The Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REU) 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 priority activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, 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. REU also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization's Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the region and monitors the level of programme implementation. 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.
International Consultants and Personal Service Providers (PSAs) represent an important source of expertise for FAO, making their specialist contributions in the achievement of the Organization’s strategic objectives and regional initiatives. For FAO to be able to attract and employ the best possible experts in a wide range of technical areas, a competitive selection process was introduced in November 2017. This process will create a roster of candidates with necessary criteria, which can be called upon when their expertise is required for activities at country, regional or global level.
This advertised position will support activities for land tenure and rural development in the REU countries under one of the three regional initiatives, namely: (RI1) Empowering smallholders and family farms for improved rural livelihoods and poverty reduction.
Under the overall supervision of the FAO Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia, REU, the specialist in land tenure and rural development will work under the overall supervision of the Assistant Director General of REU and the direct supervision of the Land Tenure Officer of REU. The specialist will collaborate with other FAO consultants, professionals and administrative staff in REU Office and FAO Headquarters, as well as FAO staff in country offices of the region.
The International Consultant or PSA SBS will work as part of a closely collaborating team to provide policy advice and technical assistance, including capacity-building activities that support rural development both at policy and community level, and will also support the implementation of the FAO regional land consolidation programme, support the development of agricultural land markets in the region and the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT). More specifically the International Consultant or PSA SBS will contribute in project implementation in European and Central Asian countries, formulation of projects and work plan, reporting, capacity development on land tenure and rural development policies; preparation of technical papers, preparation of guidelines and recommendations and support the implementation of regional and country level projects.
Tasks and responsibilities
The International Consultant or PSA SBS will work closely with FAO staff to:
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
For Consultant/PSA level C: one to four years of relevant experience;
For Consultant/PSA level B: at least five years of relevant experience;
For Consultant level A: at least twelve years of relevant experience;
For PSA level A: at least fifteen years of relevant experience:
FAO Core Competencies
Additional selection criteria
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