Natural Resources Officer (Biodiversity)

FAO

Organizational Setting\nThe Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (Commission) keeps under review matters related to the Organization\'s policy, programme and activities regarding biodiversity of relevance to food and agriculture. The Secretariat of the Commission prepares and supports sessions of the Commission and follows up on its decisions. It also monitors and reports to the Commission on developments in relevant international bodies and processes (including the Convention on Biological Diversity - CBD, the World Trade Organization - WTO and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research - CGIAR). The Commission\'s rolling Multi-Year Programme of Work (MYPOW) allows it to implement its full mandate covering biodiversity for food and agriculture to program its cooperation with other relevant international instruments and Multilateral Environmental Agreements and to coordinate with relevant international processes.\nThe position is located in the Secretariat of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in the Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment (OCB) at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. OCB promotes the integration of innovative approaches in the activities of the Organization, for the sustainable use, management and conservation of natural resources for food and agriculture, and provides a coordination role on climate change, biodiversity and the environment.

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Reporting Lines\nThe Natural Resources Officer (Biodiversity) reports to the Secretary of the Commission and the Senior Liaison Officer.

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Technical Focus\nBiodiversity/genetic resources for food and agriculture management across and within agricultural sectors (crop and livestock agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture, and forestry).

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Key Results\nResearch, technical analysis, and project related services to support the delivery of programme projects, products and services.

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Key Functions\n\xe2\x80\xa2  Researches and analyses technical, social, economic, environmental, institutional, and technology related information, data and statistics and/or related policy issues to support the delivery of programme projects, products and services;\n\xe2\x80\xa2  Produces a variety of technical information, data, statistics and reports as well as input for technical documents and web pages;\n\xe2\x80\xa2  Provides technical support/analysis to various assessments, studies and initiatives and provides technical backstopping to field projects;\n\xe2\x80\xa2  Collaborates in the development of improved/updated tools, systems, processes and databases;\n\xe2\x80\xa2  Participates in multi-disciplinary teams and/or leads working groups/teams collaborates with other divisions and agencies on work groups and committees and promotes best practices;\n\xe2\x80\xa2 Collaborates in, provides technical backstopping to and ensures the quality/effectiveness of capacity development activities within member countries such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning materials, on-line tools;\n\xe2\x80\xa2  Promotes knowledge sharing and best practices at international meetings and conferences and influences partners in stakeholder consultations;\n\xe2\x80\xa2  Supports resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate Strategy.

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Specific Functions\n\xe2\x80\xa2  Provides support to the implementation of the MYPOW and to the interdivisional MYPOW Task Force;\n\xe2\x80\xa2  Designs, plans and implements activities in support of the Commission\'s MYPOW, including the development of policies, guidelines, best practices and training materials;\n\xe2\x80\xa2  Monitors policy, legal and technical developments of other international fora/ instruments in the spheres of biodiversity and genetic resources for food and agriculture, for their relevance in implementing the MYPOW;\n\xe2\x80\xa2  Prepares and organizes technical and policy meetings on biodiversity / genetic resources for food and agriculture;\n\xe2\x80\xa2  Prepares and supports the preparation of technical and policy documents related to biodiversity/genetic resources for food and agriculture and cross-cutting issues, and facilitates coordination among FAO units on biodiversity/genetic resources for food and agriculture;\n\xe2\x80\xa2 Prepares briefs for communicating the Commission\'s activities in the field of biodiversity to other relevant instruments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and relevant stakeholders;\n\xe2\x80\xa2 Assists in facilitating cooperation and dialogue in the fields related to the Commission\'s mandate and liaises with other UN specialized agencies, MEA secretariat focal points; non-governmental organizations, international organizations, national research institutes and other relevant entities with a view to strengthen cooperation and increase synergies in areas of mutual interest;\n\xe2\x80\xa2 Participates in resource mobilization and management for the Commission\'s portfolio;\n\xe2\x80\xa2 Performs other duties as requested.

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______________________________________________________________________________________________________\nCANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

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Minimum Requirements\n\xe2\x80\xa2  Advanced university degree in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, or natural resources management or related biological sciences.\n\xe2\x80\xa2 Five years of relevant experience in natural resources management, including in biodiversity and genetic resources for food and agriculture management.\n\xe2\x80\xa2 Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate - level B) of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

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Competencies\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Results Focus\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Teamwork\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Communication\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Building Effective Relationships\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

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Technical/Functional Skills\n\xe2\x80\xa2 Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions.\n\xe2\x80\xa2 Extent and relevance of experience in the preparation of technical and policy documents, guidelines and manuals in the field of biodiversity/genetic resources for food and agriculture; quality of analytical writing and oral communication skills; level of scientific data processing and analytical skills.\n\xe2\x80\xa2 Extent of knowledge and understanding of technical and policy matters related to the various sectors of genetic resources for food and agriculture; including developments in other relevant international fora.\n\xe2\x80\xa2 Demonstrated ability to prepare, organize and monitor consultative multi-stakeholder processes and/or inter-governmental and/or technical meetings.\n\xe2\x80\xa2 Ability to work with a wide range of experts and stakeholders at different levels from a wide variety of sectors and disciplines on policies, programmes and projects.\n\xe2\x80\xa2 Demonstrated track record of successfully mobilizing resources and managing projects, budgets and human resources.\n\xe2\x80\xa2 Strategic understanding of complex policy processes and demonstrated capacity to promote intersectoral approaches to achieve biodiversity friendly agrifood systems transformation and governance.\n\xe2\x80\xa2 Excellent writing skills in English.\n\xe2\x80\xa2 Working knowledge (proficient \xe2\x80\x93 level C) of a second UN language, preferably Spanish or French, would be desirable.

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