Background

UNIQUE is a leading consulting firm for sustainable natural resource management, with a specific focus on forestry, agriculture and climate change. Since establishment in 1998, we have carried out over 700 assignments in more than 60 countries. UNIQUE’s headquarter is located in Freiburg, in the Southwest of Germany. We have offices in Uganda, Paraguay, Vietnam and Kyrgyzstan. Our team consists of forestry and agricultural engineers, economists and social scientists. With almost 60 permanent staff members, we have a large and diverse team of experts. This allows us to deliver high quality consultancies in different fields of relevance for the land use sector.

UNIQUE is seeking to recruit the services of an international long-term expert with climate change adaptation in forestry, agroforestry and land use planning, as well as capacity development experience for a long-term project in India. The selected candidate will be contracted for the lifetime of the project (probably 3-4 years and intermittent) and will be based in India (the exact location will be determined later).

Tasks and responsibilities

The major responsibilities and tasks of the international long-term expert will be:

§   Overall project management, in line with clients’ standards and expectations, and preparation of overall detailed planning, project operational manuals, periodic work plans, and project status reports.

§   Conceptual development, implementation, supervision and monitoring of effective management schemes for forest under government, communal and private management.

§   Training, mentoring and supervision of project team members plus coordination of external consultants.

§   Financial planning and management, procurement and monthly accounting.

§   Selection of NGOs and other local service providers through an open tendering process and support the monitoring of their performance

§   Curriculum development and implementation of trainings of local extension services and smallholders.

§   Monitoring of results and progress of project implementation.

§   Reporting to the steering committee society on the progress of project implementation.

§   Coordination of cooperation with clients and partners and with UNIQUE’s headquarter.

Required qualifications and expertise

§   Master's degree (or higher) in Forestry, Agriculture, NRM, Economics, Geography, Social Science or related fields.

§   Minimum of 8 years of professional experience in an international work environment (e.g. in a consulting firm, bilateral or multilateral development agency, NGO), of which at least five years in developing countries, preferably in South or Southeast Asia in project management positions;

§   Proven long-term experience in project management including financial management; more than average conceptual skills, above–average communication skills and ability in moderating complicated administrative processes; broad project experience with poverty alleviation issues is highly preferred.

§   Experience in working with public institutions in developing countries (or countries in transformation).

§   Being familiar with processes, standards and instruments for reporting, financial management and procurement.

§   Experience in providing advisory services on technical issues or organizational development.

§   Outstanding socio-cultural competences as well as coordination, communication and writing skills.

§   Fluency in English (German language skills would be a plus).

 

UNIQUE's salary and benefit package is competitive.

 

Please send your application (CV and motivation letter) to:
Jana Rauch (
jana.rauch@unique-landuse.de)
by 15 June, 2017.