Land and Water Officer (Project Coordination)

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Rome, Italy
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
3-4 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Organizational Setting

The Land and Water Division (NSL) aims at enhancing the agricultural productivity and advancing the sustainable use of land and water resources through their improved tenure, management, development and conservation. It addresses the challenges member countries face in ensuring productive and efficient use of land and water resources in order to meet present and future demands for agricultural products, while ensuring the long-term sustainability of the land and water quantity and quality. It promotes equitable access to these natural resources with a view to enhancing productivity, livelihoods and ecosystem services. It provides assistance to member nations in developing policies, programmes, best practices and tools in the fields of irrigation and drainage, soil conservation, drought mitigation, water rights, access to natural resources, and improvement of land markets. The Division hosts the Secretariat of the Global Soil Partnership which aims to promote sustainable soil management at all levels contributing to food security and nutrition, provision of ecosystem services, mitigation and adaptation to climate change and sustainable development.

The post is located in Rome with missions to the field.


Reporting Lines

The Land and Water Officer reports to the senior Land and Water Officer (Secretary of the Global Soil Partnership) under the overall guidance of the Director of the Land and Water Division.


Technical Focus

Lead the technical implementation of the 'Capacity development on Sustainable Soil Management for Africa project' with focus on sustainable soil management, fertilizer recommendations, quality assessment of fertilizers and soil laboratories.


Key Results

Collection and analysis of information, data and statistics and project/meeting services to support programme projects, products and services.


Key Functions

• Collects and analyses relevant technical, social, economic, environmental, institutional and technology related information, data and/or statistics to support the delivery of programme projects, products and services;

• Undertakes analysis, provides technical input for plans and reports and edits/revises technical/scientific documents;

• Participates in the development of improved work methods, tools and systems;

• Updates databases and web pages;

• Participates in multidisciplinary project/work teams;

• Collaborates in the development of training tools and materials and the organization of workshops/seminars etc.;

• Participates in the organization, conduct and follow-up of meetings, consultations and conferences, the development/production of required materials and the provision of information and assistance to partners.


Specific Functions

• Supports the coordination and   implementation of two field projects of South-South Cooperation Assistance Fund (SSCAF) in Uganda and Rwanda;

• Provides technical guidance on assessment of equipment for efficient laboratory soil testing in Uganda and Rwanda;

• Provides technical guidance to the sustainable use and management of fertilizers in Rwanda and Uganda under the framework of the International Code of Conduct for the Sustainable Use and Management of Fertilizers by establishing a service for fertilizer quality assessment and developing recommendations;

• Contributes to the establishment of field experiments and demonstrations of sustainable fertilizer use and management practices to evaluate the effects of fertilization on crop yields under the sustainable soil management definition;

• Provides technical support on soil and fertilizer sample collection and analysis in order to establish soil and fertilizer databases in Rwanda and Uganda;

• Contributes to the promotion and the establishment of “EduSOILS' online training platform” including development of courses and modules on fertilizers use and management, soil laboratory management and sustainable soil management;

• Supports the connection and networking between FAO Rwanda, FAO Uganda, the Regional Office for Africa (RAF), FAO headquarters, the Global Soil Partnership, the Global Soil Laboratory Network and Chinese partners for organization of meetings, workshops and trainings to demonstrate the availability of the EduSOILS platform and other important matters;

• Contributes to knowledge sharing by organizing interregional workshops to share the experiences and results of the projects.





Minimum Requirements

• Advanced university degree in soil science, natural resources management, environment, agronomy or related fields;

• Three years of relevant experience in sustainable soil management, soil fertility and fertilizers, facilitation of technical and regional networks, and resource mobilization on soils;

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



• 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 experience in sustainable soil management, facilitation of regional networks and resource mobilization on soils;

• Extent and relevance of experience in implementation of field projects related to soil fertility;

• Extent and relevance of experience in partnership management, including the establishment of new networks;

• Extent and relevance of experience in project management and monitoring; 

• Extent and relevance of experience on the Global Soil Partnership, its technical networks and its operations is an asset;

• Extent and relevance of experience in financial resource mobilization, negotiation and political mediation;

• Extent and relevance of experience in the preparation, editing and revision of technical/scientific documents and in organizing meetings and workshops;

• Understanding of FAO policies, rules of procedures and programmes is considered a strong asset.