Natural Resource Management Specialist (Risk Management)

Rome, Italy 🇮🇹


Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced university degree in Natural Resources, Forestry, Agriculture, Environmental Sciences, Rural Development, Engineering, Environmental Economics, or related field.
  • At least three to twelve years of relevant experience conducting assessments, analytical studies and/or planning, designing and managing projects related to watershed management, DRR/DRM, sustainable forest management, modelling, rural development, or ecosystem services.
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian.  


FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Additional Selection Criteria

  • Extent and relevance of technical work experience in one or more of the main technical focus areas.
  • Extent and relevance of work experience in one or more regions, especially in developing or emerging countries.
  • Demonstrated ability to formulate, draft and finalize clear technical and policy documents, guidelines and manuals, in English.
  • Extent of knowledge and experience to conduct (global) technical and policy analysis.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Experience in GIS is desirable.
Organizational Setting

The Forest Policy and Resources Division leads FAO’s work in promoting sustainable forest management and providing leadership on the environmental, social and economic dimensions of forestry, including its contributions to poverty reduction and food security and nutrition. It liaises with member countries, civil society and the private sector in aspects ranging from development of effective forest policies to forest conservation and management issues, and strengthens the role of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Division also collects, analyses and disseminates information on the world’s forest resources and on the production, trade and consumption of wood, non-wood forest products and ecosystem services.

The post is located in the Water and Mountains Team, Forestry Policy and Resources Division, FOA.

FAO International Consultants and Call purpose

The purpose of this Call for Expression of Interest is to provide FAO with a list of qualified candidates to support and enhance its

programme of work. Assignments pursuant to this Call for Expression of Interest may be at the Organization’s headquarters in

Rome (Italy), home based, or on field missions, as required.

The Organization frequently engages experts to work on short-term projects as international consultants. The functions of a

consultant are results-oriented and normally involve analysing complex issues, directing seminars or training courses, preparing documents for conferences and meetings, or writing reports on matters within their area of expertise.


An international consultant is engaged by the Organization to provide expertise, skills or knowledge for the performance of a specific task or piece of work, which would be short-term by nature. The assignment may involve full-time or part-time functions similar to those of staff members.


The assignment can be from two weeks up to 11 months. The possibility of further extension is subject to satisfactory performance and depending on the resources and needs of the Organization.


The purpose of this call is to attract talents with experience and background in the area of business and enterprise development for small holders, sustainable value chain and marketing strategy development, within mountain areas.

Reporting Lines

Overall supervision of the Team leader, in collaboration with technical units in FAO and/or FAO decentralized office, as appropriate. When activities are carried out in countries, the consultant will be required to work in close collaboration with the FAO Representation in the relevant country of assignment, as well as the relevant FAO regional office.

Technical Focus

Provision of support to FAO’s work in watershed management, resilience, Disaster Risk Management / Disaster Risk Reduction (DRM/DRR), mountains, forests and water, coastal management, and ecosystem services. The consultant will be involved in cross-sectoral work that includes forestry, agriculture, water, and fisheries, contributing to FAO’s strategic objectives of making agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable, and increasing the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises.

Tasks and responsibilities

The consultant will support the Water and Mountain work programmes, achieving one or more of the following tasks:

  • Lead or support the development and management of technical, analytical frameworks, and related methodologies, tools, systems and databases.
  • Design and conduct research, data collection, validation, analysis and/or reporting activities, such as risk assessments, risk modelling and/or cost-benefit analysis.
  • Develop technical standards, international instruments, innovative approaches and strategies, new tools, technologies, and manuals.
  • Contribute to relevant studies, publications and analyses, knowledge products and dissemination, including guidelines, capacity building, manuals, e-learning and training materials.
  • Provide technical/policy /advice and expertise, including project backstopping.
  • Advise on, or support, the development of project proposals and monitoring and reporting frameworks.
  • Lead or contribute to the coordination, implementation and administration of assigned programmes/activities in accordance with FAO rules, procedures and systems.
  • Prepare reports in accordance with government and financing partners’ requirements.
  • Liaise with relevant FAO units, decentralized offices, or other organizations relevant to their assignment to establish and/or strengthen strategic collaboration.
  • As applicable, organize and participate in missions and other events in support of the delivery of FOA’s programme of work, including for consultation, training, capacity building and technical assistance to beneficiaries of FAO support programmes and projects.
  • Any other duties as required.