Job Position of FOREST SPECIALISTS at Enabel (Deadline:08th July 2022)

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Enabel is the Belgian development agency. It implements Belgium’s governmental cooperation. The agency also works for other national and international donors. With its partners in Belgium and abroad, Enabel offers solutions to address pressing global challenges – Climate Change, Urbanisation, Human Mobility, Peace and Security, Economic and Social Inequality – and to promote Global Citizenship. With 2,000 staff, Enabel manages about 170 projects in twenty countries, in Belgium, Africa and the Middle East.

In July 2021 the Board of Green Climate Fund (GCF) approved a 6 years TREPA project (“Transforming Eastern Province through Adaptation”), a multi-stakeholder project financed through the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as an Accredited Entity which signed Master Agreement with the GCF on behalf of other parties, including the Ministry of Environment, Rwanda Forestry Authority, Enabel, ICRAF, World Vision and CORDAID.

This project is focusing on the landscape’s restoration for adaptation of the Eastern province of Rwanda to droughts, through sustainable forest management, dissemination of agroforestry and silvopastoral technics, restoration of protective forests, dissemination of clean cooking solutions, farmers group organization, access to microfinance and support to products value chains, etc.

Enabel is one of the 3 executing entities (which are Enabel, IUCN and Rwanda Forestry Authority RFA) and will be in charge of the output 1.2.3, 1.5 and partly 3.4 (forestry and cooking solution components of the GCF -TRPA project.

Particularly, in collaboration with Rwanda Forestry Authority (RFA) and IUCN, Enabel will be in charge of:

  • Rehabilitation of 4000 ha of private smallholder forests in the Eastern Province through the Private Forest Management Unit (PFMU) approach (regrouping in cooperative small-holder forest owner and restoring their degraded forest into productive plantation), which has been successfully piloted by the former Enabel FMBE project;
  • The dissemination of clean cooking fuel and technology solutions is targeting about 100,000 rural households of the Eastern Province, with the setting of clean cooking rural hubs linked to subsidy/microfinance schemes, building on lessons learned from the EU -funded  DESIRA project currently implemented in the same area by Enabel.

In view of the further development of its activities Enabel is looking for 3 (f/m) Forest Specialists.

Location: Gatsibo, Rwamagana and Ngoma

Duration of the contract: Open ended – local contract according to the Rwandan labor law

Expected starting date: September 2022

Salary package according to our salary grids (class 5 – Intervention Officer):  From 1.852.952RWF gross salary depending on the number of years of relevant experience.


Under the direct supervision of the Intervention Manager and in close collaboration with RFA/ SPIU Forest Program Manager, the Forest Specialists will counterpart with the District Forest and Natural Resources Officer (DFNRO) to support the establishment of PFMUs across the 7 Districts of the Eastern Province

Each Forest Specialist will be based in one of the project offices located in the Eastern Province: 1 in Gatsibo (covering Nyagatare and Gastibo District), 1 in Rwamagana (covering Rwamagana and Kayonza districts), and 1 in Ngoma (covering Bugesera, Ngoma and Kirehe districts).

In general, (s)he will:

  • Ensure on field good communication and relationships between project partners actors (IUCN, Enable, World Vision, ICRAF, ICCO) with local key stakeholders and local authorities, ensuring the efficient participative approach in the PFMU establishment process;
  • Assist the districts in the identification of areas suitable for PFMU establishment, support community awareness campaign on PFMU opportunities and ensure the identification and mapping/registration (in FMES) of the targeted small-holder woodlots owners;
  • In collaboration with World Vision, support the training of targeted small-holder woodlots owners on PFMU process and modalities, facilitate the elaboration and signature of commitment’s MoUs between farmer’s groups and local authorities, and support the establishment and training of PFMU’s cooperatives.
  • Support PFMU’s members in the choice of the right species, support the identification and exact quantification of restoration works to be done, and support the project in the design of technical specification and ToRs for the restoration works contracting;
  • Supervise, provide technical guidance and control restoration works (tree planting, anti-erosive ditches) done if targeted PFMUs by the contracted forest service providers, according to prescriptions, modalities and target set in the contracts;
  • In collaboration with PFMU’s representatives, ensure the final reception of restoration works and coordinate the official hand-over to the land owner’s cooperatives;
  • Support the participatory design of SFMPs for the restored PFMUs, and facilitate their approval by districts
  • Support the technical training of PFMUs members on good tree planting and forest management practices,  and on the understanding and respects of SFMP’s prescriptions
  • In collaboration with ICCO and ICRAF, Support the development of linkages between PFMUs and wood products offtakers (pellet / timber company, etc.);
  •  Provide support to the development of alternative incomes generation activities and in the setting of local saving groups.
  • Assist in identification, technical supervision and control of all forest management/planting activities supported by the project;
  • Support Districts in the use of FMES for the registration and M&E of the PFMUs
  • Ensure that gender is mainstreamed in all project activities, assist in training/awareness activities;
  • Facilitate/ensure the organization and delivering of training/awareness sessions planned in the context of project activities;
  • Ensure regular reporting, provide any required data to the SPIU M&E officer and facilitate and accompany M&E missions;
  • Ensure any other activity that will be instructed by Enabel and RFA project managers.


qualification and experience

  • Rwandan Citizen
  • A Master’s degree in Forestry/Agroforestry, Environmental Management, Agriculture, Rural Development, Project Management , Business Administration or any other related field;
  • At least 5 years’ experience in Forestry and Agroforestry sector in Rwanda, with at least 3 years working with local communities .
  • A motorcycle driving license Class A is a strong asset.

technical skills 

  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and spoken) in English and Kinyarwanda
  • Experience in PFMUs establishment and in the use of the FMES database will be a strong asset;
  • Communication skill (spoken) in French would be an asset;
  • Experience in PFMUs establishment and in the use of the FMES database will be a strong asset;
  • Good communicator and keen learner;


  • Strong interpersonal skills with high level of integrity;
  • Mature and team player
  • Proactive, engaged and a self-starter.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to build collaborative relationships with others inside and outside the organization.
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to execute a range of job duties and changing priorities.

Applicants are also required to commit to the vision, mission and values of Enabel ( .

Following this recruitment procedure, a shortlist of successful applicants may be constituted which may be sourced in the next three years for similar job openings.

How to apply

Interested applicants fulfilling the above-mentioned criteria are invited to submit their application documents through Job in Rwanda by Carefully filling in this application form  including detailed Curriculum Vitae (max 5 pages), a motivation letter and a copy of University degree(s). Past and current service certificates also need to be attached to the application (unproven experience will not be considered during the shortlisting). Specify in your CV the names of three referees (former direct supervisor) as well as their emails and telephone numbers. Submit the full file not later than 08th July 2022. 

Enabel is committed to equal opportunities and diversity in its workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability status or any other factor other than competence.

Only online applications are accepted. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

Done at Kigali, 29th June 2022

Resident Representative, Enabel Rwanda

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