Vacancy Announcement: National Forest Inventory Specialist

Job Posting:               24/Jan/2018

Closure Date:            08/Feb/2018

Organizational Unit: FAO Mongolia

Type of Requisition:  Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level:              N/A

Primary Location:    Mongolia-Ulaanbaatar

Duration:                   6 months

Post Number: N/A

CCOG Code: N/A


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 and qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member countries

are encouraged to apply.

Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.


Organizational Setting:

FAO Mongolia works with the vision “to be a leading, credible and responsive partner in ensuring food and nutrition security of the population”. The office has been coordinating projects and programmes in research, capacity building,  natural resources management, technology transfer, food and agriculture policy, livestock production systems management, emergency and post crisis management, forestry information, statistics, food security and nutrition, emergency response operations, crop production system management, and food quality and safety.

Reporting Lines:

The specialist reports to the National Project Coordinator and receives guidance from the FAO Representative a.i in Mongolia.

Technical Focus:

The specialist focuses national forest inventory.

Tasks and responsibilities:

Under the overall managerial administrative leadership of the Assistant Representative (AFAOR) in Mongolia, the general guidance of the Respresentative of FAOMN, the technical backstopping of the Forestry Department and FAO forestry experts, and under the guidance and supervision of the National Programme Director of the Mongolia UN-REDD Programme, the NFI specialist will provide support for the implementation of the Programme. In particular, the NFI specialist will:

  1. Provide statistical calculation on poorly stocked forest areas (sparse, burnt, pest affected forest) for the FREL report modification
  2. Deliver the individual technical trainings on Emission factor and Activity data analysis aiming for Technical Working Group members and FRL core Working group members
  3. Conduct revision on NFI data (4367 plots) analysis using Collect Earth and the relationship between NFI and Collect Earth data.
  4. Conduct remote sensing analysis to pre-determine Saxaul forest reference area
  5. Support development of a new approach for Saxaul forest inventory, in synergy with the international initiatives including GIZ project on Mongolia National Forest Inventory
  6. Conduct field work for sampling for national-specific emission factor and establishment of permanent sample plot for Saxaul forest and sampling
  7. Suuport preparation of SOPs for FUG monitoring protocol, a national forest information system (FIS) establishment and incorporation of NFI and Saxaul inventory method into FTI of FRDC
  8. Suppport the establishement of FIS, including a web-based GIS platform
  9. Perform any other tasks required, under the direction of FAOR, National Programme Director, regional and global UN-REDD technical support team.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in geography, environmental sciences, or a closely related field;
  • Three years of relevant experience related to forest management or monitoring;
  • Excellent working knowledge of English.

Additional Selection Criteria

  • Working knowledge of Mongolian would be an asset

FAO Core Competencies

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

Selection Criteria

  • Extent and relevance of academic achievements in subjects relevant to forest monitoring, remote sensing and GIS;
  • Knowledge of land cover assessment and land cover data analysis;
  • Quality of both oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work as an effective team member in complex multi-stakeholder projects/programmes
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to deliver results within deadlines


 Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO,

Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency 



  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing).
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognised in the IAU/UNESCO list.
  • 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.
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  • For further information on categories, contract duration and honoraria, please refer to the Conditions page.


To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.

Vacancies will be removed from the recruitment portal 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.

If you need help, or have queries, please contact: [email protected]


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