Policy Officer (Environment and Climate Change)

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


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Organizational Setting

The Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (RLC) is responsible for leading FAO's response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO's priority activities. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization and, in collaboration with departments and divisions at headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO's strategic response to regional priorities. RLC also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization's Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies. RLC develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs). RLC also supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development. 

This post is located in the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Reporting Lines

The Policy Officer reports to the Regional Programme Leader and contributes to the work of one or more teams in dialogue and coordination with the Regional Initiatives and the subregional offices. He/she maintains regular contact with FAO headquarters in Rome for functional guidance on matters relating to policy and governance support in the food, agriculture, environment, fisheries, forestry and livestock sectors.

Technical Focus

Environment, Climate Change, Bioenergy, Landscape Management, Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management.

Key Results

Development and implementation of coherent, integrated and effective policy assistance and governance work supporting member countries at regional, subregional and country level: i) in accordance with the FAO Strategic Framework and its delivery mechanisms; and ii) in response to new policy assistance requests.

Key Functions

  • Supports the work carried out by technical or policy officers from FAO headquarters or out-posted staff in the Decentralized Offices in relation to policy and governance work under FAO's Strategic Framework;
  • Advocates strategic partnership, best practices and policy dialogue in support of enhanced governance for food and nutrition security, sustainable agriculture and food systems;
  • Participates in specialized or multidisciplinary teams, and high-level policy analysis missions or projects, policy networks and/or international policy setting bodies;
  • Interacts with UN regional and country teams to improve cross-sectorial policies and strategies concerning food and nutrition security and sustainable development;
  • Supports the analysis by the Regional Office of regional and country-level issues to provide input into the identification of country and regional priorities and requirement;
  • Designs, implements and monitors regional and subregional policy work programmes and the supporting budgets and/or resourcing strategies;
  • Plans, organizes and participates in capacity development activities involving the provision of technical advice and assistance, and oversees the development of related materials, online tools and information kits.

Specific Functions

  • Provides policy advice, strategic guidance and coordination for, implementation of FAO regional initiatives, work plans and programmes/projects on sustainable development, climate change, natural resources management, bioenergy, landscape and environmental management as well as biodiversity related activities and services;
  • Liaises with relevant units in RLC, headquarters and Decentralized Offices in the specific areas of support;
  • Provides technical advice, quality control and guidance to project proponents in the identification, development and implementation of climate change and resilience project proposals that address country priorities and align with FAO, and donor, strategic objectives; 
  • Monitors FAO climate change project portfolio, supervises the implementation of assigned projects and makes recommendations for improvements;
  • Supports capacity development activities to FAO technical staff in Decentralized Offices on the strategies, priorities and procedures, trends and issues related to climate change, resource mobilization, and Global Environment Facility (GEF)/Green Climate Fund (GCF);
  • Coordinates the regional effort for the resource mobilization of environmental and climate change related funds;
  • Leads the GEF and GCF teams in the region;
  • Contributes to the regional quality control process of the GEF and GCF project design in line with GEF/GCF eligibility criteria and alignment with donor programming directions;
  • Oversees regional implementation, management and monitoring of GEF and GCF projects;
  • Contributes to the identification, development and implementation of natural resource/climate change project proposals, GEF and GCF in particular.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in environmental sciences, sustainable development, climate change, natural resource management, sustainable agriculture (including livestock, forestry and fisheries), political or social sciences, or a related field;
  • Seven years of relevant experience in policy formulation, programming, advice and analysis relating to environmental management, climate change and sustainable development and monitoring and evaluation of national policies and programmes;
  • Working knowledge of Spanish and English.


  • 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 policy analysis and advice, strategic management and programme formulation and implementation associated with environmental management, climate change and sustainable development;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in Latin America and the Caribbean, knowledge of its major agroecosystems and regional positions on international environmental management, sustainable development and climate change conventions is considered a strong asset;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in working with national governments, intergovernmental bodies, UN agencies and processes at different levels;
  • Demonstrated capacity to strategically lead and manage multidisciplinary teams and programs to achieve results in complex changing international environments;
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing technical reports  in Spanish and English including publication record;
  • Limited knowledge of French is desirable.


  • 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: http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/salaries_allowances/salary.htm 

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; 
  • We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.