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Fisheries Officer (Aquaculture)

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Fisheries
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Maritime
    • Water Resource Management
    • Sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources
  • Closing Date: 2020-08-06

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The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments.


• FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
• Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member countries and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply for this position
FAO does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
• 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 Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division (FIA) is responsible for the economic, social, institutional, governance and policy aspects of FAO's activities related to fisheries and aquaculture and their development, with particular emphasis on human well-being, food security and poverty reduction; post-harvest utilization, marketing and trade with due regard to the protection of the environment, food security and the well-being of fish farmers and fishing communities; collection, compilation, validation, trend analysis and dissemination of the best available and up-to-date fishery statistics and for the syndication of the FAO information on all aspects of world fisheries and aquaculture. The Division is also responsible for FAO's activities related to the management and conservation of the living aquatic resources used by fisheries and aquaculture, including the biodiversity and maintenance and enhancement of ecosystem services, with particular emphasis on most vulnerable and threatened species and habitats; management of responsible fisheries and aquaculture in accordance with modern management standards and best practices; development of fisheries and aquaculture technology, with due regard to the protection of the environment, food security and the well-being of fish farmers and fishing communities.

Reporting Lines

The Fishery Officer reports to the Head of the Aquaculture Branch.

Technical Focus

Contribute to FAO's work on sustainable aquaculture development, promoting efficient and well-managed aquaculture practices which enhance aquaculture productivity, support better governance and diversify agri-food systems, through technical input, strategic outreach, advocacy and communication support,
Contribute to the implementation of policies and strategic programmes of work aimed at maximizing the positive impacts of aquaculture on countries' economic, social and environmental priorities, including food security and nutrition that are in line with FAO's Common Vision on Sustainable Food and Agriculture and the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and associated technical guidelines.

Key Results

Collection and analysis of information, data and statistics and project / meeting services to support programme projects, products and services.

Key Functions

• Collects and analyses relevant technical, social, economic, environmental, institutional and technology related information, data and/or statistics to support the delivery of programme projects as well as products and services;
• Undertakes analysis, provides technical input for plans and reports and edits/revises technical/scientific documents;
• Participates in the development of improved work methods, tools and systems;
Updates databases and web pages;
• Participates in multidisciplinary project/work teams;
• Collaborates in the development of training tools and materials and the organization of workshops/seminars, etc.;
• Participates in the organization, conduct and follow-up of meetings, consultations and conferences, the development/production of required materials and the provision of information and assistance to partners.

Specific Functions

• Participates in the development of work streams for aquaculture development in existing and new areas of work in relation to increasing the role of aquaculture in the agriculture sector.
• Contributes to communication, advocacy and outreach outputs, showcasing in an integrated manner the differentiated approach and real-world impact of aquaculture-related projects and initiatives.
• Reviews and supports the development of technical papers, guidelines, and reports, ensuring timely and clear feedback on objectives and achievements, and enhance the publicity of the branch's programme.
• Participates in and support meetings, consultations and workshops on aspects and activities aimed at sustainable aquaculture development.
• Supports the development of business cases in collaboration with the Business Development and Resource Mobilization Division (PSR), and project proposals that resonate with funding partners' priorities.
• Provides outreach, advocacy and communication support and coordination to aquaculture projects at country level, including through dedicated field missions, adapting messages to the local context and collecting stories from the field.
• Supports coordination and monitoring of external service providers, such as partners, consultants, interns, ensuring alignment with FAO policies and standards.
• Supports monitoring and evaluation of the impact of global outreach, advocacy and other related activities.

Minimum Requirements

• Advanced university degree in aquaculture, bioscience, aquatic sciences, fisheries or marine science or other field related.
• Three years of relevant experience in aquaculture research, extension, or business development national or international scale;
• Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish)


• Results Focus
• Team Work
• 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
• Extent and relevance of experience in collecting and analyzing technical information and data;'
• Extent and relevance of experience in the preparation, editing and revision of technical/scientific documents and in organizing meetings and workshops, seminars and training courses;
• Extent and relevance of experience in working with scientific bibliographic databases and/or information systems;
• Demonstrated results-based management capabilities with an ability to efficiently manage or support projects, budgets and human resources;
• Extent and relevance of experience or knowledge of provision of scientific support and advice to national, regional and international research and/or development projects in both developed and developing countries;
• Depth of knowledge of current global issues, trends, constraints, and research needs related to aquaculture.

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