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 and nationality
- People with disabilities are protected from any type of discrimination during any stage of employment, including the recruitment phase
- All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
- The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization
The Development Law Branch (LEGN) of LEG provides legal advisory services to governments on sustainable food and agriculture and utilisation of natural resources (including land, water, fisheries and aquaculture, plants, animals, food, forestry, wildlife, environment and biodiversity), as well as general agricultural issues (institutions, trade, economic reform).
• Supports the drafting of recommended texts of laws, regulations and other legal instruments, legal opinions, briefs, reports, correspondence, as well as studies, publications and other legal documents;
• Contributes to LEGN’s support of the work of relevant Strategic Programme Teams, Technical Units at FAO Headquarters and FAO Decentralised Offices in order to ensure best synergies between legal, policy and governance related work in support of Member Countries;
• Assists in servicing meetings of various committees, ad hoc working groups and task forces, expert groups and other bodies, including preparation of background materials and meeting reports, etc.;
• Assists in the preparation of teaching materials and seminars, symposia, webinars and lectures;
• Assists with the management of publications and other communication materials, including web pages.
• Assists in the preparation of field missions and, where appropriate, participates in legal assistance missions to understudy or provide advice under close supervision of senior Legal Officers;
• Assists in the review and preparation of drafts of background materials, studies, reports, legislative texts and other legal documents, and commentaries on those texts;
• Performs other duties as required.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
• Advanced university degree in Law.
• Three years of relevant legal experience in the field of food and agriculture, natural resources or development law.
• Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Russian, Arabic or Chinese.
• Results Focus
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Extent and relevance of experience in legal and institutional aspects of sustainable food and agriculture and utilisation of natural resources (including land, water, fisheries and aquaculture, plants, animals, food, forestry, wildlife, environment and biodiversity), and related cross-sectoral issues such as climate change and gender equality, is an advantage;
• Knowledge of and extent and relevance of experience in one or more areas of development law (agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food systems, etc.) and in public international law;
• Ability to carry out legal research and analysis, and to identify important issues, similarities, and inconsistencies;
• Ability to write clear and concise reports and experience in drafting legal texts (legislative and regulatory instruments);
• Extent and relevance of experience in implementing technical assistance projects related to national and regional implementation of international normative and voluntary instruments and best practice including through policy and legislation;
• Work experience with international organizations, government, academia or non-governmental organizations is considered a strong asset;
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable.