LDN Specialist, Budapest, Hungary

Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest, Hungary

Office: FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

Closing date: Friday, 5 February 2021


LDN specialist

Job Posting: 15/Jan/2021

Closure Date: 05/Feb/2021, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : REU

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Hungary-Budapest

Duration : Budapest, Hungary

Post Number : N/A

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Organizational Setting:

LDN represents a paradigm shift in land management policies and practices. It is a unique approach that counterbalances the expected loss of productive land with the recovery of degraded areas. It strategically places the measures to conserve, sustainably manage, and restore land in the context of land use planning. It has strategic implications to how the country plans and manages its land resources. To date, 120 countries have committed to achieving LDN by 2030. LDN foundational principles are the necessary minimum requirements for successful implementation and attainment of the LDN. UNCCD COP calls upon the Parties to observe these principles(Land cover, Land productivity, Soil Organic Carbon).

In the REU region, most of the countries are including LDN at the core of the policy priorities and FAO is supporting the implementation of LDN projects in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Turkey and Uzbekistan and the lessons learned from these projects can strength the agenda within the whole region.

Also, it can be possible to assess LDN policy gaps and development of cross-sectoral policies/legal frameworks supporting LDN principles at the national level and improving the investment policy focusing on land management based on the project results and share knowledge among the countries in the region.

Reporting Lines:

The LDN specialist will work under the overall supervision of the Regional Representative for the Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, and under the direct supervision and technical guidance of the GEF focal point in the region and in close collaboration with the LTOs for the LDN projects and the REU Land Tenure team.

Tasks and responsibilities:

The LDN project expert will undertake the following tasks:

Conduct a review of the results of all ongoing projects on LDN in the region;
Identify and analise lessons learned and cases of success in the region, as well as situations where the projects didn’t achieve the expected results and analyze the reasons behind;
Conduct baseline policy analysis and draft a set of recommendations for removing and reversing policy drivers that lead to poor land management and for the policy/regulatory frameworks alignment conducive to the LDN achievement tailored to the region;
Identify entry points for strengthening stakeholder participation in the LDN targets implementation at the sub-national level, including through gender lenses;
Identify gaps and constraints related to land tenure in the pursuit of LDN, with the focus on legitimate tenure rights and their formalization and security for local land owners and users with reference to the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT)

Draft a monitoring methodology for LDN taking into consideration the regional specificities and the project results, the monitoring tools developed by FAO and used by the GEF and well UNCCD.


Minimum Requirements

Master’s or Bachelor’s degree(s) in economics, agriculture, natural resources, sustainable development, climate policy, rural development, or related fields.

A minimum of 3 years of work experience in Land Degradation

Tags carbon central asia continuous improvement investment policy knowledge sharing land degradation land management land tenure land use natural resources rural development russian language sustainable development transparency

Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of Russian (for Consultants). Working knowledge of English for PSA.SBS.

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Additional Selection Criteria

Ability to work on international teams and with remote supervision.

Basic knowledge of the Russian language will be considered an asset.

Knowledge of the land tenure situation/context in the region and familiarity with the FAO VGGT

Working knowledge from the FAO programme countries in Europe and Central Asian

Excellent oral and written communication skills in Computer skills (WordPerfect, PowerPoint, Excel, Skype)

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


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