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Young Professional Officer (Fisheries and Aquaculture)


  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Bridgetown
  • Grade: Junior level - P-1, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Maritime
    • Fisheries
    • Water Resource Management
    • Sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources
  • Closing Date: Closed


• 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.

Organizational Setting

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.

FAO's Subregional Office for the Caribbean (SLC) is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing subregional food, agriculture and rural development priorities. It develops and maintains relations with subregion-wide institutions including Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs). It assists the FAO Representations in the subregion with addressing subregional food security, agriculture and rural development issues at country level. The Subregional Office (SLC) is supervised by FAO's Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (RLC).

The post is located in the Subregional Office for the Caribbean (SLC) in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Reporting Lines

The Young Professional Officer (Fisheries and Aquaculture) reports to the SLC Fisheries Officer.

Technical Focus

Provides technical and policy support on building more resilient and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in the wider Caribbean. Assists in the development of technical solutions, and uptake of policies, plans and strategies, including through policy advice, and related advocacy and capacity development, strengthening the interface science-policy.

Key Results

Research and analysis of information, data, statistics, methodologies, policies, etc. to support the delivery of programme products, projects, publications and other services.

Key Functions

  • Analyses relevant technical social, economic, environmental, and technology information, data and/or statistics for input in various documents.
  • Maintains records and updates databases and web pages.
  • Provides technical support to various projects.
  • Collaborates in the development of training tools and materials and the organization of workshops/seminars etc.
  • Participates in the organization and follow-up of meetings, consultations and conferences, the production of required materials and the provision of information and assistance to partners.

Specific Functions

  • Contributes to exploration, analysis and development of opportunities for sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture resources and safeguarding the health of the marine environment, through technical, social, economic, environmental, institutional, and technology interventions.

  • Supports contacts with institutions including, subregion-wide institutions including Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs), governmental, think-tank, academia, corporate and NGO/CSO, private stakeholders, in order to develop, establish and update a regional compendium of professionals as a tool for readily available pool of experts and other resource persons.

  • Contributes to the implementation of the intersessional work plan of Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC), specifically connected with targeted priorities of thematic and species-related joint Working groups, Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) and other relevant undertakings.

  • Participates in the relevant multi-disciplinary teams work, collaborates and engages with other units in SLC, the Fisheries and Aquaculture Division (NFI) and external partners, participates to national, regional and international meetings and conferences in support of knowledge and good practices sharing in the areas of fisheries management, production, utilization and trade.

  • Assists in the preparation, organization and reporting of meetings, including preparation of working documents, PowerPoint presentations, ensuring a high level of consistency and accuracy.



Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in economics, fisheries economics or marine affairs with a specialization in fisheries management and/or governance or related field.

  • One year of relevant experience in fish trade, fishery products safety and quality, marine fisheries, fisheries statistics or data management.

  • Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate – level B) of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).


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

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Ability to work autonomously, with proactivity and results and goal-oriented approach;

  • Extent and relevance of experience in Caribbean agricultural sector and environment;

  • Ability to write clearly and concisely, edit technical papers, present visual and graphic technical contents, and deliver effective oral presentations;

  • Computer software skills, such as Office 365 and internet;

  • Experience and ability to manage institutional relations with stakeholders;

  • Extent and relevance of experience in policy analysis and engagement in policy dialogue with governments, academia, civil society, private sector, and/or development partners under an international cooperation context;

  • Extent and relevance of experience in overcoming data availability restrictions with the methods that address complex policy and research issues;

  • Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of Spanish and/or French is considered an asset.

NB Please note that candidates should be 32 years of age or younger as of 31 December of the year of application.

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