This position is located in the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat (UNFFS), Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The Inter-Regional Advisor (IRA) will work under the overall guidance of the Director of the UNFFS. The UNFFS provides leadership and is an authoritative source of policy advice and expertise within the Unite Nations System on forests and all forest-related issues including sustainable forest management (SFM). It provides substantive secretariat support to the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) which was established by the ECOSOC to promote sustainable forest management worldwide and to strengthen long-term political commitment to this end. It is composed of all Member States of the United Nations and specialized agencies. The adviser will be a member of DESA’s IRA Network. The services of the IRA aim to ensure the provision of high-level technical expertise, the transfer of knowledge from the UNFF and other global entities to Governments on technical issues, development strategies and the formulation, implementation, assessment or evaluation of projects and programmes related to sustainable forest management, including the United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests (UNSPF) and its Global Forest Goals and the forest-related goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The services of the IRA need to comply with intergovernmental guidance on the use of the Regular Programme on Technical Cooperation (RPTC), when appropriate, and with strategies and guidance concerning capacity development activities endorsed by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ and supported by the Capacity Development Programme Management Office.
The work implies frequent interaction with the following counterparts: senior officers and technical staff in relevant UN Secretariat entities and in UN funds, programmes and specialized agencies, representatives and officials in national governments and research institutions, members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) and international organizations.
Advanced University Degree (Master’s degree of equivalent) in forest science, natural resources, environment, resource economics or finance or other relevant area.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post outstanding verbal and drafting skills in English and French is required; working knowledge of other official languages of the United Nations would be desirable.