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Gender Specialist

Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-11

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

  • 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 nations, and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct and to uphold our values. FAO has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and FAO, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
  • All selected candidates, therefore, will 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 Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT) is undertaking its readiness activities for accessing Green Climate Fund (GCF) resources for addressing climate change. The GORTT has received funds from the GCF to fund a project that will involve strengthening capacity of the Government to access climate finance through extensive stakeholder engagement, with the main objective of improving the monitoring system for climate change impacts on the agriculture sector in Trinidad and Tobago. The activities under this project will provide important baseline data and information that would be useful for future decision making on climate change priorities in the agriculture sector and therefore a basis for concept note and proposal development.

Reporting Lines

The Gender Specialist will report to the FAO Representative in Trinidad and Tobago, the Lead Technical Officer in the Food and Agriculture Organization and the National Designated Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (Ministry of Planning and Development).

Technical Focus


Tasks and responsibilities

  • Support the Project Coordinator, FAO Representative, LTO and NDA in ensuring gender considerations are observed throughout all stages of the project especially stakeholder engagement
  • Conduct a participatory gender analysis of the agriculture sector to determine participation level of women in decision making for climate change adaptation/mitigation and opportunities for women for increased productivity, inclusive of (a) desk study of gender related policies and institutions, and (b) stakeholder consultations in the agriculture sector on gender issues, gaps and barriers
  • Conduct gender sensitive consultations for situational analysis of climate impacts on the food and agriculture sector to determine (a) priority commodities for climate change adaptation measures, and (b) data gaps to inform relevant local farmers to improve their yields and reduce risks of climate change
  • Conduct a gender sensitive assessment on the impacts of climate change on the livelihoods of small-scale farmers and the use of innovative climate smart technologies including data needs and gaps at the farmer level in four vulnerable geographic areas, inclusive of consultations with individual farmers in selected vulnerable areas, desk review and interviews
  • Contribute to sensitization and capacity building activities for farmers on the importance of keeping data records and to showcase innovative climate resilient technologies, inclusive of four sensitization workshops and the production and distribution of materials (e.g. fact sheets, videos etc.) to promote climate resilient technology
  • Provide support where necessary for the successful execution of stakeholder engagement and information gathering sessions


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced University degree in social sciences, gender studies or a related area
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant professional experience
  • National of Trinidad or resident in the country with a regular work permit.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Experience in facilitating multi-stakeholder consultations with various target audiences
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Facilitation and coordination skills
  • Good command of MS Office tools and use of on-line information systems.
  • Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports in order to inform management and strategic decision-making
  • Knowledge of the Agriculture sector and use of natural resources as it relates to the effects of climate change with regard to adaptation /resilience and mitigation.
  • Knowledge of international climate finance, specifically the GCF architecture and adaptation and mitigation agendas of the UNFCCC

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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