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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

JOB TITLE: National Expert (Climate Change Capacity Development and Mainstreaming)
NPP (Republic of Vanuatu)
11 months (with possibility of extension up to 18 months)

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best
serve FAO Members in all regions.
Qualified female applicants and qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member countries are
encouraged to apply.
Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.
All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
Organizational Setting
The Climate and Environment Division of FAO assists member countries in policy development, planning and responses
towards the challenges of climate change; This includes the promotion of adaptive capacities and climate resilience, as
well as the mitigation of climate change within agricultural sectors, and support to Disaster Risk Reduction in context
of extreme climate risks and extreme events. It provides a coordination role in FAO on climate change and related
issues as well as disaster risk reduction and climate risk management. The Division also serves as the focal point for a
multidisciplinary and global approach to bioenergy. The international consultancy position is to support implementation
of the project “Assisting Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to integrate the agricultural sectors into climate change
priorities and nationally determined contributions (NDCs)“ and located in the Climate Impact, Adaptation and
Environment Team.
Reporting Lines
The national expert will work under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative for the Republic of Vanuatu, FAO
Subregional Coordinator in Apia, Samoa and technical supervision of Lead Technical Officer (LTO) of the project (GCP/
GLO/726/ITA), and relevant technical units in regional and subregional offices of FAO and in close collaboration with the
climate change advisor (The Pacific Islands), and other project staff and partner agencies.
Tasks and responsibilities
The National Expert (Climate Change Capacity Development and Mainstreaming) will conduct the following major tasks
at national level in the Republic of Vanuatu:
•	lead the capacity development and climate change mainstreaming processes and provide technical support
to integrate agricultural sector priorities into the climate change policies, plans and NDCs;
•	prepare a detailed workplan together with the climate change advisor and systematically implement the
plan at the national level along with the national counterpart agencies;
•	organize and conduct policy dialogues, workshops/meetings, brain storming sessions at the national level
to explain the project objectives and activities and to identify priorities related to climate change adaptation
and mitigation in agriculture sectors
•	prepare and implement a road map to integrate agricultural and food security perspectives into climate
change policies, plans and strategies; and NAP/NAMA/DRM plans and NDCs;
•	synthesize information on climate risks, vulnerabilities and impacts of climate change on agricultural sectors
at the country level;
•	collect and analyze relevant primary and secondary data related to climate change impacts, adaptation and
mitigation from the national, district and community levels as and when required;
•	identify existing analysis tools, methods, data and information at the national level for climate change
adaptation and mitigation planning in the agricultural sectors;
•	conduct training needs assessments and organize national/local level training programmes, awareness
creation process and prepare relevant training and awareness raising resources;
Assist with integration of gender perspectives into the training manuals produced by the project
•	support to organize adaptation pilots to test and familiarize viable adaptation practices and new innovations
at community levels and liaise with the NGOs and civil society organizations for successful implementation
of the adaptation pilot projects;
•	facilitate broader replication of successfully tested adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk reduction
practices and technology options;
•	assist the national counterparts, the climate change advisor at subregional level and LTO of the project to
prepare climate change programmes for potential financing through GCF and other climate funds;
•	assist project monitoring and evaluation activities including collection of baseline information, stocktaking
of ongoing and completed projects on climate change adaptation and mitigation in agricultural sectors; and
prepare periodical reports and submit to FAOR and concerned technical officers.
Minimum Requirements
•	Master degree in agriculture/livestock/fisheries, natural resources management and/or related subjects
together with climate change capacity development, mainstreaming and programming expertise.
•	Experience of policy support, mainstreaming and preparation of climate change programme/project
proposals will be an advantage.
Working knowledge of English.
National of the country of assignment.
Technical/Functional Skills
Extent and relevance of work experience in the Republic of Vanuatu
•	Extent and relevance of experience or knowledge of issues related to climate change and agriculture in the
Republic of Vanuatu
•	Extent and relevance of experience in the formulation of development/investment projects related to
climate change in agriculture
•	Extent and relevance of experience in implementation and monitoring of programme/projects and in
providing technical assistance/ support to Small Island Developing States in the field of climate change
adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk reduction in agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors
•	Extent and relevance of experience in the preparation of technical and policy reports, guidelines and
manuals in the fields of climate change adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk reduction in agriculture,
forestry and fisheries, and related capacity development activities
Working knowledge of local language will be considered an asset.
Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and
•	FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting,
•	Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help, or have queries, please contact:
Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
•	Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official
examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the
online applications.
For other issues, visit the FAO employment website:
To apply, visit the iRecruitment website at and complete
your online profile. Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile.
Applications in hard copy should be sent to:
Assistant FAO (Program) Representative for Vanuatu
“YUMI GO HAOS” Building
C/- Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity
PMB 9039, Port Vila, Vanuatu
If you need help, or have queries, please contact:


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