Environment & Climate Change Specialist

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Dhaka, Bangladesh 🇧🇩

Job Posting: 14/Feb/2023
Closure Date: 08/Mar/2023, 12:59:00 AM
Organizational Unit: FABGD
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: Consultant
Grade Level: N/A
Primary Location: Bangladesh-Dhaka
Duration: 11 months (Possibility of extension)
Post Number: N/A

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  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply;
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  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting

The FAO Country Office in Bangladesh (FABGD) is responsible for leading FAO’s response to country priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO’s priority activities in the country. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the country and, in collaboration with the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP), Divisions, Offices and Centres at FAO Headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO’s strategic response to these priorities. Through its Country Programming Framework (CPF), the Country Office supports policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, at country level and facilitates the emergence of country partnerships, and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region.

The position is based in the FAO Country Office in Bangladesh – Dhaka.

Reporting Lines

The Environment & Climate Change Specialist reports to the FAO Representative for Bangladesh. He/she collaborates with the Country Programme, Operations and Administrative Units and in consultation with the relevant technical units at FAO headquarters and the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP). 

Technical Focus

Technical Leadership and Coordination of the Environment and Climate Change activities in the country. 

Tasks and responsibilities 

•    Leads overall coordination, management, execution and supervision of the Environment, Forestry and Climate Change Cluster related to letters of agreement, service contracts, procurement, human resources inputs and travel authorizations.
•    Leads the preparation and execution of the overall EFCC cluster annual work plan and budget. 
•    Leads regular coordination meetings with the EFCC cluster to monitor progress and implementation status of projects. 
•    Leads technical work implemented in the different areas of work of the FAO Bangladesh programme under the EFCC cluster in close coordination with respective partners and relevant FAO technical units.
•    Establishes close cooperation with the Government (all relevant technical ministries) and other partners involved in the effective implementation of the projects and participates in coordination bodies.
•    Provides technical expertise on environmental and agriculture related topics supporting the government and public authorities in developing livelihood strategies on climate change adaption/mitigation including contribution towards the development of innovative programs.
•    Identifies synergies with other FAO Bangladesh ongoing projects, ensuring a programmatic approach in support of improving agriculture and rural transformation programme including crop diversification, resilient agriculture, digitalization, agro-processing, and youth and women empowerment, among others.  
•    Ensures communication of results and programme visibility in close coordination with the communication team following agreed organizational procedures and policies.
•    Participates and represents FAO in programme stakeholder meetings with partners, beneficiaries and government counterparts.
•    Participates and represents FAO in Project Steering Committees and other committees as outlined in the programme governance structure.
•    Develops, implements and evaluates assigned programmes/projects; monitors and analyses programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective action; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up action.
•    Leads and contributes to the development and delivery of effective advocacy and partnership strategies, as well as the dissemination of information, in the framework of the knowledge management activities of FAO.
•    Organizes preparation of briefs and comprehensive reports on FAO priorities and programmes in the country, and ensure timely dissemination of information to key stakeholders, including the Government, donor community, United Nations agencies and NGOs.
•    Performs any other related duties.


Minimum Requirements

•    Advanced university degree in Environmental Science, Forestry, Natural resources and or a related topics
•    At least five (05) years of relevant work experience in Natural resources, Environment and Climate Change related development projects.
•    Working knowledge (level C) of English and limited knowledge (level B) of one of the other FAO official languages (for COF.REG). In the case of PSA.SBS, a working knowledge of English will be sufficient.

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 field positions. Experience in leading project teams at a country level, in-depth knowledge of related administrative, operational and financial procedures related to the project management.
•    Experience and skills in project identification, programme and project formulation, analysis, planning and results based management (RBM).
•    Experience in implementation of projects with a Climate change adaptation and mitigation approach including policy dialogues and changes. 
•    Knowledge of global issues, trends and constraints in development cooperation with particular reference to climate change and livelihoods.
•    Relevant work experience in Bangladesh and Asia is an asset.

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 http://www.whed.net/ 
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  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


• 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
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