Natural Resources Officer (Climate Change) 

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    2 weeks ago
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  • Deadline:
    December 17, 2022


Primary Location

: Italy-Rome

Duration: Fixed-term: 2 years with possibility of extension
Post Number: 0922382
CCOG Code: 1R

• 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.


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 productionbetter nutritionbetter environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

 Organizational Setting

The Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment (OCB) promotes integration of innovative approaches in the activities of the Organization, for the sustainable use, management and conservation of natural resources for food and agriculture. OCB assists FAO Members in their responses towards the challenge of climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as the development of adaptive capacities of agriculture, fisheries and forestry for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and other natural resources. It provides a coordination role on climate change, biodiversity and the environment. The Office also serves as the focal point for a multidisciplinary and global approach to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Convention on biological diversity (CBD) and topics on bioenergy as well as on globally important agriculture heritage systems, ecosystem restoration and green and climate resilient agriculture.

The position is located in OCB at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Reporting Lines
The Natural Resources Officer reports to the Senior Natural Resources Officer (Climate Change Workstream), OCB.

Technical Focus
Climate change policies with specific focus on global climate action in agrifood systems, climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience, international climate change engagement under the UNFCCC processes and related initiatives, country support, building partnerships, stakeholder engagement, project management, resource mobilization.

Key Results
Research, technical analysis and project related services to support the delivery of programme projects, products and services.

Key Functions
• Researches and analyses technical, social, economic, environmental, institutional and technology related information, data and statistics and/or related policy issues to support the delivery of programme projects, products and services;
• Produces a variety of technical information, data, statistics and reports as well as input for technical documents and web pages;
• Provides technical support/analysis to various assessments, studies and initiatives and provides technical backstopping to field projects;
• Collaborates in the development of improved/updated tools, systems, processes and databases;
• Participates in multi-disciplinary teams, and/or leads working groups/teams collaborates with other divisions and agencies on work groups and committees and promotes best practices;
• Collaborates in, provides technical backstopping to and ensures the quality/effectiveness of capacity development activities within Member countries such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning materials and on-line tools;
• Promotes knowledge sharing and best practices at international meetings and conferences and influences partners in stakeholder consultations;
• Supports resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate Strategy.

Specific Functions
• Contributes to the implementation and reporting on OCB’s climate change activities relating to the FAO’s Strategy on Climate Change and other relevant FAO’s strategies, programmes and activities, working in close collaboration with relevant technical units in headquarters and Country/Regional Offices;
• Supports OCB’s coordination efforts relating to the Programme Priority Areas in the Better Environment priority of the FAO Strategic Framework;
• Assists in advancing the FAO’s engagement and contribution to the international climate change agenda (including at UNFCCC Conferences of the Parties – COPs and intersessional meetings and other global processes) with regard to various negotiating streams relevant to FAO’s work;
• Contributes to development of cross-cutting programmes in various nexus areas relevant for climate change in agrifood systems (energy, land, water, biodiversity and other), including preparation and implementation of projects, activities and proposals for resource mobilization;
• Facilitates knowledge management, networking, cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary collaboration on the topic with international partners and multi-stakeholders, including the private sector, to identify new opportunities for collaboration;
• Provides contributions to the corporate publications and preparation of guidelines, best practices and training materials;
• Monitors policy, legal and technical developments at national, regional and international levels that are relevant to FAO’s work on climate change;
• Participates in other FAO activities and performs additional relevant tasks as needed.

Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in natural resources, social sciences, agriculture or a related field such as forestry, fisheries, international environmental policy, environmental law or related field;
• Five years of relevant experience in natural resources management, natural resources management, including international organizations, public or private sector institutions on climate change and natural resources management;
• Working knowledge of English (proficient – level C) and limited knowledge (intermediate – level B) of another official FAO language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

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

Technical/Functional Skills
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions;
• Extent and relevance of’ experience and knowledge of climate action under the Paris Agreement, the UNFCCC processes, in particular on National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA);
• Extent and relevance of experience in the preparation of technical and policy reports, guidelines and manuals on climate action in agriculture or relevant sectors;
• Extent of knowledge and relevance of experience in technical and policy matters related to climate change, in particular on adaptation, mitigation and resilience, and experience in planning and implementation of related programmes, at different levels;
• Demonstrated skills and experiences in working in multidisciplinary teams and networks related to practices, policies, standards, systems, and indicators;
• Demonstrated results-based management capabilities with an ability to formulate and manage programmes, projects, budgets and human resources efficiently under shifting priorities;
• Demonstrated ability to prepare, organize and monitor consultative multi-stakeholder processes and/or inter-governmental and/or technical meetings;
• Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of a second language, preferably French or Spanish, is desirable.


FAO staff are expected to adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.



  • Extension of fixed term appointments is based on certification of performance and availability of funds
  • FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment.
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. 


A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link:
  Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:
• Dependency allowances
• Rental subsidy
• Education grant for children
• Home leave travel
• 30 working days of  annual leave per year
• Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
• International health insurance; optional life insurance
• Disability protection
FAO encourages  a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes:
• elements of family-friendly policies
• flexible working arrangements
• standards of conduct.



• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
• Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
• 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
• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
• Incomplete applications will not be considered
• Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
• We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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