lunes, 27 de abril de 2015

Empleo - Junior Forest Governance Expert for FLEGT&REDD Unit at the EFI (Barcelona, Spain)

The European Forest Institute (EFI) is an international organisation with 25 Members, and over 120 member organisations. EFI’s Headquarters is located in Joensuu, Finland. EFI has several offices across Europe, and FLEGT offices in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and in Beijing, China.
EFI hosts the EU FLEGT Facility and the EU REDD Facility, which support partner countries, the European Commission, EU Delegations and EU Member States in the implementation of the EU FLEGT Action Plan and REDD+ Activities.
The EU FLEGT Facility supports efforts to combat illegal logging and promote trade in legal timber. It works with timber producing and exporting countries to develop systems to ensure the legal trade and export of timber products, aiming to improve forest governance. The Facility works in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Facility provides this support through technical assistance in Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) processes and other arrangements, through the facilitation of dialogue between the EU and timber exporting countries and other forms of cooperation.
To reinforce the Facility’s VPA team, EFI is seeking a Junior Forest Governance Expert.

Tasks and responsibilities

The Junior Expert will backstop VPA Team members in their support to VPA processes.

As part of the VPA team and together with other experts, the Junior Expert will:
  • Support VPA team members in the different aspects of VPA negotiations and implementation processes, in particular assistance to timber legality assurance system design and implementation, and analysis of governance-related and institutional issues.
  • Carry out analysis of forest governance challenges, informing strategic thinking to support VPA processes. Topics to be covered may include law enforcement, transparency, stakeholder participation, timber trade, supply chain control, legal, technical and institutional reforms.
  • Contribute to document lessons learnt in the design and implementation of timber legality assurance systems.


  • Minimum of two years relevant working experience in forestry and/or natural resource management, timber industry, development policy, governance, or related field. Experience in a tropical timber producing country is an asset.
  • University degree in natural resource management, political science, law and economics, forestry, or a related and suitable field. MSc/MA or higher degree a plus.
  • Excellent analytical and networking skills, solid writing, reporting and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability of working in multi-disciplinary teams in multi-cultural environments.
  • Professional proficiency in English is required. Professional proficiency in French and/or Spanish is strongly desirable.

Duty station and travel

The Junior Expert will be based at the EFI Barcelona Office in Barcelona, Spain, with travel within Europe and to timber producing countries.

Employment conditions

The Junior Expert will be an EFI staff member. The initial duration of employment will be two years including a three-month probation period.
Interested candidates are requested to send CV with motivation letter by 23 May 2015, using our using our online application form. If it is not possible for you to apply online please send your application to
All applications will be treated confidentially. EFI is an equal opportunity employer and encourages submissions from female applicants.
For more information about the post please contact, Mr. Thomas Pichet, VPA Team Leader, email:
Fuente: EFI

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