Technical Officer


Under the supervision of the Coordinator of Component 1 and the Project Coordinator, the Technical Field Officer in agroforestry systems will be responsible for carrying out actions of the project Strengthening the resilience of livelihoods to climate change in the upper basins of the Highlands of Guatemala .

It will work in direct coordination with the implementation team of the IUCN project in its different components and the relevant government institutions (MARN, MAGA, INAB and INSIVUMEH) at the local level.

It will support the actions to ensure the coherence, design and successful implementation (in quantity and quality) of the processes necessary for the delivery of the products of component 1, which are detailed below, and their consistency with the other Project Components :

Improved local

capacities for climate action and watershed management : o Development of practical capacities necessary for climate-smart action, both at the local level, as well as in relevant institutions and supporting organizations and communities in prioritized areas

oImplementation of restoration measures and investments in Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) measures

Forest and agroforestry incentives from government entities channeled to communities in prioritized areas to support water recharge and production :

  • Promotion of modalities for adaptation to climate change in the context of agroforestry systems on agricultural and livestock lands and forest restoration activities in watersheds, riparian forests and recharge areas
  • Support existing extension services to improve efficiency, effectiveness and Equity of financial mechanisms
  • Additionally, the Technical Officer in agroforestry systems of the project will support in accompaniment work, technical assistance and development of proposals as required, on issues related to their expertise.


  • Comply with the policies, guidelines, norms and procedures established by IUCN for the efficient implementation in the technical, administrative and financial
  • aspects of the project, in accordance with the guidelines and requirements of the financing sources, and especially those embodied in : o IUCN in general, the Operational Manual of the project in particular
  • The guidelines of the Green Climate
  • Fund o The guidelines of the Korean International Cooperation Agency KOICA
  • Under the supervision of the Coordinator of Component 1 and in close coordination with MARN, MAGA, INAB, INSIVUMEH and CONAP at the local level will be responsible for the leadership of the following actions :
  • Conform micro-watershed councils in the prioritized areas, in coordination with the MARN Watershed Directorate and the regional headquarters of MARN and MAGA
  • Support in the preparation of micro-watershed management plans in the prioritized territories
  • Prepare and implement projects for the restoration of the forest landscape in conjunction with the micro-watershed councils
  • Foster in the communities of the prioritized micro-basins the incorporation of new areas to the financial mechanisms executed by the INAB through the Forest Incentives Program for owners of small extensions of land for forestry or agroforestry (PINPEP) and the Incentive Program for the establishment, recovery, management, production and protection of forests in Guatemala (PROBOSQUE), promoting modalities for adaptation to climate change
  • Support municipalities, micro-watershed councils and other local structures in the implementation of forest nurseries
  • Identify and implement appropriate measures for adaptation to climate change through the application of best land use practices in prioritized areas (soil conservation practices and structures) and climate-smart agriculture, in coordination with the Regional Coordination Directorate and Rural Extension, Agricultural Directorate, Watershed Department and the Climate Change Unit of MAGA
  • Contribute to the strengthening of institutional and local capacities for adaptation to climate change in support of agroforestry issues, climate-smart agriculture, among others
  • Support in production and dissemination of Crop monitoring and harvest forecast bulletins
  • Promote gender equity and social inclusion in all activities, in close coordination with the Technical Expert in Gender and Social Inclusion
  • Participate in the meetings of the Local Advisory Committees of the project in the departments of Quiché, Quetzaltenango and Chimaltenango, when required .
  • Support the implementation of activities of Component 2 (medium and small donations) and Component 3 (early warning system) under the supervision of the Coordinators of said Components.
  • Generate in time and quality the necessary inputs to the development and implementation of the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) system, in collaboration with the PME Specialist
  • Present plans and periodic reports of the activities, results and impacts of the actions related to the implementation of EbA measures
  • Provide the necessary technical and operational support to the contracted officials and consultants and channel the information necessary to achieve the Project results
  • Assume tasks related to their position that are assigned by the country office and / or the coordination of the Project.

  • Pensum closed in agronomic, forestry, natural resources, environmental or related careers
  • At least 3 years of experience in preparing and implementing forest management plans, preferably in the Guatemalan highlands
  • Knowledge of the National Policy for Comprehensive Rural Development (PNDRI) and the Family Farming Program
  • Knowledge of the implementation of adaptation measures based on Ecosystems with an emphasis on water security and food security
  • Experience in implementing climate-smart agriculture actions
  • Experience in developing community structures and hydrographic basins
  • Current
  • license four-wheeler driving
  • Management of software packages and excellent management of computer programs
  • Experience in Geographic Information Systems will be an advantage
  • Willing to be based in the project office in Quetzaltenango, and when required, in the IUCN Country Office in Guatemala City ;
  • and availability to travel within the project area, and within and outside the country

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills at different levels, excellent planning, organization and supervision skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and in teams, in multidisciplinary and cultural environments diverse
  • Sensitivity and experience in issues of social inclusion, gender equity and involvement of vulnerable populations in participatory processes
  • Responsibility, efficiency, reliability, discretion and ability to handle confidential information
  • Knowledge of the English language will be an advantage
  • Publicada el 13/03/2021

    Finaliza el 21/06/2021

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