FAO in collaboration with the Government of Finland is aiming at supporting the government of Myanmar in the development and implementation of a two-phase project for a new national scale Forest Inventory System over the years 2020 - 2025. Phase 1 of the project covers activities of Readiness and Testing, and Phase 2 the full Implementation. A particular and innovative feature of this project is to develop a “globally relevant approach to National Forest Inventory (NFI) and National Forest Monitoring and Information Systems (NFMIS) explicitly within the framework of a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) and conflict sensitivity”, and support the Government of Myanmar in its implementation in the national territory”. Thus, the project fills an important gap in (global) approaches to National Forest Inventory and Myanmar´s existing National Forest Monitoring System, with no national forest inventory having ever been fully conducted in the country. In addition, at present, no guidelines nor best practices are available in terms of how to implement inventories and other monitoring activities in areas with security and conflict issues or territories with mixed governance systems.
Myanmar is the country with the third highest deforestation rate in the world, after Brazil and Indonesia, and has significant potential for Climate Change mitigation through REDD as well as related multiple benefits. A functional NFI system is necessary not only for decision making in the national context but also an essential requirement for the fulfilment of conditions, which enable the country to participate in REDD including results-based payments. The latter is potentially a source of substantial development finance for the country after 2020 and communities where REDD actions are eventually implemented will directly or indirectly benefit from them.
The project will establish the capacity in Myanmar to develop updated reports on the state of the forests at national scale and the scale of states and regions as well as for several other sub-national user-defined reporting units. The results of the NFI are expected to contribute to evidence based strategy and policy planning in the forest sector and to reduce controversies among stakeholders and sectoral policy actors derived from different, sometimes opposing, views in forest policy discussions through updated data on the state and quality of forests.
Through the UN-REDD Programme a general design, sampling approach and initial elements of a data analysis and management system have already been established during 2017 - 2019. Testing of NFI field methodologies has been conducted in several land areas and forest types in central and North-western Myanmar as well as in Mangroves during 2019. The final NFI field methodology, data collection approaches and a draft estimation design have been developed too, in collaboration with the Myanmar Forest Department, FAO and the Finnish Natural Resources Institute, Luke, and is available as of end of 2019.
The project will be divided in two phases, namely\: (1) Phase I of Readiness and testing, and (2) Phase II of full implementation. Phase I will cover the development of a package of safeguard instruments aimed at guaranteeing that the project is implemented in the framework of a HRBA, and that conflict sensitivity and do-no-harm strategies are demonstrated throughout the project. These instruments will be established and institutionalized into country level actions through an open access based data sharing policy, development of a stakeholder engagement and communication plan that includes how to communicate grievances and approaches for their resolution, with linkage to the Myanmar REDD Safeguard Information System. During Phase I data collection and some initial reporting for areas not considered as conflict prone will also be developed. Phase II will involve the completion of data collection in the remaining areas. When data collection is complete for all areas, a full data analysis and national scale reports as well as results for other reporting units can be developed. Phase II will also develop full reports on the state of the forests and tree resources in Myanmar. During Phase II, the NFMIS will be completed with agreed data sharing protocols, web-based data and information retrieval tools for interactive and customized reporting, corresponding support services and the medium to long term institutional and operational arrangements supported for a permanent NFI and NFMIS in Myanmar including the corresponding capacity building for relevant Myanmar stakeholders.
For countries in conflict globally, there is a clear need to develop instruments to guarantee that a Human Rights Based Approach is followed in all elements of National Forest Monitoring (NFM). The global instruments developed in this project will have immediate application in Myanmar as a first country implementation, and can be applied across FAO’s NFM and NFI country support (active in over 50 countries) in conflict situations. The global activities such as the South-South collaboration and the development of global guidelines for conflict sensitivity and human rights based approaches in forest monitoring will be co-financed by FAO, to enable the scaling up of best practices to the global level for impact beyond Myanmar.
The NC-Communication works under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Myanmar, the general supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative (Programme), and the direct supervision of the National Project Coordinator (NPC) of the NFI-NFMIS-HRBA project in coordination with the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), the International HRBA Advisor and the National Project Director (NPD) of the project.
- The NC Communication will be part of the PMU and work closely with NPC, CTA and other PMU staff in all matters related to communication, outreach to different audiences and knowledge management of the project.
Tasks and responsibilities
- Develop a knowledge management/communication strategy and a work plan for its implementation for different audiences based on the stakeholder analysis of the project;
- Coordinate the preparation and delivery of communication tools such as publications, leaflets, videos, field events and other products;
- Coordinate the development and regular update of a webpage, Facebook page or other social media tools to communicate efficiently and effectively with all stakeholders;
- Prepare biannual and annual project updates;
- Prepare radio/TV broadcasts and/or other communication outputs/activities;
- Coordinate with other organisations and initiatives the dissemination of information related to project activities, especially the UNREDD Programme, the FD and relevant NGOs;
- Lead the quality control on the production of communication material, including translations into Myanmar language with support from NPC and other PMU colleagues;
- Support capacity building activities for different stakeholders by ensuring that relevant materials are available for use in trainings, meetings, and other events;
- Support the preparation of meeting minutes, translations and interpretations for foreign staff and consultants, if needed;
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
- University level degree in Communication Sciences, Journalism, or Social Sciences with coursework on communication and knowledge management, or similar fields.
- At least three years of working experience in the area of communication, knowledge management, journalisms or related fields;
- Myanmar Nationality;
FAO Core Competencies
- Strong inter-personal
- Building Effective Relationships
- Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
- Ability to share knowledge and experience
- Active towards continuous personal learning
- Strong analytical skills to master new subjects
- Ability to manage priorities and meet deadlines
- Ability to work towards results based management and reporting
- Capacity for leadership and management
- Commitment to FAO´s mission and values
- Experience of working with print or online media, website management and web publishing;
- Experience of working with the government, UN agencies or NGOs will be an advantage;
- Good oral and written command of English and Burmese. Knowledge of another language of Myanmar would be advantageous
- Experience and knowledge of the REDD process in Myanmar is an advantage
- Willingness and ability to travel to field sites for communication related work
- Strong networks within Myanmar non-government organisations and Myanmar government agencies
- Fluency in both English and Myanmar language, written and spoken
- Proficiency (user level) of computer applications (Word, Excel, PPT, etc.)