The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through its Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to More efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems, for Better production, Better nutrition, a Better environment and a Better life, leaving no one behind.
The Fisheries and Aquaculture Division (NFI) is responsible for all FAO activities related to the environmental, economic, social, institutional, governance and policy issues in fisheries and aquaculture, including their sustainable development with particular emphasis on human well-being, food security and poverty reduction. The Division is responsible for the collection, compilation, validation, trend analysis and dissemination of the best available and up-to-date global, regional and national statistics on production, consumption, trade and livelihoods, including sustainability status. The Division is also responsible for FAO’s activities related to the management and conservation of the living aquatic resources used by fisheries and aquaculture, including biodiversity and ecosystem maintenance, with particular emphasis on most vulnerable and threatened species and habitats; management of responsible fisheries and aquaculture in accordance with modern management standards and best practices with due regard for the protection of the environment and the well-being of fishing communities; and the development of fisheries technology, including the safety of fishers and fishing vessels. It also conducts analysis and promotes post-harvest utilization, marketing and use of fisheries and aquaculture products in the context of FAO’s mandate to eliminate hunger and poverty. The Division also develops normative guidelines and has a varied and extensive field programme around the world.
This post is located in the Equitable Fisheries Livelihoods Team in the Fisheries and Aquaculture Division (NFI) at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.
The Senior Fishery Resources Officer (Inland Fisheries) leads NFI’s work on inland fisheries, developing and managing the related programme of work and staff. This will include the assessment and management of global inland fishery resources and the development of approaches and tools to support such analysis. It will also entail the development of field programmes and projects to support Members and other relevant partners, which require a better understanding of fishery management and ecosystem approaches, as well as the potential for use of ecosystem rehabilitation and restoration approaches (including nature based solutions). Cross-cutting skills and experience related to water and land ecosystems and socio-economic issues in fisheries would be desirable.
• 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 to 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 Objectives, 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 frameworks.
• 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 Member countries 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.
• Advanced university degree in freshwater fishery management; natural resource conservation and management with specialization in fisheries; international development; aquatic ecosystem management; or other field related to inland fisheries
• Ten years of relevant experience in inland fisheries assessment and management; aquatic ecosystem rehabilitation and restoration; transboundary water management; fishery statistics and data management; fisheries in development; supervising and/or developing inland fishery field projects
• Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish)
• Results Focus
• Leading, Engaging and Empowering
• Partnering and Advocating
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Strategic Thinking
Application deadline is January 7, 2022.