Technical Program Coordinator, Gabon

U.S. Forest Service International Programs (hired by contractor)

About the organization

U.S. Forest Service International Programs promotes sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation internationally. By linking the skills of the field-based staff of the U.S. Forest Service with partners overseas, the agency can address the world’s most critical forestry issues and concerns. International Programs regularly engages the agency's wide range of expertise. Wildlife biologists, forest economists, hydrologists, disaster and fire management specialists, and policy makers are among those who comprise the staff of over thirty thousand employees.

This position will be hired through METI, a professional services company providing Support Services to the federal sector and private industry throughout the United States and several other countries.


 Implement, in coordination with USFS staff, an ambitious two-year annual work program of law enforcement capacity building to combat illegal logging in collaboration with in-country partners and stakeholders and other U.S. government agencies;
 Assist government partners to deploy and operationalize wood identification equipment used to screen and identify timber being exported from Gabon and/or seized as part of criminal investigations;
 Help implement a national-level training program for judges, prosecutors and law enforcement personnel on Gabon’s new Penal Code provisions related to illegal logging and countering natural resource crime and related corruption;
 Coordinate with USFS technical assistance programming in the Central Africa region to ensure maximum programming impact and effectiveness;
 Contribute substantively to the preparation and execution of national and regional training workshops;
 Provide technical assistance updates on illegal logging law enforcement and related issues to USFS, donors and implementing partners;
 Orient and coordinate the activities of visiting teams of USFS and other international experts, as well as coordinating with program country counterparts and other technical consultant missions;
 Manage logistics, financial, and administrative tasks for program activities, including events, meetings, and regional travel;
 Represent the program to partners and provide ongoing reporting and documenting program implementation.


 At least a master’s degree in law enforcement, conservation biology, environmental sciences, forestry, sustainable development, or related field.
 Experience in Central Africa and knowledge of timber trafficking, law enforcement, and related public lands issues strongly preferred.
 Demonstrated experience managing multi-stakeholder partnerships, engaging in consultative work planning, and coordinating activities and meetings;
 Ability to work in a dynamic environment with in-country and U.S. government agencies, international donors, NGOs, community groups, and other stakeholders;
 Experience working with key government partners in the target countries strongly preferred;
 Experience implementing U.S. government-funded activities and maintaining compliance with U.S. government regulations strongly preferred;
 Ability to think critically and synthetically across fields and topics related to natural resource management and sustainable development in the developing country context;
 Demonstrated capacity to plan, organize, and prioritize multiple tasks to ensure their efficient and timely accomplishment;
 Excellent oral and written communication skills in French and English;
 Gabonese nationals and women are especially encouraged to apply.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Interested candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to METI with the subject line Gabon Technical Program Coordinator by September 18, 2020 to: [email protected] METI is an Equal Opportunity Employer:

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