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Environmental Specialist (Fish and Aquaculture)

Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Fisheries
    • Environment
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Maritime
    • Water Resource Management
    • Sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources
  • Closing Date: 2020-02-05

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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


Organizational Setting

Within the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, the FishCode program promotes and supports the implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and assists in streamlining the Organization’s Blue Growth Initiative (BGI) in actions aimed at food security, poverty alleviation and sustainable management of living aquatic resources into national fisheries policy. FishCode has been supporting the formulation and development of the Fish4ACP project (“Sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture value chains in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries”), which aims at improving the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture value chains through five main components/specific objectives\: i) Robust fisheries and aquaculture improvement strategies are developed and agreed with stakeholders; ii) Economic performance of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in selected value chains is improved; iii) Inclusiveness and the social sustainability of selected value chains are improved; iv) The environmental sustainability of selected value chains is enhanced; and v) MSMEs in selected value chains have access to additional sources of finance and investment. Fish4ACP is a five-year project funded by the European Union.

The Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA) conducts economic research and policy analysis related to all five of the Organization's strategic objectives (food security and nutrition, sustainable agriculture, poverty reduction, inclusive food systems and resilient livelihoods). ESA provides evidence-based analytical support to national, regional and global policy processes and initiatives related to food security and nutrition and sustainable agriculture; and leads the production of two FAO flagship publications\: The State of Food and Agriculture and The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World. ESA also leads large programmes at country level on agricultural and food policy monitoring, climate smart agriculture (CSA), agribusiness and food value chains, rural poverty, and food security information and analysis in support of national policies.

The Sustainable Markets, Agribusinesses and Rural Transformations (SMART) Team in ESA supports member country governments in their efforts to develop and implement sound agricultural, agro-industrial and value chain strategies to fight poverty, hunger and malnutrition, while boosting the competitiveness and efficiency of the agricultural and food sectors in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable way. Specifically, this area of work includes FAO’s sustainable food value chain development (SFVC) approach applied to the 10 selected value chains in the ACP Region. These include\: Africa (Cameroon – shrimp; Cote d’Ivoire – tilapia aquaculture; Nigeria – catfish aquaculture; Sao Tome et Principe – pelagics; Senegal – oyster; Tanzania – small pelagics; Zimbabwe – tilapia aquaculture); Caribbean (Dominican Republic – Mahi Mahi tuna and Guyana - Seabob) and the Pacific (Marshall Islands – large pelagics) and the selected value chains.

Reporting Lines

The Environmental Specialist reports to the Fish4ACP Chief Technical Advisor and will work in one or more country-value chain teams led by an international value chain analysis expert. When activities are carried out in participating member countries, applicants will be required to work in close collaboration with the FAO Representation in the relevant country of assignment, as well as the relevant FAO regional and/or sub-regional office.

Technical Focus

Environmental sustainability for fisheries and aquaculture value chains.

Tasks and responsibilities
  • Contribute environmental analysis to the overall value chain analysis (VCA) and action and investment plan development in one or more of the selected ACP country value chains in liaison with the national value chain teams, and complementing the inputs of the national commodity specialist, and other VCA team members if needed.
  • Adopt the agreed VCA methodology that will be used for the economic, social and environmental analysis of the value chains and frequently consult with the VCA team leader and members to ensure a common approach is taken. This Fish4ACP methodology combines FAO’s Sustainable Food Value Chain (SFVC) Development approach (http\:// with elements of the EU’s VCA4D approach (https\://
  • Lead the environmental sustainability analysis, elaborating potential environmental challenges and targeted solutions related to the carbon footprint, water footprint, fish stock sustainability, biodiversity and ecosystems, toxicity and pollution food loss and waste, and the materials footprint.
  • Contribute to the environmental sections of the report, indicating the impacts of the natural environment on the value chain and the impacts of the value chain on the natural environment.
  • Conduct field mission(s) to provide additional insights during the analysis phase in liaison with the national value chain teams.
  • Ensure that current and potential environmental impacts are adequately measured, and that the upgrading strategy includes measures to adapt to and mitigate negative environmental impacts.
  • Support global learning across the ACP regions by exchanging information on best practices for environmental adaptation and mitigation; share lessons learned and best practices to improve the VCA methodology for the environmental components, and its application to potential fisheries and aquaculture projects going forward;
  • Perform other related duties, as required.


  • University degree in environmental management, environmental studies, agribusiness, fisheries and aquaculture, international development studies, or a related field (Master’s Degree Preferred).

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in environmental impact analysis.

  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of French or Spanish.

FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is essential
  • Extent and relevance of experience in value chain development
  • Extent and relevance of experience in capture fisheries and/or aquaculture value chains
  • Extent and relevance of experience in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific region is a plus
  • Ability to plan and organize own work, deliver results and meet deadlines
  • Ability to write clear and concise technical documents in English and/or French
  • Ability to effectively lead multi-disciplinary teams
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong competence in environmental analysis, using both quantitative and qualitative analysis.
  • Application of environmental analysis to fisheries and aquaculture value chains a major asset


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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