Project Officer (Fishery/Technical Adviser)

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Rome, Italy 🇮🇹

Job Posting: 25/Apr/2022
Closure Date: 17/May/2022, 12:59:00 AM
Organizational Unit: Fisheries and Aquaculture Division (NFI)
Job Type: Staff position
Type of Requisition: Professional Project
Grade Level: P-4
Primary Location: Italy-Rome
Duration: Fixed-term: one year with possibility of extension
Post Number: 2008996
CCOG Code: 1A11
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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through the FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better productionbetter nutritionbetter environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

Organizational Setting
The Fisheries and Aquaculture Division (NFI) is responsible for the economic, social, institutional, governance and policy aspects of FAO’s activities related to fisheries and aquaculture and their development, with particular emphasis on human well-being, food security and poverty reduction; post-harvest utilization, marketing and trade with due regard to the protection of the environment, food security and the well-being of fishery communities; collection, compilation, validation, trend analysis and dissemination of the best available and up-to-date fishery statistics and for the syndication of the FAO information on all aspects of world fisheries and aquaculture. The Division is also responsible for FAO’s activities related to the management and conservation of the living aquatic resources used by fisheries and aquaculture, including the biodiversity and ecosystem maintenance, with particular emphasis on the most vulnerable and threatened species and habitats; management of responsible fisheries and aquaculture in accordance with management standards and best practices; development of fisheries technology, with due regard to the protection of the environment, food security and the well-being of fishing communities, including the safety of fishers and fishing vessels. 

The post is administratively located with the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM). The ‘Deep-sea Fisheries under the Ecosystem Approach’ (DSF) project is one of five projects under the Global Environment Facility (GEF)-7 Common Oceans II ‘Global Sustainable Fisheries Management and Biodiversity Conservation in the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ)’ programme. The overall objective of the project is to support the sustainable management of deep-sea fisheries in the ABNJ, with a focus on data-poor stocks and reducing impacts on deep water sharks and vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs). This will be principally achieved through supporting the work of the Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) and the associated fishing industry to create more integrated and globally informed scientific advisory and fisheries management processes.
The overall Common Ocean II Programme consists of five projects: two global on promoting the sustainable management of tuna and deep-sea fisheries, a third on multi-sectoral governance (stewardship) in the Sargasso Sea and a fourth on cross-sectoral collaboration and coordination on key common ocean issues at global level. A fifth project  will ensure effective coordination, communication, partnerships, lesson learning and knowledge management between the other projects within the Programme.

The post is located in the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) in the Fisheries and Aquaculture Division (NFI) at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Reporting Lines
The Project Officer (Fishery/Technical Adviser) reports to the Executive Secretary, GFCM, and is under the direct supervision of the Common Ocean II Programme Coordinator.

Technical Focus
Communication and coordination; promote and represent the project externally, tracking project progress,  providing technical support, and monitoring financial resources; responsible for progress and financial reports.

Key Results
Comprehensive technical and policy expertise to support the planning, development and implementation of programmes, projects, products and services.

Key Functions

  • Provides technical leadership assistance on the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects; assists in the review of relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities, liaises with relevant parties;
  • Coordinates  programmes and reviews the assessments of issues and trends for the implementation of programmes and projects and the preparation of impact evaluation or equivalent studies;
  • Supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications;
  • Contributes to consultative and other meetings, conferences, including proposals for agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations;
  • Participates in activities such as structuring of training workshops, seminars; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities;
  • Leads field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties;
  • Provides advice on the development of policies and strategies, as well as national protocols and guidelines for projects with specific domains related to FAO’s work.

Specific Functions


  • Coordinates with the Programme Coordination Unit to ensure that the required Project inputs are dispatched to the Global Coordination Project in terms of reports, knowledge management and communication, and monitoring and evaluation;
  • Develops a narrative of how the DSF Project contributes to the achievement of the goals of the Common Oceans Programme;
  • Manages and supervises human resources allocated to the DSF Project;
  • Acts as the Secretary for all Project Steering Committee (PSC) meetings and activities, including preparation of documents and reports;
  • Works closely with the Project’s partners and develops and maintains regular contacts and partnerships;
  • Establishes working relations with appropriate national, subregional and regional agencies and groups in participating countries to ensure effective implementation of project supported activities at the national and regional level;
  • Coordinates the design of a project monitoring system and exercises overall management responsibility of the regular monitoring and review of the execution of the components and subcomponents;
  • Ensures preparation and submission of Annual Work Plans as well as the project’s financial and technical reports as required;
  • Represents the project in relevant meetings and conferences and facilitates coordination and integration, where appropriate, beneficial to the achievement of the Project’s objectives;
  • Maintains overall responsibility for proposals and bidding documents, terms of reference and performance contracts for consultants hired under the responsibility of the DSF Project.

Technical oversight, input and support

  • Ensures wider adoption, enforcement and compliance of international obligations relating to sustainable fisheries (stocks and impacts);
  • Supports effective decision-making to increase sustainability and reduce impacts;
  • Ensures stakeholder participation, including through collaboration with the fishing industry;
  • Supports the application of the ecosystem approach to fisheries and the precautionary approach;
  • Improves integration of cross-sectoral activities to maintain biodiversity and resource sustainability;
  • Oversees knowledge generated and shared to raise awareness of project objectives, activities and achievements among stakeholders and target audiences.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in biology, fishery science, marine ecology or related discipline.
  • Seven years of relevant experience in fisheries project management.
  • Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate – level B) of one of the other FAO official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).  


  • 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;
  • Relevance and extent of experience in technical cooperation’s related activities, policy advice and analysis relating to food and nutrition security, agriculture and rural development, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes;
  • Relevance and extent of experience in working with inter-governmental bodies and multidisciplinary teams;
  • Proven experience as a team leader and team builder; 
  • Experience in working with financial donors; 
  • Familiarity with the Regional Fishery Management Organizations (RFMOs) as well as other multi-lateral bodies working in the ABNJ for sustainable use and biodiversity conservation;
  • Experience in preparing project’s technical and financial reports.

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