International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

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International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

Working at INBAR

Positions
Location:Home-based
INBAR Department:Global Programme
Report to:Regional Coordinator of INBAR East Africa / West Africa Regional Offices
Duration:30 working days from October to November 2020

The biomass of bamboo serves as a viable energy alternative (pellets, charcoal, syngas, bioethanol) to that of wood fuel, thereby helping to mitigate current deforestation and forest degradation rates. However, what is less clear is which energy form and technology is the most suitable considering bamboo types and availability, land requirements, environmental conditions, and cost. INBAR is therefore seeking for a consultant to prepare a comprehensive report that reviews literature on bamboo utilisation as a feedstock in the production of syngas and bioethanol in the world; and seeks to discover and adopt efficient models and best practices/techniques in the production of syngas and bioethanol in other countries that can be replicated in Africa.  
Objective
  • To get better understanding of the comparative energy strengths of various bamboos and the technologies used to convert them into energy, especially for African countries.
Specific Objective
  • To produce a comprehensive study on using bamboo for bioenergy (syngas and bioethanol) production- opportunity for Africa (maximum 40 pages without annex and references) covering the following aspects (a) review existing literature on bamboo utilization as a feedstock in the production of syngas and bioethanol in the world, (b) examine the bamboo species, processes, methods and technologies used in the conversion of bamboo biomass in syngas and bioethanol production, (c) compare with other bioenergy that from other biomaterial; (d) policy recommendations on best models and practices that could be replicated in Africa countries to improve the sustainable energy needs.
Responsibilities
  • Conduct literature review on the utilisation of bamboo for the production of syngas and bioethanol;
  • To identify and examine the technologies used in the conversion of bamboo biomass in syngas and bioethanol production globally;
  • To quantify the volume of bamboo biomass input and its corresponding syngas and bioethanol production in Africa;
  • To evaluate the economic value of bamboo syngas and bioethanol production;
  • To examine the most suitable bamboo species and its availability, bamboo biomass stock, land requirements and cost implications of production of syngas/bioethanol in Africa;
  • To determine the socio-economic, environmental, and industrial requirements for the production of syngas/bioethanol on domestic and commercial scales in Africa;
  • To derive implications from the findings regarding the potential of using bamboo for syngas and bioethanol production in Africa.
Expected deliverables
  • A comprehensive report on using bamboo for bioenergy (syngas and bioethanol) production- opportunity for Africa (maximum 40 pages without annex and references), covering the following aspects (a) review existing literature on bamboo utilization as a feedstock in the production of syngas and bioethanol in the world, (b) examine the bamboo species, processes, methods and technologies used in the conversion of bamboo biomass in syngas/bioethanol production, (c) compare with other bioenergy that from other biomaterial; (d) policy recommendations on best models and practices that could be replicated in Africa countries to improve the sustainable energy needs.
  • Two policy briefs, one on bamboo syngas, one on bioethanol
  • An article to be published in an international peer-review journal
Requirements
  • Advanced University degree in bioenergy, chemicals or closely related technical field
  • Excellent knowledge and experience of bamboo energy applications and processing
  • Good knowledge and skills of qualitative and quantitative analysis and relevant tools
  • Excellent writing, communication and presentation skills
  • Proficient spoken and written English
Application Process

Applications will be accepted until 30 September, 2020. All applications will be acknowledged, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Please send a cover letter demonstrating relevant experience as described in the above job description and your cv by email to: hr@inbar.int. Please also indicate your expected fee in the cover letter. Please use “INBAR Job title — NAME” as the subject of the e-mail.

To learn more about INBAR, please visit our website at: www.inbar.int

Location:Global Programme
INBAR Department:Yaoundé, Cameroon
Report to:Director of Central Africa Regional Office (CARO)
Duration:Starting immediately through May 2021, with six-month probation period. Salary ranging from USD800-USD1000 per month, commensurate with skills and experience.

Under the auspices of the China-IFAD South-South Technical Facility (SSTC), the incumbent will be based at INBAR’s Central Africa Regional Office (CARO), and work under the supervision of the CARO Director. SSTC funds will amplify the impacts of the IFAD-funded Inter-Africa Bamboo Smallholder Farmers Livelihood Development Programme (“Inter-Africa Programme” in short) in the four target countries of Cameroon, Ghana, Ethiopia and Madagascar, and scale the successes to other African countries. The overall goal of the Inter-Africa Programme is to enhance incomes, livelihoods and climate change adaptive capacities of African smallholder farmers, women and youth by upscaling and increasing their participation in climate-smart bamboo value chains. There are four objectives: (i) Upscale and diversify existing target country bamboo value chains and promote industrialisation: Develop investment opportunities based on accurate resource assessments and strengthen institutions to enable wide-scale implementation. (ii) Facilitate restoration of degraded areas: boost market demand for bamboo resources and improve planting material delivery systems and management to reverse land degradation, reduce erosion, and protect watersheds. (iii) Integrate bamboo into country development plans, particularly for climate change: build local and national capacity to assess and identify how to enhance bamboo’s economic and environmental benefits. (iv) Enhance South-South cooperation within Africa and between Africa and China: Enable sharing and transfer of best practices, knowledge, skills and technologies within Africa, via twinning between Ethiopia and Ghana, Madagascar and Cameroon, as well as from China to all target African countries.   To help achieve these objectives, INBAR is seeking a capable Consultant to coordinate two International Task Forces (TF) – one on Bamboo for Renewable Energy (TFB4RE) and another on Sustainable Bamboo Management (TFSBM). Established in 2018, the TFB4RE conducts action research on the utilisation of bamboo as a source of bioenergy. One of its aims is to promote the trade of energy products (e.g., bamboo charcoal, syngas, ethanol), which it does by developing national and international (ISO) standards. The Consultant will also help manage TFSBM by working closely with the Chair and Members, and by developing and implementing a programme of work. The TFSBM will be stood up to furnish best practice guidance on sustainable bamboo propagation, and the establishment and management of bamboo stands.
Responsibilities
  • Be responsible for implementing the work packages of the TFB4RE and TFSBM by engaging closely with the TF Chairs, convening telephonic meetings, and setting and delivering annual work plans.
  • Drive the recruitment and onboarding of international experts as Members of the TFSBM.
  • Help to establish national mirror committees (NMCs) that will be geared to develop national-level standards on bamboo bioenergy products.
  • Convene an international meeting per year per TF.
  • Work closely with the INBAR Communications, Membership Affairs and Programme teams to synthesize and share results and knowledge developed over the project.
  • Leverage TF activities to expand activities to other African countries, where possible.
  • Work closely with the CARO Director and Inter-Africa Programme Lead (based in Ghana), coordinating regularly on day-to-day administrative and operational issues.
  • Undertake other related tasks as required by INBAR CARO Director.
  • The successful candidate should be willing to undertake extensive travel in Africa and elsewhere as required.
Requirements
  • A minimum of five years of demonstrated experience in implementing livelihood and environment development projects.
  • Proven ability to manage time well, prioritize, delegate, and work with a range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the area of natural resource management – e.g., propagation, value chain development, renewable energy, standards development.
  • Strong aptitudes in coordination and communication with and between a wide range of international stakeholders.
  • Experience of working on bamboo and, or, other related Non-Timber Forest Product (NTFP) value chains would be a strong advantage.
  • Computer literacy including working on digital content management and video conferencing.
  • Education: A degree in environmental science, sustainable resource management or another related field.
  • Language: Excellent written and spoken English and French required.
Application Process

Applications will be accepted until 30 September 2020 or until a suitable candidate is identified. All applications will be acknowledged, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Please send a cover letter demonstrating relevant experience as described in the above job description with your CV (in English) and filled Application Form (as attached) by email to: hr@inbar.int. Please use “SSTC TPA – NAME” as the subject of the email.

 

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Location:Yaoundé, Cameroon
INBAR Department:Global Programme
Report to:TRI Project Coordinator at INBAR Regional Office for Central Africa
Duration:Six weeks. Up to USD 6000 could be paid for the assignment

The Cameroon TRI Project is one of the twelve Projects of The Restoration Initiative (TRI) implemented by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to contribute towards global efforts in support of the Bonn Challenge, the New York Declaration on Forests, the AFR100 Initiative, and the restoration priorities of the Republic of Cameroon. The objective of the Cameroon TRI project is to support the implementation and scaling up of Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) in Cameroon, notably by a) improving Cameroon Government policy commitment to FLR and Sustainable Land Management (SLM); b) piloting and assessing the effectiveness of restoration using Bambusa spp and other indigenous NTFP like Irvingia spp, Ricinodendron heudelotii, etc, and ensuring the development of their value chains to support biodiversity conservation, sustainable livelihoods and GHG emissions reduction; c) enhancing institutional capacities and financing arrangements for large-scale FLR in Project sites in Cameroon; and d) improving knowledge of best practices in landscape restoration and Monitoring and Evaluation among Project stakeholders. The Cameroon TRI project is executed in four sites: Site 1: the Degraded Sudano-Sahel savannah of the Waza landscape in the Extreme North Region of Cameroon; Site 2: the Montagne forests of the Bakossi - Bayang-Mbo landscape in the South West Region of Cameroon; Site 3: the degraded Forest Margins of the Mbalmayo cluster in the Center Region of Cameroon; Site 4: the degraded Mangroves of the Douala-Edea landscapes in the Littoral Region of Cameroon.
Responsibilities
  • Participate in the development of the Theory of Change (TOC) for three Sub-National ROAM assessments in three landscapes where the TRI project is being implemented (Mbalmayo, Douala Edea and Waza landscapes);
  • Estimate the amount of carbon sequestered and sequestration potentials for different types of FLR interventions in the three landscapes;
  • Collaborate with the economist and the lead ROAM consultant to estimate carbon revenues for different types of FLR interventions and produce a CO2 abatement cost curve for each of the landscapes;
  • Participate and support INBAR, IUCN and MINEPDED, during a national workshop to validate the ROAM assessment reports.
Specific tasks
  • Conduct literature review and draw estimation of carbon storage in each type of current land use (grassland, abandoned agricultural land, shrub/bush, degraded forest, etc.)
  • Work with other consultants to propose different types of FLR interventions
  • Estimate potential carbon storage in each type of FLR intervention
  • Conduct analysis of carbon changes from current land use to new type of FLR intervention, this includes the analysis of potential carbon emissions due to FLR intervention such as the use of machinery, transportation of materials, if any
  • Conduct assessment of potential carbon leakages and recommend for mitigation measures
  • Estimate potential carbon reductions for each type of FLR intervention
  • Support economist to estimate cost of carbon reduction under each type of FLR intervention
Deliverable
  • A well elaborated report containing detail results on carbon stocks and sequestration potentials for each of the landscapes
Requirements
  • At least Master’s or equivalent degree in a relevant discipline (Botany, Forestry, Agroforestry, land use, natural resource, environmental management, or other relevant academic field);
  • Proven track record and/or expertise in carbon stock evaluation and modelling;
  • At least 5 years of professional work experience in carbon evaluation, forest management, forest landscape restoration and climate change;
  • Knowledge of the environmental or social impact assessment and standards;
  • A strong delivery-oriented work ethic with proven ability to provide deliverables on time and on limited budget;
  • Good command of English and/or French language.
Application Process

Applications will be accepted until 5 October 2020. All applications will be acknowledged, but only one candidate will be contacted. Please send a technical proposal detailing the understanding of the mission, methodology, activities to perform, timeframe, as well as a detailed financial proposition and CV to hr@inbar.int and CC: fjmuafor@inbar.int Please use “INBAR Consultation title — YOUR NAME” as the subject of the e-mail. To learn more about INBAR, please visit our website at www.inbar.int

 

Location:Home-based
INBAR Department:Global Programme
Report to:Coordinator, Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan for green development (GABAR)
Duration:30 days, from 15 October 2020 to 31 March 2021

In many countries, governments and people are interested to establish bamboo plantations for restoring degraded land as well as for bamboo product development. One of the common challenges faced by implementers is how to select the right species that caters to both in environmental and economic sustainability. INBAR and the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) jointly did a publication titled “Priority bamboo and rattan species” in 1998. An updated publication is now needed which takes into account the development across INBAR Member States. In reference to the above background, INBAR has initially identified more than 70 global economic priority species of bamboo and is looking for a consultant to update the book “Global Priority Bamboo Species with Economical Importance".  
Responsibilities
  • Review the IPGRI and INBAR publication “Priority Species of Bamboo and Rattan” published in 1998
  • Review the initially list of global priority economical species of bamboo, check synonyms, use the correct Latin name according to the “World Checklist of Bamboo and Rattan” 2017
  • Develop the criteria and parameters for selection of priority bamboo species and make a shortlist of 30 – 40 most important species considering that each continent (Africa, Asia and LAC) should have at least 10 suitable species
  • Develop annotated table of contents for the book including proposal for detail information needed for each species
  • Conduct literature review to draw information for each species
  • Conduct a virtual consultation meeting with bamboo experts to shortlist and finalise the priority species as well as for validate the information
  • Identify information gaps and prepare detailed guideline for further research and field data collection
  • Develop the book of “Global Priority Bamboo Species with Economical Importance” in English language with necessary infographics
Requirements
  • At least 10 years of relevant working experience including bamboo plantation, bamboo management, bamboo industry and product developments
  • University degree in environmental sciences, botanical, forestry, Natural Resources, PhD level has advantage
  • Knowledge and experiences in bamboo management and utilisation, social development
  • Proven experience in conducting literature review, drawing reliable data and data analysis
  • Good network of bamboo experts
  • Good writing, communication and presentation skills
  • Proficient spoken and written of English
Application Process

Applications will be accepted until 10 October 2020. All applications will be acknowledged, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Please send a cover letter demonstrating relevant experience as described in the above job description and your cv by email to: hr@inbar.int. Please also indicate your expected fee in the cover letter (total cost including daily fee, travel, food and accommodations during the interview). Please use “INBAR Job title — NAME” as the subject of the e-mail. To learn more about INBAR, please visit our website at www.inbar.int