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Senior Land Tenure Officer


  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Peace and Development
    • Human Settlements (Shelter, Housing, Land, Property)
  • Closing Date: 2022-09-02


• 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 Members and persons 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
• FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, 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
• FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

Organizational Setting
In pursuit of these aspirations, the Inclusive Rural Transformation and Gender Equality Division (ESP) coordinates Programme Priority Areas on gender equality and rural women's empowerment and on inclusive rural transformation. The Division works with Members and other partners to reduce rural poverty by promoting gender equality and women's empowerment, diversifying rural employment opportunities, strengthening rural institutions and producer organizations, improving social protection systems, facilitating the rural poor's access to land, productive resources and rural services, and pursuing the overall goal of realizing the human right to adequate food for all. The Division also leads efforts to integrate the crosscutting themes of gender and youth throughout the work programmes of the Organization.

The position is located in the Land Tenure Team, in the Inclusive Rural Transformation and Gender Equality Division (ESP) at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Reporting Lines
The Senior Land Tenure Officer reports to the Director, Inclusive Rural Transformation and Gender Equality Division (ESP).

Technical Focus
Land Tenure, Land Administration, Land Governance, Land Policy.

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

Key Functions
• Plans, manages or leads highly specialized or multi-disciplinary teams; leads, coordinates and/or participates in 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.
• Analyses global and country-specific requirements and relevant technical issues to provide critical input into the FAO Strategic Framework, 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 framework.
• 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 Members 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 and 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
• Coordinates FAO's Land Tenure Team technical assistance to countries and non-state actors.
• Coordinates FAO's Land Tenure Team participation in the Global Land Observatory.
• Coordinates FAO's Land Tenure Team knowledge development and analytical work.
• Coordinates the implementation of FAO advocacy and outreach agenda on land tenure.
• Provides specific technical assistance to countries and non-state-actors on relevant areas of expertise.
• Contributes to resource mobilization.

Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in economics, geography, public policy or other related field, with a specialization in land tenure or land administration.
• Ten years of relevant experience in the areas of technical assistance to design and implement land governance and land policy reforms based on the Voluntary Guidelines on the responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT), land administration and management modernization, and/or analytical and knowledge development
• Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate – level B) of another official FAO 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.
• Experience in managing multidisciplinary teams and project implementation.
• Work experience in land tenure in more than one country.
• Demonstrated experience in implementing multi-stakeholder advocacy and outreach.
• Leading analytical work on land tenure, including coordinating qualitative and quantitative land related research.
• Experience in land tenure and/or land administration and management and their governance, with particular emphasis on developing and transition countries, including experience in providing technical assistance to countries and/or non-state actors.
• Experience in formulating, designing and/or implementing multi-stakeholder land tenure related dialogues with governments, private sector and civil society organizations.
• Managing teams, including coordinating and preparing multi-year plans and budgets and successfully leading complex, multi-disciplinary and multi-national teams in land tenure and land administration.
• Mobilizing substantial resources in multi-donor frameworks, or managing and maintaining long-term positive multi-donor relations.
• Organizing international meetings, expert consultations, seminars and training courses.

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