Title: Enumerators for Urban Tree Inventory
Company Name: US Forest Service Bangladesh Program
Job Location: Dhaka
Employment Status: Contractual
∎ Graduate/final year students in Forestry, Geography, Environmental Science, Botany/Diploma in Forestry or related field
∎ Program: Compass Program
∎ Level : Service Agreement- Individual
∎ Duration : Maximum 15 Days during the period of 20 July to August 30, 2022 (tentative)
∎ Working Area : Dhaka South City corporation
∎ Brief project description:
∎ The Community Partnerships to Strengthen Sustainable Development (Compass) program of US Forest Service International Program hereinafter called "Compass program". Compass is an interagency partnership activity of USAID Bangladesh and United States Forest Service, International Programs (USFS/IP). The objectives of this program are to:
∎ • Build the capacity of Bangladeshi institutions to address issues in natural resource management in Bangladesh.
∎ • Develop individual awareness and capacity of students, professionals, and private citizens to address natural resource management issues in Bangladesh.
∎ • Improve employability capacity and career opportunities among marginalized at-risk youth.
∎ In collaboration with USAID Bangladesh, USFS/IP has been working in Bangladesh since 2009 and has developed longstanding partnerships in the country by providing need-based capacity-building technical assistance in support of national-level capacity for forest management and monitoring. Following these works, in July 2019, Compass Program was launched focusing on new thematic areas to work for the entire country particularly highlighting Cox`s Bazar, Bandarban and Dhaka districts which will continue up to July 2024. During this five-year period, Compass will address natural resource management challenges in Bangladesh through the six main components below:
∎ • Component 1: Establish a Youth Conservation Corps in Bangladesh
∎ • Component 2: Strengthen community capacity and promoting public participation.
∎ • Component 3: Increase technical cooperation on forest and ecosystem management.
∎ • Component 4: Strengthen the capacity of academic & research institutions in natural resource management and resilience.
∎ • Component 5: Promote the global exchange of natural resource knowledge and skills.
∎ The Compass program is meant to be technical support that intends to establish and maintain a long-term partnership between the USFS, the Bangladesh Forest Department, Bangladeshi universities, NGOs, CBOs, and CSOs. The partnership is intended to transfer tools, instruments, skills, knowledge, and forest management excellence from the USFS to Bangladesh to sustainably manage the forest ecosystem. Compass supports approaches such as gaining competence of ecosystem service valuation, enhancing community capacity in managing and governing natural forests, establishing Youth Conservation Corps, enhancing institutional capacity to manage natural resources, and support of alternative livelihoods away from natural resource extraction to conservation.
∎ Description of the activity:
∎ Dhaka severely lacks forest cover and greenspaces due to huge population pressure and infrastructural demands resulting in rapid unplanned urbanization. Urban forest ecosystem services are barely well recognized by the urban planners, policy makers, and city administration. In such context, the Compass program is planning to estimate the ecosystem services and structural characteristics of the urban forest in Dhaka city using i-Tree Eco (v6), a free modelling software. To run the model, it requires tree data for example- height, Diameter at Breast Height (DBH), Crown Density, Light exposure etc. and the model provides estimates of Ecosystem Services in the broader head of pollution reduction, carbon storage, avoided run-off, energy saved etc. The global practice of usage of such results are to facilitate strategic support for urban forest management, educate communities about tree benefits, advocate for program funding, and support strategic decision making by valuation studies.
∎ In 2021 Compass worked to establish the iTree in Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC). In year 2022, Compass is planning to implement the iTree for Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC). For this field tree inventory data collection is a crucial part of the process of establishing iTree in DSCC, and Compass is hiring enumerators for this activity.
∎ Collect tree parameters from the designated inventory plots
∎ Liaison with the authority to gain access to plots fall within the institutional and private boundary
∎ Entry the collected data into the designated online forms
∎ Update daily work progress of the respective group
∎ Team building and strong interpersonal skills
∎ Good command of English
∎ Encourage females candidates to apply
Compensation & Other Benefits:
∎ Four days of training on urban tree inventory with training allowance
∎ Daily allowance BDT 2750 (Tax included) during 11 days of fieldwork.
∎ Internet package
∎ Networking with professional
Job Source: Bdjobs.com Online Job Posting.
Application Deadline: 4 Jun 2022
∎ 25 May 2022
∎ US Forest Service Bangladesh Program