The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is a nonprofit, global research organization dedicated to advancing human well-being, environmental conservation and equity.
We conduct research that enables more informed and equitable decision making about the use and management of tropical and sub-tropical forest landscapes. We help policy makers and practitioners shape effective policy, improve the management of tropical forests and address the needs and perspectives of people who depend on forests for their livelihoods. Our multidisciplinary approach considers the underlying drivers of deforestation and degradation which often lie outside the forestry sector: forces such as agriculture, infrastructure development, trade and investment policies and law enforcement.
Consultant for CCE Flagship 4 Project
The Government of Vietnam is developing a new Forestry Law to improve the country’s current legal framework, as well as to ensure that laws address both international and national climate change requirements. One new area of focus is payment for forest environmental services. Evaluation of forest environmental services is understudied, and has not been fully integrated into the current or upcoming forestry laws in Vietnam.
Government Decree No. 99/2010/ND-CP dated 24/9/2010 on the policy for Payment for Forest Environmental Services (PFES) took effect on a national scale on 1 January 2011. After five years of implementation, the policy is now beginning to show impact and create a new financial resource. PFES is proving to be a stable and sustainable extra-budgetary resource with the potential to protect forests, increase incomes, and improve the lives and livelihoods of indigenous minorities and others engaged in forestry in Vietnam’s mountainous areas. It is also contributing national efforts on climate change mitigation and adaptation. However, regulations on PFES in Vietnam’s 2004 Law on Forest Protection and Development are unspecified and unclear. In addition, evaluation of PFES, although briefly touched upon in different legal documents, has not been fully integrated into the upcoming Forestry Law due to a lack of available information and analysis.
To address these gaps, Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has approved the Project of the Forestry Law to replace the 2004 Law on Forest Protection and Development, issued according to letter No. 10459/BNN-TCLN dated 24/12/2015. Research and evaluation is urgently needed to highlight the current policy gaps and international and national lessons learned from implementing PFES (Decree 99) and to provide solid evidence to support the design of the new forestry law. The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is currently supporting MARD in carrying out relevant research related to forestry law design and implementation. An experienced and qualified expert is needed to work with CIFOR scientists on this research.
Duties and responsibilities
- Review the 2004 Law on Forest Protection and Development, including legal documents, regulations and materials relating to the teams concerning Payment for Forest Environmental Services (PFES); based on consideration and evaluation of policy gaps, lessons learned in Vietnam and best practices from around the world;
- Consolidate and analyze the research results, and report on the practical application and achieved results of the 2004 Law on Forest Protection and Development, highlighting any issues raised during the law’s implementation;
- Consult experts, managers and scientists, and organize workshops on supplementing some articles and items in the law;
- Propose recommendations on the principles and issues that need to be considered and included in the new Forestry Law;
- Develop an impact assessment report (according to Article 35 of the 2015 Law on Promulgation of Legal Documents) on the proposed content/policies.
Education, knowledge and experience
• PhD degree in forestry, environment, resource economics, political economy or a related field;
• At least 10 years of experience in the field of forestry;
• Experience participating in editorial boards/compiling teams/ research groups, policy development proposals in the agricultural or rural development sector; experience participating in policy development on PFES is an advantage;
• Experience working in PFES and its evaluation in Vietnam is an advantage;
• Teamwork skills and ability to coordinate activities involving multiple stakeholders;
• Experience in evaluating policy implementation, developing legal documents, conducting analysis and synthesis;
• Ability to write high-quality scientific reports, presentations and documents for meetings and seminars.
Terms and Conditions
• This is a consultancy position. CIFOR offers competitive remuneration, commensurate with skills and experience;
• The appointment is for 30 days;
• The duty station will be in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Application processThe application deadline is 28 Jul-2016
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.