Fisheries and aquaculture specialist with expertise in Climate change

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Rome, Italy 🇮🇹

Job Posting: 29/Apr/2022
Closure Date: 01/Oct/2022, 6:59:00 AM
Organizational Unit: NFISR
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)
Grade Level: N/A
Primary Location: Italy-Rome
Duration: Assignments from one to eleven months on a when-actually-employed basis
Post Number: N/A
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  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture.
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply;
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination  
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

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.

Reporting Lines

The Consultants will work under the overall supervision of the NFI Division Director and the direct supervision of a relevant Officer of one of the Teams 

Technical Focus 

Support NFI’s work on compilation of information and development of knowledge products on climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation. Develop concept notes for resource mobilization purposes and assist with the formulation of project proposals and project documents. Work with NFI staff to implement policies, programmes and field projects aiming at building adaptive capacity to climate change and other external stressors affecting fisheries and aquaculture. 

Tasks and responsibilities

The tasks and responsibilities of each selected Consultant will be defined in the Terms of Reference for the specific assignment. In general, assigned tasks and responsibilities will normally include a number of the following elements depending on the assignment and the expertise of the Consultant:

•    Formulate Projects in accordance with FAO’s strategic framework and the FAO project cycle.
•    Coordinate, implement and administrate assigned programmes/projects and/or project component and activities in accordance with FAO rules, procedures and systems, and Donor requirements.
•    Organize and participate in field missions and other events in support of the delivery of NFI’s programme of work, including for consultation, training, capacity building and technical assistance to beneficiaries of FAO support programmes and projects.
•    Contribute to relevant studies, publications and analyses, knowledge products and dissemination materials related to NFI’s areas of work, including guidelines, capacity building and training material.
•    Contribute to NFI’s work related to resource mobilization, monitoring of regular programme expenses and organization of international meetings.
•    Collaborate within NFI’s remit with the various Teams and whenever required other Departments, including providing assistance to countries and partners in responding to emergencies involving the fisheries and aquaculture sector.
•    Collaborate with relevant UN agencies, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organisations, in areas of mutual interest.
•    Represent NFI in internal and external meetings, in particular those related to the development and implementation of NFI-led programmes/projects (only for consultants).
•    Any other duty related to NFI’s areas of work and to specific assignments.


Minimum Requirements

•    University degree in fisheries, environment, development, economics, political sciences, business administration, international relations or other relevant field.
•    One to four years of relevant experience in the design and implementation of development and/or emergency programmes/projects dealing with fisheries and/or aquaculture with a focus on climate change, for base level consultants (C level); at least five years’ relevant experience in the design and implementation of development and/or emergency programmes/projects dealing with fisheries and/or aquaculture with a focus on climate change, for middle level consultants (B level); and at least 12 years’ relevant experience (at least 15 for PSAs level A) in the design and implementation of development and/or emergency programmes/projects dealing with fisheries and/or aquaculture with a focus on climate change, for senior level consultants (A level).
•    Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian. For PSAs working knowledge of one FAO language is required.

FAO Core Competencies

•    Results 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 the field is essential.
•    Extent and relevance of experience or knowledge of and in provision of scientific support and advice to national, regional and international fisheries/aquaculture management and conservation bodies, as well as humanitarian organizations in both developed and developing countries.
•    Extent and relevance of experience in planning and implementation of research and/or development programmes in fisheries and/or aquaculture or aquatic environmental management with special emphasis on climate change.
•    Depth of knowledge of current global issues related to climate change impacts, disaster risk, adaptation or mitigation, trends, constraints, and research needs related to the management and conservation of aquatic resources and ecosystems.
•    Extent and relevance of experience in the quantitative analysis and assessment of fisheries in the context of climate change (e.g. exploited stocks, economic analysis).
•    Familiarity with resource mobilization processes.
•    Extent and relevance of experience in organizing national and international meetings, seminars and training courses.
•    Ability to effectively use standard office software, such as MS Office (Windows, Word, Outlook, Excel, Power Point).

Selection Criteria

•    Extent and relevance of experience in one or more of the main areas of NFI’s work.
•    Extent of experience in development and/or emergency programmes/ project management, including formulation, work planning, budgeting, implementation and reporting.
•    Experience in coordinating and liaising with industry, academia, national authorities, UN agencies, donors, intergovernmental organizations, and non-governmental organizations

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
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at 
  • For more information, visit the FAO employment website
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required. Vaccination status will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.


• 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
• 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
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• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
•  We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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135 days remaining

Apply by 1 October, 2022