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Climate Change Specialist


  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Abuja
  • Grade: All levels - NPP - National Project Personnel - Local Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Climate Change
  • Closing Date: Closed

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  • 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

Organizational Setting

The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner. The incumbent will work in the FAO Representation in Nigeria and will be expected to support the implementation of FAO Nigeria Country Programme Framework with emphasis on climate change mitigation and adaptation policies, strategies, and programmes.

Reporting Lines

The Climate Change Specialist reports to the FAO Representative (FAOR) and direct supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative (Programmes) and in close collaboration with the Programme Leads and FAO technical officers in the Sub-regional office for West Africa (SFW), Regional FAO Office for Africa (RAF) and Headquarters

Technical Focus

The main responsibility is to support the government to mobilize necessary resources from Global Environment Facility (GEF), Green Climate Finance (GCF), and Adaptation Fund (AF), for developing and implementing climate change mitigation and adaptation policies, strategies, and programmes.

Tasks and responsibilities

• Contribute to effective delivery of FAO Nigeria climate change projects through preparation of project work plans, including but not limited to field implementation modalities, and progress monitoring and, where necessary, assist in identifying corrective measures to overcome operational constraints;
• Facilitate the operational and logistical field actions in aspects of the project cycle management, including, choice of inputs and services and procurement plan, site selection, formulation of beneficiary targeting criteria, distribution mechanisms, activity monitoring, training and capacity building, and reporting in conformity with enabling FAO rules, regulations, SoPs and best practices;
• Ensuring the timely provision of project inputs (personnel, technical support services, sub-contracts, training, equipment and supplies) directly by the Organization or, when appropriate, through Implementing Partners;
• Identify and evaluate the capacity and quality of work of potential local suppliers of relevant technical goods and services;
• In collaboration with the MEAL unit, facilitate the monitoring and evaluation climate change programme and project performances (outputs and impact) and its linkages towards FAO’s Country Programme Framework (CPF) and UN cooperation and FAO strategic frameworks;
• Contribute to development and expansion of FAO Nigeria climate change programme portfolio through participation in formulation and preparation processes for new project documents, proposals, donor briefs and meetings;
• Contribute to the preparation technical elements for communication materials and informational/ knowledge products, technical specifications, terms of references, briefs, evaluation, project terminal reports, statements and correspondence for internal use and for recipient governments and donors;
• In close collaboration with FAO technical officers, participate in needs assessments, surveys and analyses relevant to Agriculture, Forestry and other Land Use (AFOLU)sectors;
• Monitor climate change trends and prospects in the country; relate its implications to food security, livelihoods and other areas of FAO mandate and advice of measures to be taken by FAO.
• Collect relevant climate change documents and information guidelines, policies, manuals, assessments produced by other sources (governmental, intergovernmental, bilateral and multilateral entities), to shape and define priorities, guidelines and standard for FAO interventions
• Perform other related duties as may be required from time to time during the consultancy.


Minimum Requirements

• Advanced University degree in the fields of climate change, environment, natural resources, or other related fields.
• Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in climate change issues at national level.
• National of Nigeria.
• Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate – level B) of any of the Nigeria main languages (Hausa, Yoruba or Igbo, Pidgin).

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

• Excellent communication, writing and presentation skills;
• Readiness to carry out visits to project sites and duty travel as required;
• Flexibility and adaptability to work in emergency situations with tight deadlines;
• Experience in a liaison function;
• Demonstrable experience developmental programming, Agriculture, Forestry and other Land Use (AFOLU) sectors development including work experience with national and international NGO’s, UN agencies, governments and donors;
• Excellent team-building and cross-cultural skills;
• Thorough knowledge of FAO’s PCM guidelines and requirements;
• Sound knowledge of FAO’s procedures and guidelines


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  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at
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  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

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

This vacancy is now closed.