Project Officer (Blue Growth)

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Rome, Italy
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Organizational Setting

Within the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, FishCode promotes and supports the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and assists in streamlining the Organization's Blue Growth Initiative (BGI) in actions aimed at food security, poverty alleviation and sustainable management of living aquatic resources into national fisheries policy.

Reporting Lines

The Project Officer reports to the FishCode Manager.

Technical Focus

Coordinate the expansion of the membership and the management of the Blue Growth Network and related projects for the sustainable use of aquatic resources and food security based on the concept of Blue Growth.

Key Results

Research, technical analysis, and project related services to support the delivery of programme projects, products, and services.

Key Functions

  • Researches and analyses technical-related issues on the development, the implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects; assists to the review of relevant documents and reports;
  • Produces a variety of technical information, data, statistics and documents as well as technical input for reports and web pages;
  • Provides technical support/analysis to various assessments, studies and projects and provides technical backstopping to field projects;
  • Collaborates in the development of improved/updated tools, systems, processes, and databases;
  • Oversees the updating of databases and web pages;
  • Participates in multidisciplinary teams, and/or leads working groups/teams collaborates with other departments and agencies on work groups and committees and promotes best practices;
  • 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, online tools;
  • Promotes knowledge sharing and best practices at international meetings and conferences and influences partners in stakeholder consultations;
  • Performs other duties as required.

Specific Functions

  • Identifies, proposes and tracks Blue Growth initiatives and processes, and supports  coordination of Blue Growth activities with institutions to highlight synergies and gaps for FAO and its Blue Growth partners with a view to build strengthening relations between international actors;
  • Supports the recruitment of potential participants for Blue Growth hubs (geographic or thematic) to capitalize on identified potential synergies and to support addressing technical and financial gaps among the membership;
  • Contributes to the  preparation and dissemination of information, reports, lessons learned related to Blue Growth and the Blue Growth Network to target audiences, international organizations and non-governmental organizations and the wider community through various media, events and dialogues;
  • Collaborates in the formulation and implementation of related projects and programmes;
  • Provides the budget holder with technical information and strategic guidance related to Blue Growth Network and related projects, as well as relevant partnerships and/or agreements with international counterparts (e.g. NGOs/ international regional organizations).

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in political sciences, business administration, agricultural economics, development economics, international relations, rural sociology, food security, nutrition, sustainable agriculture (including livestock, forestry and fisheries), or a related field;
  • Five years of relevant experience in technical cooperation, project/programme management, policy advice and analysis relating to food and nutrition security, agriculture and/or  rural development, forestry, fishery, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes;
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian.


  • Results Focus
  • Team Work
  • 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 and experience in technical cooperation, project/programme management;
  • Depth of familiarity with fisheries sector and Blue Growth initiative in particular in developing countries, and experience with institutional development and international relations is considered an asset;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in preparing, analyzing, editing and revising  information and data, technical/scientific documents and in organizing meetings and workshops;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in editing/publishing communication products.

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


  • All candidates should possess computer/word processing skills
  • 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.


A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link:
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
  • Vacancies will be removed from the recruitment portal at 23:59 Central European Time (CET) on the deadline for applications date
  • We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date