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Technical Officer (Biodiversity)

Job Posting: 18/Nov/2019

Closure Date: 09/Dec/2019, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Department, CBD

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : Professional Project

Grade Level : P-2

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : Fixed-term: one year with possibility of extension

Post Number : 2007557

CCOG Code : 1R

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments

  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality
  • People with disabilities are protected from any type of discrimination during any stage of employment, including the recruitment phase
  • 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 The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) keeps under review all matters related to the Organization’s policy, programmes and activities regarding all components of biodiversity of relevance to food and agriculture. The Secretariat of the Commission prepares and supports sessions of the Commissions and in close collaboration with respective technical units, follows up on its decisions. It also monitors and reports to the Commission developments in relevant international bodies and processes. The Commission’s Multi-Year Programme of Work (MYPOW) facilitates the implementation of its full mandate in a planned and staged approach and allows it to program its cooperation with other relevant international instruments and to coordinate with relevant processes. This post will directly contribute to this work.

Reporting Lines The Technical Officer (Biodiversity) reports to the Secretary of the Commission.

Technical Focus Comprehensive technical and policy support to the planning, development and implementation of programmes, projects, products and services in accordance with FAO’s Strategic Objectives and the Commission’s MYPOW.

Key Results Collection and analysis of information, data and statistics and project/meeting services to support programme projects, products and services.

Key Functions

  • Collects and analyses relevant technical, social, economic, environmental, institutional and technology related information, data and/or statistics to support the delivery of programme projects, products and services;
  • Undertakes analysis, provides technical input for plans and reports and edits/revises technical/scientific documents;
  • Participates in the development of improved work methods, tools and systems;
  • Updates databases and web pages;
  • Participates in multidisciplinary project/work teams;
  • Collaborates in the development of training tools and materials and the organization of workshops/seminars;
  • Participates in the organization, conduct and follow-up of meetings, consultations and conferences, the development/production of required materials and the provision of information and assistance to partners.

Specific Functions

  • Supports the Secretariat in the provision of secretarial and operational support to the implementation of the Commission’s Strategic Plan and the MYPOW and to the interdepartmental MYPOW Task Force;
  • Supports the policy and technical review to The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture report;
  • Contributes to the preparation of documents for Regular Sessions of the Commission and its subsidiary bodies related to cross-cutting issues relevant to biodiversity for food and agriculture, including climate change;
  • Assists in the monitoring of policy, legal and technical developments of other international instruments in the spheres of biodiversity and environment, for their relevance in implementing the MYPOW;
  • Drafts documents and briefs for communicating the Commission’s activities in the field of biodiversity to a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Performs other duties as requested.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in natural resources, social sciences, science management or a related field;
  • Three years of relevant experience in natural resources management, including biodiversity and climate change;
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) Competencies
  • Result focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement Technical/Functional Skills
  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable.
  • Extent and relevance of knowledge of technical and policy matters related to biodiversity for food and agriculture;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in the preparation, editing and revision of technical/scientific and policy documents and in organizing meetings and workshops;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in collecting and analysing technical information and data;
  • Working knowledge of French is desirable.

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

  • Candidates endorsed in the selection process for this vacancy announcement will be considered for the FAO Professional Employment Roster for a period of two years. The Roster is used to fill other similar positions at the same or lower grade, and in the same or another duty station;
  • FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description. CONDITIONS OF SERVICE

A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link: allowances/salary.htm Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:

  • Dependency allowances
  • Rental subsidy
  • Education grant for children
  • Home leave travel
  • 30 working days of annual leave per year
  • Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
  • International health insurance; optional life insurance
  • Disability protection

FAO encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes:

  • elements of family-friendly policies
  • flexible working arrangements
  • standards of conduct


  • To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications and language skills;
  • Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile;
  • Once your profile is completed, please apply and submit your application;
  • Your application will be screened based on the information provided on your online profile;
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list;
  • Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications;
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered;
  • Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered;
  • We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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