Senior forestry Expert (two- Guji-Borana and Bale Robe Field office) – Farm Africa

Category:  Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resource, Natural Sciences
Location:  Guji-Borana and Bale Robe Field office, Oromia
Career Level:  Mid Level ( 2+ – 5 years experience)
Employment Type:  Full time

Job Description

JOB TITLE: Senior forestry Expert (two- Guji-Borana and Bale Robe Field office)

REPORTS TO: FSD Field Programme Co-ordinator and Deputy Coordinator respectively




LOCATION: Guji-Borana and Bale Robe Field office

DURATION & HOURS: Four Months, with 60 working days probationary period and a high probability of extension based on the availability of funds.




The overall responsibility of the position holder is to coordinate planning and execution of forest and natural resource management through participatory forest and participatory rangeland management options. The position holder will also work closely with other experts in crop, livestock and markets to ensure coordination and synergies of activities are correctly implemented. He/she will be specifically responsible in planning, execution of capacity building trainings, work with community members, organize forest and rangeland cooperatives, and provide technical support to government counterparts.

He/she will ensure that communities are actively engaged in improved forest and natural resource management options. In coordination with the project coordinator, he/she will ensure good partnership with government stakeholders, community members, CBOs, consortium partners, CSOs, private sectors and other relevant partners in the operational areas of the FSD Programme.


Key areas of responsibilities are:

1.       Ensure timely project implementation at Woreda level

  • Work with the project team and government counterparts to achieve the project outputs/outcomes at his/her specific cluster
  • Ensure adequate consultation and participation of Woreda and kebele level stakeholders ensuring active participation of women in particular.
  • Facilitate identification of training needs, prepare training materials, and deliver training, business plan development and other services to CBOs and unions
  • Conduct other duties as may be assigned by the Project Field Coordinator

2.       Bring technical expertise to ensure high quality project delivery

  • Take part in the assessments and surveys of forest and natural resources within the FSD intervention woredas for planning and management
  • Support kebele level participatory land use planning, and support community water management platforms
  • Promote Participatory Forest Management (PFM) and Participatory Rangeland Management (PRM) by working with existing and/or new forest and rangeland cooperatives
  • Facilitate the planning, implementation, monitoring, review and evaluation of forest and natural resource management related project activities.
  • Gender development for enhanced Natural Resource Management
  • Provide expertise and advice for community institutions on gender mainstreaming in project scheme
  • Identify and promote innovative livelihood programming approaches and interventions to achieve project objectives, and suited to the particular conditions and needs of diverse client groups in the operational areas;

3.       Facilitate and coordinate community/institutional capacity building activities

  • Provide technical support to Woreda level technical staff and government staff in the implementation of watershed management, land registration and land use planning, including GIS work in focal areas
  • Organise and coordinate capacity building trainings and workshop for beneficiaries, consortium partners, CBOs, private sectors on the improved agronomic and livestock practices and support.
  • Support participatory community monitoring in PFM Kebeles

4.       Contribute to project management and reporting

  • Participate in assessment, design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation processes of the project activities with other woreda experts and project staff.
  • Prepare and develop status reports as required by management.
  • Ensure proper recording and documentation of best practices and success stories
  • Ensure that the project implemented according to work-plan and BER and Guji-Borana landscape framework.
  • Monitor and document the project progress, lessons, good experience and impact with rural communities.

5.       Play an active role as a member of the Farm Africa Project team

  • Identify and explore opportunities to improve project implementation and guarantee it’s sustainability
  • Keep up to date with developments in the sector, including best practice examples in-country and internationally, to ensure ongoing organizational and personal development and learning;
  • Identify and explore opportunities to grow and expand the country project pipeline, both in relation to the current project (e.g., potential scale-up opportunities, replication in other geographies/regions) or related to new project opportunities
  • Pro-actively share information with other project and BER consortium partner staff members to support Farm Africa’s aims
  • Participate in broader Farm Africa meetings with other project staff members, as requested by line manager.

These essential functions are not to be interpreted as a complete statement of all duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other job-related duties as required. All work responsibilities are subject to having performance goals and/or targets established.

Job Requirements




Education, qualifications & other knowledge

MSc in Forestry, Natural Resources Management, Rural Livelihoods and other related fields.

MSc or MA

Knowledge of Forestry policy in Ethiopia

Knowledge of gender and social inclusiveness


Four years’ work experience in rural development or similar organizations Previous NGO work experience in rural development
Experience in the area of natural resources management, small business group development, agro-forestry and good knowledge of gender and social inclusiveness and organizational capacity building of community based institutions  
Experience of project planning ,implementation and monitoring and evaluation  
Experience working in the area of value chain and economic strengthening of rural community  

Skills & abilities

Very good English language skills (written and spoken)

Knowledge of local language is advantageous

Computer literacy, excellent record keeping and report writing

Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Good team building skills and the ability to work in a multi partner approach ,.

Budget and financial management, training need assessment and training facilitation


Willingness to reside in rural/marginal areas, ability to work with minimum supervision

Strong sense of integrity and personal commitment to the goals and values of Farm Africa  
Good community level facilitation and coordination skills  

Our Values

Investing in smallholder farming is the number one way to combat poverty in rural Africa. Farm Africa is a leading NGO specialising in growing agriculture, protecting the environment and developing businesses in rural Africa.

EXPERT: Expertise and insightful evidence-based solutions are at the heart of everything Farm Africa does.

GROUNDED: Our teams and partners work closely with local communities, engaging them in every level of decision-making.

IMPACTFUL: We deliver long lasting change for farmers, their families, and the environments they live in.

BOLD: We model innovative approaches and are not afraid to challenge strategies that are failing.

How to Apply

Those who meet the above requirements should submit their short CV (maximum of 4 pages) and a cover letter (1 page) addressing with the subject Senior Forestry Expert Guji-Borana and/or Senior Forestry Expert Bale Robe Field office by 31 October 2021.Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Farm Africa is an equal opportunity employer and promotes gender equity. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification. Farm Africa does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. (E.g. Application, interview, meeting, processing, training or any other fees).