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Livestock Environmental Economist


  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Economics
    • Environment
    • Livestock, production and veterinary
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
  • Closing Date: 2022-07-07

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  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members 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 FAO's values
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  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting

The Animal Production and Health Division (NSA) assists FAO members in the development of sustainable livestock systems. It hosts intergovernmental bodies, multi-stakeholder initiatives and knowledge networks that provide information and technical and policy support to development efforts, including emergency preparedness and response. The Division has expertise in animal health (One Health), animal production and genetics, and livestock sector analysis and policy.

The post is located in the Livestock Information, Sector Analysis and Policy Branch (NSAL). NSAL provides information services and carries out analysis in support of technical and policy interventions towards sustainable livestock, focusing on social, economic and environmental goals. The incumbent will be located within the Livestock Policy Lab (LPL) in NSAL. The LPL provides evidence-based analytical support to national, regional and global policy processes and initiatives related to sustainable livestock.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the Chief, NSAL, the direct supervision of the LPL Policy Officer and in collaboration with FAO colleagues, the incumbent will contribute to FAO Strategic Objectives.

Technical Focus

The incumbent will conduct economic analysis related to livestock-environment related issues. The ideal candidate is familiar with the use of economic methods (econometric/computable general equilibrium / cost-benefit) for policy analysis. She/he is able to design suitable empirical strategies in order to respond to specific policy questions related to livestock-environment analysis. She/he is able to interpret the results, communicate the findings for different purposes, and engage with experts on the methodological details of the analysis. The evidence-based support provided by the incumbent will feed into the preparation of a wide range of sectoral strategies, investment programs, policy reports, and analytical papers.

Tasks and responsibilities

Consultants and PSA subscribers will:

• Provide technical and policy advice to support the formulation of livestock-environment related policy instruments, sectoral strategies, and investment programs.
• Provide technical and policy advice to facilitate the analysis of livestock-environment specific issues related to sustainability, productivity, and livelihoods.
• Conduct literature surveys on lessons learned from the use and application of different policy instruments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
• Conduct economic policy analysis to assess the economic, social, and environmental implications of adopting different policy instruments to reduce emissions
• Carry out quantitative economic analysis of livestock-environment programmes/strategies/policies, assessing their impact on livelihoods, welfare, productivity, and environment related outcomes;
• Contribute to the development of technical products to support evidence-based policy reform processes with a focus on transformation strategies;
• Conduct analytical studies on specific livestock policy issues in relation to productivity, environment, livelihood and household welfare analysis.
• Contribute to the drafting of actionable and high-quality policy recommendations, technical reports and policy briefs;
• Participate in, organize or facilitate high-level policy meetings, roundtables or other events related to livestock policy reform, with a focus on food systems transformation;
• Support capacity development activities benefitting governments, counterparts and other partners.


Minimum Requirements

• Advanced university degree in economics, environmental economics, agricultural economics, development economics, or in any other related field.
• At least four years of relevant experience in quantitative economic policy analysis;
• Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese and Russian (for consultants). Working knowledge of English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or Russian (for PSAs).

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

• Extent and relevance of experience in economic analysis of environmental issues applying Integrated Assessment Models, Computable General Equilibrium Models, Econometric Models, or Cost-Benefit Models
• Work experience in one or more developing countries, preferably in Sub Saharan Africa, South Asia, or Latin America;
• Familiarity with providing policy advice to governments in developing countries;
• Knowledge of current political economic conditions in developing countries, and ability to analyse the policy context at country level building on political economy tools;
• Capacity to interact with government officials on key policy issues affecting livestock sustainability;
• Experience in communicating with government officials and ability to present the key results in concise and effective manner.
• Extended experience in conducting quantitative policy analysis.
• Extended experience in analytical writing supported by a publication record in peer review journals.

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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