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Fishery Officer (National Aquaculture Planning and Development)


  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Maritime
    • Fisheries
    • Water Resource Management
    • Sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources
  • Closing Date: Closed

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The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments.


• 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 persons 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
• FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

Organizational Setting
The Fisheries and Aquaculture Division (NFI) is responsible for the economic, social, institutional, governance and policy aspects of FAO's activities related to fisheries and aquaculture and their development, with particular emphasis on human well-being, food security and poverty reduction; post-harvest utilization, marketing and trade with due regard to the protection of the environment, food security and the well-being of fishing communities; collection, compilation, validation, trend analysis and dissemination of the best available and up-to-date fishery statistics and for the syndication of the FAO information on all aspects of world fisheries and aquaculture. The Division is also responsible for FAO's activities related to the management and conservation of the living aquatic resources used by fisheries and aquaculture, including the biodiversity and ecosystem maintenance, with particular emphasis on most vulnerable and threatened species and habitats; management of responsible fisheries and aquaculture in accordance with modern management standards and best practices; development of fisheries technology, with due regard to the protection of the environment, food security and the well-being of fishing communities, including the safety of fishers and fishing vessels.

The position is located in the National Planning and Development Support Team (NFIAN) in the Sustainable Aquaculture area and is based at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Reporting Lines
The Fishery Officer (National Aquaculture Planning and Development) reports to the Senior Fishery Officer/NFIAN Team Leader in the Sustainable Aquaculture area under the overall supervision of the Deputy Director, NFI.

Technical Focus
The Fishery Officer (National Aquaculture Planning and Development) will support the preparation and implementation of aquaculture strategies, policies, plans and programmes of work that seek to maximize the impacts of aquaculture on countries' economic, social and environmental objectives, including food security and nutrition, and help meet Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets. The programme of work and activities should follow the FAO Common Vision for Sustainable Food and Agriculture and the FAO Code of Conduct on Responsible Fisheries and associated technical guidelines and seek to mitigate the impacts of climate change on aquaculture, while reducing vulnerability of the sector to climate change and other external stressors.

Key Results
Research, technical analysis and project related services to support the delivery of programme projects, products and services.

Key Functions
• Researches, analyses and provides access to fisheries and aquaculture technical, social, economic, environmental, institutional and technology related data, and information and/or related policy issues to support the delivery of fisheries and aquaculture programmes, projects, products, publications and services.
• Produces a variety of technical data, statistics, information and reports as well as input for technical documents and web pages.
• Provides technical, statistical, and/or analytical services on various studies, projects and initiatives, and/or assessments; provides technical backstopping to field projects.
• Participates in the development of improved/updated technical, statistical and/or analytical tools, methodologies, systems, databases and/or key social/economic/environmental/nutritional and/or early warning indicators, etc.
• Participates in multidisciplinary teams and/or leads working groups/teams; collaborates with other centres/divisions/offices and agencies on work groups and committees and promotes best practices.
• Collaborates in, provides technical backstopping to and ensures the quality/effectiveness of capacity development activities within Members, such as organizational development and individual learning events, including preparation of related information, learning materials and on-line tools.
• Promotes knowledge sharing and best practices at international meetings and conferences and influences partners in stakeholder consultations.
• Supports resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate Strategy.

Specific Functions
• Participates in the preparation and implementation of programmes of work on marine, brackish and freshwater aquaculture designed to improve resource use efficiency and minimize environmental impacts, enhanced job opportunity and social welfare/responsibilities, as well as the integration of other associated sectors with aquaculture value chain, reducing vulnerability to climate extremes and other external stressors.
• Collaborates to the implementation of aquaculture development, governance and planning under FAO's Blue Transformation Roadmap at regional and national levels and globally, including in Africa, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and other priority areas, as required.
• Supports the development and implementation of initiatives to support Members in the development and implementation of national aquaculture policies, strategies and plans in the context of sustainable aquaculture, food and nutritional security and poverty eradication.
• Contributes to the support to Members in the identification, design, feasibility and viability analyses of aquaculture investment projects or business plans including studying market prospects, prices, costs and risks, and carrying out financial and economic analyses, developing the monitoring and evaluation system, the costing of investment operations, the assessment of their performance during implementation and their impact after their completion.
• Maintains close collaboration and coordination with other FAO units, FAO Representations as well as relevant national and international partners.
• Promotes NFI's cross-cutting initiatives on SDGs, climate change, biodiversity, food security and nutrition, as required.


Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in economics, applied development studies, public policy, aquaculture and fisheries or related disciplines.
• Five years of relevant experience in the planning and development of aquaculture projects, in the identification, design and conduct of feasibility study and viability analysis of aquaculture investment projects or programmes in public and/or private sectors, or in the analysis of national aquaculture development policies, strategies and plans and the sustainability of aquaculture projects.
• Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate - level B) of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

• Results Focus
• Team Work
• 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.
• Extent and relevance of experience in the development of policy and governance frameworks and strategies to effectively integrate aquaculture into local and national planning and economies to enable its effective sustainable growth.
• Extent and relevance of experience in the development and implementation of economic tools to promote and monitor sustainable aquaculture growth.
• Extent and relevance of experience in the identification, design, assessment of economic and financial feasibility, implementation support and impact evaluation of public and/or private aquaculture investment projects or programmes.
• Extent and relevance of experience in capacity development for the design and implementation of aquaculture, rural development, natural resource management and agro-processing investments in the context of food security, nutrition and economic development.
• Knowledge of current global issues, trends, constraints, and research needs related to the management and conservation of aquatic resources and ecosystems.
• Demonstrated experience in drafting technical reports, papers and other knowledge products.
• Extent and relevance of experience in organizing international meetings, seminars and training courses.


FAO staff are expected to adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


  • Extension of fixed term appointments is based on certification of performance and availability of funds
  • FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment.
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link\: http\://
Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include\:
• Dependency allowances
• Rental subsidy
• Education grant for children
• Home leave travel
• 30 working days of annual leave per year
• Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
• International health insurance; optional life insurance
• Disability protection
FAO encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes\:
• elements of family-friendly policies
• flexible working arrangements
• standards of conduct.

• 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
• 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\://
• 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
• Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
• 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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