Job Opportunities : Community Forest Partnership and Technical Advisor - US Forest Service (USFS)

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The US Forest Service (USFS) may require the services of a Community Forest Partnership and Technical Advisor to support community forestry activities in collaboration with local non-governmental organizations in southeast Cameroon.






The USFS Office of International Programs works to improve lives through sustainable natural resource management, biodiversity conservation and disaster management internationally. By linking the skills of the field-based staff of the USFS with partners overseas, the agency can address the world’s most critical forestry issues and concerns, as well as improve capacities to respond to major disasters. The USFS regularly engages the agency’s wide range of expertise in over 90 countries, for programs on sustainable forest management, climate change, combatting illegal logging, fire management, improved systems for responding to disasters, and other topics. International Programs applies the vast expertise of the USFS and our partners overseas to ensure we work together to balance stewardship of the land and the opportunities it brings for local communities.


In Cameroon, the Forest Service is developing a program to support local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the southeastern part of the country to improve the lives of local communities through forestry-related activities. These communities are located in the corridor between the Reserve de Faune de Ngoyla and the Parc National de Nki. Each community manages a forest allotment that can range in size from 1500ha to 5000ha and include many high value timber species including ebony. Forest Service activities will focus on building the capacity of local NGOs and helping communities extract value from their community forests through agroforestry practices, sustainable timber utilization, and promotion of timber and non-timber forest products.


Position Description:


The Advisor would work closely with USFS and local NGOs to develop the economic potential of community forests through agroforestry practices and sustainable timber utilization for export and local markets. The Advisor will:


  • Build the technical, financial and operational capacity of NGOs to implement community forestry activities;
  • Promote agroforestry practices in community forests, agricultural land, and home gardens;
  • Support local NGOs as they liaise with purchasers of cut timber and non-timber forest products in both the export and local markets;
  • Identify gaps in technical management expertise and work with International Programs to engage appropriate USFS managers and technical specialists to advise NGOs and communities;
  • Develop success stories and other communications media that promote program activities such as photos, short videos clips, and radio interviews; and,
  • Provide reporting and program implementation information on a regular basis to USFS/IP Washington.





The Advisor should have the following skills and experience:

  • Ability to work with varied partners (government, NGO, private sector, academia);
  • Prior experience living/working overseas in a developing country, experience in Cameroon preferred;
  • Background in natural resources management;
  • Proficiency in French;
  • Exceptional attention to detail;
  • Strong communication skills; and,
  • Ability to travel

Salary: Relevant to the technical skill level of the position, but may be adjusted to account for additional experience and skills. 

Level of Effort: Full time for up to 24 months.

Location: Lomie, Cameroon.


If the US Forest Service were to secure the services of an individual with these technical skills, the successful applicant would be hired through a contractor.


Qualified individuals should send a resume to:


Chris Soriano

US Forest Service International Programs
1 Thomas Circle, NW, Suite 400
Washington D.C., 20005 USA
Tel: 1-202-378-3493

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