WANTED: Peatland and mangrove specialists @FAO

The FAO peatland team is opening a roster for consultancy applications on the topic below, from short- to longer-term positions in various locations and for different types and length of experiences:

Remote sensing, monitoring and/or management and sustainable livelihoods specialist – peatlands and mangroves

If interested, please see the details below, and then apply through the FAO employment portal at the latest on Wednesday 24 July, or feel free to share the vacancy announcement with your networks:


If you have questions, please contact Maria Nuutinen* on maria.nuutinen@fao.org.

*Forestry Officer – Peatlands, REDD+ and National Forest Monitoring cluster, Forestry Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Skype for business & Skype: maria.pauliina.nuutinen

Office +39 06 570 53284



Join the Online Community on Peatlands and Climate Change: http://bit.ly/peatlands-community


Technical Focus

In particular, the work will focus on: Contributing to technical work related to wetland and high-carbon ecosystem (especially peatlands and mangroves) through: satellite data processing and field data analysis for monitoring, mapping, land use planning, management and/or livelihood development on peatlands in wet condition (paludiculture).

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree  (for Consultants) / University degree (only for PSA) related to remote sensing, earth observation, climate change, natural resource management (e.g. hydrology), environmental policy and sciences, forestry, land use planning or similar,
  • For all work streams: At least 2 years of relevant working experience, in particular on climate change and/or hydrology,
  • For the monitoring work stream: At least 2 years of relevant experience in land-use related remote sensing and/or data analysis,
  • Working knowledge of English, French and/or Spanish and limited knowledge of French or Spanish or Arabic, Chinese, Russian for COF.REG.
  • Working knowledge of English, French and/or Spanish for PSA.SBS.

Technical/Functional Skills

Please note that while these skills are desirable, the candidate does not need to cover all the preferred qualifications mentioned below:

  • Extent and relevance of experience in knowledge, education and work experience on climate change and peatlands / mangroves and land use;
  • Monitoring: Extent and relevance of experience in R, Python, and JavaScript, especially as applied to land surface monitoring. Use of Google’s Earth Engine is an asset;
  • Work experience together with national and/or subnational institutions;
  • Working knowledge of one or more of the local languages for the duty station country is an advantage (nb. for PSA contracts one language is acceptable,  including spoken and written English / Bahasa / French / Spanish;
  • Skills or experience in: greenhouse gas emission estimates / reporting / verification; land use planning; hydrology; land and water management; mapping; training; policies; economics; value chain development and other related fields;
  • Statistical studies or experience with data analysis and quality control;
  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work;
  • Familiarity with the duty station (country to be mentioned in the application) and its peatlands and/or mangroves;
  • Experience of working together with a team, and independence to work under minimum guidance following the agreed work plan;
  • Preferred: Experience in compiling training materials, audio-visual materials and documents; and
  • Proficiency with Microsoft package, in particular Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive and other co-working platforms.

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