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Senior Agricultural Officer (Plant Protection)

Bangkok (Thailand)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Bangkok (Thailand)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Closing Date: 2019-04-04

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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 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



Organizational Setting


The Regional Office for RAP is responsible for leading FAO's response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO's priority activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the Region and, in collaboration with departments and divisions at Headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO's strategic response to regional priorities. RAP also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization's Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the region, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies.  RAP develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs). The Regional Office supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region.

The post is located in the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand.

Reporting Lines


The Senior Agricultural Officer reports to the ADG/RR RAP and works under the technical supervision of the Group Leader.

Technical Focus


Plant protection; pest and disease control policies and legislation; pesticides and their regulations; sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures; biological and agro-ecological control methods; responses to national and trans-boundary pest and disease outbreaks and plant health emergencies.

Key Results


Leadership and technical policy expertise for the planning, development and implementation of Regional Programmes of work, projects, products, services in accordance with Region objectives FAO Strategic Objectives and in alignment with the Organization's Gender Policy. .

Key Functions


• Plans, manages, or leads highly specialized or multi-disciplinary teams, leads, coordinates, and/or participates in Regional committees, project teams, and working groups, and/or provides technical leadership/secretariat services on technical networks and/or international technical policy and standard setting bodies;

• Analyzes global and country specific requirements and relevant technical issues to provide critical input into the FAO Strategic Objectives, Programme of Work, work plans and the supporting budgets and/or resourcing strategies;

• Implements and monitors programmes of work involving the development of the approach, evidence based strategies, and related tools, methodologies and the supporting system/database, monitoring and reporting frameworks;

• Conducts, designs and oversees research and analysis  activities to support the development of technical standards, international instruments, innovation, technical reports, publications and/or on-going programme development as well as the provision of technical and/or policy advisory services;

• Provides technical and policy advice to Member countries and technical support to decentralized offices in the development and implementation of their programmes;

• Leads and/or collaborates in, provides technical backstopping to and ensures the quality / effectiveness of capacity development and knowledge sharing activities within member countries such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning, on-line tools;

• Represents the Organization at international meetings and conferences, identifies and implements strategic partnerships, advocates best practices and increased policy dialogue and develops and negotiates effective working relationships/consensus and agreements with international and national stakeholders;

• Leads and/or participates in resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate strategy.

Specific Functions


• Advises FAO member countries in the region in identification, design, operation and evaluation of programmes on sustainable plant protection against weeds, pests and diseases, sanitary and phytosanitary issues and integrated pest management

• Provides technical  support to the Secretariat of the Asia and Pacific Plant Protection Agreement and its Commission including organization of regular sessions of the Commission, execution of its agreed work programme, guidance on regional phytosanitary standard setting and the maintenance of the regional phytosanitary information system.

• Promotes and strengthens the implementation of the International Code of Conduct on the distribution and use of pesticides

• Supports the implementation of relevant international conventions (such as IPPC and Rotterdam Conventions) among countries in the region

• Oversees the collection of data and evidence to promote the development of agro-ecological plant protection alternatives and other modern technologies to support climate smart actions in agriculture

• Provides technical support and project backstopping services to FAO Representatives, project managers and for field projects in the region as Lead Technical Officer or part of the Project Task Force

• Maintains liaison with plant protection, quarantine and other relevant organizations and with national and regional institutions involved in the area

• Leads the development of viable responses to plant health emergencies and pest and disease outbreaks and long term solutions including natural sources of resistance and biodiversity

• Develops whole-of-system solutions for plant quarantine and protection in collaboration with the natural resources and policy teams in RAP


Minimum Requirements

• Advanced University degree in Agronomy, Plant Science with specialization in seed science/technology, crop improvement or related field.
• Ten years of relevant experience in planning and implementing of programmes and projects related seeds and plant genetic resources and related policies including in developing countries with public or private sector institutions, international organizations
• Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian

• Results Focus
• Leading, Engaging and Empowering
• Communication
• Partnering and Advocating
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Strategic Thinking
Technical/Functional Skills

• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is essential
• Demonstrated analytical, managerial, negotiating and advisory skills with good publication record
• Excellent knowledge and understanding of the work of national governments and international organizations 
• Extent and relevance of  experience in planning and implementation of programmes and projects related to plant protection in development organizations
• Proven ability to make effective oral presentations and write and edit clear and concise technical reports
• Proven ability to mobilize resources
• Relevant experience in organizing international meetings, seminars and training courses.
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