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National Specialist on Water Legislation

Baku (Azerbaijan)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Baku (Azerbaijan)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-24

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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:

FAO Partnership and Liaison Office in Azerbaijan in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Azerbaijan is planning to implement the “Improved water governance: towards sustainable agricultural development” project under Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP). The main goal of the project is to support the Government of Azerbaijan in establishing a sustainable national water governance system through strengthened national capacities, improved coordination among stakeholders and adoption of efficient irrigation technologies. The impacts of the project will include improved agricultural productivity and food security, increased conservation of land and water resources, and resilience of agriculture to impacts of climate change.

Reports to:

Mr. Bariz Mehdiyev , Assistant to the FAO Representative

Technical Focus:

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative, direct supervision of AFAOR, technical supervision of the project LTO and National Project Coordinator (NPC), and the Chief, Development Law Service (LEGN), and in close collaboration with the FAO-Azerbaijan office, national counterparts, and stakeholders, the national expert will:

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Review the laws, rules, regulations, and other relevant government policy documents related to water use and governance relevant for Azerbaijan and propose recommendations for legislative and regulatory reform or amendment; under the supervision of the appointed LEGN Officer. The report will include a critical analysis of any gaps in water, environmental, land and other pertinent legislation that has an impact on use and governance of water resources (surface and groundwater) of Azerbaijan. The report should be presented in a legal assessment report, the structure of which will be provided by LEGN;
  • Contribute and participate in workshops and trainings and prepare training materials for participants on water legislation and governance;
  • Provide knowledge and expertise on national water legislation to project implementation team;
  • Provide substantive inputs for development of national water governance strategy, in light of legal and policy assessment, and provide feedback on the drafted strategy document;
  • Support the drafting of project reports and strategy documents.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline such as water legislation, in conducting similar tasks related to this contract or a bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline as described before.
  • 3 years above the required general professional experience in a field related to this assignment.
  • Knowledge and understanding of governance, public administration and development theories, principles and applications;
  • National of Azerbaijan 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

  • Excellent and demonstrated communication, analytical and report drafting work;
  • Good spoken and written English. Working knowledge of other UN language is an asset.

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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