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Fiji Climate Fellow

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April 1, 2020
March 1, 2020

Management and Engineering Technologies International, Inc. (METI), in support a joint U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Office of International Programs and U.S. Department of State initiative, is looking to hire a Fiji and Pacific Islands Climate Fellow to provide long-term technical assistance for forest inventory and Measurement, Reporting, and Verification systems.

Background

Climate Fellows is a U.S. Government (USG) technical cooperation program that promotes sustainable landscapes through targeted technical assistance to selected developing country partners. The program places technical experts in host country government ministries to address priority technical needs related to national greenhouse gas inventories, forest management, and/or forest monitoring. These experts work directly with host country counterparts to strengthen national capacities with respect to forest inventory, Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV), and other systems for tracking and reporting changes in forest, agricultural, and other lands.

The Climate Fellow will provide long-term technical support to build national capacity to develop a national methodology for reforestation and implementing a national forest monitoring and MRV system, which will directly benefit the implementation of Fiji’s LEDS as well as sector-specific initiatives undertaken by the Ministry of Forestry (MoF). The Climate Fellow will support the MoF in developing a land cover and ecosystem monitoring system. Furthermore, the Climate Fellow will give assistance in the analysis of National Forest Inventory data and in the development of spatial models based on this data. The technical assistance of the Climate Fellow, working in coordination with related efforts, will also add to the REDD+ readiness and implementation efforts of the Fiji government. Expertise and coordination in support of the development of a multi-sector MRV system and the provision of spatial and statistical data products will benefit the MoF efforts to develop a national economic model of Payment of Ecosystem Service within the forest sector. The Climate Fellow’s work will also facilitate connection MoF and related ministries working in the AFOLU sector to gather, manage, and analyze the relevant data required for holistic policy development and implementation.

Period of Performance: April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2022 (start date negotiable) with possible extension through March 31, 2023. 

Position Description

Responsibilities of the Climate Fellow include, but are not limited to working on a daily basis with designated counterpart staff in the Ministry of Forestry and other assigned government agencies on:

  • Developing and adoption of a land cover and ecosystem monitoring system and advising on the implementation of improved remote sensing technology and monitoring surveillance systems.
  • Developing GIS/Remote Sensing tools and data management to improve current monitoring, improve systematic information sharing, minimize duplication of effort, and strengthen transparency while building capacity within MoF to operate and maintain the tools through trainings, workshops and other activities.
  • Supporting the development of a national methodology for afforestation and reforestation.
  • Developing a National Forest Monitoring System in support of current national planting initiatives undertaken by the MoF and coordination and facilitation of data sharing across ministries.
  • Assisting in the analysis of National Forest Inventory data and statistics.
  • Supporting the Ministry of Forestry and other government agencies in implementing a government-wide data management system to efficiently collect, store, share, analyze and report GHG emissions data.    
  • Identifying appropriate USFS technical assistance on forest inventory assessment, REDD+, MRV, and forest monitoring activities and coordinating short-term details, study tours, and other activities.
  • Identifying relevant training workshops for the MoF and contributing substantively to the preparation and execution of the workshops.
  • Planning and executing communications and prepare reports on status and progress for the MoF on the progress of forest monitoring and MRV systems and related activities.

The Climate Fellow will spend 20% time and resources for regional technical assistance such as:

  • Identifying regional needs and gaps in remote sensing and forest inventory assessment or related issues.
  • Providing regional technical assistance in areas identified above.
  • Identifying relevant regional training workshops and contributing substantively to the preparation and execution of the workshops.

Position Requirements

The Climate Fellow should have the following skills and experience:

  • A master's degree or doctorate (preferred) in natural resource management, environmental science, or a related field.
  •  At least five years of international work experience in a natural resource or environment-related field, preferably related to REDD+.
  • Proven experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing technologies for land use change estimation and forest inventories.
  • Proven experience in the implementation of MRV systems and inter-agency data-sharing systems.
  • Knowledge of core technical and policy issues pertinent to the development and implementation of Reducing Emissions through avoided Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) policies and programs, including familiarity with Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Good Practice Guidance for Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (GPG-LULUCF). 
  • Experience working on projects or programs related to REDD+ or voluntary carbon methodologies (VCS, Plan Vivo, etc.).
  • Experience working with USG agencies and development organizations such as the US Agency for International Development (USAID) or the Department of State (DOS).
  • Demonstrated ability to provide technical coordination and leadership with a broad range of interested parties, across cultures, languages, and varying capacity levels in order to catalyze improved conservation outcomes.
  • Strong inter-personal and communication skills.
  • Experience in living in a developing country preferred 

Location: Suva, Fiji

Period of Performance: April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2022 (start date negotiable) with possible extension through March 31, 2023. 

Management and Engineering Technologies International, Inc. (METI), in support a joint U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Office of International Programs and U.S. Department of State initiative, is looking to hire a Fiji and Pacific Islands Climate…

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  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Master's Degree Required
  • Professional

Benefits

The U.S. Government will cover all costs for the climate fellow, such as salary, housing, travel, health insurance, relocation allowance and other anticipated expenses.

The Fiji Ministry of Forestry will provide a work space within the MoF and will arrange visa and work permission for the Climate Fellow.  

The U.S. Government will cover all costs for the climate fellow, such as salary, housing, travel, health insurance, relocation allowance and other anticipated expenses.

The Fiji…

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter to: IPJobs@meticorp.com. Please include “Climate Fellow” in the subject line.

METI is an Equal Opportunity Employer 


Please submit your resume and cover letter to: IPJobs@meticorp.com. Please include “Climate Fellow” in the subject line.

METI is an Equal Opportunity Employer 


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Suva, FJ

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