Natural Resource Management Specialist (Risk management), Various Locations 284 views


Natural Resource Management Specialist (Risk management)

Job Posting: 10/Dec/2019

Closure Date: 07/Jan/2020, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FOA

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Various Locations

Duration : up to 11 months

Post Number : N/A

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FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization

Organizational Setting

FAO has been engaged in watershed management since the 1970s. Focusing on the geographical area drained by a watercourse, watershed management involves the management of land, water and the wider ecosystem in an integrated way. The Resilient Watershed Management programme promotes a framework for examining and integrating different land uses, livelihood systems and institutional processes while incorporating risk and vulnerability reduction into the watershed management approach.

The Forest Policy and Resources Division leads FAO’s work in promoting sustainable forest management and providing leadership on the environmental, social and economic dimensions of forestry, including its contributions to poverty reduction and food security and nutrition. It liaises with member countries, civil society and the private sector in aspects ranging from development of effective forest policies to forest conservation and management issues, and strengthens the role of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Division also collects, analyses and disseminates information on the world’s forest resources and on the production, trade and consumption of wood, non-wood forest products and ecosystem services.

The post is located in the Water and Mountains Team, Forestry Policy and Resources Division, FOA, in Rome, Italy or Home-Based.

Reporting Lines

Under direct supervision of the Team leader of the Water and Mountains team, in collaboration with technical units in FAO and/or FAO decentralized office, as appropriate. When activities are carried out in countries, the consultant will be required to work in close collaboration with the FAO Representation in the relevant country of assignment, as well as the relevant FAO regional office.

Technical Focus

Provision of support to FAO’s work in watershed management, resilience and Disaster Risk Management / Disaster Risk Reduction (DRM/DRR). The consultant will be involved in cross-sectoral work that includes forestry, agriculture, water, and fisheries, contributing to FAO’s strategic objectives of making agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable, and increasing the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises.

Tasks and responsibilities

The consultant will support the Resilient Watershed Management Programme (RWM), engaging in the following tasks:

  • Support the development and management of the RWM work plan.
  • Lead, develop and maintain technical, analytical frameworks, and related methodologies, tools, systems and databases.
  • Design and conduct research, data collection, validation, analysis and/or reporting activities, such as risk assessments, risk modelling and/or cost-benefit analysis.
  • Develop technical standards, international instruments, innovative approaches and strategies, new tools, technologies, and manuals.
  • Contribute to relevant studies, publications and analyses, knowledge products and dissemination, including guidelines, capacity building, manuals, e-learning and training materials.
  • Provide technical/policy /advice and expertise, including project backstopping.
  • Advise on the development of project proposals and monitoring and reporting frameworks.
  • Lead or contribute to the coordination, implementation and administration of assigned programmes/activities in accordance with FAO rules, procedures and systems.
  • Prepare reports in accordance with government and financing partners’ requirements.
  • Liaise with relevant FAO units, decentralized offices, or other organizations relevant to their assignment to establish and/or strengthen strategic collaboration.
  • As applicable, organize and participate in missions and other events in support of the delivery of FOA’s programme of work, including for consultation, training, capacity building and technical assistance to beneficiaries of FAO support programmes and projects.
  • Any other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in Disaster Risk, Natural Resources, Forestry, Agriculture, Environmental Sciences, Rural Development, Engineering, Environmental Economics, or related field.
  • At least seven years of relevant experience conducting assessments, analytical studies and/or planning, designing and managing projects related to watershed management, DRR/DRM, sustainable forest management, modelling, rural development, or ecosystem services.
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian.

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Additional Selection Criteria

  • Proactive and able to work with minimal supervision and high degree of initiative, reliability, flexibility and self-motivation.
  • Extent and relevance of technical work experience in one or more of the main technical focus areas.
  • Extent and relevance of work experience in one or more regions, especially in developing or emerging countries.
  • Demonstrated ability to formulate, draft and finalize clear technical and policy documents, guidelines and manuals, in English.
  • Extent of knowledge and experience to conduct (global) technical and policy analysis.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Experience in GIS is desirable.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)

Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list

Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications

Candidates should upload language certificate/s when submitting their application.

For more information, visit the FAO employment website


To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.

We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline

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