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Location:Yaoundé, Cameroon
INBAR Department:Global Programme
Report to:INBAR Global Programme Director in Beijing, and the IUCN Regional Forest Program Coordinator for Central and West Africa
Duration:60 months, with six-month probation period. Salary ranging from US$1,000 – US$1,800 per month, commensurate with skills and experience

The International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) is the only intergovernmental organisation headquartered in China. It currently has 44 Member States, comprising most of the bamboo and rattan resource countries from the Global South. Since its creation two decades ago, INBAR has run projects and programmes in over 20 countries, and provided capacity building and awareness raising on the productive use of bamboo and rattan in many countries. Supported by a grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), The Restoration Initiative (TRI) is comprised of 11 national projects in Asia and Africa, including one in Cameroon (see: https://www.iucn.org/theme/forests/projects/restoration-initiative-tri-scaling-support-forest-landscape-restoration). Executed by INBAR and backstopped by IUCN, the TRI Cameroon Project will support the implementation of Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) in Cameroon by a) improving Cameroon Government policies on FLR and sustainable land management; b) assessing the effectiveness of restoration by piloting the use of Bambusa spp, Irvingia spp, and Ricinodendron heudelotii, and developing related economic value chains; c) enhancing institutional capacities and financing arrangements for large-scale FLR ; and d) increasing knowledge of FLR best practices. The Project Coordinator is responsible for technical, financial and administrative management of the Project, and will be a leading member of the Project Management Unit (PMU). In collaboration with government ministries MINFOF and MINEPDED, CEW, CWCS, FODER, and IUCN, the Project Coordinator’s primary task is to coordinate and facilitate linkages between the field, national and regional levels in order to contribute to global conservation and restoration goals.
Key Responsibilities
  • Coordinate with relevant institutions to ensure that project activities align with national priorities like UNFCCC/REDD+, CBD/Aichi Targets/NBSAPs, and the SDGs, as well as other ongoing projects.
  • Represent the Project and INBAR during meetings and other fora.
  • Oversee the systematic collection of data to facilitate implementation and monitoring of activities, and develop an M&E framework, to ensure that activities are delivered on a timely basis.
  • Facilitate the ESMS review and risk management tasks outlined in ESMS-enhanced Restoration Opportunity Assessment Methodology (ROAM) Process Framework
  • Engage with local and national organizations to leverage project successes for increased fundraising and greater project impact.
  • Prepare and submit work plans, project and financial reports, and other reports.
  • Assist in the recruitment of consultants to facilitate implementation of identified technical, administrative/financial and logical activities e.g. monitoring and evaluation.
  • Develop and ensure production and dissemination of a range of communication products.
  • Organize workshops, meetings and conferences to generate, validate and share information.
  • Manage sub-contracts of field executing partners, and assist in the recruitment of consultants as needed.
  • Procure project equipment in accordance with IUCN and INBAR’s procedures
  • Prepare audit missions, following contractual procedures of IUCN and INBAR.
  • Approve procurement plans, submission and reception of No Objection requests using standard disbursement procedures and best practices
  • Fulfil all administrative reporting, monitoring and evaluation requirements and procedures as required by the Implementing Agencies
  • In case of services required, preparation of bid document in accordance with IUCN procedures
  • Undertake other related tasks as required by INBAR Director of Global Programme.
Requirements
  • Education: A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Language: Strong written and spoken in either English or French with a solid working knowledge of the other.
  • Travel: The successful candidate should be willing to undertake travel within Cameroon and beyond as needed.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in forest management, especially in FLR, protected area management, and climate change/REDD.
  • Solid background in delivering livelihood development impacts to rural communities.
  • Communication abilities, both oral and in writing (reports).
  • Proven experience in fundraising.
  • Strong coordination aptitudes to facilitate multi-stakeholder communication.
  • A strong delivery-oriented work ethic with the ability to meet competing demands and challenging timelines.
  • Computer literate and available to work remotely through online platforms and/or through email.
Application Process

Applications will be accepted until 8 October 2018 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) by email to: hr@inbar.int. Please use “TRI Coordinator — NAME” as the subject of the e-mail.

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

Location:Antananarivo, Madagascar
INBAR Department:Global Programme
Report to:Programme Leader, Inter-Africa Bamboo Programme (based in Ghana)
Duration:36 months, with six-month probation period. Salary ranging from US$1,000 – US$1,500 per month, commensurate with skills and experience.

The International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) is an inter-governmental development organization committed to reducing poverty and protecting the environment through the use of bamboo and rattan. With headquarters in Beijing, China and offices in India, Ethiopia, Ghana and Ecuador, INBAR works with 44 member countries worldwide.   INBAR is seeking a Madagascar National Coordinator for the Inter-Africa Bamboo Smallholder Farmers Livelihood Development Programme. Financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Inter-Africa Bamboo Programme will be implemented in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Madagascar, with links to China, and is expected to start in October 2018. The project goal 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: (1) 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. (2) 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. (3) 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. (4) 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. The Madagascar National Coordinator will have direct oversight of activities in Cameroon. There will be three other National Coordinators for the three other countries involved in the programme.
Key Responsibilities
  • Be responsible for programme activities in Madagascar, including setting and delivering yearly work plans and performance targets.
  • Manage one programme staff member (financial officer), supervise short-term consultants, and liaise with project partners at local and national levels to ensure all activities are implemented in accordance with the programme’s result framework, work plan and budget.
  • Contribute to the preparation of donor reports and regularly provide financial accountability statements to the Programme Leader in Ghana.
  • Liaise and maintain good relations with relevant government institutions in Madagascar.
  • Integrate INBAR initiatives, including INBAR’s flagship program the Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan (GABAR).
  • Work with national counterparts to design training materials and extension programmes.
  • Identify national stakeholders to participate in regional and international technology exchanges, and facilitate their participation.
  • Support field staff and partners to establish Common Production and Training Centers.
  • Coordinate action research to develop appropriate planting protocols, tools/techniques for livelihood, and enterprise development.
  • Furnish presentations and programme updates for public awareness.
  • Work closely with programme staff in Madagascar and the three other countries, coordinating regularly on day-to-day administrative and operational issues.
  • Undertake other related tasks as required by the Programme Leader.
Requirements
  • A first degree in environmental science, sustainable resource management or another related field.
  • A minimum of five years’ demonstrated experience in implementing livelihood and environment development projects in francophone Africa.
  • Proven ability to manage time, prioritize, delegate, and work with a range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated competencies in one or more areas of natural resource management, especially in the areas of conducting resource assessments, land restoration, capacity strengthening, and value chain development.
  • Strong knowledge of community development and participatory-based approaches, with a proven track-record of delivering livelihood impacts in previous projects.
  • Experience working on bamboo or other non-timber forest product value chains would be a strong advantage.
  • Excellent written and spoken French required, English proficiency would be an advantage.
  • The successful candidate should be willing to undertake extensive travel, domestically and internationally, as required.
Application Process

Applications will be accepted until 24 August 2018 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) by email to: hr@inbar.int. Please use “National Coordinator, Madagascar — your name” as the subject of the email.

 

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

Location:Beijing, China
INBAR Department:HQ
Report to:Assistant to the Deputy Director General
Duration:Fixed Term – till 30th November 2018. RMB 250/day

The International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) is the only global inter-governmental development organisation committed to reducing poverty and protecting the environment through the use of bamboo and rattan.  With headquarters in Beijing, China and offices in India, Ethiopia, Ghana and Ecuador, the INBAR Secretariat supports its 44 Member States worldwide and has links with a large number of international, regional, and national organizations. INBAR is seeking a capable event assistant to support the implementation and management for the general organisation of its Virtual Board Meeting and face-to-face Board Meeting 2018.
Key Responsibilities
  • Organize and be the rapporteur for the preparatory meetings
  • Be responsible for general logistics, including maintenance of meeting files, meeting arrangements involving the document preparation and translation, and facilitating international Trustees’ visiting to China
  • Involve in preparation and organization of the Board meetings and implementation of the Board decisions and other Board-related activities
  • Carries out other activities as requested by and agreed with the supervisor
  • Undertake other assignments requested by the DG/DDG
Requirements
  • Bachelor degree or above; knowledge and experiences in forest management and utilisation, environment protection or related fields are preferred
  • Be fluent in written and spoken English
  • Willing to work in a small office with cross-cultural international staff, and therefore flexible in work planning and execution
  • Diplomatic with the ability to build relationships
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills
  • Well organised, and ability to organise their own work and work efficiently in order to meet deadlines and requirements
  • Good attention to detail
Application Process

Applications will be accepted until 20th September 2018. All applications will be acknowledged, however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Please send a cover letter with your Curriculum Vitae (in English and Chinese) to:

Human Resources Department, INBAR: yzhou@inbar.int

Please indicate the position to which you are applying in the email subject line.

Location:Quito, Ecuador
INBAR Department:Regional office - Latin America and Caribbean
Report to:Regional Coordinator
Duration:14 months (with 2 months probation)

The International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) is the only treaty-based inter-governmental organisation committed to reducing poverty and protecting the environment through the sustainable use of bamboo and rattan.  With Headquarters in Beijing, China and regional offices in India, Ethiopia, Ghana and Ecuador, the INBAR Secretariat supports its 42 members world-wide and has links with a large number of international, regional and national organisations. INBAR is currently seeking an experienced and highly capable Technical Officer for Latin America and Caribbean (LAC), working in INBAR LAC office in Quito, Ecuador. The salary-range for this position is USD 2,000 to USD 2,500/month. (In Ecuador, INBAR staff of non-Ecuadorian nationality has tax free status)
Key Responsibilities
  • Assist the Regional Coordinator in the preparation, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of project/ programs of bamboo and rattan; provide technical inputs and coordinate assessment, survey and research activities and Beneficiaries identification;
  • Reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions;
  • Prepares various written outputs with respect to the field support aspects of current and proposed INBAR LAC operations, e.g. background papers, analysis, technical field reports and studies, inputs to publications, progress report, etc.;
  • Designs and coordinates training workshops, seminars, etc., makes presentations on assigned topics / activities with respect to the promotion of bamboo and rattan as an alternative for sustainable and green development;
  • Participates in field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, INBAR personnel and stakeholders;
  • Supports the activities related to the development of budget and funding (budget preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and ensures preparation of related documents/reports (work programme, programme budget, etc.) with respect to the support field aspects of relevant INBAR LAC operations;
  • Participate and provide inputs in the development of programmatic priorities and strategies for promotion of bamboo and rattan as an alternative for sustainable and green development;
  • Participate in regular coordination meetings;
  • Other tasks as reasonably requested by your supervisor
Requirements
  • Academic Qualifications: Advance university degree in agriculture, environmental science, forestry, management of natural resources or related field.
  • Experience: Six years of relevant experience in planning and implementing sustainable agricultural & forestry development projects and programmes, including experience in the formulation and/or implementation of Global Funds (GEF, Adaptation Fund, Green Fund, others); Demonstrated experience of working with government agencies, NGOs, UN Agencies and other international organizations will be desirable.
  • IT Skills: Advance knowledge of all Microsoft Office programs (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).
  • Language: fluent in Spanish and working knowledge in English. Knowledge in Portuguese will be assessed.
  • Technical Skills: Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is essential; relevance of experience in technical fields related to sustainable governance, sustainable livelihoods systems, sustainable forestry development, and resilience and disaster risk reduction; relevance of experience in leading multidisciplinary teams for the design, implementation support or evaluation; demonstrated experience in dealing with government officials, development partners and other country stakeholders;
  • Core Competencies: Results focus, leading, engaging and empowering, communication and advocacy, Knowledge sharing and continuous Improvement and strategic thinking
Application Process

Applications will be accepted until 25 March 2017.  All applications will be acknowledged, however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for further action.

Please send a cover letter with your Curriculum Vitae (both English and Spanish) to the email address: inbarlac@inbar.int

Please indicate the position to which you are applying in the email subject line.

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

Location:Cameroon
INBAR Department:Global Programme
Report to:Programme Leader, Inter-Africa Bamboo Programme (based in Ghana)
Duration:36 months, with six-month probation period. Salary ranging from US$1,000 – US$1,500 per month, commensurate with skills and experience.

The International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) is an inter-governmental development organization committed to reducing poverty and protecting the environment through the use of bamboo and rattan. With headquarters in Beijing, China and offices in India, Ethiopia, Ghana and Ecuador, INBAR works with 44 member countries worldwide. INBAR is seeking a Cameroon National Coordinator for the Inter-Africa Bamboo Smallholder Farmers Livelihood Development Programme. Financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Inter-Africa Bamboo Programme will be implemented in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Madagascar, with links to China, and is expected to start in October 2018. The project goal 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: (1) 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. (2) 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. (3) 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. (4) 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. The Cameroon National Coordinator will have direct oversight of activities in Cameroon. There will be three other National Coordinators for the three other countries involved in the programme.
Key Responsibilities
  • Be responsible for programme activities in Cameroon, including setting and delivering yearly work plans and performance targets.
  • Manage one programme staff member (financial officer), supervise short-term consultants, and liaise with project partners at local and national levels to ensure all activities are implemented in accordance with the programme’s result framework, work plan and budget.
  • Contribute to the preparation of donor reports and regularly provide financial accountability statements to the Programme Leader in Ghana.
  • Liaise and maintain good relations with relevant government institutions in Cameroon.
  • Integrate INBAR initiatives, including INBAR’s flagship program the Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan (GABAR).
  • Work with national counterparts to design training materials and extension programmes. Identify national stakeholders to participate in regional and international technology exchanges, and facilitate their participation.
  • Support field staff and partners to establish Common Production and Training Centers.
  • Coordinate action research to develop appropriate planting protocols, tools/techniques for livelihood, and enterprise development.
  • Furnish presentations and programme updates for public awareness.
  • Work closely with programme staff in Cameroon and the other three countries, coordinating regularly on day-to-day administrative and operational issues.
  • Undertake other related tasks as required by the Programme Leader.
Requirements
  • A first degree in environmental science, sustainable resource management or another related field.
  • A minimum of five years’ demonstrated experience in implementing livelihood and environment development projects in francophone Africa.
  • Proven ability to manage time, prioritize, delegate, and work with a range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated competencies in one or more areas of natural resource management, especially in the areas of conducting resource assessments, land restoration, capacity strengthening, and value chain development.
  • Strong knowledge of community development and participatory-based approaches, with a proven track-record of delivering livelihood impacts in previous projects.
  • Experience working on bamboo or other non-timber forest product value chains would be a strong advantage.
  • Excellent written and spoken French required, English proficiency would be an advantage.
  • The successful candidate should be willing to undertake extensive travel, domestically and internationally, as required.
Application Process

Applications will be accepted until 24 August 2018 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) by email to: hr@inbar.int. Please use “National Coordinator, Cameroon — your name” as the subject of the email.

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

Location:Home-based
INBAR Department:Global Assessment for Bamboo and Rattan for green development (GABAR)
Report to:GABAR Coordinator
Duration:40 working days from October 15 2018 to January 30 2019

The International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) is the only intergovernmental organisation headquartered in China. It currently has 44 Member States, comprising most of the bamboo and rattan resource countries from the Global South. Since its creation two decades ago, INBAR has run projects and programmes in over 20 countries, and provided capacity building and awareness raising on the productive use of bamboo and rattan in many countries. In September 2015, INBAR launched a new flagship programme, the Global Assessment of Bamboo and Rattan for green development (GABAR). The programme aims to ‘unlock’ the potential of bamboo and rattan by studying and providing targeted, policy-relevant information. GABAR is a knowledge platform that will deliver a full range of support activities to INBAR Member States so they can maximize gains from bamboo and rattan plantation, management and product development. The goal of GABAR is to help bamboo and rattan to "significantly contribute to national socio-economic development, environmental protection, climate change mitigation and adaptation through optimising bamboo and rattan's potential." GABAR has three main objectives: (i) Provide INBAR Member States with better information on bamboo and rattan resources and resource development for the formulation of policy, development strategies and action plans; (ii) Establish knowledge about how bamboo and rattan contribute to climate change mitigation, adaptation, biodiversity conservation, renewable energy; (iii) Establish a GABAR knowledge sharing network. In collaboration with Member States and partners, INBAR is developing two set of manuals and guidelines including a remote sensing-based bamboo forest mapping manual and bamboo biomass and carbon assessment guidelines. INBAR is looking for a qualified candidate/ team for the development of practical guidelines on bamboo biomass and carbon assessment. The guidelines will be used for people who conduct bamboo stock and carbon assessments in the field.
Key Responsibilities
  • Review IPCC guidelines and international practice on forest carbon assessment methodologies including INBAR technical manual on “Research methodologies for field monitoring, analysis and evaluation of resource conservation aspects of bamboos"
  • Review common national forest monitoring systems (NFMS)
  • Review and assess existing studies on bamboo forest types and relevant mapping exercise for defining and standardising data collection approach and stratified (by bamboo forest ecological type) sampling strategy (sampling frequency, density, Systematic sampling, random sampling versus targeted, etc.) and methods under the context that bamboo forest map available
  • Review and assess relevant studies on Sampling Design, sample size and laying out sample plots for forest inventory, particularly bamboo forest inventory
  • Review and assess relevant works/ studies on data collection, management and analysis techniques and technologies (including soft- and hardware requirements) for forest monitoring
  • Reviewing and assess methods for bamboo biomass assessment including destructive and non-destructive methods (for Above Ground Biomass & Below Ground Biomass, litter, SOC)
  • Review and assess relevant studies/ guidelines for the development of allometric models including residual error formula for estimation of uncertainty (for Above Ground Biomass & Below Ground Biomass, litter, SOC)
  • Identify suitable strategy and methods for bamboo biomass and carbon assessment
  • Assess and recommend possibilities for incorporation/ linkage between bamboo biomass assessment and national forest monitoring
  • Prepare an inception report and annotated table of contents
  • Develop guidelines on bamboo biomass and carbon assessment including defining and standardising data collection approach, methods and choice, field measurement, quality assurance and control, data computing and collation, and possibilities for incorporating bamboo biomass and carbon assessment into national forest monitoring systems.
  • Develop data collection protocol, data analysis and management protocol
Requirements
  • Second degree & above in the fields of natural resource management, Botany or forestry
  • Minimum 5 years of proven track record in providing technical advice to forest inventory and monitoring
  • Experience with forest monitoring, including data collection, analysis and management
  • Knowledge of, and experience working with, forest inventory and monitoring systems
  • Knowledge of bamboo biomass and carbon stock assessment, forest carbon monitoring
Application Process

Interested candidates are requested to submit a CV and cover letter by September 30 indicating why they are suitable for this position and expected daily rate to HR@inbar.int

Please quote the position title as development of guidelines for bamboo biomass and carbon assessment. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

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