Socio-Environmental Risk Analyst

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Port Of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Organizational Setting

The Trinidad and Tobago Country Office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for a short  term  consultancy  titled: Socio-Environmental Risk Analyst 

The Country Representation is responsible for working with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago in developing, promoting, implementing and monitoring agreed priorities and strategies for addressing national food, agriculture and rural development. In accordance with FAO’s Strategic Objectives and the Country Programme Framework, the country office develops and maintains relations with national and local government and non-government stakeholders involved in food, nutrition , agriculture and environment sectors.


The “BIOREACH: Biodiversity Conservation and Agroecological Land Restoration in Productive Landscapes of Trinidad and Tobago” Project objective is “To promote biodiversity conservation, to restore degraded lands and improve livelihoods of rural communities in targeted productive landscapes.   On 10 June 2019, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved the Project Identification Form (PIF), presented by the Ministry of Planning and Development, (MOPD), with FAO’s support. The GEF approved funding for   the Project Preparation Grant for the development of the  Full Scale  Project. The preparation of the Full Scale Project should be completed and the Project presented  to  Government and the FAO  GEF Secretariat within 9 months after PIF approval (10 March 2020).

The Ministry of Planning and Development /Environmental Policy and Planning Division is responsible for the project with FAO designated as the GEF implementing agency

Reporting Lines

The consultant will work under the general supervision of the FAO Representative for Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname and in close collaboration with designated FAO Lead Technical Officer, Consultants and the Project Steering committee chaired by the Environment Management Authority.

Technical Focus

Through the lens of environmental and social safeguards, the duties will be primarily that of social and  agroecosystems analysis to establish the a baseline report and to engage stakeholder in design of intervention options .  

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Consult with the PPG technical lead and develop a consultancy work plan
  • Review the GEF and local documents and develop list of gaps and synergies
  • Contribute to draft criteria for identification of intervention sites and associated project activities
  • Visit Project sites in order to carry out a social and agroecosystem analysis and make a report in accordance with the format provided by FAO, in coordination with the Project Design Specialist, the Project formulation team, the technical experts from national, regional, local and FAO counterparts.
  • Contribute to detailed overview of current production and natural resource management systems in the areas of intervention
  • Contribute to Participatory identification of sustainable land, water and forest management practices that are environmentally sound, economically viable, sensitive to gender mainstreaming and socially accepted
  • Determine the adequacy of the proposed project intervention to socio-environmental standards, according to the FAO Environmental and Social Management Guidelines and national legislation, including the process for Free, Prior and Informed Consent of peoples affected by this intervention.
  • Building on recent documents, prepare the Stakeholder Engagement Plan and the socio-environmental analysis. The ES analysis will include:
    • Description of the social conditions of the intervention area, including identifying stakeholders, their linkages, potential conflicts and potential differences and resistances and threats to the project intervention.
    • Description and valuation of the asset base and vulnerability context: shocks, trends, seasonality, mitigation strategies, sources of resilience, all of this based on a Self-evaluation and Holistic Assessment of climate Resilience of farmers and Pastoralists (SHARP).
    • The target groups and targeting measures of intervention and integration of gender mainstreaming.
    • The capacity needs of various levels of interacting groups and institutions
  • Design a plan (work plan and budget) for the implementation of Free, Prior and Informed Consent throughout the project, to be included in the project work plan
  • Complete the socio-environmental analysis according to the FAO and counterparts’ guidelines, and complete the annex on Stakeholder Consultation/Engagement
  • Participate in  consultancy and project  related meetings
  • Support the Project Design Specialist in preparing the FAO/GEF Project Document, providing information as required.


Minimum Requirements

  • University degree in Environmental Sciences, Rural Sociology, Anthropology, Agriculture or any disciplines related to the Project. A postgraduate qualification related to these areas would be highly desirable.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience
  • Fluent in English with strong writing and presentation skills
  • National of Trinidad and Tobago or resident in the country with a regular work permit.

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus;
  • Teamwork
  • Communication;
  • Building Effective Relationships;
  • Knowledge Sharing and continuous improvement.

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Experience in impact analysis on natural resources management practices on soil, water and forests, as well as in conducting a social and gender analysis.
  • Extensive knowledge of the national context, including knowledge of the design of agricultural investment projects, with particular attention to targeting them.
  • Good knowledge of mechanisms of social and environmental safeguards.
  • Experience in preparation and / or implementation of projects with international organizations
  • Experience in field work and working in multidisciplinary teams
  • Writing technical reports according to UN quality standards

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 a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help, or have queries, please contact:   
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
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To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.

Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile.

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