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National Project Personnel – (Site Coordinator)

Nouakchott (Mauritania)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Nouakchott (Mauritania)
  • Grade: NPP - National Project Personnel - Local Contractors Agreement - All levels
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-01-21

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FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

Organizational Setting

Mauritania’s natural resources and ecosystem services are under significant pressure caused by population growth, repeated droughts, climate change and especially human activities which are not adapted to the fragile nature of the ecosystems, the natural regeneration rate of the resources and the natural climatic variations. Pressure on pastoral and forest resources is especially high during times of drought and rainfall deficit. Overexploitation of natural resources disrupts ecosystems’ equilibrium, reduces diversity, and ecosystem services available to local populations which affect access to food, water and energy.

FAO supported the government of Mauritania to finance a project entitled "Integrated ecosystem management project for the sustainable human development in Mauritania "through the Global Environment Fund (GEF).

Reporting Lines

The site coordinator reports to the FAO Representative in Mauritania.

Technical Focus

The project is aimed to enhance integrated, participatory and gender sensitive development, reduce land degradation and restore vegetation cover, increase water availability, and increase and diversify and stable sources of income for the local population through more sustainable exploitation of natural resources.

Tasks and responsibilities

There will be one site coordinator for each landscape (total of 3). They will be contracted for the total duration of the project.

Their tasks will be to :

  • Help with the final evaluation of the project (activity 5.1.2)
  • Support producers to access markets (activity 4.2.3)
  • Training and support producer groups to access alternative supply chains (activity 4.2.2)
  • Oversee purchase of agricultural tools and machinery (activity 4.1.2)
  • Train producer coops (activity 4.1.1.)
  • Train people to do exclusion zones (activity 2.1.3)
  • Train people to do dune fixation (activity 2.1.2)
  • Train stakeholders to access and feed data into monitoring platform (1.2.4)
  • Annually update the land use plans (activity 1.2.3)
  • Elaborate in a participatory manner the land use plans (activity 1.2.2) (v) validate the land use plans by organizing a workshop in the landscape (activity 1.2.3)
  • Map the three landscapes, different land uses and land users (activity 1.2.1)
  • Train stakeholders to feed, access and interpret data into monitoring platform (1.2.4)
  • Conduct a baseline survey (activity 5.1.1.)



Minimum Requirements


  • National of Mauritania.
  • Practical knowledge (level C) of French and Arabic and knowledge (level B) of English or one of the other official languages ​​of the Organization.
  • At least 10 years of work experience
  • Degree in natural resources management, environment, natural resource economics, or related discipline

FAO Core Competencies

  • Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement.
  • Establish constructive relationships
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Focus on results

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Have a good physical condition with the ability to make frequent trips in the field;
  • Have a good command of the computer tool (especially Word, Excel, MS Project, etc.);
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively monitor and coordinate multidisciplinary and multicultural technical teams;
  • Mastery of the computer tool.
  • Teamwork: Ability to establish and maintain a good professional relationship with partners.
  • Ability to manage and facilitate meetings,
  • Communication: ability to write in a clear and concise manner in French languages ​​with excellent oral communication ability.
  • Technical support: technical knowledge and expertise related to the field of competence










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  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help please contact:
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications
  • For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website:

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.
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