Senior Natural Resources Officer (GEF-IP)

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


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Organizational Setting

Guided by its new Climate Change Strategy, FAO is scaling up support to developing countries to transition toward sustainable and climate-smart patterns of agricultural development. Such a transition is vital to FAO's efforts to achieve food security and nutrition for all, and can play an important role in broader international efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. In this context, FAO Members have emphasized the need to scale up public and private investment in climate action. FAO is responding through a variety of avenues, including by prioritizing the development of a project portfolio with the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The purpose of this position is to support FAO's lead role in the Dryland Sustainable Landscapes Impact Program (DSL-IP) funded under GEF-7, and coordinate implementation of the DSL-IP global project. In addition, this position will ensure overall coordination of FAO's input into the Food Systems, Land Use, and Restoration Impact Program (FOLUR-IP).


The post is located in the FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.


Reporting Lines

The Senior Natural Resources Officer reports to the Senior Natural Resources Officer (GEF-IP), under the overall supervision of the Director, Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment, and works in close coordination with the OCB-GEF Team Leader.


Technical Focus

Integrated Natural Resource Management and Restoration, climate adaptation, sustainable ecosystem management, biodiversity, sustainable production practices, monitoring, capacity building, quality control.


Key Results

Leadership and technical policy expertise for the planning, development and implementation of division Programmes of work, projects, products, services in accordance with (divisional -) FAO’s Strategic Objectives.


Key Functions

• Plans, manages, or leads highly specialized or multidisciplinary teams, leads, coordinates, and/or participates in Organization-wide, cross-divisional committees, project teams, and working groups, and/or provides technical leadership/secretariat services on technical networks and/or international technical policy and standard setting bodies;

• Analyses global and country specific requirements and relevant technical issues to provide critical input into the FAO’s Strategic Objectives, Programme of Work, work plans and the supporting budgets and/or resourcing strategies;

• Implements and monitors programmes of work involving the development of the approach, evidence-based strategies, and related tools, methodologies and the supporting system/database, monitoring and reporting frameworks;

• Conducts, designs and oversees research and analysis activities to support the development of technical standards, international instruments, innovation, technical reports, publications and/or on-going programme development as well as the provision of technical and/or policy advisory services;

• Provides technical and policy advice to Members and technical support to decentralized offices in the development and implementation of their programmes;

• Leads and/or collaborates in, provides technical backstopping to and ensures the quality/effectiveness of capacity development and knowledge sharing activities within member countries such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning, online tools;

• Represents the Organization at international meetings and conferences, identifies and implements strategic partnerships, advocates best practices and increased policy dialogue and develops and negotiates effective working relationships/consensus and agreements with international and national stakeholders;

• Leads and/or participates in resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate strategy.


Specific Functions

• Leads planning, organization, and implementation of FAO's responsibilities at global level under the Dryland Sustainable Landscapes and Food Systems, Land Use, and Restoration Impact Programs;

• Coordinates and oversees key institutional engagements, particularly with relevant technical staff in the World Bank, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the GEF Secretariat and other institutions as relevant;

• Manages and coordinates a specialized multidisciplinary team on integrated landscape management and restoration;

• Leads planning, organisation, and implementation of FAO's responsibilities at global level under the Dryland Sustainable Landscapes and Food Systems, Land Use, and Restoration Impact Programs;

• Leads implementation of the global project for the DSL IP, and coordinates FAO's engagement in supporting the implementation of the FOLUR IP global project;

• In order to ensure overall coherence in the DSL IP and FAO's participation in the FOLUR IP, participates in and supports country project design;

• Coordinates key institutional engagements with regard to the DSL and FOLUR IPs with relevant technical staff in the World Bank, IUCN, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the GEF Secretariat, and other GEF Agencies, and including government institutions, civil society, the private sector and other partners as required;

• Liaises with relevant regional, subregional and country offices to support implementation of FAO-led components of the DSL and FOLUR IPs;

• Facilitates and coordinates required inter-divisional technical support within FAO from relevant technical divisions;

• Coordinates the preparation of technical and progress reports with respect to implementation of the DSL and FOLUR IPs;

• Participates in country missions as necessary and provides technical assistance in project implementation, capacity development, monitoring, and evaluations/impact assessment;

• Works closely and in liaison with the GEF Coordination Unit.





Minimum Requirements

• Advanced university degree in natural resources management, environment, or related field;

• Ten years of relevant experience in land and resources and environmental related activities, including resources/ecosystem assessment and management;           

• Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).



• Results Focus

• Leading, Engaging and Empowering

• Communication

• Partnering and Advocating

• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

• Strategic Thinking


Technical/Functional Skills

• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is essential;

• Extent and relevance of experience with international organizations and in developing countries preferably with a minimum of five years of experience in working with the Global Environment Facility;

• Extent and relevance of experience in land and resources and environmental related activities, including resources/ecosystem assessment and management;           

• Demonstrated results-based management capabilities with an ability to manage programmes, budgets and human resources efficiently under shifting priorities;

• Extent and relevance of experience in organizing international meetings, seminars and training courses;

• Expertise in remote sensing, GIS and database management is an asset.