FAO recruits 01 Agroforestry and Carbon Trading Specialist

FAO recruits 01 Agroforestry and Carbon Trading Specialist


Maputo, Mozambique
Humanitaire (ONG, Associations, …), Projet/programme de développement

 Job Description – Agroforestry and Carbon Trading Specialist (2400300)

Job Description


Agroforestry and Carbon Trading Specialist

Job Posting: 25/Jan/2024

Closure Date: 08/Feb/2024, 11:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: FRMOZ

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition: PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level: N/A

Primary Location: Mozambique-Maputo

Duration: 11 Months

Post Number: N/A

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device

FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture.

Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply;

Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values

FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination  

All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting

FAO Representation in Mozambique is implementing the PROMOVE Agribiz programme – Improving rural competitiveness in Nampula and Zambézia provinces. The overall objective of the PROMOVE Agribiz is to contribute to sustainable, inclusive and broad-based economic growth and poverty reduction in the context of national food and nutrition security and climate change. Thus, the programme contributes primarily to the progressive achievement of SDG Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture and Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all, it also promotes progress towards Goals 1 (end poverty), 5 (gender equality), and 13 (climate action). Moreover, it is aligned with the main agriculture sector policy documents Strategic Plan for the Development of the Agriculture Sector (PEDSA) and National Agriculture Investment Plan (PNISA). 

Considering the increased fragility of ecosystems and farming caused by the intensification of droughts, floods and cyclones, Agroforestry action is being expanded to allow smallholder farmers (SHF) set up this productive system on part of their farms. It is expected that 5.000 household participate of the project, establishing, in average, 1ha under a diversified Agroforestry System model, including timber, fruit and biomass/fodder tree species, intercropped with annual crops. 

Through Agroforestry action, carbon credits will be offered to private institutions and companies on the voluntary market. FAO Mozambique is developing local and international partnerships with implementing and commercial partners. 

In order to coordinate the implementation of the Agroforestry action, including the advising to the seedling production at community lever, the establishment of Agroforestry System, the training to SHF and other stakeholders and supervise local and international partnership, FAO Mozambique intends to recruit an Agroforestry and Carbon Trading Specialist to support the implementation of these component. 

Reporting Lines

The Agroforestry and Carbon Trading Specialist will report directly to the technical Advisor (TA) of the project and to the FAO Representative in Mozambique (Budget Holder). 

Technical Focus

Agroforestry, Agroforestry System Models, Nurseries Management, Carbon Trading, Local and International Partnership  

Tasks and responsibilities

The Agroforestry and Carbon Trading Specialist will undertake the following tasks and responsibilities:

•    Review of relevant documents and reports of the project, such as REDD+ decree, Agroforestry and carbon trading feasibility study, National and International Project Registration, Technical and Methodological Manual and others. 

•    Produce a variety of technical information, data, statistics, and documents as well as technical input for reports and communication and visibility products.

•    Contribute on the set-up and management of community nurseries, including the seed provision, seedling distribution plan, nursery legalization and seedling commercialization though subsidies scheme.

•    Promote the establishment of Agroforestry Systems on eligible communities and farms. 

•    Coordinate with the Hub Coordinators and District Field Technicians, the selection of areas, plantation and management of seedlings. 

•    Participate in the selection of the Local Implementing Partner as well as build and strengthen the technical and institutional capacities to hand over the project after the finalization of PROMOVE Agribiz programme. 

•    Integrate multi-disciplinary teams in FAO, including Seed Specialist, Farmer Field School Specialist, e-voucher Specialist, agri-business Specialist and M&E Specialist in order to design, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate project activities.

•    Actively participating and delivery of training to the benefit of Small Holder Farmers, Field Technicians of Public and Private sector, members of academia etc.

•    Ensure the quality / effectiveness of capacity development, including training to SHF and Field Technicians on Agroforestry System, organizational development and carbon trading through participatory extension methodologies and digital tools.

•    Ensure the engagement of 5.000 households, the management of 5.000 ha under agroforestry systems and the existence of 37 commercial nurseries supported by the project.

•    Collaborate/Support the implementation of Work Plans of Local and International Partners (i.e. NGOs and civil society organizations) in order to achieve the outputs related to the carbon trading project in Nampula, Zambézia and Manica provinces.

•    Contribute to the design of agroforestry schemes and estimation of carbon removal unit assessment to estimate potential value of sales and benefit for Small holder Farmers. 

•    Systematize and prepare learning products on the Agroforestry action and carbon trading project.   

•    Perform other tasks as required.


Minimum Requirements

 •    Advanced University degree in Agronomy, Forestry, Rural Extension or other related subjects. 

•    At least three years of working experience in Forestry, Agroforestry, Sustainable ecosystems, GHG and International Cooperation. 

•    Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian 

FAO Core Competencies

•    Results Focus

•    Teamwork

•    Communication

•    Building Effective Relationships

•    Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

•    Knowledge of Portuguese and previous experience with UN system Agencies will be considered an asset

•    Background experience in technical areas related to Agroforestry and Carbon Trading.

•    Computer skills (MS Office and Internet Explorer)

 Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)

Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list

Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at 

For more information, visit the FAO employment website

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills

• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile

• Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application

• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications

• Incomplete applications will not be considered

• Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application

• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered

• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile

•  We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

If you need help or have queries, please create a one-time registration with FAO’s client support team for further assistance:


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