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  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Closing Date: 2019-04-18

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Soil Specialists

Rome (Italy)

 

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

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply

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

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Organizational Setting
 
The Land and Water Division aims at enhancing the agricultural productivity and advancing the sustainable use of land and water resources through their improved governance, development and management. It addresses the challenges member countries face in ensuring productive and efficient use of land and water resources in order to meet present and future demands for agricultural products, while ensuring the long-term sustainability of the land, soils and water quantity and quality. It promotes equitable access to these natural resources with a view to enhancing productivity, livelihoods and ecosystem services. It provides assistance to member nations in developing policies and programmes, and adopting best practices and tools in the fields of irrigation and drainage, soil and water conservation, drought mitigation, water rights and access to natural resources.
 
In view of its global mandate, the Global Soil Partnership Secretariat is hosted at the Land and Water Division. The Global Soil Partnership was established in December 2012 as a mechanism to promote sustainable soil management under a strong interactive partnership and enhanced collaboration and synergy of efforts between all stakeholders. From land users through policy makers, one of the key objectives of the GSP is to improve soil governance and promote sustainable management of soils. The Global Soil Partnership Secretariat facilitates the implementation of activities through its regional soil partnerships and scientifically guided through its Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils.
 
FAO International Consultant/PSA and Call purpose
 
The purpose of this call is to provide FAO’s Land and Water Division (CBL) and the Global Soil Partnership Secretariat with a list of qualified candidates for a number of profiles with different specializations to enhance the FAO/GSP soil’s programme of work as indicated below\:
 
  • Sustainable soil management Consultant/PSA
  • Soil laboratory Consultant/PSA
  • Soil biodiversity Consultant/PSA
  • Soil pollution Consultant/PSA
  • Soil data and information Consultant/PSA
 
Contracts will be based in FAO HQs with required travel for field missions, where relevant.
 
Reporting Lines
 
The International Consultant/PSA reports to the Director, Land and Water Division and to the GSP Secretary.
 
Technical Focus
 
Supporting the development, quality control and effective implementation of FAO’s soil portfolio including the Global Soil Partnership work plan through the provision of expertise in relevant technical areas including project formulation and implementation to support member countries.
Tasks and responsibilities
 
Sustainable Soil Management Specialist
 
  • Compile global and national findings to support the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management;
  • Organize national trainings and field activities to strengthen technical and local extension services to implement sustainable soil management practices;
  • Assess baseline nutrient status of soils, crops and the local population to demonstrate and verify SSM practices to tackle micronutrient deficiencies;
  • Assemble and disseminate global and national workshop findings, including recommendations on priorities for research and policy in terms of soil fertility and sustainable soil management;
  • Develop and disseminate technical guidelines for SSM for nutrition-sensitive agriculture.
  • Participate on multi-disciplinary teams, and collaborate with other departments and agencies on work groups and committees and promote best practices of sustainable soil management;
  • Promote soil knowledge sharing and best sustainable soil management practices at international meetings and conferences and influences partners in stakeholder consultations;
  • Contribute to the implementation of various projects including the preparation of a protocol for assessing sustainable soil management practices;
  • Support resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate strategy and under the Healthy Soils Facility;
  • Contribute to the capacity development efforts in relation to sustainable soil management;
  • Support the development of teaching materials and ensure their scientific quality and adaptation to different audiences
  • Write policy briefings and communication material as requested
 
Soil Laboratory Specialist
 
  • Support the implementation of activities in the Global Soil Laboratory Network (GLOSOLAN) work plan;
  • Write technical documents, manual and international resolutions as requested;
  • Provide technical support/backstopping for the establishment of Regional Soil Laboratory Networks (RESOLANs);
  • Implement a capacity development programme on standard operation procedures, proficiency testing, good laboratory practices and the use of laboratory equipment, including NIR/MIR;
  • Facilitate the implementation of overall GSP Pillar 5 activities;
  • Provide technical support to different projects related with soil laboratory including training activities;
  • Produce a variety of data, statistics, information and reports for different reports, including support to the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils;
  • Provide support to the Regional Soil Partnerships in the execution of their regional implementation plans.
 
Soil Biodiversity Specialist
 
  • Compile global and national findings on soil biodiversity, its importance on soil health and how it is affected by soil management practices;
  • Write technical documents and international resolutions as requested;
  • Provide technical support/analysis to various assessments, studies and initiatives and provide technical backstopping to field projects on sustainable soil management to conserve and enhance soil biodiversity;
  • Participate on multi-disciplinary teams, and collaborate with other departments and agencies on work groups and committees and promote mainstreaming biodiversity in the agriculture, livestock, forestry and fisheries sectors;
  • Facilitate the implementation of activities of the International Initiative for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Soil Biodiversity;
  • Facilitate the implementation of annual global symposia including the Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity in 2020;
  • Support the execution of GSP Implementation Plans for its five Pillars and the Regional Soil Partnerships Implementation Plans as a contribution to FAO’s mandate on food security, the SDGs, biodiversity conservation and climate change efforts;
  • Contribute to the implementation of various projects as per the Healthy Soils Facility;
  • Collaborate in and ensure the quality / effectiveness of capacity development activities within member countries such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning materials, on-line tools in relation to the GSP Pillars;
  • Support resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate strategy and under the Healthy Soils Facility;
 
Soil pollution Specialist
 
  • Compile global, regional and national evidences on soil pollution, existing legislations, major sources of pollution and available information and data;
  • Write technical documents summarizing the evidence found per region and extracting global conclusions;
  • Facilitate and promote the inclusion of soil pollution in international work plans and agreements;
  • Provide technical support/analysis to various assessments, studies and initiatives and provide technical support to field projects on sustainable soil management to prevent soil pollution;
  • Participate in multidisciplinary teams, collaborate with other departments and agencies in working groups and committees and promote the integration of soil pollution in the agricultural, livestock, forestry and fisheries sectors;
  • Facilitate the implementation of the outcome document of the Global Symposium on Soil Pollution 2018;
  • Support resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate strategy and under the Healthy Soils Facility;
  • Collaborate in and ensure the quality / effectiveness of capacity development activities within member countries such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning materials, on-line tools in relation to the GSP Pillars;
  • Support the execution of GSP Implementation Plans for its five Pillars and the Regional Soil Partnerships Implementation Plans as a contribution to FAO’s mandate on food security, the SDGs, and climate change efforts;
  • Contribute to the implementation of various projects under the Healthy Soils Facility.
 
Soil Data and Information Specialist
 
  • Contribute the implementation of the Global Soil partnership Pillar 4 Implementation Plan
  • Contribute  the development of the Global Soil Information System (GloSIS) and SoilSTAT
  • Provide technical support on mapping, modelling soil properties
  • Support the GSP Capacity Development Programme (Training sessions, training material)
  • Support the communication between the secretariat and it’s technical network (INSII, ITPS, Technical Working Groups)
  • Support production of technical documents (Manuals, Guidelines, Reports)
  • Support the secretariat in handling, collecting and harmonising spatial data
 

 
 
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
 
 
Minimum Requirements
 
  • Advanced University degree ( for consultants) and University Degree (For PSA ONLY)  in soil science, agriculture, environmental sciences, or a related field with some specialization in soil science, or extent and relevance of experience in soil;
  • Minimum one year of relevant experience (for category C), minimum five years of relevant experience (for category B), minimum twelve years of relevant experience (for Cat. A) and fifteen years of relevant experience (For PSA Cat. A).  in sustainable soil management, laboratory analyses, soil biodiversity or soil pollution laboratory analyses, soil biodiversity or soil pollution;
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian (for consultants); Working knowledge of English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or Russian (For PSA).
  • Demonstrated experience of work with member countries in terms of normative and technical work on soils;
     
 
FAO Core Competencies
 
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
 
Selection Criteria
 
  • Understanding of FAO policies and programmes and familiarity with UN policy agendas;
  • Extent and relevance of experience or knowledge of issues related to soil laboratory functioning and soil sample analyses or statistical analysis or sustainable soil management and agriculture (including forestry) and natural resources management in developing countries and in particular in relation to climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable agriculture and forestry in developing countries;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in the formulation and implementation of projects related to sustainable soil management and knowledge of the Healthy Soils Facility will be an asset;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in the preparation of technical and policy reports and capacity development materials;
  • Extent of experience in organizing medium to large scale international technical meetings and conferences;
  • Experience in the development of teaching materials is an asset.
  • Experience in the establishment and facilitation of technical networks.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver results within deadlines.
  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable.
 
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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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