Legal professional specialized in prior consultation processes

Job announcement : Aug 24, 2023

Unpublishing date : 07/09/2023, 21:59:00

Organizational Unit: FAO Colombia

Position type : Temporary work

Requisition Type: NPP (National Project Personnel)

Grade Level: N/A

Main location : Colombia-Bogota

Duration: 3 months trial period, renewable

Position Number: N/A

FAO seeks to ensure gender, geographic and linguistic diversity among its staff and international consultants, in order to best serve the Organization’s Member States in all regions.

  •  FAO is committed to achieving diversity in its workforce in terms of gender, nationality, origin and culture.
  •  Women, nationals of underrepresented or unrepresented Member States and persons with disabilities who possess the necessary qualifications are encouraged to apply.
  •  Everyone working for FAO must adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct and uphold FAO values.
  •  FAO, as a specialized agency of the United Nations, applies a policy of zero tolerance for conduct incompatible with its statute, objectives and mandate, in particular sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.
  •  All successful candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
  •  All requests will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

Organizational framework

FAO is the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, which leads the international effort for a world free of hunger and malnutrition in which food and agriculture contribute to improving the living standards of all its inhabitants. , especially the poorest, in a sustainable way from an economic, social and environmental point of view. We work to contribute to the fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda and its global goals by promoting sustainable, inclusive and resilient food systems to achieve better production, nutrition, the environment and a better life.

The vacancy is located in Bogotá with travel to the project areas of action. The position belongs to the Natural Resources and Governance area.

Hierarchical dependency

Under the general supervision of the FAO Representative in Colombia, the Program Officer, technical supervision of the Senior Natural Resources and Governance Specialist, the REDD+ Legal Forestry Officer in Rome, the FAO REDD+ Principal Technical Officer (LTO). for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), under the guidance of the legal officer of the Development Law Service and the direct supervision of the GCF-Amazon Vision coordinator, and in coordination with the missionary professional specialized in gender and the component leader of indigenous peoples and social and environmental safeguards.

Field of specialization

The Legal Professional specialized in prior consultation processes is responsible for leading the prior consultation component that the project must develop, in compliance with FAO standards.

Tasks and responsibilities

    •  Prepare a detailed work plan and schedule of activities for the development of contract activities.
    •  Accompany the development of Product 3. Strengthened territorial governance and capacities of indigenous peoples for the sustainable management and conservation of forests and their Activity 3.1 Strengthening the implementation of REDD+ and forest governance in Ethnic Territories.
    •  Work in a coordinated manner with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development team and the GCF-Amazon Vision team.
    •  Write a document that contains the general guidelines that the prior, free and informed consultation process must contain in accordance with international law, FAO directives and Colombian legislation, focusing on REDD+ activities in the Ethnic Territories for the preparation of the consultation free and informed prior. This document must be approved by the forestry officer, REDD+ legal issues in Rome and the Legal Officer of the Development Law Service, in collaboration with the Policy Officer for Indigenous Peoples and Social Inclusion.
    •  Provide strategic guidance for the preparation of the free and informed prior consultation of the Amazon Vision Program so that all legal requirements are explicitly met during all phases of the consultation.
    •  Provide legal guidelines and guidance for the conceptual and methodological design during all phases of the Free and Informed Prior Consultation Process of the Program.
    •  Generate documents and instruments together with the consultation leader, the Minambiente team, REDD Early Moovers -REM- Visión Amazonía and GCF- Visión Amazonía and the Organization of the Indigenous Peoples of the Colombian Amazon (OPIAC), required during all phases of the consultation.
    •  Provide legal technical guidance for the validation and adjustments of the documents that are in the consultation process according to the results of the preceding phases.
    •  Support responses to petition rights, requests for information and other requirements derived from prior consultation.
    •  From their technical competence, participate and provide legal assistance in the spaces for discussion and consultation of the different phases of the consultation.
    •  Facilitate the access of project partners to relevant information for the methodological development of the products, of the prior consultation process.
    •  In close coordination with MinAmbiente, prepare response documents and follow up on information exchanges with indigenous peoples and their organizations.
    •  Participate in work meetings, gender and safeguards training, courses, presentations, and other socialization, training or skills transfer events to which you are designated by the project coordinator.
    •  Ensure the integrity and security of the information handled during the exercise of its activities.
    •  Carry out its activities, in accordance with the parameters and guidelines established by FAO.
    •  Contribute to the preparation of the final documents of the Prior Consultation process in coordination with Minambiente, REM Visión Amazonía and GCF Visión Amazonía Minambiente, OPIAC and the MRA that will be the proposal of the National Government in the Amazon Regional Coordination Table, which includes the report technical and agreed upon and approved documents: a. Proposal for Guarantee Mechanisms, b. modifications to the Amazon Vision Program c. Modifications to the Indigenous Pillar of Amazon Vision.
  •  The consultant must consult, study and appropriate the PROTOCOL FOR REPORTING CASES OF SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND ABUSE OF COMMUNITIES (delivered by Human Management) and immediately report, in accordance with it, the cases that come to their knowledge. FAO Colombia has zero tolerance for any practice of sexual exploitation and abuse.
  •  Promote the generation and dissemination of good practices on gender in accordance with the FAO gender equality policy.
  •  Write, document and present reports on the execution results of planned activities.
  •  Attend to other activities that, in the supervisor’s opinion, are required for the correct execution of the contract.
  •  Any other work related to the subject in charge that is required by the coordination of the project, which is related to the nature of the position.
  •  Facilitate the documentation and systematization of FAO strategic experiences. Fill out in a timely manner at the time of departure from the organization the certificate of handover of the position and, in the case of exercising supervisory functions, monitor the correct handover of the position of the personnel in charge.


Minimum requirements

  •  Legal professional with specialization in sustainable development, environmental law, gender, environmental management, citizen participation, natural resources, human rights, indigenous rights, or similar.
  •  Minimum of six (6) years in protected areas, territorial planning, climate change, resolution of environmental conflicts and related topics, or in prior consultation processes.
  •  Practical knowledge of Spanish (level C) spoken and written.
  •  Colombian nationality.

FAO Core Competencies

  •  Results-based approach
  •  Teamwork
  •  Communication
  •  Establishing effective relationships
  •  Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement

Technical/functional skills

  •  Experience in projects with indigenous communities in the Colombian Amazon.
  •  Extensive knowledge in gender.
  •  Work experience in the development of participatory process methodologies on environmental issues.
  •  Experience in negotiation processes with social actors.
  •  Extensive knowledge of the legal framework of prior consultation in Colombia and the different standards that regulate it at an international level.
  •  Ability to write texts and written documents.
  •  Sensitivity to working with organizations and communities.
  •  Good working relationships with staff and public entities, as well as understanding of the nature of the Public Servant.
  •  Teamwork experience with multidisciplinary and multicultural groups.
  •  Ability to work in a team, good interpersonal relationships and assertive communication skills.
  •  Basic use of computer tools.
  •  Leadership, initiative, creativity, responsibility and flexibility.
  •  Recognized ability to prepare and develop work plans.
  •  Ability to act at all times with extreme discretion with respect to United Nations documents, information and materials.
  •  Permanent attitude and behavior of cordiality, composure, respect and collaboration with all people and organizations with whom you interact.


  •  FAO does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing).
  •  Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help or have questions, please contact: Careers@fao.org
  •  Applications received after the application deadline has expired will not be accepted.
  •  Please be informed that FAO will only consider academic degrees or credentials obtained from an educational institution included in the Global Higher Education Database, which is a list maintained by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/UNESCO. The list can be consulted at: www.whed.net/
  •  For any other questions visit the FAO employment website: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/es/.

It is noted that all candidates should adhere to the Organization’s values ​​of commitment to FAO, respect for all and integrity and transparency.


  •  If you would like to apply, go to the FAO recruitment website (FAO Careers) and complete your online profile.
  •  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.
  •  We advise candidates to submit their application well in advance of the deadline.
  •  If you need help, please contact: Careers@fao.org .


By oytq5