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Public participation and outreach strategy development specialist

Colombo (Sri Lanka)

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FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality.

Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations

depending on the evolving needs of the Organization 

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Organizational Setting
 
The government of Sri Lanka, through the 4-year project, “Implementation of the National Biosafety Framework in accordance with the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety”, which is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is strengthening the country’s institutional and human capacities for the implementation of the National Biosafety Framework (NBF) and hence the safe handling of living modified organisms (LMOs) or genetically modified organisms (GMOs).   The National Executing Agency of the project is the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment (MoMD&E) while the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO) is the GEF and Implementing Agency.
 
An International specialist on strategy for public participation and outreach will contribute to the implementation of this project.
 
Reporting Lines
 
The international specialist will work under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative for Sri Lanka and Maldives and technical guidance of the Lead Technical Officer and relevant FAO Technical Officers. He/she will work closely with the national and international consultants, staff of the Project Management Unit, the Sri Lanka National Science Foundation and the Agriculture Biotechnology Centre.
 
Technical Focus
 
Strategizing public awareness, outreach, public participation and information dissemination
 
Tasks and responsibilities
 
  • Conduct a desk study  to review relevant documentation and consult with relevant government departments, non-governmental organizations and other national and international organizations as applicable and generate information for developing a public awareness and outreach strategy
  • Develop a public awareness and outreach strategy encompassing all sectors in the society to disseminate knowledge about biotechnology, biosafety, Cartagena protocol, Biosafety Act, Biosafety Regulations, Administrative and Operational procedure on biosafety as relevant to each of the sectors in the society of Sri Lanka
  • Design awareness programs providing technical insight for each of the sectors in the society
  • Provide technical support and guidance, reflecting international best practices, towards preparation of outreach material on Biosafety for awareness activities
  • Develop a mechanism for public consultation through websites and other processes
  • Develop a strategy for facilitating public participation as mentioned in the article 23 of the Cartagena protocol
  • Initiate a database of biosafety stakeholders to facilitate public participation in national discourse of the theme 
 
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
 
 
Minimum Requirements
  • University degree in Communications, Strategic Communications or related disciplines
  • At least 5 years of experience in developing public participation and outreach strategy in accordance with the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
  • Working knowledge of English
 
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
 
Selection Criteria
 
•               Demonstrated experience supporting the preparation of strategy for public awareness, outreach, public participation and information dissemination
•               Previous experience in the region (South Asia) is highly preferable
 
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 Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO,

Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency 

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • FAO does not charge a 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 recognised in the IAU/UNESCO list.
  • 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.
  • Candidates with acceptable language certificate/s should upload them when submitting their application. For details, visit http\://www.fao.org/3/I8446EN/i8446en.pdf
  • For other issues, visit the FAO employment website\: http\://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/
  • For further information on categories, contract duration and honoraria, please refer to the Conditions page.
 
HOW TO APPLY
 
To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.
 
Vacancies will be removed from the recruitment portal 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\: iRecruitment@fao.org
 

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  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Colombo (Sri Lanka)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Democratic Governance
    • Civil Society and Local governance
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-27

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