Professional in Environmental Issues

Job announcement: Aug 31, 2023

Unpublishing date: 10/31/2023, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FLCHI – FAO Representation in Chile

Position type: Temporary work

Requisition Type: PSA (Personal Service Agreements)

Grade Level: N/A

Main location: Chile-Santiago

Duration: 11 months

Position Number: N/A

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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

The main objective of FAO country offices, headed by an FAO Representative, is to help governments develop policies, programs and projects to achieve food security and reduce hunger and malnutrition, help develop agricultural, fishing, and forestry sectors and use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

This vacancy is part of the work of the FAO Representation in Chile that considers the transversal perspectives and the main tasks defined by the Government of Chile and for which FAO will focus its support on the following priorities: (i) contribute to the food and nutritional sovereignty and security, through sustainable agri-food systems, to achieve healthy diets without leaving anyone behind; (ii) promote sustainable, efficient and inclusive productive systems, promoting sovereignty and food and nutritional security with territorial relevance; (iii) manage the climate crisis, protection and restoration of ecosystems; and (iv) reduce inequalities, through the inclusion in the economic and social development of rural populations and territories,

National incumbents represent an important source of expertise for FAO and make expert contributions around the world to achieve the Organization’s strategic objectives. To enable FAO to attract and employ the best possible experts in the wide range of technical areas of its mandate, a competitive selection process has been introduced. The objective of this process is to create a pool of candidates who can be called upon when their experience is required, guaranteeing a transparent and rigorous selection process.

These Terms of Reference are related to the requirement to hire a national head with a focus on environmental, climate, biodiversity and other cross-cutting areas inherent to the mandate of FAO in Chile. The owner must support the collection, systematization and analysis of information, as well as the analysis of public policies, instruments and/or regulations in matters related to the mitigation and adaptation to climate change, the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable management of natural resources in the context of food systems.

Hierarchical dependency

Under the general supervision of the FAO Representative in Chile and the direct supervision of the GEF-GCF Task Manager.

Field of specialization

Under the guidelines of the GEF-GCF Task Manager and the FAO Chile Environmental Program team, the holder’s objectives include the collection, systematization and analysis of information and the analysis of public policies, instruments and/or environmental regulations, climate change and/or biodiversity in relation to the topics of the FAO mandate, in consideration of other tasks that may arise for the fulfillment of the objectives and mandates of the FAO Representation in Chile for its contribution to the incorporation of the topics key in the project portfolio and allowing FAO Chile to increase its impact on the public agenda with the possibility of enriching the Representation’s project portfolio.

Tasks and responsibilities

Compile, systematize, and analyze relevant information on environmental, climate change and/or biodiversity issues relevant to the mandate and initiatives of FAO in Chile.

Analysis of public policies, environmental instruments and/or regulations, climate change and/or biodiversity in relation to the topics of the FAO mandate in Chile.

Support the intersection of the country’s key public policies with the international commitments subscribed by the Country.

Support compliance with the Organization’s guidelines at the international level through the work of FAO in Chile.

Maintain close coordination and permanent monitoring with the GEF-GCF Task Manager and, if relevant, with the National Project Coordinators, the Leading Technical Officers of the projects and the FAO Chile Environmental Program team. .

Support other activities related to the mission within the framework of the work of the Environmental Pillar of FAO Chile.


Minimum requirements

Bachelor’s degree in engineering, law, science/natural resources, social sciences.
Verifiable work experience of at least 5 years in topics related to the position.
Native or advanced Spanish level, intermediate English level.
Chilean nationality or resident in the country with a regular work permit.
FAO Core Competencies

Results-based approach
Multidisciplinary teamwork
Effective and timely communication
Establishment of effective relationships
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement
Technical/functional skills

Desirable master’s degree in environmental field, natural resources.
Verifiable experience in information management and report writing.
Verifiable experience in public policies in Chile.
Desirable experience and/or knowledge of national environmental institutions.
Experience and/or knowledge of environmental and/or agri-food systems is desirable.
Desirable knowledge of gender issues and indigenous communities.
Experience in project management and use of planning and management tools.
User level knowledge of Microsoft Office.
Proven coordination ability.
Openness and respect towards differences and sensitivity towards non-discrimination policies based on race, religion, ideology, sex, orientation and gender, disability and illness (including HIV/AIDS).
Good interpersonal relationship and communication.
Proven ability to work in multidisciplinary teams.
Initiative and proactivity.
Ability to work under pressure.
Overview and strategic analysis capacity.
Orientation to results.
Ability and willingness to learn and to generate and share knowledge.

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


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Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact: Careers@fao.org
Applications received after the application deadline 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/
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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.
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