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Resilient Rice Landscape and Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) Specialist

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:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
  • Closing Date: 2020-02-26

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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

The FAO led GEF LDCF (Global Environment Facility Least Developed Countries Fund) project “RICE-Adapt\: Promoting Climate-Resilient Livelihoods in Rice-Farming Communities in the lower Ayeyarwady and Sittaung River Basins” supports implementation of priorities identified in the NDC, NAP process and NAPA of Myanmar. Specifically it will contribute to enhance the resilience and adaptive capacities of vulnerable rice-producing communities in the lower Ayeyarwady and Sittaung River Basins in Myanmar through an ecosystem based and market driven approach.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Myanmar, close coordination with Assistant FAOR (Programme), technical supervision of the Lead Technical Officer (RAP), in collaboration with the RAP FAO GEF Specialists and FAO GEF Unit, the incumbent will perform the following tasks.

Technical Focus

The International Resilient Rice Landscape and Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) Specialist and GEF LDCF expert will be responsible for the development of the project document and associated annexes and will coordinate the implementation of the preparatory activities, collection of baseline information needed in consultation with stakeholders and leading to the development of the full project document.

Tasks and responsibilities
  • Support the FAO GEF specialist, international and national experts in the design of the CCA (Climate Change Adaptation) and resilient livelihoods components of the project
  • Undertake stakeholder consultations to identify good practices for CCA and livelihood resilience through food system development
  • Collect baseline information and indicators
  • Prepare an assessment of the project target landscapes using the FAO Nature-based Solutions planning framework
  • Identify relevant NBS measures to strengthen climate resilience in the project target areas
  • Prepare project documents inputs
  • Advise on the stakeholder consultations and participate in meetings as required. Ensure Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) is secured for any indigenous peoples.
  • Support the identification of project collaborating partners and securing of co-finance
Minimum Requirements
  • University or specialized degree (for PSA) or advanced university degree (for Consultant) in either natural or social sciences including in any of the following fields\: climate change adaptation, agricultural and agribusiness development or other fields related to climate change, natural resources and food systems.
  • At least 10 years of professional international experience in climate change project development, particularly with GEF and/or GCF. Specific experience with climate change adaptation in the agriculture sectors is desirable.
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian.
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Selection Criteria
  • Proven capacity to conduct fieldwork and ability to work in teams and establish working relationships central and local government institutions and civil society organizations
  • Good command of computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Power point, Internet);
  • Good proficiency of English both in written and spoken;
  • Willingness and ability to travel to remote, rural locations, involving lengthy trips on rough roads, several hours at a time of exposure in harsh climates, and basic accommodations.
  • At least 10 years of proven experience in climate change related work in Asia including working experience with government agencies, civil society, local administrations, and international organizations.
  • Working knowledge on CCA
  • Good command of computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Power point, Internet);Good proficiency of English both in written and spoken;


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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