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TURR000320–Forestry Expert

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General Information

Country of Assignment Turkey
Host Institute Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Volunteer Category International Specialist
Number of Volunteer 1
Duration 12 months
Expected Starting Date Immediate
Duty Station Ankara [TUR]
Assignment Place Family Duty Station

Assignment Place Remark

Living Conditions

Ankara is the capital of Turkey and the country’s second largest city following Istanbul with the population of 4.5 million people. Centrally located in Anatolia, Ankara is an important commercial and industrial city. It is the seat of the Turkish government and houses all foreign embassies. The city is strategically located at an important crossroads for trade in proximity of Turkey’s highway and railway networks. Visas are required for entry into Turkey.

Security: The current security level in Ankara is minimal – 1. Ankara is considered a generally a safe city, where normal use of common sense and acting responsibly takes one a long way.

The public transport is safe to use. There are no direct threats towards United Nations and its staff in Turkey.

Housing: Apartments and flats are easily available and generally of good condition, with well working services (gas, electricity, water). The cost of housing is reasonable, although smaller apartments and certain locations close to foreign embassies and the UN House tend to be more expensive. Some UN Volunteers opt for house sharing. UNV Field Unit can provide assistance to UN Volunteers in identifying suitable housing.

Cost of living and services: Housing is the largest monthly expense, and the cost of living is otherwise very affordable. Daily food and products are inexpensive, as are many services.

Local transportation ranges from buses, mini-busses called “dolmuş” to taxis, which are all affordable.

The subway lines are very limited in the scope.

Weather: The city has a mean elevation of 938 metres. It has cold, often snowy winters due to its elevation and inland location, and hot, dry summers. Because of Ankara’s high altitude and its dry sum-mers, nightly temperatures in the summer months can be cool.

Assignment Details

Assignment Title                                             Forestry Expert

Organizational Context & Project Description

The FAO Subregional Office for Central Asia (FAO SEC) is based in Ankara and covers Azerbaijan,

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Since its inauguration in 2007, FAO SEC has been supporting countries in the subregion to strengthen their capacities in formulation and implementation of development policies in respective technical areas in cooperation with national and regional bodies. Technical assistance is provided in (i) plant production and protection, (ii) livestock, (iii) land and water management, (iv) forestry, (v) fisheries and aquaculture, (vi) food security, and (vii) investment areas. FAO SEC has technical officers for each area. The UN Volunteer will work with the forestry team under the overall supervision of the FAO Subregional Coordinator for Central Asia and FAO Representative in Turkey.

Sustainable Development Goals             13. Climate Action

UNV Focus Area                                                Community resilience environment & disaster reduction

Task description

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Sub-regional Coordinator for Central Asia and FAO

Representative in Turkey, and the direct supervision of the Forestry Officer, the UN Volunteer will work with the Forestry Team. He/she will provide technical, operational and administrative support for overall implementation of the work plan of the Team. The work plan targets natural resource management focusing on forestry sector in the SEC region, and consists of programme/project and normative work.

The work includes, but is not limited to:

Supporting designing, technical backstopping and supervising of projects funded through various sources in the SEC region. Project topics include:

Integrative management of ecosystems (e.g. forests, steppes, cold winter deserts) to promote conservation and sustainable use of land resources including agriculture,

Restoration and rehabilitation of degraded dryland ecosystems,

Sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity, and Forest resources assessment and monitoring.

Supporting designing and implementing field projects under the FAO-Turkish Partnership Programme (FTFP);

Contributing to formulation and design of new projects for the forestry and natural resource management sector in the SEC sub region;

Supporting effective implementation of regular work program in the sub region to:

improve governance in the forestry sector through strengthened institutions and improved decision-making processes, and promote cross-sectoral strategies for improved conservation of forest biodiversity and genetic resources, climate change mitigation and adaptation, rehabilitation of degraded lands, and water and wildlife management.

Collecting and analysing data and information from various relevant sectors (e.g. on forest and land management policies);

Reviewing and presenting technical information;

Contributing to technical-operational preparation and organization of workshops, conferences, meetings and other similar events;

Networking and building relationships with local organizations, groups or individuals and supporting and/or participating in local volunteering initiatives;

Encouraging, mobilizing and supporting co-workers, fellow UN Volunteers and members of the local community to play an active part in development on a voluntary basis;

Supporting matters related to outside communication of FAO achievements; and Performing other related duties as required by the supervisor.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:- Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day)- Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country- Provide annual and end of assignment reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities using UNV’s Volunteer Reporting ApplicationContribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.- Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN VolunteersPromote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Results/Expected Outputs

The Provision of high quality support to the Forestry Officer and the forestry team as laid out in the description of duties above throughout the assignment duration;

The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when

working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counterparts, including Implementing Partners (IPs);

Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment

A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed

  • The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counter-parts, including Implementing Partners (IPs); • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development dur-ing the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed


Required Degree Level                                  Master degree or equivalent

Education – Additional Comments

Forestry, natural resource management or related field obtained from an institution of higher education.

Required experience                                    60 months

Experience Remark

Five years of work experience in the forestry sector including project work (preparation and implementation), fundraising, and data collection, analysis and assessment.

Language Skills

English (Mandatory) , Level – Fluent

Area of Expertise

Disaster risk reduction Mandatory

Area of Expertise Requirement

Computer literacy and familiarity with standard office software required

Substantial technical knowledge of at least one of the following areas and basic knowledge of the other two: climate change, biodiversity conservation and land degradation. Proven record of work exposure to all topics provided under the task description. Experience in facilitating consultative processes and liaising with decision makers. Demonstrated ability to cooperate and collaborate with partners and stakeholders.

Ability to work harmoniously with national and international staff.

Need Driving Licence                                   No

Competencies & Values


Commitment and Motivation

Ethics and Values

Working in Teams

Conditions of Service and other information

Condition of Service                                        Click here to view Conditions of Service

Conditions of Service for International Specialist:

The contract lasts for the period indicated above with possibility of extensions subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal of the assignment.

A UN Volunteer receives a Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) which is composed of the Monthly Living Allowance (MLA) and a Family Allowance (FA) for those with dependents (maximum three).

The Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) is paid at the end of each month to cover housing, utilities, transportation, communications and other basic needs. The VLA can be computed by applying the PostAdjustment Multiplier (PAM) to the VLA base rate of US$ 1,602. The VLA base rate is a global rate across the world, while the PAM is duty station/country-specific and fluctuates on a monthly basis according to the cost of living. This method ensures that international UN Volunteers have comparable purchasing power at all duty stations irrespective of varying costs of living. The PAM is established by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) and is published at the beginning of every month on the

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In non-family duty stations that belong to hardship categories D or E, as classified by the ICSC, international UN Volunteers receive a Well-Being Differential (WBD) on a monthly basis.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are provided a settling-in-grant (SIG) at the start of the assignment (if the volunteer did not reside in the duty station for at least 6 months prior to taking up the assignment) and in the event of a permanent reassignment to another duty station.

UNV provides life, health, permanent disability insurances as well as assignment travel, annual leave, full integration in the UN security framework (including residential security reimbursements).

UN Volunteers are paid Daily Subsistence Allowance at the UN rate for official travels, flight tickets for periodic home visit and for the final repatriation travel (if applicable). Resettlement allowance is paid for satisfactory service at the end of the assignment.

UNV will provide, together with the offer of assignment, a copy of the Conditions of Service, including Code of conduct, to the successful candidate.


Application Code                                              TURR000320-2734

Application procedure

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Application deadline: 20 July 2019


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