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World Bank Consultant Position

Outreach and Partnership Coordinator for the African Heartland Forest Trust Fund (AHTF)

Deadline: November 18, 2008

Background/General description:

The African Heartland Trust Fund (AHTF) is a US$5.5 Million trust fund program for supporting forest sector reforms in Congo basin countries and is administered by the Africa Region of the World Bank.
A new consultancy opportunity has opened up for a dynamic, technically-competent, results-oriented individual to perform the functions of a “Forest Outreach and Partnership Coordinator,” to be located in Washington, DC with extensive travel to Congo basin countries and Europe. The consultancy, for an initial period of 6 months, will involve work on three pillars:
  • Strategic Outreach to civil society and decision-makers so that they are better informed, committed and actively engaged as agents of change in implementing forest sector reforms. This component will work with rural communities, technical ministries, civil society, parliamentarians and decision makers in developing and industrialized countries.
  • Making Reforms Work for the Poor. This means providing local communities with the tools and third-party support they need to secure the benefits stemming from new forest policies. It will work through structured partnerships between local communities and qualified NGOs that will help review the status of implementation of social responsibility contracts signed with the private sector and other frameworks expected to yield benefits to local communities.
  • Increased Finance for Non-consumptive use of Forests by engaging a debate with corporations on environmental services and non-consumptive use of forests.

Duties and Accountabilities:
A. Help coordinate the implementation of the AHTF as a whole, from both technical and administrative perspectives. This will include:
  • Preparing annual work plans, budgets and administrative reports
  • Initiating recruitment and supervising performance of consultant(s) and other service providers,
  • Organizing meetings with donors and other key stakeholders
  • Drafting annual reports, and produce a range of communication product lines (print, online, and broadcast media) for the project as a whole
  • Offering collaboration to Congo Basin country governments, the private investor community, donors, development agencies, NGOs and other civil society organizations to serve the purposes of the project
B. Provide technical leadership to the outreach and communication component of AHTF. This will include:
  • Designing and implementing a multi-media outreach strategy tailored to all project constituencies from the grass root to the executive levels in both Congo Basin Countries and industrialized countries interested in the Congo Basin environment
  • Helping produce and ensure continuous update of a website presenting all bank forest/environment initiatives in the Congo Basin
  • Producing briefing notes and dissemination notes for Bank management and to respond to Donors demands as appropriate
  • Facilitating Bank participation and prepare material to present to events at the local national and international levels
  • Initiating and maintaining collaboration with field level NGOs, local radios, and other organizations capable or interacting effectively with local organizations
  • Drafting and publishing an annual report showing Bank initiatives on behalf of indigenous peoples living in forest areas

Selection Criteria:
The position requires a savvy communicator who is well versed in the technical aspects of forest and environment, together with a flair for leadership in forging local and international partnerships. The particular skill requirements are:
  • Master’s level qualification and 8 years’ experience in relevant field (communication, natural resource economics, forestry, or environment)
  • Proven capability to manage a communication program
  • Proven capability to lead and coordinate complex programs and partnerships
  • Experience in preparing work programs and budgets, including monitoring and reporting requirements
  • Strong reputation and network of professional contacts with governments, international agencies, NGOs, media and other constituencies concerned with the environment
  • Knowledge of forest and environment policy issues as they relate to the sustainable development agenda
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills and fluency in English and French. Outstanding communications and media-savvy skills, including the ability to speak articulately and persuasively, and to write concisely
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to be a team player and work across sector boundaries; experience in guiding, mentoring and coaching junior staff preferred, and
  • High degree of discretion, ethics, tact and sensitivity in handling confidential and sensitive information.

Expressions of Interest
Qualified consultants interested in being considered for this consultancy are requested to send, by email, a covering letter, resume, names of three references with addresses, salary expectations, and date of earliest availability to:
Mr. Giuseppe Topa, Lead Forests Specialist for Africa,
Mr. Sarwat Hussain, Senior Communication Officer,
Ms. Ernestine Njoke, Team Assistant,