GIAHS Programme Specialist | MQC-845

GIAHS Programme Specialist | MQC-845

29 ott
Roma Provincia

29 ott


Roma Provincia

Organizational Setting

In the framework of the Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment (OCB), the GIAHS programme aims at identifying, recognizing and safeguarding traditional agricultural systems with rich agrobiodiversity, traditional knowledge and remarkable landscapes, which has been transmitted through many generations thanks to the social organizations, culture and common values developed around specific agro-ecosystems. The GIAHS Programme is mainly implemented by two bodies: the GIAHS Secretariat – which works under the direct supervision of the OCB Director, and the Scientific Advisory Group, responsible for technical guidance and approval of new GIAHS sites.

The GIAHS Secretariat is the operational body of the Programme and its role consists in providing technical guidance to FAO member countries for the submission of GIAHS proposals and for the implementation of follow up activities. Furthermore, it has the function of liaising with governments and national/international organizations for the establishment of new partnerships, which may be necessary for the future development and geographic expansion of the programme.

Reporting Lines

The GIAHS Consultants will work under the overall supervision of the OCB Director and under the direct supervision of the GIAHS Coordinator.

Technical Focus

Support the overall GIAHS programme operation as Secretariat; provide technical guidance for the national GIAHS activities in member countries; provide guidance on relevant technical issues, such as promotion of action plan implementation in GIAHS sites, agronomic and environmental matters, compliance of country proposals with the GIAHS requirements, liaison and multilateral relations, support Scientific Advisory group meetings, among others.

Tasks And Responsibilities

The GIAHS Programme Specialist will support the GIAHS Coordinator and will:

- Provide technical support to member countries for the development of GIAHS proposals and GIAHS-related

activities, including implementation of action plans, GIAHS-oriented policies, and community-based activities;

- Develop technical documents on GIAHS and its contribution to FAO activities, strategic framework, regional

initiatives and country Programming frameworks;

- Assist in developing resource mobilization strategies

- Organize and deliver training programmes in FAO member countries;

- Providing comments and suggestions for revision of country proposals and national programmes to be implemented

under the framework of the GIAHS designation process;

- Coordinate the implementation of the field activities;

- Liaise with the donors and with GIAHS targeted countries;

- Conduct country missions and represent the GIAHS Secretariat in specific national or regional activities

(workshops, seminars, trainings, conferences, project inception workshops, etc.);

- Organizing and facilitating the Scientific Advisory Group meetings, producing technical papers to be discussed,

writing meeting reports;

- Write technical documents on GIAHS and its contribution to the other FAO technical activities and Strategic

Framework and areas of work, including Regional Initiatives and Country Programming Frameworks.


Minimum Requirements

- Advanced university degree, in agriculture, biology, political sciences, agro-ecology, international relations, rural development or

related fields, as appropriate;

- Minimum 1 year of relevant experience (for C category), minimum 5 years of relevant experience (for B category) in

international organizations, rural development programmes, agricultural analysis, programme formulation and implementation,

agricultural analysis, liaison and outreach activities, building effective partnerships.

- Working knowledge of English, French, Spanish and limited knowledge of one of Arabic, Russian, Chinese

FAO Core Competencies

- Results Focus

- Teamwork

- Communication

- Building Effective Relationships

- Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Selection criteria

- Include a reference on GIAHS contribution to the development of the overall FAO strategic objectives (if appropriate).

- Knowledge on the FAO mandates, Strategic Programs, FAO Climate Change strategy and other strategies, SDGs and the Rio conventions is expected.

Call For Expressions Of Interest - Vacancy Announcement

Job Posting


Closure Date

12/Nov/2020, 7:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit


Job Type

Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition

Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level


Primary Location



Assignments up to 11 months

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FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations d epending on the evolving needs of the Organization


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