Job Description Management and Engineering Technologies International, Inc. (METI), in support of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Office of International Programs, may require the services of a Central Africa Technical Climate Advisor to provide regional technical support in Central Africa to design and implement climate change programs.
The Congo Basin rainforest is the second largest tropical contiguous forest in the world providing climate regulation ecosystem services locally, regionally and globally. It is an essential rich resource for the communities that depend on it and provides a haven of unique biodiversity including many endemic species. Unlike other tropical forest areas, the Congo Basin forest still acts as a carbon sink, but these trends could be reversed if there is an increase in deforestation and forest degradation.
The U.S. Forest Service International Programs has been working in the Congo Basin for more than 20 years through several different U.S. Government technical assistance programs including the USAID Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE), the U.S. Government interagency SilvaCarbon program, the USAID Sustainable Wetland Adaptation and Mitigation Program (SWAMP), and the U.S. Department of State Climate Fellows program.
In Central Africa the U.S. Forest Service works with government agencies, local communities, local and international NGOs, universities and international technical partners to implement a range of technical support programs aiming to protect and sustainably manage natural resources in the region.
The urgency for immediate action to ensure sustainable management of the Congo Basin forest has been underlined through projected climate trends and the recent UNFCCC COP26 negotiations. To support countries in meeting their emission reduction commitments as well as building technical capacity, the U.S. Forest Service is expanding its current portfolio on climate change and sustainable forest management and may seek a Technical Climate Advisor to support program design and implementation within Central Africa.
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