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National Project Personnel - Fishery and Aquaculture Value Chains

Tarawa (Kiribati)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Tarawa (Kiribati)
  • Grade: NPP - National Project Personnel - Local Contractors Agreement - All levels
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Maritime
    • Water Resource Management
    • Sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources
    • Fisheries
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-24

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  • 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
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  • 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 Sub-Regional Office for the Pacific Islands (SAP) is responsible for leading FAO's response to regional priorities for food security, fisheries, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO's priority activities in the Sub-Region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the Region and, in collaboration with departments and divisions at headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO's strategic response to regional priorities. SAP also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization's Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the region, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies. SAP and the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP), develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs).

The Sub-Regional Office supports regional policy dialogue on food security, fisheries, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region.

The post is located in the SAP region in Kiribati.

Reporting Lines

The incumbent will work under the overall supervision of the Sub-Regional Coordinator for the Pacific and under the technical guidance of the Lead Technical Officer (LTO) of the “Sustainable Value Chains for Small Island Developing States (SVC4SIDS)” Project.

Technical Focus

Programme development, technical support, coordination and operational assistance, outreach and reporting to partners based on the knowledge of the local conditions, culture, language and institutions of the country of assignment.

Key Results

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

Tasks and responsibilities

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

  • Research and analyzes 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;
  • Produce a variety of technical information, data, statistics and reports as well as input for technical documents and web pages;
  • Provide technical support/analysis to various assessments, studies and initiatives and provides technical backstopping to field projects;
  • Collaborate in the development of improved/updated tools, systems, processes, and databases;
  • Participate on multi-disciplinary teams, and/or lead working groups/teams collaborates with other departments and agencies on work groups and committees and promotes best practices;
  • Collaborate in, provide technical backstopping to and ensure the quality / effectiveness of capacity development activities within Kiribati such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning materials, on-line tools;
  • Promote knowledge sharing and best practices at international meetings and conferences and influences partners in stakeholder consultations;
  • Support resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate strategy.
  • Serve in the technical role as coordinator of the Kiribati Value Chain Task Force (VC-TF) and organizes meetings and plans agendas.
  • Prepare reports on project implementation including information on results achieved, constraints and possible solutions, impact evaluation, as well as administrative and financial updates;
  • Prepare and execute the project annual country level work plan and oversees the preparation of the country level value chain work plan and budget;
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with country and regional stakeholders;
  • Collaborate closely with consultants (national and international) responsible for value chain project tasks and ensures the implementation of a sustainable systems-based value chain approach;
  • Coordinate, collate and analyses progress reports from the value chain task forces to monitor and assess project interventions;
  • Coordinate the knowledge sharing emerging from the value chain to ensure information is widely disseminated within the Project and externally;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the Project communication strategy at country level;
  • Support and monitor the value chain analysis (VCA) in the first year and the value chain development activities in years two through five of the projects, facilitating linkages between stakeholders, including the formation of the VCA teams and value chain task forces, and the organization of value chain stakeholder workshops;
  • Contribute to the data collection and analysis, as well as report-writing (as applicable), with a main focus on the strategy and implementation sections;
  • Lead the regular monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of the programme, at country level, throughout the project duration, including the selection of value chain-specific indicators, as well as the regular reporting of progress; and
  • Performs other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in development economics, fisheries economics or marine affairs with a specialization in fisheries, aquaculture or natural resource management, and/or governance environmental policy or other field related to fisheries;
  • Five years of relevant experience in fisheries and aquaculture development, trade, fishery products safety and quality, value chain development, field of statistics and data management of fisheries, or related field;
  • Working knowledge of English;
  • Knowledge of Kiribati and I-Kiribati language is an asset
  • Nationality of Kiribati.

FAO Core Competencies

  • 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 SIDS is desirable;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in practical sustainable value chain development, technical cooperation-related activities, policy advice and analysis relating to food and nutrition security, fisheries and aquaculture, agriculture and rural development, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes and/or providing technical support and advice on institutional capacity building processed;
  • Extend and relevance of experience in establishing and maintaining partnerships with UN agencies, NGOs as well as donors, private sector, universities, research institutions and government institutions and agencies;
  • Depth of familiarity with fisheries and aquaculture sector in developing countries, and extent and relevance of experience in programme /project management, value chain analysis, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture management;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in project coordination and an understanding of the purpose ad functions of technical programmes, operational guidelines and programme/ project management procedures, preferably those adopted by the United Nations of FAO would be considered an asset;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in editing and publishing communication products related to fisheries and/or value chain activities.


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  • 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
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