FISHING TECHNOLOGY AND OPERATIONS SPECIALISTS
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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, 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
International consultants/PSA.SBS represent an important source of expertise for FAO, making their specialist contributions across the globe towards the achievement of the Organization’s strategic objectives. For FAO to be able to attract and employ the best possible experts in the wide range of technical areas of its mandate, a competitive selection process has been introduced. This process is intended to create a pool of candidates which can be called upon when their expertise is required, ensuring a transparent and rigorous selection process.
The FAO Fisheries Division (NFI) promotes policies and strategies aiming at sustainable and responsible development of fisheries and aquaculture in inland and marine waters. The Fishing Technology and Operations Team (NFIFO) of NFI aims to assist FAO Members in building the technical and operational capacities of their fishing industry, through increasing access to better fishing vessel- and gear technologies, financial and insurance services, responsible investments, safety measures and through innovative practices that promote sustainable fisheries and minimize pollution from fishing operations. The objectives of NFIFO are: 1) Support the development of an efficient, innovative, safe and socio-economically sound fishing industry; 2) Support responsible practices for sustainable fisheries and reduction of impacts of fishing operations on ecosystems; 3) Reduce the pollution from fishing operations (gears and vessels) and fishing harbours; 4) Enhance the knowledge, skills and competencies of fishing vessel personnel to carry out their work in a professional and safe manner; and 5) Increase the access of the fisheries industry to financial and insurance services and investment opportunities.
Assignments pursuant to this Call for Expression of Interest may be at the Organization’s headquarters in Rome (Italy), home based, or on field missions, as required.
The Consultants/PSA.SBS will work under the overall supervision of the Team Leader of NFIFO and the direct supervision of a technical officer of NFIFO.
FAO's work related to the implementation of Chapter 8 (Fishing Operations) of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries; including the following main areas of NFIFO’s work: fishing operations and vessel design and technology; fishing technology, gear selectivity and environmental impacts of fishing; pollution reduction in fisheries, fisheries infrastructure development, including harbours and landing sites for fishing vessels; fishing fleet economic performance; fisheries micro-finance and credit, fisheries insurance; fisheries investments; small-scale fishing technology; emergency response; safety at sea; and programmes/ projects formulation and implementation.
Tasks and responsibilities
The tasks and responsibilities of each selected Consultant or PSA will be defined in the Terms of Reference for the specific assignment. In general, depending on the specific assignment, designated tasks and responsibilities will normally include a number of the following elements:
Consultants and PSA
• Support project formulation in accordance with FAO’s Strategic Framework and the FAO project cycle.
• Coordination, implementation and administration of assigned activities in accordance with FAO rules, procedures and systems, and donor requirements.
• Provision of substantive technical inputs to relevant activities and projects, including studies, publications and analyses, knowledge products and dissemination materials related to NFIFO’s areas of work, including guidelines, manuals, research papers, capacity building and training materials, and related websites.
• Collection, management and analysis of data to be used to inform and guide the teams’ technical and policy work.
• Outreach and communication-related activities.
• Any other duties related to NFIFO’s areas of work.
• Organization of and participation in external events (including field missions) in support of the delivery of NFIFO’s programme of work, including consultation, training, capacity building and technical assistance.
• Collaboration with other FAO divisions, UN agencies (e.g. IMO, ILO, UN Environment, World Bank), intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and other external partners in the areas of NFIFOs programme of work, as well as areas of mutually beneficial interest to FAO Member countries.
• Contribute to NFIFO’s work related to resource mobilization, monitoring of regular programme expenses and organization of international meetings.
• Representing NFIFO at internal and external meetings, particularly those related to the development and implementation of NFIFO’s activities.
• Prepare and organize consultations and technical meetings.
• Collaborate with relevant institutions, networks and platforms that could help FAO leverage its messages and advance global dialogue on various issues related to NFIFO’s programme of work, helping the Organization specifically to implement its Programme Priority Area (PPA) on Blue Transformation, as well as FAO’s PPAs on Bioeconomy for sustainable food and agriculture, Scaling up Investment and Resilient agri-food systems.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
• University degree (for Consultants) in Fisheries or Marine Environmental Studies, Marine engineering, Architecture, Development Studies, Economics, Political Sciences, Business Administration, International Relations, Communication Sciences or other relevant field.
• Qualification requirements for PSAs: University degree in the above areas. A technical diploma plus demonstrated and relevant professional experience of at least 4 years can be accepted in lieu of a university degree.
• Relevant experience in one or more areas in the field of fishing operations and vessel design and technology; fishing technology, gear selectivity and environmental impacts of fishing; pollution reduction in fisheries, fisheries infrastructure development, including harbours and landing sites for fishing vessels; fishing fleet economic performance; fisheries micro-finance and credit, fisheries insurance; fisheries investments; small-scale fishing technology; emergency response; safety at sea; and programmes/ projects formulation and implementation..
o For Consultants/PSA level C: one to four years of relevant experience
o For Consultants/PSA level B: at least five years of relevant experience
o For Consultants: at least ten years of relevant experience. 15 years for PSA.SBS.
• Language requirements for Consultants: Working knowledge of English, Spanish or French, and limited knowledge of one of the other two or of Arabic, Chinese or Russian.
• Language requirements for PSAs: Working knowledge of one FAO language is required.
FAO Core Competencies
• Results Focus
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in the field is desirable.
• Extent and relevance of field experience in a technical area of assignment
• Extent and relevance of experience in providing technical advice at local, national, and regional levels
• Extent and relevance of knowledge in the implementation of international instruments, standards and guidelines, related to pertinent field of expertise
• Extent and relevance of experience in project/programme formulation and implementation of projects, programmes and studies in the pertinent field of expertise
• Extent and relevance of knowledge and understanding of the work of international organizations, regional entities and national governments
• Ability to support resource mobilization efforts
• Ability to organize and conduct technical meetings, conferences and workshops when applicable
• Ability to facilitate participatory processes or stakeholder involvement
Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency