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Sustainable wetland agriculture and related water management specialist

Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Environment
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
    • Water Resource Management
    • Natural Resource Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-19

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  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member nations, and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
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  • The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization

Organizational Setting

The Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) is responsible for leading FAO's response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO's priority activities in the 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.
The UN Decade for Ecosystem Restoration starts in 2021. Asia and the Pacific region is experiencing rapid loss and degradation of wetlands in general and coastal areas in particular due to a number of factors: pollution, over exploration of the biological resources, natural system modification, and agriculture and aquaculture intensification. Salt water intrusion is an increasing widespread threat in Asia-Pacific coastal zones, with sea level rise and climate change, as well as pollution are threatening the health of coastal ecosystem and also the productivity and farmers livelihoods. Eutrophication, which begins with the increased load of nutrients to estuaries and coastal waters, leads to harmful algal blooms, fish kills and damage to other species. There is the need of effective approaches for ecosystem restoration that reclaim the health and productivity of the ecosystem, through improved water management and adapt farming practices to transition to more sustainable and resilient agri-food systems, and thus boosts livelihoods and food security.

In this context, FAO is implementing the project "Strengthening sustainable wetland agriculture for resilient farmers’ livelihoods and ecosystems" (TCP/RAS/3805) in coastal areas of Thailand, Vietnam and Bangladesh. The overall goal of the project is to contribute to improved resilient livelihoods of wetland agriculture dependent farmers and ecosystem health.

Reporting Lines

The international consultant/PSA will work under the overall supervision of the FAO Regional Representative and the technical supervision of the project Led Technical Officer.

Technical Focus

The key roles for this international consultant/PSA are the quality assurance of the design of the project pilot, support workshops, preparation of best practice technical brief (overarching result), coordinate project activities at national and regional levels, and preparation of a regional program proposal.

Tasks and responsibilities

Under the supervision of the project lead technical officer in RAP, the international consultant/PSA will undertake the following tasks to provide technical support to the project activities at national and regional level:

• Guide and provide inputs to national activities, including the quality assurance of the design for the pilot in each country
• Based on the national best practice reports, prepare an overarching result a technical brief to document the win-win examples for addressing both agriculture production and coastal ecosystem health, including the related water management
• Support and facilitate regional workshops (inception, mid-term, and final), prepare the meeting documents, and the regional workshops reports; and support the related capacity building
• Coordinate project activities at national and regional levels
• Prepare regional programme proposal, including water management in coastal areas
• Prepare final report for the TCP project at the closure stage


Minimum Requirements

• University degree in agricultural water management, water resources management, and preferably also has knowledge on agriculture, environment, ecology, and natural resources management
• Ten years of relevant experience in water management projects
• For consultants: Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO official languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian)
• For PSA: Working knowledge of English.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Selection Criteria

• Extent of knowledge and experience in water management projects as well as programme/project development in the field, including ecosystem conservation, sustainable use and restoration
• Extent of knowledge and experience in agriculture in coastal areas
• Level of knowledge and experience in policy, climate change and resilient
• Extent of experience in advocacy, policy support, capacity development and technical assistance related to above technical areas
• Experience in working in multidisciplinary and multi-cultural teams.
• Good communication and coordination skills among stakeholders at both national and regional level

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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