Land and Water Resources Management Specialist || Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

  • Harare

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

DUE: 22 NOV 2023

Organizational Setting

FAO’s Subregional Office for Southern Africa is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing sub-regional food, agriculture and rural development priorities. It develops and maintains relations with subregion-wide institutions including Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs). It assists the FAO Representations (FAORs) in the sub-region with addressing sub-regional food security, agriculture and rural development issues at country level. The Subregional Office is a subsidiary of FAO’s Regional Office for Africa.

In southern Africa, agriculture is one of the most vulnerable sectors in times of climate-related disasters, with long-lasting effects to livelihoods, food and nutrition security and the economy. Over the past years, the region has experienced extreme climate-related hazards with adverse impacts on agriculture, food and nutrition security. Large parts of central and western southern Africa are known to experience low seasonal rainfall, with some drought affected countries such as Botswana and Namibia declaring drought disasters. Concurrently, weather systems of Cyclones Idai and/or Kenneth hit the Comoros, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe early 2019, resulting in devastating floods.

Because of their dependence on rain-fed agriculture, smallholder farmers are most affected by drought, significantly reducing their production. With consumption-based coping strategies not as resilient as they once were, the cumulative effects of up to three consecutively poor harvests in hotspot areas of Southern Africa have been detrimental for agricultural-based livelihoods and will continue to drive down crop and livestock production – deepening food and nutrition insecurity and crippling economic gains. The impacts of drought have eroded the capacity of smallholder farmers to produce, with potential negative food and nutrition outcomes. It is against this backdrop that there is need within the Subregion to shift focus from solely a rain-fed agricultural system to improving and expanding land and water resources management with view to increase agricultural productivity and protect livelihoods and coping strategies of the general populace. It is in line with this need that SFS is recruiting the Land and Water Resources Management Specialist.

Reporting Lines

The Consultant reports to the Sub-regional Coordinator and maintains regular contact with FAO RAF and FAO headquarters in Rome for functional guidance on matters relating to policy and governance support in relation to Land and Water Resources Management.

Technical Focus

Given the recurrent drought in the subregion, the Land and Water Resources Management Specialist will work closely with the FAO Reps within the Subregion. The aim being to identify possible areas of improvement to water management systems, map out all the major irrigation systems, document land and water management systems, as well as propose and support implementation of policies/strategies to modernize existing irrigation and water management resources and systems. Comprehensive technical and policy expertise to support the planning, development and implementation of Subregional programmes, projects, products and services in accordance with Regional objectives and FAO’s Strategic Framework.

Tasks And Responsibilities

  • Plan and lead components of multi-disciplinary teams, leads and/or participates in internal committees, project teams, and working groups and/or provides specialized expertise on technical networks and/or international technical policy and/or international technical policy and standard setting bodies;
  • Develop technical, analytical, monitoring and reporting frameworks, and related methodologies, tools, systems, and databases etc. to support the planning, implementation/delivery and monitoring of programmes of work, projects, products and/or services;
  • Design and conduct research, data collection, validation, analysis and/or reporting activities to support the development of technical standards, international instruments, innovative approaches and strategies, new tools, technologies, technical reports/publications, and/or policy proposals as well as the provision of technical/policy/specialist/advice and expertise;
  • Respond to country requests for technical and policy assistance, provides technical advice, assistance and solutions to Decentralized Offices and provides technical backstopping to field projects;
  • Collaborate in, provide technical backstopping to and ensure 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 materials, on-line tools;
  • Promote international cooperation/advocate best practices, increased policy dialogue and provides technical expertise at international/intergovernmental meetings;
  • Participate in resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate strategy
  • Perform any other duties as required


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in natural resources management, environment, hydrology, Irrigation, Water Resources Management or related field.
  • Ten years of relevant experience in land and Water resources and environmental related activities, including natural resources /ecosystem assessment and management.
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish)

FAO Core Competencies

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

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Closure Date

22/Nov/2023, 12:59:00 AM

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Non-staff opportunities

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11 months

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  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply;
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