Land and Water Officer (Policy)

Rome, Italy 🇮🇹

Organizational Setting

The Land and Water Division (CBL) in close collaboration with the Deputy Director-General, Climate and Natural Resources (DDN), aims at enhancing the agricultural productivity and advancing the sustainable use of land and water resources through their improved management, development and conservation. DDN leads and coordinates FAO global engagement in support of Member States achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs) and related matters, including United Nations development system (UNDS) reform. The Deputy Director-General works with senior managers across the Organization, including, Strategic Programme Leaders, Assistant Directors-General leading FAO technical departments and regional offices, and Directors of the Office of Corporate Communication (OCC), the Partnerships and South-South Cooperation Division (DPS), Office of Strategy, Planning and Resource Management (OSP) and the Resource Mobilization Division (TCR) to promote articulation of consistent corporate policy perspectives in all phases of SDG engagement and ensure timely and effective corporate responses to emerging opportunities and issues, including the ones on policies for land and water. The post is located in the Land and Water Division (CBL).

Reporting Lines

The Land and Water Officer reports to the Project Team Leader and works under the technical guidance of the Senior Coordinator, Governance and Policy, Economic and Social Development Departments.

Technical Focus

Support to SDG implementation and monitoring, climate change, policy support, contribution to and strengthening of, the implementation of the FAO Strategic Objectives in the framework of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

Key Functions

  • Plans and leads components of multi-disciplinary teams, leads and/or participates on Organization-wide, crossDepartmental committees, project teams, and working groups and/or provides specialized expertise on technical networks and/or international technical policy and/or international technical policy and standard setting bodies;
  • Develops technical, analytical, monitoring and reporting frameworks, and related methodologies, tools, systems and databases etc. to support the planning, implementation/delivery and monitoring of programmes of work, projects, products and/or services;
  • Designs and conducts research, data collection, validation, analysis and/or reporting activities to support the development of technical standards, international instruments, innovative approaches and strategies, new tools, technologies, technical reports/publications, and/or policy proposals as well as the provision of technical/policy/ specialist/advice and expertise;
  • Responds to country requests for technical and policy assistance, provides technical advice, assistance and solutions to Decentralized Offices and provides technical backstopping to field projects;
  • 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 materials, online tools;
  • Promotes international cooperation/advocates best practices, increased policy dialogue and provides technical expertise at international/intergovernmental meetings;
  • Participates in resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate strategy.

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in land and water, international affairs, social sciences, humanities, food security or fields relevant to the work of FAO
  • Seven years of relevant experience in land political and intergovernmental processes on food and nutrition security, UN interagency coordination, and multistakeholder participation in policy-making, social issues and human development.
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian Competencies

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable
  • Knowledge of management tools and methods
  • Extent and relevance of experience in analysing land and water management and related issues
  • Extent and relevance of experience and knowledge of the institutional food and agriculture context at global, regional and national levels, as well as relevant coordination mechanisms and initiatives.
  • Relevance and extent of experience on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its components is considered a strong asset.
  • Extent of experience in supporting countries on engaging food and agriculture in the 2030 Agenda is considered a strong asset. 

Additional Information

  • All candidates should possess computer/word processing skills
  • Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your iRecruitment online profile (see “How to Apply”). We strongly recommend that you ensure that the information is accurate and complete including employment record, academic qualifications and language skills
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognised in the IAU/UNESCO list
  • Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice and the endorsed candidates will be considered for the Employment Roster for a period of 2 years
  • Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments 

To apply, visit the iRecruitment website at and complete your online profile. Only applications received through iRecruitment will be considered. Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile. Vacancies will be removed from iRecruitment at 23:59 Central European Time (CET) on the deadline for applications date. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date. If you need help, or have queries, please contact: [email protected]