Forestry Application Developer

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Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through the FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems, for a better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind. The Forestry Division leads FAO's work in promoting sustainable forest management and providing leadership on the environmental, social and economic dimensions of forestry, including contributions of forests and trees to poverty reduction and food security and nutrition.  

The post is located in the National forest monitoring and MRV, platforms, analytic tools Team, who supports FAO member countries on all aspects of forest monitoring; providing reliable information for national forest and land use related policy development, planning and sustainable management; as well as aiding them to fulfil international reporting requirements under the Paris Agreement and the UNFCCC. The Team also supports countries on technical issues related to National Forest Monitoring Systems (NFMS), Restoration Monitoring in support the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, and the development of cost effective and high integrity Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV). The NFM Team develops and maintains Open Foris and SEPAL (Digital Public Goods for forest and land use monitoring). It works closely with the Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) Teams. 

Spatial Informatics Group, LLC (SIG), is an environmental think tank focused on solving complex environmental problems and taking unique solutions to market. SIG combines spatial analytics with ecological, social and economic sciences to understand and quantify the impacts of management and policy choices on the short and long-term stability of ecosystems. In particular, SIG has been leading the development of the online (CEO) platform of the OpenForis Initiative. 

Reporting Lines

Under the general supervision of the Forestry Officer, the consultant will contribute to the project “Forest Data Partnership (FDaP): Eliminating Supply Chain Deforestation & Catalyzing Ecosystem Restoration” (GCP /GLO/WRI/1052) through further developing CEO with an application that efficiently and effectively enables remote sensing validation data for monitoring of deforestation/degradation free commodity supply chains. In particular, she/he will:  

Technical Focus 

The Forestry application developer will provide technical support to the design, development and maintenance of the CEO application from the OpenForis toolkit. 

Tasks and responsibilities

The Technical Specialist will: 

  • Contribute to the development and improvement of CEO the Forest Data Partnership and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration  
  • Organize and contribute to regular meetings with the CEO co-developing team  
  • Complete development processes using Clojure/Clojurescript, Java/Javascript, and other languages/technologies as required below. 
  • Implement version control procedures with Git and Github/Gitlab, including creating/closing issues, creating/reviewing/merging pull requests, and good branch management 
  • Contribute to data collection campaigns for the Forest Data Partnership 
  • Contribute to data collection campaigns for the Framework for Ecosystem Restoration Monitoring 
  • Perform any other task requested by the program.