By continuing to browse this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Read our privacy policy

National Legal Specialist


  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Sultan
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2022-09-27

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

  • 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 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
  • 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 (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Our goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.

FAO Sub-Regional Office for Central Asia (SEC) is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing strategies for addressing food security, agriculture and rural development priorities in the sub-region; Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The Organization’s technical assistance includes institution building, development of knowledge and competencies, and exchange of experience among countries facing the challenges of transition.

The National Legal Specialist will be assigned in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan and сontribute to the implementation of the TCP/KAZ/3802 project.

Reporting Lines

The National Legal Specialist will work under the overall supervision of the OiC of the FAO Partnership and Liaison Office in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the direct technical supervision of the Lead Technical Officer and the Legal Officer of the project, and in the day-to-day coordination of the FAO Partnership and Liaison Office in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The National Specialist will also work under the technical guidance of international consultants, including the International Legal Expert of the project and assist in close cooperation with national project consultants and relevant national stakeholders.

Technical Focus

Ensure the smooth and efficient implementation of the assigned tasks. He/she acts independently in routine matters and interacts with a wide variety of colleagues within the organization providing technical support. The technical areas/profiles covered will be as follows: legal and institutional frameworks relevant for land tenure, agricultural land markets, agriculture, rural development and family farming.

Tasks and responsibilities

The National Legal Specialist will perform the following tasks:
• Undertake the necessary research and prepare an assessment of the legal, policy, and institutional frameworks governing land tenure and agricultural land markets, as well as agriculture, rural development and family farming, in collaboration with the international and national team;
• Conduct an analysis of the legal framework governing agricultural enterprises’ modalities to acquire land, including how title-holders for land join and leave entities, and provide recommendations to improve the methods by which land is acquired;
• Conduct an analysis of the existing procedures for allocation of land (auctions) and recommendations for improvement, with a focus on access to land for family farmers, women, and youth;
• Conduct an analysis on the relevant institutional and legal frameworks guiding the development and adoption of national strategic documents, including the legal requirements for the structure of such documents;
• Provide inputs to the discussions and documents related to the categorization of agricultural producers;
• Participate and contribute to developing policy recommendations for both land market and family farming development;
• Contribute to development and implementation of a training programme on land-use policies, land market development and land management instruments, from a legal perspective;
• Review experiences gained in the feasibility study areas, in particular with regard to legal issues and, in collaboration with the international and national team, develop recommendations for improving the legal framework;
• Support the planning of, and participate in stakeholder meetings, consultations, and workshops;
• Prepare back to office reports after each mission.


Minimum Requirements

• University degree in Law.
• Five years of relevant experience.
• Working knowledge of English and Russian (Level C in oral and written).
• National of Kazakhstan or resident in the country with a regular residence/work permit.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

• High degree of initiative and willingness to provide support to the international and national staff involved in the projects
• Logical thinking and sound judgment
• Attention to details and sense of urgency
• Excellent communication skills and ability to explain procedures clearly (in speaking and writing)
• Good level of knowledge of Law
• Experience in working with multidisciplinary and multi-cultural teams with demonstrated strategic thinking skills
• Ability to act at national and local levels
• Strong planning, organization and time management skills and ability to manage multiple tasks
• Proficiency of standard IT technology and equipment
• Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
• Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Selection Criteria

• Extent and relevance of experience in law
• Work experience within the United Nations system is considered as an asset, but not mandatory
• Good knowledge of the MS Office applications and other telecommunication tools and equipment.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.