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Junior Liaison Specialist


  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Brussels
  • Grade: Consultancy - Consultant - Contractors Agreement
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  • Closing Date: 2024-05-29

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FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

  • 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
  • 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.

Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) leads international efforts to defeat hunger and to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.
FAO Liaison Office with the European Union and Belgium is one of the 130 FAO Offices worldwide, responsible for strengthening FAO’s visibility, interaction, and advocacy with key partners, including the European Union institutions and bodies and the Permanent Representations of the EU Member States, the OACPS and their Permanent Representations, other FAO Member Representations, as well as representatives of the private sector, civil society and academia.

The position is located in Brussels, Belgium

Reporting Lines

The incumbent will work under the overall supervision of the Director of the FAO Liaison Office, and under the direct supervision of the Liaison Officer.

Technical Focus

Ensure achievement of the Liaison Office’s objectives with efficient coordination and support to activities related to the Organization’s mandate.

Tasks and responsibilities

• Supporting liaison tasks with European Institutions;
• Supporting liaison tasks with Belgium (Federal and Regional entities) as well as Belgium-based non-state actors;
• Supporting liaison tasks with the Organisation of Africa, Caribbean and Pacific States, its Secretariat and Embassies of its Member Countries;
• Supporting liaison tasks with other FAO Member Representations, as well as representatives of the private sector, civil society and academia.
• Supporting meetings and events organized by the Office as well as visits of FAO staff to Belgium.
• Contributing to the LOB’s monthly newsletter and social media posts and initiatives;
• Performing other related office duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

• University degree in social or political sciences, international relations, public relations or related field relevant to the work of the Organization.
• Working knowledge in English and limited knowledge of one of the other official languages of the Organization (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).
• Belgian national or resident in the country with a valid work permit.

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 is an advantage;
• Relevant experience in past work with EU institutions and/or UN agencies is desirable;
• Knowledge about FAO, mandate, priorities, and programmes.
• Strong understanding of using communication skills as a key output of his/her work;
• Technical and analytical ability in analysing and summarizing different paper, briefs and reports;
• Minimum 6 months relevant experience in liaison work with social partners (including governments, international organizations, research institutions, civil society and the private sector) is an asset.

Selection Criteria

• Advanced University degree in social or political sciences, international relations, public relations or related field relevant to the work of the Organization would be an asset.

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 a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help or have queries, please contact\:
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
  • For other issues, visit the FAO employment website\: http\://
  • 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
• 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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