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Agricultural Officer (Plant Production and Protection)

Apia (Samoa)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Apia (Samoa)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Closing Date: 2020-03-04

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• 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

FAO's Subregional Office for the Pacific is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing subregional food, agriculture and rural development priorities. It develops and maintains relations with subregion-wide institutions including the Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific (CROP). The Subregional Office is a subsidiary of FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) in Bangkok. The post is located in Apia, Samoa.

Reporting Lines

The Agricultural Officer (Plant Production and Protection) reports to the Senior Fishery and Aquaculture Officer
(Multidisciplinary Team Leader) in SAP and works in close collaboration with the Agriculture Production and Protection Officers in RAP and FAO headquarters.

Technical Focus

Agricultural and rural development in the islands and atolls, with strong emphasis on climate resilient and nutrition-sensitive agriculture for provision of sustainable livelihoods and responding to disasters and emergencies.

Key Results

Research, technical analysis, and project related services to support the delivery of programme projects, products and services.

Key Functions

• Researches and analyses technical, social, economic, environmental, institutional and technology related information, data and statistics and/or related policy issues to support the delivery of programme projects, products and services;
• Produces a variety of technical information, data, statistics and reports as well as inputs for technical documents and web pages;
• Provides technical support/analysis to various assessments, studies and initiatives and provides technical backstopping to field projects;
• Collaborates in the development of improved/updated tools, systems, processes, and databases;
• Participates in multidisciplinary teams, and/or leads working groups/teams; collaborates with other departments and agencies on work groups and committees and promotes best practices;
• Collaborates in, provides technical backstopping to and ensures 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;
• Promotes knowledge sharing and best practices at international meetings and conferences and influences partners in stakeholder consultations;
• Supports resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate Strategy.

Specific Functions

• Supports the collection of information and data on constraints and opportunities of enhancing the productivity of agricultural production systems in the subregion
• Provides technical assistance to promote climate-smart agriculture incorporating sustainable natural resource management and resilient livelihoods, especially of smallholders and atolls
• Supports initiatives to mainstream the food systems approach into agriculture to improve nutrition and food security in the Pacific
• Supports the collection of information and data on key priorities and issues in plant protection
• Provides technical assistance for capacity building and monitoring activities to combat transboundary pest and disease outbreaks
• Acts as focal point for the Asia and the Pacific Plant Protection Commission (APPPC) and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC)
• Develops project concept notes and project proposals based on requests from countries in the subregion
• Provides technical assistance to the implementation of activities and backstopping of projects in the subregion


Minimum Requirements

• Advanced university degree in agriculture or plant sciences, agronomy or related field
• Five years of relevant experience in climate resilient agriculture \\
• Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).


• 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 desirable
• Demonstrated ability to cooperate with officials of national governments, intergovernmental organizations and other institutions and in collaborative networks and joint programmes
• Extent and relevance of experience in the development and management of technical projects in relation to climate resilient agriculture in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) is considered a strong asset
• Depth of familiarity with plant protection and integrated pest management
• Extent and relevance of knowledge in sustainable crop production and ecosystem management

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