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International Legal Specialist (Pesticides)

Dhaka (Bangladesh)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Dhaka (Bangladesh)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Closing Date: 2019-09-17

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Organizational Setting

FAO Bangladesh assists the Government to formulate policies, programmes and projects to address the root causes of hunger and malnutrition, develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and utilize environmental and natural resources in a sustainable way. It contributes to the development of FAO’s field programme projects in the country and implements them in the sectors of food security, agriculture and rural development.

Bangladesh has prioritised the elimination of its DDT stockpiles in the national implementation plan (NIP) for Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPSs) management ratified by Stockholm Convention and entered into force in the year 2007. Among the POPSs present in Bangladesh the POPS pesticides, and obsolete pesticides and their wastes are major concern in Bangladesh. Pesticides are mainly used for protection of crops from pest and insect attacks and diseases while of them DDT was used for the vector control of malaria. A huge stockpile of DDT in Chittagong and some significant quantities in other places and obsolete pesticides and their wastes were reported to endanger the human health, aquatic and the environment as a whole. FAO thus with the Government of Bangladesh took the initiative undertake a project for elimination of those pesticides and promote safer alternatives. Farmers use significant amounts of pesticides without proper information about their impacts and use. While some of these pesticides have been banned worldwide including in Bangladesh, DDT could still be in use for some purposes such as for the preservation of dried fish, protection of crops and control of mosquitoes.

This project addresses the elimination of stockpiles of POPS pesticides and wastes in Bangladesh and the reduction of risks from on-going illegal uses of POPS pesticides in crop production, food processing and public health protection which pose immediate threats to human health, biodiversity and the environment, including inland and coastal waters. One of the outputs to this CPF objective is to develop the capacity for policy, strategy and programme formulation on sustainable natural resources management and environmental protection through identification and promotion of proper and safer alternative methods. Proper management and monitoring of pesticides contamination directly contributes to the Sixth Five Year Plan of Bangladesh.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Bangladesh, direct supervision of the Senior Technical Adviser, guidance provided by the Lead Technical Officer (LTO), the International Legal / Policy Expert will be responsible for the following\:

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Review all national legal instruments related to POPs pesticides and prepare a gap analysis of the existing legislation and provide recommendations for remedying the legislative gaps according to the national legislation and according to the Stockholm, Basel and Rotterdam Convention;
  • Review and re-examine the analyses made on the existing legal instruments related to pesticides of PPW of DAE, DoE and DoF;
  • In close collaboration with the national legal expert and National POPs pesticides Expert, prepare policy briefs highlighting the necessary legislative recommendations;
  • Assist the PMU in preparing the appropriate instruments for working with private sector organization(s), international organization as well as for adopting proper policy;
  • Provide technical support for the preparation of Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs), protocols, and agreements;
  • Assist in developing policy for sustainable management including recycling of empty pesticide containers;
  • Organise consultations and meetings to ensure the national ownership in the review of the national legislation on POPs pesticides and the necessary actions for adoption of the recommendations to revise the national legislation;
  • Perform other related duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced degree in international or environmental law;
  • Minimum of 10 years of demonstrated experience in POPs /pesticide regulations;
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other official FAO languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian)

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Leading, Engaging and Empowering Others
  • Partnering and Advocating
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
  • Strategic Thinking

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Good knowledge of pesticides poisoning, food contamination and routes of pesticides intake will be considered as an asset;
  • Previous experience in the working on projects related to the management and disposal of POPs or obsolete pesticides and ESIA;
  • Ability to work under pressure in an independent manner within an inter-disciplinary team of personnel with different educational backgrounds and cultural orientations; and demonstrated skills in managing and working with people at all levels;
  • Proven ability to communicate in a credible and effective manner and to represent FAO in dealings with Government, UN agencies, bilateral and multilateral agencies and non-government organizations and establish working relationships with government and non-government representatives;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and computer literate.


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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