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Fisheries Specialist

Multiple locations

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Grade: Consultancy - Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Fisheries
    • Sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources
  • Closing Date: 2024-04-30


IMPORTANT NOTICE\: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device

  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture.
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply;
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO's values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination  
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting

The Equitable Livelihoods Team (NFIFL) of the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Division assists FAO members and partners in achieving an enabling environment for equitable livelihoods in inland and marine capture fisheries, through a people-centered, holistic approach. It supports the establishment and strengthening of discussion fora, information, legal and policy frameworks, codes and guidelines, options for strategies, scientific advice, and training material, among others. Its programmes and activities from global to local levels aim at improving the institutional, social, economic, policy and management aspects of the fisheries sector with a particular emphasis on human well-being, food security and poverty reduction. NFIFL provides advice, assistance and information to FAO Members on economics and policies, strategies, plans and programmes for the management and development of fisheries. NFIFL has the primary responsibility within the Division for the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication, decent rural employment, social protection and inland fisheries, and supports related relevant national, regional and global processes. International consultants and PSAs represent an important source of expertise for FAO, making their specialist contributions across the globe towards the achievement of the Organization’s strategic objectives. For FAO to be able to attract and employ the best possible experts in the wide range of technical areas of its mandate, a competitive selection process has been introduced. This process is intended to create a pool of candidates which can be called upon when their expertise is required, ensuring a transparent and rigorous selection process.

Reporting Lines

The Consultant/PSA will work under the overall supervision of the lead of the Equitable Livelihoods Team, NFIFL and the direct supervision of a relevant Responsible Officer of NFIFL.

Technical Focus

The Consultant or PSA will work as part of the Equitable Livelihoods Team to conduct activities, research or analysis on issues in the context of fisheries governance, in line with FAO’s Strategic Framework. Within the overall mandate of NFIFL as outlined above, tasks are likely to include, in particular, support to the implementation of the SSF Guidelines, poverty reduction and socio-economic development in fisheries-dependent communities, inland fisheries, decent rural employment and social protection, improvement of gender issues, strengthening of fishers and fish workers organizations, technical support to international processes related to the SDGs, etc.

Tasks and responsibilities

The tasks and responsibilities of each selected Consultant or PSA will be defined in the Terms of Reference for the specific assignment. In general, depending on the specific assignment, designated tasks and responsibilities will normally include a number of the following elements\:

Consultants and PSA

• Support of project formulation in accordance with FAO’s Strategic Framework and the FAO project cycle.
• Coordination, implementation and administration of assigned activities in accordance with FAO rules, procedures and systems, and donor requirements.
• Provision of substantive technical inputs to relevant activities and projects, including studies, publications and analyses, knowledge products and dissemination materials related to NFIFL’s areas of work (plus FAO cross-cutting work of Resilience; Statistics; Gender and Data and Information Management, where appropriate), including guidelines, manuals, research papers, capacity building and training materials, and related websites.
• Collection, management and analysis of data to be used to inform and guide the Team’s technical and policy work.
• Any other duties related to NFIFL’s areas of work.


• Organization of and participation in external events (including field missions) in support of the delivery of NFIFL’s programme of work (and FAO cross-cutting Teams, where appropriate), including consultation, training, capacity building and technical assistance.
• Collaboration with other FAO divisions and external partners in the areas of NFIFLs programme of work (and FAO cross-cutting Teams, where appropriate), as well as areas of mutually beneficial interest to member countries.
• Representing NFIFL at internal and external meetings, particularly those related to the development and implementation of NFIFL’s activities.
• Prepare and organize consultations and technical meetings.
• Establish and manage relations with relevant institutions, networks and platforms that could help FAO leverage its messages and advance global dialogue on various issues related to NFIFL’s programme of work, helping the Organization to promote enhanced global food security and nutrition.
• Outreach and communication-related activities, such as preparation and delivery of presentations, preparation of information materials and their dissemination through various channels and to partners and stakeholders.


Minimum Requirements

Qualification requirements for Consultants\: University degree in policy, fisheries, public administration, law and international relations, anthropology, economics, or other fields related to food security and nutrition, policies and development studies.
Qualification requirements for PSAs\: University degree in the above areas. A technical diploma plus demonstrated and relevant professional experience of at least 4 years can be accepted in lieu of a university degree.
• Relevant experience in one or more areas in the field of fishery policy, governance, policy analysis, programme management, protocol and inter-governmental liaisons, small-scale fisheries, socio-economic development, decent rural employment and social protection, inland and marine fisheries value chains, economics and institutions or related fields and participatory processes and stakeholder engagement, preferably in NFIFL’s areas of work.
For Consultants/PSA level C\: one to four years of relevant experience
For Consultants/PSA level B\: at least five years of relevant experience
For Consultants/PSA level A\: at least fifteen years of relevant experience
• Language requirements for Consultants\: Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other languages of the Organization (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or Russian).
• Language requirements for PSAs\: Working knowledge of English.

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, particularly in the field is desirable
• Extent and relevance of field experience in a technical area of assignment
• Extent and relevance of experience in providing policy advice at local, national, and regional levels
• Extent and relevance of knowledge in the implementation of international instruments related to pertinent field of expertise
• Extent and relevance of experience in project/programme formulation and implementation of projects, programmes and studies in the pertinent field of expertise
• Extent and relevance of knowledge and understanding of the work of international organizations, regional entities and national governments
• Ability to support resource mobilization efforts
• Ability to organize and conduct technical meetings, conferences and workshops when applicable
• Ability to facilitate participatory processes or stakeholder involvement

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


  • FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http\://
  • For more information, visit the FAO employment website
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
• Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
• Incomplete applications will not be considered
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• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
• We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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