FAO –  Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is Recruiting (2024)

Fishery Officer is Required

FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.

FAO’s goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With 195 members – 194 countries and the European Union, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide.

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Organizational Setting

FAO’s Subregional Office for Southern Africa (SFS) is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing subregional food, agriculture and rural development priorities. It develops and maintains relations with subregion-wide institutions including Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs). The Subregional Office for Southern Africa (SFS) is a subsidiary of the Regional Office for Africa (RAF).

The position is located in the Subregional Office for Southern Africa (SFS) in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Reporting Lines
The Fishery Officer reports to the Fisheries Officer (Secretary, South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission – SWIOFC), SFS.

Technical Focus
Planning, delivery and reporting of the activities under the fisheries management component of the programme.

Key Results
Collection and analysis of information, data and statistics and project/meeting services to support programme projects, products and services.

Key Functions
• Collects and analyses relevant technical, social, economic, environmental, institutional and technology related information, data and/or statistics to support the delivery of programme projects as well as products and services.
• Undertakes analysis, provides technical input for plans and reports and edits/revises technical/scientific documents.
• Participates in the development of improved work methods, tools and systems.
• Updates databases and web pages.
• Participates in multidisciplinary project/work teams.
• Collaborates in the development of training tools and materials and the organization of workshops/seminars, etc.
• Participates in the organization, conduct and follow-up of meetings, consultations and conferences, the development/production of required materials and the provision of information and assistance to partners.

Specific Functions
• Contributes to the implementation, in Southern Africa, of global standards set under the umbrella of the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF).
• Contributes to the development of policies and strategies of the program activities in the fisheries and aquaculture sector, consistent with the FAO Blue Transformation Roadmap.
• Provides technical input for developing fisheries and aquaculture value addition related project proposals and conducts analyses in support of the fisheries and aquaculture activities for reporting.

Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in fisheries, aquaculture, natural resource development or other relevant marine or aquatic sciences, with a specialization in fisheries and aquaculture governance, management, development, economics, or related fields.
• Three years of relevant experience in one of the following: fisheries/ aquaculture management, development  or governance;  statistics or data collection systems of aquatic resources; trade, safety and quality or development of aquatic foods. 
• Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate – level B) of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

• Results Focus
• Team Work
• Communication
• Building effective relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions.
• Extent and relevance of experience in collecting and analysing technical information and data.
• Extent and relevance of knowledge and experience in related fields such as fisheries.
• Extent and relevance of experience in the preparation, editing and revision of technical/scientific documents and in organizing meetings and workshops.
• Extent and relevance of experience in working with scientific bibliographic databases and/or information systems


  • Extension of fixed term appointments is based on certification of performance and availability of funds
  • FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment.
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. 

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