Forest Plantation and Tree Seedling Specialist

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Organizational Setting

The Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REU) is responsible for leading FAO's response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO's priority activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the Region and, in collaboration with departments and divisions at Headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO's strategic response to regional priorities. REU also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization's Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the region, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies. The Regional Office supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region.


The programme “Support to strengthening sustainable and multipurpose forest management to improve rural livelihoods and address climate change in Kosovo” - GCP/KOS/007/SWE - aims at increasing the contribution of the forest sector to the Kosovo economy through participatory and gender-responsive forest management that is strengthened in accordance with relevant rules on forests and supported by value-chains for poverty alleviation. The focus of the Programme is to contribute to the sustainable management of forest resources in the country through strengthening the enabling environment for the forestry sector, introduction of multipurpose forest management planning, restoration of degraded forest lands, and forest protection measures. The project is structured around three components, each further operationalized into specific outputs and activities. The first component is dedicated to improving timber legality, trade and law enforcement in forest sector. The second component aims at enhancing transparency and strengthening institutional capacity in good governance and implementation of forest policies, strategies and programmes. Key outputs should bring the Kosovo Forest Information System into a fully operational stage, help implement and re-formulate the PSP on Forestry Sector Development through gender mainstreaming, and support Kosovo in implementing its key forest sector programmes, such as the National Afforestation and Reforestation Programme (NARP) and National Forest Health Programme (NFHP).

The programme will support the NARP with the operationalisation of annual activities and improve the national seedling production to also include main species of native broadleaves. More specifically, the programme will set up national tree seed collection activities and support KFA and KFI in developing the needed facilities and capacities for production and distribution of quality seedlings of native broadleaves. Moreover, the programme will provide trainings in best practices

Reporting Lines

The Local Forest Plantation and Tree Seedling Specialist will work closely with the Local Forestry Specialist, and under the overall technical supervision of the Lead Technical Officer, and in close collaboration with the relevant technical division in FAO headquarters.

Technical Focus

Provide technical expertise and trainings in the area of afforestation, reforestation and seedling production, including capacity building in best practices of afforestation and reforestation, tree seed collection and production of quality tree seedlings of broadleaves.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Assess the NARP proposed seed stands and develop an operational work plan for collection of seeds, including logistics and other practical arrangements for annual collection in the field and for import of additional certified seeds if needed.
  • Assess facilities at Peja nursery and develop work plan for production of quality container seedlings of broadleaves as identified suitable for NARP and multipurpose forestry;
  • Oversee the process of improving nursery facilities and provide on the job capacity building to key staff;
  • Support integration of seedling production system into KFIS to improve planning and align seedling production with national needs;
  • Lead an evaluation of current NARP activities in terms of success rates of plantings, sourcing of suitable land and develop a plan to address practical problems to ensure future A/R activities are based on best practices;
  • Develop the best practice guidelines for handling of seedlings and set up distribution of seedlings for annual plantings minimizing time from nursery to planting and simple storage in the field to avoid drying out plants
  • Support drafting of Annual Operational Plans of NARP, including developing procedures and guidelines for identification and demarcation of afforestation and demonstration sites and engagement of casual workers to conduct afforestation and reforestation activities;
  • Support to develop a curricula for T-o-T in best practices in A/R and guide T-o-T of 12 forestry officers;
  • Develop workplan for T-o-Ts and oversee on-the-job training for public employees in A/R, including OSH;
  • Support KFA in setting up demonstration sites and develop a simple investment model for plantations on private land in cooperation with KFA and other FAO consultants


Minimum Requirements

  • A university degree in forest management with specialization in plantations, forest restoration or similar. Practical experience with production of quality tree seedlings of broad leaves is considered a strong asset.
  • Minimum five years of relevant experience in the area of forest plantations, A/R and nursery management for production of tree seedlings.

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
  • Technical/Functional Skills
  • Sustainable forest management, afforestation and reforestation, restoration of forests, silviculture, nursery management for production of quality tree seedlings

Selection Criteria

  • Extent of knowledge and experience on plantations, afforestation and reforestation, and forest restoration.
  • Practical experience with nursery management
  • Ability to work closely with, and transfer knowledge to, counterparts at KFA and KFI
  • Good English writing skills
  • Ability to work independently and under minimal supervision.

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 meeting, processing).
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
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Interested candidates should send their application not later than 12:00 PM, Wednesday 22 July 2020 at the following e-mail address: with the following documentation:

  • CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Three Letter of References from the previous similar assignments

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