmental Service (PFES) for forest owners and province, district and commune government staff involved in PFES implementation.
ToR nr 9S084701
Avoidance of deforestation and forest degradation in the border area of southern Laos and central Vietnam for the long-term preservation of carbon sinks and biodiversity project
(“CarBi”)
 
Position
Consultant for developing technical guidelines for enhanced implementation of Payment for Forest Environmental Service (PFES) for forest owners and province, district and commune government staff involved in PFES implementation.
Reports directly to
PFES project manager
Implementation period
From 15th Jan 2016 – 15th Apr 2016
Location
PFES areas in Thua Thien Hue and Quang Nam provinces


1     BackgroundWWF Vietnam is implementing a comprehensive program of conservation projects in the Greater Annamites priority eco-region, which contains many significant populations of globally endangered species. WWF aims to protect and restore these species and their habitats, and a large part of this work involves strengthening the management of key protected areas.
The project Avoidance of deforestation and forest degradation in the border area of southern Laos and central Vietnam for the long-term preservation of carbon sinks and biodiversity (CarBi project) running from January 2011 to December 2016, is a cornerstone of the landscape program and is implemented in the Central Vietnam-Southern Lao landscape of the Greater Annamites eco-region. It has four components:
·         Improving Protected Area management in Xe Sap National Protected Area in Laos, as well as in Saola Nature Reserves in Hue and Quang Nam and the Bach Ma National Park extension in Vietnam.
·         Forest restoration of priority biodiversity corridors in Vietnam.
·         Reducing cross-border illegal timber trade between Laos and Vietnam.
·         Establishing a Payment for Forest Ecosystem Services (PFES) model in TT Hue province, as well as providing landscape level forest carbon lessons learnt into national REDD processes.
PFES is still a relative new concept in Vietnam, though in recent years it has brought about real and substantial outcomes for forest protection, increased incomes among forest owners, and made positive contributions in terms of water supply for hydropower generation and clean water.
Under the developing legislation, a number of PFES projects have been implemented in recent years in both Quang Nam and TT Hue provinces, including pilot projects by Winrock and scaling up projects supported by the ADB, as well as CarBi’s PFES activities mentioned above.
The various PFES schemes that have been established in the provinces were all supported by external actors (projects). Although this involved many government staff and there is institutional memory present, PFES implementation without external support is hampered by a lack of clear technical guidance on PFES implementation.
WWF CarBi now intends to recruit a consultant to elaborate technical guidelines for PFES implementation.
2     Description of the assignment
2.1          Purpose, Goal and ObjectivesThe main purpose of the assignment is to provide government staff and the forest owners with clear technical guidance on how to establish and manage a PFES scheme.
The goal is to produce technical guidelines and an Implementation Manual to be adopted by the province which will enable government staff at Province, District and Commune level to implement PFES. This will be achieved by:
Objective 1 – To identify and formulate detailed technical descriptions of actions and best practices for establishing a PFES scheme. The technical guidelines will describe step by step in detail the process of PFES implementation, including identification of forest users, identification of relevant forest areas, drafting protection contracts, monitoring, patrolling, as well as making payments, and will conform to the existing Vietnam legal framework, with particular attention the revised Decree 99/2010/ND-CP[1].  Targeted users of these guidelines are PFES implementers.
Objective 2 – To, based on the Technical Guideline, draft a manual that implementers on province, district and commune level can use.

2.2          Scope of work and assignment detailsThe assignment covers collating existing technical guidelines for PFES implementation in Vietnam, assess applicability relative to PFES implementation in TT Hue and Quang Nam, and extracting best practices.
Tasks and dutiesThe consultant will:
Develop a detailed work plan.
Collate and review existing technical guidelines on PFES implementation in Vietnam.
Consultation meetings with relevant PFES implementers and stakeholders on existing PFES implementation practices, assessing implementation capacity, and information needs.
Produce draft guidelines that include minimally (i) an overview of the PFES process: phases and steps, flow of work and key decision moments; (ii) main actors, their roles and responsibilities; (iii) description of a minimum set of actions per step; and (iv) human and budgetary resources needed for implementation; and which are based on best practices, linked to existing provincial PFES schemes.
Assist WWF CarBi in the preparation of a province level workshop (workshop design, contribute to the list of participants, workshop contents), and present the draft guidenlines for discussion in the workshop.
Produce a workshop report that includes an overview of major points that need revision and adjustment.
Elaborate detailed technical guidelines, taking into account the workshop results, as per Objective 1, holding specific consultation meetings with key stakeholders if required or expedient.
Compile the detailed technical guidelines in a report and draft a companion implementation manual that clarifies and guides the application of the technical guidelines.
Advise WWF CarBi on key government participants for a technical meeting, and present the draft detailed technical guidelines in that meeting for validation.
Produce a final draft  of the technical guidelines and companion manual. 
Deliverables

Output
Timing
Copies
Language
Comments
Detailed workplan
After one week
Digital
Vietnamese
Needs approval by PFES project manager
Draft PFES guidelines
After one month
Digital
Vietnamese and English
For commenting by PFES project manager and relevant WWF CarBi technical staff
Workshop report (with annexes: (i) draft technical guidelines; (ii) an overview of major adjustments on basis of workshop results)
After 1.5 months
Digital and two printed copies in each language
Vietnamese and English
Needs formal approval by WWF CarBi Trans Boundary Project Director and CA Landscape Manager*
Draft of detailed technical guidelines and companion manual
After two and a half months
Digital
Vietnamese
Needs the comments from PFES experts, and then For consultation with relevant stakeholders
Additional comments/ WS report
One week after submisison of the draft detailed technical guidelines
Digital
Vietnamese and English
For consultation with relevant stakeholders
Final drafts of detailed technical guidelines and companion manual
One week before the end of the assignment
Digital and two printed copies in each language
Vietnamese and English
Needs formal approval by WWF CarBi Trans Boundary Project Director and CA Landscape Manager*
*          Contractual payments are contingent on report approval
 
Additional informationThe consultant will be working in the WWF Office in Hue and Quang Nam. The consultant is expected to bring her/her own laptop. Working space will be provided in the WWF offices.
The provincial level consultation workshop will be organized by WWF CarBi, with the relevant input of the consultant as described above.
BudgetThis will be discussed upon the start of the assignment.
Field scheduleThe assignment will be carried out in 03 months with the start date of 15th Jan 2016and ending date of 15th Apr, 2016. An initial schedule (to be adjusted in discussion with the consultant) is:
 
2.3          Position details
Desired qualification and skillsEducation and training
·         MSc or higher in forestry, natural resource management, biology, geography or other related field.
Work experience
·         A minimum of five years experience in the field of natural resources/forest management is mandatory, of which at least three years in PFES implementation.
·         Previous experience in elaborating technical guidelines is an advantage.
·         Work experience as government staff at provincial level and/or with a company involved in PFES in a relevant position is an advantage.
Language
·         Must have working proficiency of both Vietnamese and English.
Working Relationships
InternalThe consultant will report to the WWF CarBi PFES project manager. Final approval of the PFES process overview and of the Technical guidelines lies with the CarBi Trans Boundary Project Director and CA Landscape Manager*
Other relevant technical support and input will come from the PA and Forest restoration components of CarBi, as well as the WWF Sustainable Bamboo and Rattan project.
External Work with all partners especially Government authorities at provincial, district and commune levels, PFES funds, Forest Protection Department, Sub-FPD, assigned forest owners, and national/ international experts.
WWF’s Mission and Values
It is part of every staff member’s terms of reference to contribute to WWF’s mission:
         WWF’s Mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by:
-    Conserving the world's biological diversity
-    Ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable
- Reducing pollution and wasteful consumption.
 It is also part of every staff member's terms of reference to embody WWF's values, which are: Passionate & Optimistic, Challenging & Inspiring, Credible & Accountable, Persevering & Delivering Results.
 


[1]     The revised Decree awaits the signature of the Prime Minister
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