Land and Water Officer (Water Resources Assessments)

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


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Organizational Setting
The Land and Water Division (CBL) aims at enhancing the agricultural productivity and advancing the sustainable use of land and water resources through their improved governance of tenure, 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 land and water quantity and quality. It promotes equitable access to these natural resources with a view to enhancing productivity, livelihoods and ecosystem services. It provides assistance to member countries in developing policies, programmes, best practices and tools in the fields of irrigation and drainage, soil conservation, drought mitigation, water rights, access to natural resources, and improvement of land markets.
The Division is responsible for the implementation of the project 'Knowing water better: Towards fairer and more sustainable access to natural resources for greater food security (KnoWat)', GCP/GLO/907/GER. The project aims to strengthen water governance processes in three countries ' Sri Lanka, Senegal and Rwanda ' so that they are better prepared to ensure food security and to adapt to climate change, water scarcity and increased competition for water resources in an equitable and sustainable manner. For this, the project promotes an integrative approach to water resources assessments that takes into account biophysical, policy, socio-economic and legal aspects of water (re)use. It makes use of established approaches (such as Water Accounting and Auditing, and FAO's WaPOR database) and develops and applies novel approaches to assess water tenure arrangements).
The post is located in the Land and Water Division of FAO, Rome, Italy.
Reporting Lines
The Land and Water Officer reports to the Senior Land and Water Officer, Team leader, Water Resources Data, Information and Assessments


Technical Focus
Support the implementation of the project 'Knowing water better: Towards fairer and more sustainable access to natural resources for greater food security (KnoWat)'.


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, 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;
• Produces a variety of technical information, data, statistics and reports as well as input for technical documents and web pages;
• Provides technical support/analysis to various assessments, studies and initiatives and provides technical backstopping to field projects;
• Collaborates in the development of improved/updated tools, systems, processes, and databases;
• 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;
• Supports resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate Strategy.


Specific Functions
• Supports technical coordination of project activities across the three project countries and headquarters, including methodology development and reporting as appropriate;
• Provides technical guidance to national project coordinators and consultants in carrying out water accounting, auditing and tenure assessments;
• Ensures coordination with FAO's Land Tenure Team (PSP-L), FAO's Development Law Branch (LEGN) on legal and institutional frameworks for water tenure and management, and with other relevant units;
• Prepares reports to document project findings and ensures timely reporting of project activities ; drafts and presents technical documents, briefs, strategic and complex reports on the project thematic areas;
• Liaises with other relevant institutions for sharing experience and raising visibility of project outcomes;
• Designs and organizes capacity development programs and workshops in the technical focus areas;
• Organizes project meetings and coordination activities among project partners.



Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in natural resources management, natural resources economics, environmental sciences, hydrology, earth sciences, natural resources governance, natural resources law or a related field;
• Five years of relevant experience in land and water resources/ecosystem assessment, management and/or governance;
• Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Russian, Arabic or Chinese.

• 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 field positions is desirable;
• Extent and relevance of  experience in the management of projects and programmes related to natural resources assessment and management;
• Extent and relevance of  experience of water economics;
• Extent and relevance of  experience of legislative, policy and financial instruments with regard to natural resources conservation, management and development;
• Familiarity with relevant techniques and experience related to water resources assessments in general, and water accounting, water auditing and water tenure in particular;
• Demonstrated results-based management capabilities with an ability to coordinate programmes efficiently under shifting priorities;
• Extent and relevance of experience in organizing international meetings, seminars and training courses;
• Working knowledge of English and French is desirable.