Climate Change Specialist

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Rome, , IT

Organizational Setting


The Climate and Environment Division (CBC) assists member countries in their responses towards the challenge of climate change, including the mitigation of climate change, as well as the development of adaptive capacities of agriculture, fisheries and forestry to the effects of climate change. It provides a coordination role on climate change and related climate smart agriculture issues. The Division also serves as the focal point for a multidisciplinary and global approach to bioenergy as well as undertaking work and providing support and guidance on tenure issues.




Reporting Lines

The Climate change Specialist will work under the overall supervision of the CBC Director, CBC Team Leader and/or the direct supervision of a relevant Officer.

Technical Focus

Climate change adaptation, adaptation co-benefits including mitigation and SDGs, agriculture sectors, climate policy including Koronivia and the Paris Agreement

Tasks and responsibilities

The incumbent will carry out the following tasks under the work streams below :


Knowledge Management

  • Lead the development of the global project knowledge management strategy and monitor its implementation;
  • Coordinate the production and oversee the dissemination of knowledge products on climate change and agriculture;
  • Draft knowledge material for outreach and knowledge exchange activities, workshops and meetings, including online articles;
  • Support in developing knowledge products (briefing notes, case studies, reports and publications) on climate change and food security including on adaptation/NDCs, links between access to clean energy and climate change adaptation/NDCs and synergies/tradeoffs with Mitigation/NDCs and Agenda 2030;
  • Ensure the common thematic folders across teams (i.e. workspace, shared folders) are up-to-date;
  • Update websites and ensure project information and knowledge products are available online in a timely manner;
  • Capture lessons learned from project implementation;
  • Assist and contribute to the organization of webinars and peer-to-peer activities between countries;
  • Support the organization of meetings, workshops, trainings and other face-to-face events;
  • Produce updates with partner agencies and programmes for NAPs/ NDC related activities, including the working with external partners;
  • Contribute to better linking the work on energy and bioeconomy to that on climate change adaptation/ mitigation/ NDCs;
  • Support collaboration with partners including with the UNFCCC;
  • Track internal and external events and keep a clear schedule;

Technical Quality Assurance

  • Draft/Review technical reports on climate change and agriculture;
  • Draft/Review and provide inputs to all KM outputs and ensure technical quality and alignment between all products;
  • Provide technical support to countries on how to strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and change and mainstream climate risks into national policies, strategies and plans;
  • Contribute to relevant FAO’s reporting for UNFCCC Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture track (b): methods and approaches for assessing adaptation, adaptation co-benefits and resilience;
  • Contribute to the drafting of progress reports for donor and national coordinators;
  • Carry out other duties as required.     


Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced degree in climate change policy, environmental studies, development studies, agricultural policy, or closely related field.
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience of working in climate change adaptation and mitigation issues. Experience with UN agencies is preferable.
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish
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.
  • Excellent writing and editorial skills with good attention to detail and ability to write for different audiences using different communication media.
  • Excellent capacity in written and oral communications in English is indispensable; working knowledge of Spanish or French is an advantage.
  • Ability to work in an international team and respect tight deadlines.
  • Familiarity with agriculture/food security and climate change issues are desirable.
  • Knowledge of and working experience in international climate change negotiations is an asset.
  • Level, extent and relevance of past experience with editorial work on climate change issues
  • Extent and relevance of written publication record, including reports, policy briefs, working papers, journal articles.





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