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CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST - Consultants for Agro-Ecological Zoning, SLM and NRM

Consultants for Agro-Ecological Zoning, SLM and NRM

Job Posting: 18/Jun/2021

Closure Date: 05/Jul/2021, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: FRANG

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition: Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level: N/A

Primary Location: Various Locations

Duration: 3 Month-contracts –With Possibility of Extension

Post Number: N/A


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device
  • 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 member nations, and person 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 our values. FAO has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and FAO, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, and discrimination
  • All selected candidates, therefore, will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
  • The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization
Organizational Settings
Land degradation and desertification, largely due to deforestation and unsustainable land use, are amongst the most pressing problems facing the world today. Without a long-term solution to this issue, the world risks increasing food shortages, rising poverty, and increased migration; all of which threaten the stability of societies and our sustainable development ambitions. Land degradation is a serious threat to ecosystem services and livelihoods worldwide as well as in Angola. The Global Environment Facility has given particular attention to support to promote sustainable land management practices and help to restore degraded land across 162 countries. In Angola, the GEF-funded project “Sustainable Land Management in target landscapes of Central Angola” GCP/ANG/055/GFF attempts to address this problem with the objective of reversing negative land degradation trends in selected landscapes in Central Angola by combining sustainable and rational approaches to planning, decision-making and land-use management with participatory approaches to build the capacity of local stakeholders. The project aims at enhancing national capacities for land-use management through Agroecological Zoning (AEZ) and environmental monitoring, developing a fine-scale and integrated decision-support system (DSS), establishing an AEZ Unit, supporting the integration of Sustainable Land Management (SLM) into rational planning and decision-making for SLM and Farmer Field Schools and other extension services, and identifying and developing suitable options for SLM.Reporting LinesUnder the overall managerial administrative leadership of the FAO Representative in Angola, positions filled through this roster for this project will be executed under the direct supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) and the National Program Coordinator (NPC) in close collaboration with the Geospatial Unit at the Land and Water Division (NSL).Technical FocusThe purpose of this position is to ensure the execution of core tasks related to AEZ, environmental land degradation monitoring, SLM planning and guidance for the implementation of SLM practices, while providing methodological training and supervision of different types of beneficiaries.The positions to be filled will be part of a multidisciplinary team to conduct activities, research and analysis related to Agro-Ecological Zoning and environmental monitoring (with emphasis on land degradation) to support the practical implementation of Sustainable Land Management (SLM).
Tasks and responsibilities
  • Provide the technical support in geospatial related activities;
  • Lead GIS/RS activities, provide trainings and support enhancing national technical capacities on AEZ and geospatial analysis;
  • Provide technical support for the gaps and needs analysis and identification of geospatial requirements for all project activities;
  • Prepare geospatial datasets in support to project activities according to agreed international standards (data, metadata etc.);
  • Prepare the project geospatial database and management structure, taking into consideration all project components, activities and needs in geospatial datasets;
  • Develop methodological guidance documents for land monitoring, monitoring land and water resources, agro-climatic conditions, crop yield and area monitoring, as well as national and international indicators such as for land degradation neutrality and land suitability analysis and field validation for identified sustainable land management technologies and approaches;
  • Prepare the methodological guidance for the land and water resource management information system;
  • Prepare agro-ecological zoning information, land suitability analysis, geospatial data for the land and resource information management system;
  • Undertake, with national partners, field visits for the validation of the methodological approaches;
  • Prepare training materials and technical reports presenting the results from AEZ and land degradation related analysis;
  • Participate in the design and planning of the capacity development program on geospatial technologies, AEZ /LD monitoring for SLM, including preparation of training and workshop materials;
  • Contribute to FAO AEZ related activities in close collaboration with the FAO Geospatial Unit at Land and Water Division;
  • Identify national and sub-national frameworks, criteria, indicators and data relevant to achieve land degradation neutrality, sustainable land management and ecosystem restoration;
  • Assist in any other tasks under the projects at the instruction of the LTO, the CTA and the NPC.
Minimum Requirements
  • University degree in geography, environmental sciences, agronomy, geo-informatics, GIS/RS, SLM/NRM, soil science and water management;
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO official languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian) for Consultants. Working knowledge of English for PSA.SBS;
  • At least 1 year of experience in the fields of Agro-Ecological Zoning, Sustainable Land Management or Natural Resource Management.
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Technical/Functional Skills
  • Experience related to land cover and forest cover mapping and monitoring using remote sensing;
  • Excellent technical knowledge on RS/GIS software;
  • Experience in natural resource management and monitoring;
  • Strong coordination and facilitation skills;
  • Proven documentation skills;
  • Team player and ability to work well in a multi-cultural environment.
Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency
FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list
If you are in possession of language certificate/s from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT), please attach the certificate/s when submitting the application.
For more information, visit the FAO employment website
To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadlineIf you need help please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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