Environmental Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Capacity Building Specialist

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)


Organizational Setting

The Land and Water Division (NSL) aims at enhancing the agricultural productivity and nutrition by advancing the sustainable use of land and water resources through their improved governance, management, development and conservation. It addresses the challenges member countries face in ensuring productive and efficient use of land and water resources in order to meet present and future demands for agricultural products, while ensuring the long-term sustainability of the land and water quantity and quality.

Tripartite (The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO, the International Office of Epizootics, OIE – also known as the World Organization for Animal Health, and the World Health Organization, WHO) collaboration for AMR is well established for human, animal and food aspects, but increased/stronger Tripartite plus the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) collaboration for AMR in the environment is needed. Through this project, the four organizations aim to accelerate country-level action on mitigating the spread of AMR through the environment from point- and nonpoint-source pollution from plant and animal production, including aquaculture, as well as urban centres. Incorporating policy and regulatory framework tools and options for safe wastewater treatment and reuse, including by-products, and the West African Shorthorn (WASH) and wastewater management in urban settings within National Action Plans (NAPs) will address the key linkages between human, animal, plant and planetary health.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Director of the Land and Water Division, NSL, and the direct supervision of an NSL Senior Officer, the Incumbent will perform the following tasks:

Tasks and responsibilities

•    In coordination with FAO staff and consultants, review the background and justification information collated by both staff and project partners to support project delivery; i.e., analyze and validate the parameters and criteria to be used for the selection of the project areas for capacity building.
•    Provide technical/expert insights in meetings of the project task force with participating countries and the technical support group in headquarters;
•    Identify non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private companies, which could be considered for subcontracting the implementation of certain project components or activities;
•    Appraise the workplans of AMR Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) supported countries for in-country capacity building interventions on the basis of the requirements and overall background available;
•    Organize and participate in external capacity building activities (including field missions) in support of the delivery of the project, namely consultation, training, capacity building and technical assistance in at least 5 AMR MPTF-supported countries.
•    Prepare and organize consultations and technical meetings.
•    Establish and manage relations with relevant institutions, networks and platforms that could help FAO and project partners leverage their messages and advance global dialogue environmental AMR, helping the Organization to promote a One Health approach to mitigating AMR.
•    Liaise closely with project partners (OIE/WHO/UNEP), namely UNEP in the planning and implementation of capacity building activities relevant to the project.
•    Identify recent developments to mitigate AMR risk in the environment and identify activities and interventions to be included in the FAO Progressive Management Pathway to better mitigate AMR in the environment.
•    Perform any other duties when required.


Minimum Requirements

•    University degree in land and water management, environment, microbiology and health disciplines, natural resources management, agriculture, or other related fields;
•    At least 7 years of relevant working experience in environmental sciences, preparation of training material and organization and implementation of capacity development activities at the national and field levels; experience with AMR is an added Advantage;
•    Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian) for Consultants. Working knowledge of English for Personal Services Agreement (PSA) Subscribers.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

•    Work experience in more than one area of work including proven ability to implement studies in a multidisciplinary team;
•    Proven ability to integrate in multidisciplinary teams while working autonomously;
•    Extent and relevance of experience in organizing capacity building activities national consultations, conferences, workshops and training courses
•    Very good capacity and relevant experience and knowledge in collecting, managing and analyzing technical information and data, as well as in sustainable development in the agricultural sector;
•    Excellent writing and presentation skills;
•    Good knowledge of the major challenges relating to water quality, waste management and reuse, AMR and food systems;
•    Good knowledge of national and international institutions working in the field of AMR, environment, water management, food safety, poverty reduction, agricultural and food systems;
•    Demonstrated ability to rapidly integrate technical information.

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
  • If you are in possession of language certificate/s from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT), please attach the certificate/s when submitting the application.
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We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline

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