National Project Coordinator



Deadline For Application: 6 July 2020

JOB TITLE: National Project Coordinator




DURATION: 12 months

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.
Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.
All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Organizational Setting

The UN-REDD Programme is the United Nations collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) in developing countries. The Programme was launched in 2008 and builds on the convening role and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The UN-REDD Programme assists developing countries to prepare to implement REDD+, including the development of National REDD+ Strategies, following guidance issued by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). As part of the Technical Assistance component of the UN-REDD Programme, the Government of Norway requested the partner agencies, coordinated by FAO, to develop and implement an initiative on Addressing Forest Crime through Improved Governance in the Lower Mekong Region (LMR), covering the countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam.

The overall impact of the UN-REDD Mekong Initiative will be to reduce deforestation and forest degradation and promote sustainable management of forests across the LMR, by tackling forest crime, improving forest governance and boosting legal and sustainable trade and investment in wood products across the LMR and China. The UN-REDD Mekong Initiative is part of a portfolio of investments under the Norway International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) to reduce forest crime and illegal trade in forest products across Asia, and will be coordinated with other institutions contributing to this portfolio, including Interpol, Forest Trends, UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO). Within the Forestry Department of FAO, the UN-REDD Mekong Initiative will be coordinated closely with the activities of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme in the Asia-Pacific region.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative (Programme) at FAO Representation in Viet Nam, and technical supervision by the Lead Technical Officer and the Regional REDD+ Programme Officer at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP), with guidance from Government of Viet Nam focal points within the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), and in coordination with the REDD+ regional advisor for UNEP in Asia-Pacific, the national project coordinator will be responsible for the overall management and implementation of activities under the UN-REDD Mekong Initiative in Viet Nam.

Technical Focus

  • Project management
  • Regional integration
  • Forest product trade
  • Forest certification and governance
  • Forest and land use planning and management
  • Forest inventory, land cover monitoring and GIS
  • Climate change, international reporting

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Support the implementation of all activities (FAO-led and UNEP-led) under the UN-REDD Mekong Initiative in Viet Nam, as part of the UN-REDD Global Technical Assistance (TA) programme for Asia-Pacific (UNJP/GLO/795/UNJ Baby 2);
  • Serve as a focal point for liaising with government and partners for the UN-REDD Mekong Initiative in Viet Nam, in close collaboration with the UN-REDD Regional Asia-Pacific team and the FAO-EU-FLEGT Programme;
  • Draft inception work plan, combined annual and semi-annual work plans and budget updates for the Viet Nam component of the Initiative, in consultation with the UN-REDD Regional Asia-Pacific team, and counterparts at country level, monitor and prepare transparent reports against work plans in approved inter-agency format;
  • Organise, and provide secretarial functions for, meetings of national stakeholders for coordination of the Initiative, and liaise regularly with designated national counterparts;
  • Organise, manage and report on all national-level workshops and technical events planned under the Viet Nam component of the UN-REDD Mekong Initiative;
  • Participate in the recruitment and supervision of national consultants and service providers as appropriate;
  • Coordinate establishment of data-sharing agreements, and in-country compilation of data and information as required under the work plan of the Initiative;
  • Support the identification and preparation of national counterparts for participation in regional events and meetings organised through the UN-REDD Mekong Initiative;
  • Undertake any other relevant tasks assigned by FAO and UNEP in the context of the UN-REDD Programme.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in Forestry, Environmental Science or closely related field
  • Five years of relevant experience in forestry and project management
  • Fluency in English and Vietnamese

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience with the Government of Viet Nam in the forest and land use sector
  • Extent and relevance of experience in project management
  • Extent and relevance of experience in forestry
  • Familiarity with forest products trade issues

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


  • All applications will be reviewed and qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews.
  • FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.
  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help, or have queries, please contact:
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
  • For other issues, visit the FAO employment website:


To apply, visit the iRecruitment website at and complete your online profile.

Only applications received through iRecruitment will be considered.

Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile.

Vacancies will be removed from iRecruitment at 23:59 Central European Time (CET) on the deadline for applications date. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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