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Senior Natural Resources Officer

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Natural Resource Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-29

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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
• 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 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 Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment (OCB) promotes integration of innovative approaches in the activities of the Organization, for the sustainable use, management and conservation of natural resources for food and agriculture. OCB assists member countries in their responses towards the challenge of climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as the development of adaptive capacities of agriculture, fisheries and forestry for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and other natural resources. It provides a coordination role on climate change, biodiversity and the environment. The Office also serves as the focal point for a multidisciplinary and global approach to UNFCCC, CBD and topics on bioenergy as well as undertaking work and providing support and guidance on assessment, management and tenure issues.
The post is located in OCB at FAO headquarters in Rome.

Reporting Lines
The Senior Natural Resources Officer reports to the Deputy Director, OCB.

Technical Focus
Climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience, international climate change engagement under the UNFCCC processes and related initiatives, country support, building partnerships, stakeholder engagement, resource mobilization.

Key Results
Leadership and technical policy expertise for the planning, development and implementation of Divisional Programmes of work, projects, products, services in accordance with FAO Strategic Objectives.

Key Functions
• Plans, manages, or leads highly specialized or multi-disciplinary teams, leads, coordinates, and/or participates on Organization-wide, cross-Divisional committees, project teams, and working groups, and/or provides technical leadership/secretariat services on technical networks and/or international technical policy and standard setting bodies;
• Analyzes global and country specific requirements and relevant technical issues to provide critical input into the FAO Strategic Objectives, Programme of Work, work plans and the supporting budgets and/or resourcing strategies;
• Implements and monitors programmes of work involving the development of the approach, evidence based strategies, and related tools, methodologies and the supporting system/database, monitoring and reporting frameworks;
• Conducts, designs and oversees research and analysis activities to support the development of technical standards, international instruments, innovation, technical reports, publications and/or on-going programme development as well as the provision of technical and/or policy advisory services;
• Provides technical and policy advice to Member countries and technical support to decentralized offices in the development and implementation of their programmes;
• Leads and/or collaborates in, provides technical backstopping to, and ensures the quality / effectiveness of, capacity development and knowledge sharing activities within member countries, such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning, on-line tools;
• Represents the Organization at international meetings and conferences, identifies and implements strategic partnerships, advocates best practices and increased policy dialogue and develops and negotiates effective working relationships/consensus and agreements with international and national stakeholders;
• Leads and/or participates in resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate strategy.

Specific Functions
• Supports the overall coordination, management, planning, implementation and reporting of OCB's climate change activities and the 'day-to- day' matters;
• Coordinates FAO engagement and contribution to climate agenda (including for COPs and UNFCCC Intersessional meetings) with regard to its various negotiating streams.
• Facilitates the organization of FAO's Climate Change Coordination meetings including preparation of supporting material and communications;
• Oversees the implementation of the Climate Change Strategy and reporting on progress, including across FAO's policies, programmes and activities, working in close collaboration with relevant technical units and country/regional offices;
• Supports the planning process for consultation and development of a new Climate Change Strategy;
• Improves FAO's institutional capacity to address climate change including support on NDC and NAPs by facilitating knowledge management, contributions to the publications and cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary collaboration on the topic; provides technical support to relevant offices;
• Designs and implements activities and proposals, including for resource mobilization and the development of projects, guidelines, best practices and training materials;
• Monitors policy, legal and technical developments at national, regional and international levels that are relevant to FAO's work on climate change;
• Leads networking and collaboration with international partners and multi-stakeholders, including the private sector, to identify new opportunities for collaboration;
• Participates in other FAO activities and performs additional relevant tasks as needed.

Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in natural resources, environment, climate change, agriculture, forestry, fisheries international environmental policy, environmental law or related field;
• Ten years of relevant experience in natural resources management, with international organizations, public or private sector institutions on climate change and natural resources management;
• Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish)

• Results Focus
• Leading, Engaging and Empowering
• Communication
• Partnering and Advocating
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Strategic Thinking

Technical/Functional Skills
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is essential
• Extent of knowledge of developments under the Paris Agreement, the UNFCCC processes (including COPs and UNFCCC Inter-sessional meetings), in particular on National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA);
• Extent and relevance of experience in the preparation of technical and policy reports, guidelines and manuals
• Extent of knowledge and relevance of experience in technical and policy matters related to climate change, in particular on adaptation, mitigation and resilience, and experience in planning and implementation of related programmes, at different levels;
• Demonstrated skills and experiences in leading multidisciplinary teams and networks related to practices, policies, standards, systems, and indicators;
• Demonstrated results-based management capabilities with an ability to formulate and manage programmes, projects, budgets and human resources efficiently under shifting priorities;
• Demonstrated ability to prepare, organize and monitor consultative multi-stakeholder processes and/or inter-governmental and/or technical meetings;
• Working knowledge of a second language preferably French or Spanish is desirable.

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