NOTICIAS

  • 23 de enero de 2014

    Oferta de trabajo FLEGT (Programa de la UE para la Aplicación de. Leyes, Gobernanza y Comercio Forestales)
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    Terms of Reference for the FLEGT Facilitator in Liberia
     
    Background
    1. The European Union (EU) adopted its FLEGT Action Plan in 2003, in recognition of the
    increasing public concern with the social, economic and environmental consequences of
    illegal logging and related trade worldwide. A key element of the Action Plan is a
    proposal to establish bilateral voluntary partnership agreements (VPAs) between the
    European Union (EU) and timber-producing countries. These will ensure that only
    legally-sourced timber products are imported into the EU from these partner countries.
    Under these agreements the EU will provide assistance to improve governance and law
    enforcement and to put in place systems that verify legality.
    2. Liberia concluded VPA negotiations in May 2011 and the agreement was formally signed
    on 27 July 2011. Ratification has been completed by both parties and the agreement
    entered into force on December 1st 2013. Through delegated cooperation agreement
    with the EU the UK Department for International Development (DFID) will hold three
    contracts to support the implementation of the VPA.
    3. The first of these contracts is for the establishment of a VPA support unit, tasked with the
    capacity building of key stakeholders (Government, private sector and civil society) to
    implement the VPA. The second contract is for the establishment of the Liberia
    Verification Department (LVD) within the Forestry Development Authority. This contract
    will establish and implement legality verification and chain of custody before transferring
    control of the department to the FDA. The FDA will also establish a Licensing
    Department, which will have responsibility for issuing FLEGT licences.
    4. The third contract is to provide FLEGT Facilitation support services to the process in
    Liberia. The overarching objective of this service is to facilitate a dynamic and well
    informed VPA implementation that builds local ownership for the resulting VPA.
     
    FLEGT Facilitation support
    5. The ultimate success and credibility of VPAs require: (i) that the wide range of actions
    envisaged in the agreements stay on track; (ii) that stakeholder processes that helped
    shape the VPA negotiations are sustained and strengthened; (iii) that requirements of
    international markets for evidence of legal production of timber and agricultural
    commodities produced on forest land are available to and understood by stakeholders in
    each partner country; (iv) that the progress made by partner countries in tackling forest
    governance challenges, including implementation of their VPAs, is known to international
    stakeholders; and (v) that lessons are shared between partner countries negotiating or
    implementing FLEGT VPAs, and with other FLEGT-related activities. Effective facilitation
    is necessary to help partner governments ensure that these expectations are met.
    6. Successful implementation of the VPA also requires the support of all stakeholders and
    their commitment to work together to strengthen sector governance. It is therefore
    essential that in the implementation of the agreement, the Facilitation support
    encourages the effective participation of a wide range of stakeholders.
    Tasks
    The FLEGT Facilitator will support the implementation of Liberia’s FLEGT Voluntary
    Partnership Agreement with the EU. In particular they will:
    · Facilitate the involvement of non-government stakeholders in the dialogue and
    consultations relating to the implementation of the VPA, particularly local civil society
    groups, representatives of community platforms and the private sector;
    · Work with all FLEGT-funded projects, that aim to promote forest governance goals
    and tackle illegal logging, ensuring to the extent possible, coherence and coordination
    of activities;
    · Facilitate a coordinated donor approach to FLEGT-related activities in Liberia,
    maintaining contact with others working on FLEGT, both nationally and within the
    region;
    · Identify any impediments to the implementation of the VPA and identify strategies for
    addressing these;
    · Ensure that any progress made in strengthening forest governance or any other
    significant lessons learned from implementation that may inform processes
    elsewhere are clearly documented;
    · Promote synergies between the VPA process and REDD+ initiatives.
    · Assist the EU Delegation to prepare for meetings of the Joint Implementation
    Committee, and with other VPA-related tasks as requested by the Delegation;
    · Prepare/support the preparation of briefing material on the VPA process in Liberia
    and the status of VPA implementation as and when required by DFID or the EU
    Delegation;
    · Ensure that information on the requirements of emerging international market
    standards and legislation related to the trade in timber products and agricultural
    products grown on forest land that affect Liberia is effectively communicated to
    relevant stakeholders;
    · Ensure close coordination with the teams of the VPA support unit and the SGS team
    establishing the LVD;
    · Liase closely with representatives of the Liberia expert team of the European Forest
    Institute’s (EFI’s) EU-FLEGT Facility in support of VPA implementation;
    · In consultation with the EU Delegation, liase with European Commission and the ad
    hoc FLEGT Working Group of the Commission and Member States to ensure that
    lessons from Liberia are fed back into policy development at headquarters.
    Reporting Arrangements
    7. The FLEGT Facilitator will report to DFID’s Senior Forestry Advisor in London and keep
    the Head of the EU Delegation to Liberia in copy. Reports will be prepared on a
    quarterly basis and will be submitted in the final week of each calendar quarter (March,
    June, September, and December) and should include an update on progress with the
    achievement of agreed milestones reflected in the VPA annual workplan.
    8. The Facilitator will also ensure that any significant developments in the sector are
    reported to both the DFID adviser and EU Delegation as and when they occur.
    Timing
    9. These Terms of Reference cover the contract period from February 2014 to the end of
    June 2016. 
     
    More information:
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