National REDD+ Safeguards Consultant




Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+) is an international policy initiative, developed through international negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). REDD+ will provide results-based financial incentives to developing countries for actions that reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development. Vietnam has demonstrated considerable interest in REDD+ and has made important progress to date in terms of preparing for REDD+ implementation at both the national and sub-national levels.

SNV, in partnership with the State Steering Committee Office (SSCO) for the National Target Programme on Sustainable Forest Management and REDD+, is implementing a project titled “Operationalising National Safeguards Requirements for Results-based payments from REDD+”, funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The project aims to support Vietnam to become eligible for results-based payments, through the establishment of a country safeguard framework, and improve institutional capacity for the implementation of REDD+ safeguards, monitoring and reporting at national and sub-national levels.

The project was already successfully implemented between 2016-18 and contributed significantly to Vietnam’s meeting the UNFCCC safeguards requirements for REDD+ readiness i.e. submission of the country’s first Summary of Information (SoI) on REDD+ safeguards outlining the country’s approach to REDD+ safeguards and the development of Safeguards Information System (SIS). In the extension phase, the project will support the development and piloting of practical approaches for sub-national operationalisation of the safeguards as well as monitoring and reporting on their implementation.

SNV requires a REDD+ Safeguards Officer to support the coordination and implementation of the project throughout the extension phase. The appointee shall also possess a relevant technical background and experience, and is expected to contribute technically towards the development of guidelines for sub-national operationalisation, monitoring and reporting on REDD+ safeguards.


The REDD+ Safeguards Officer will support the coordination and implementation of project activities, and provide technical inputs for project delivery.


The REDD+ Safeguards Officer will report to the SNV REDD+ Safeguards Project Manager and work closely with the SSCO to coordinate and ensure the timely implementation of project activities. Principal tasks are as follows:

  • Work with the SNV Project Manager to elaborate detailed and costed work plans for project components and activities.
  • Detailed planning and organisation of project activities and events such as workshops, field work etc.
  • Work closely with technical specialists and consultants to implement project activities e.g. development of safeguards procedures, indicators, monitoring templates, design/delivery of training courses, assisting the organisation of safeguards piloting in the field etc..
  • Monitoring of project activities implementation and regular reporting to the SNV project manager.
  • Support with the preparation of project progress and final reports.
  • Coordination and liaison with SSCO to ensure the operations of the SIS.
  • Support the SSCO to prepare the SOI for REDD+ RBP proposal applying for the GCF under the pilot program for 2014-2018 period.
  • Coordination and liaison with SSCO to ensure smooth and timely delivery of project activities.
  • Work with the SNV Communications Officer to develop and produce relevant project communications products (e.g. stories for IKI Newsletter in Vietnam, IKI global website/online newsletter, SNV website/blogs, project brochures, social media articles etc.)


The REDD+ Safeguards Officer is a full time position from 1st January – 31st September 2020 (9 Months).

The position is based in Hanoi with some travel to field sites (mostly in North Central Region).


  • Masters’ Degree in Forestry, Environmental Science, Climate Change, Development Studies or other relevant discipline.
  • Demonstrable detailed understanding of REDD+ and associated international safeguards requirements
  • At least 5 years’ experience in the environment/forestry sector with specific experience on the development of Vietnam’s REDD+ safeguards approach
  • Fluent in Vietnamese and English


Please send your application letter and CV, together with an indication of your expected remuneration, to the link by 10th December, 2019.

CVs received after this date will not be considered.

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Tue, 2019-12-10