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Job Opening: Senior Fishery and Aquaculture Officer

Location: Cairo, Egypt


The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations is hiring a Senior Fishery and Aquaculture Officer.

The Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa, RNE is responsible for leading FAO’s response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO’s activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programs, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the Region and, in collaboration with departments and divisions at Headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO's strategic response to regional priorities. RNE also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization’s Program of Work and Budget and implements approved programs and projects in the region, monitors the level of program implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies. RNE develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs).

The Regional Office supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region.

The Senior Fishery and Aquaculture Officer reports to the Assistant Director-General/Regional Representative for the Near East and North Africa under the functional guidance of the Assistant Director-General, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department.

Technical Focus
Planning, coordinating and leading the FAO work program related to fisheries and aquaculture management and development in the Region. Strengthening partnership and knowledge networks within and outside the Organization, supporting country-level actions guided by FAO’s Country Program Framework (CPF) as well as increasing South-South and triangular cooperation.

Key Results

Leadership and technical policy expertise for the planning, development and implementation of Regional Programs of work, projects, products, services in accordance with FAO Strategic Objectives
Key Functions
• Plans, manages, or leads highly specialized or multi-disciplinary teams, leads, coordinates, and/or participates in Regional committees, project teams, and working groups, and/or provides technical leadership/secretariat services on technical networks and/or international technical policy and standard setting bodies.
• Analyzes global and country specific requirements and relevant technical issues to provide critical input into the FAO Strategic Objectives, Program of Work, work plans and the supporting budgets and/or resourcing strategies.
• Implements and monitors programs 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 program 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 programs.
• 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, 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.
Specific Functions
• Responds to and co-ordinates the identification and formulation of requests for external assistance in the fields of responsible capture fisheries and aquaculture sustainable development;
• Provides technical support to the field program in the framework of the FAO Code of Conduct for the Responsible Fisheries and ecosystem approach to fisheries and aquaculture;
• Liaises with the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department in defining, planning and implementing programs for the development and management of fisheries and aquaculture in marine and inland waters of the Region;
• Acts as Secretary of designated FAO regional fishery bodies.
Minimal Requirements
• Advanced university degree in aquaculture fisheries economics, natural resources or marine affairs with a specialization in fisheries or aquaculture management and/or governance or other related field
• Ten years of relevant experience in the development and/or implementation of national or international fishery policies and programs including aquaculture, in government departments, international organizations or a related field
• Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian
• Competencies
• Results Focus
• Leading, Engaging and Empowering
• Communication
• Partnering and Advocating
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Strategic Thinking
Technical/Functional Skills
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is essential
• Extent and relevance of experience in leading and coordinating fisheries and aquaculture development programs
• Extent and relevance of experience in organizing and leading meetings and capacity development activities related to
• fisheries and aquaculture.
• Extent and relevance of experience in the Near East and North Africa region and knowledge of UN/FAO activities,
• structure and procedures is considered a strong asset.
• Working knowledge of Arabic would be an advantage.
• Relevance and level of academic qualifications
• Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.

For more information, including how to apply, click here.

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