Deadline - 03 July 2020

Organizational Setting

FAO Ukraine is a project management Office headed by the Regional Programme Leader (RPL) under the operational responsibility of the Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia. The Office provides support to Ukraine in promoting restoration of degraded landscapes in the forest-steppe and steppe zones of Ukraine through upscaling of integrated natural resources management (INRM) practices.

The insufficient knowledge about the benefits of nature to households, communities, and economies is one of the key limiting factors of integrated natural resource management diffusion in Ukraine. Developing the Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) may stimulate agro producers, service providers, and village communities to develop shelterbelts, apply the conservation agriculture, integrated pest management, and other practices. Ukraine has very limited experience with mechanisms for scaling up of INRM such as PES.

The criteria and indicators for the establishment of PES schemes in Ukraine should be developed to create enabling conditions for INRM practices scaling up.

The Project will prepare criteria, indicators and proposals for payments to local communities from farmers for use of shelterbelts’ environmental services. The WWF’s experience in developing PES schemes will be used with a focus on the selected project areas.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of FAO Regional Programme Leader for Europe and Central Asia and Project’s Leading Technical Officer, the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator in Ukraine and the technical supervision of the GEF Project Coordinator, the Expert will develop criteria and indicators for the establishment of PES schemes for shelterbelt management, CA and CSA practices with the further recommendations for integration in existing national regulation. The criteria will develop for Ukraine with a particular focus on the steppe and forest-steppe agricultural zones. The Expert will be responsible to perform the following tasks:

Tasks and responsibilities


  • Create the group of reviewers (from the relevant national stakeholders) for criteria and indicators evaluation;
  • Overview the national regulatory framework referring to PES developing;
  • Develop the long lists of criteria and indicators for the establishment of PES schemes;
  • Score the criteria and produce the shortlists of the key and essential criteria and relevant indicators based on the consultation with experts and stakeholders;
  • Analyse the ecosystem services defined by the UN and select the most pertinent with criteria and indicators;
  • Develop a recommendation on PES schemes for agroforestry practices dissemination and conservation agriculture scaling based on the WWF’s experience with a focus on the selected project areas;
  • Conduct the stakeholder's analysis involved in the recommended PES scheme developing and implementation.

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced degree (Masters/PhD) in Environmental Finance or Economics, Natural Resources Management, or in a closely related field with focus on ecosystem services for protected areas and sustainable land management;
  • Minimum of 5 years of demonstrable experience and knowledge in the field of environmental finance or economics, payment for ecosystem mechanism development and/or ecosystem service valuation;
  • Working experience in the relevant field in Ukraine and its government, knowledge of GEF and FAO policies and practices in developing PES schemes is an advantage;
  • Excellent command of written and spoken knowledge of Ukrainian and/or Russian, advanced level of English would be appreciated;
  • Excellent communication (both oral and written) and partnership building skills with multi-dimension partners, people skills for negotiation;
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office;

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships · Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement Selection Criteria 1. Candidates to be called for interviews will be shortlisted against the Minimum Requirements.

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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The following documentation should be sent, no later than Friday 03 July 2020, to the following e-mail address:

- Curriculum Vitae

- Cover letter.