National Policy Specialist

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Application deadline 5 months ago: Thursday 1 Sep 2022 at 21:59 UTC

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Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Sub Regional Office for the Pacific (SAP) covers 14 member countries. These countries are Cook Islands, Micronesia (the Federated States), Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau (territory of New Zealand), Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. FAO SAP is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing strategies with the member countries for addressing sub regional agriculture, food, nutrition and rural development priorities. The Sub Regional Office is a subsidiary of FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) in Bangkok.

In 2021, the Samoa Ministry of Agriculture (MAF) requested FAO SAP to support with the development of a Samoa Agriculture Sector Climate Change Policy, which will include crops, livestock, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture. MAF has highlighted the need for the Agriculture Sectors (crops, livestock, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture) to have in place guidance on the course of actions that consider the long-term impact of climate change on the sectors. The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Sector’s Climate Change Policy will provide the policy guidance and will align with the Agriculture Sector Plan (currently under review) and the Samoa National Climate Change Policy.

Reporting Lines

The incumbent will be under the overall supervision of the FAO Sub-Regional Coordinator for the Pacific Islands and the direct supervision of the Policy Officer/Lead Technical Officer (LTO) and the Natural Resource – Climate Change Officer. The specialist will work closely with the LTO, Natural Resource Officer, and the International Consultant for the Samoa Agriculture and Climate Change Policy.

Technical Focus

To support the consultation and research process for the development of the Samoa Agriculture and Climate Change Policy.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Organize logistics (invites, venue, catering etc.) for the project inception workshop to introduce the project and discuss the project activities, assist the International Consultant to confirm project work-plan/timeline for implementation of activities, and present a consultation plan and support development of meeting papers and draft meeting report;
  • Support the desk review process led by the International Consultant for the Samoa Agriculture and Climate Change Policy by carrying out research on key documents needed;
  • Organize the relevant logistics (invites, venue, catering etc.) for the national consultation and finalize consultation plan with the International Consultant and FAO, and assist the International Consultant to develop questions for the national consultation, prepare a PPT, agenda and other relevant documents required for the national stakeholder consultations and draft consultation report;
  • Support the Lead Consultant in the collection of information from the stakeholders and/or hold individual consultations with stakeholders as required by the International Consultant and provide the necessary reports for these individual consultations;
  • Assist International Consultant with collation and compilation of additional information required for the development of the Samoa Agriculture Sector Climate Change Policy;
  • Lead and facilitate together with key government counterpart the logistics for the validation workshop and participate in the validation workshop and prepare workshop report;
  • Assist in finalizing of the Samoa Agriculture Sector Climate Change Policy;
  • Perform any other duties as required by LTO.


Minimum Requirements

  • University diploma or degree in International Development Studies, Food Security, Agriculture, Fisheries, Climate Change, Gender Studies, Policy, Economics, Political Sciences, or other relevant field.
  • 3 years of relevant experience in the international development sector and/or policy development;
  • Working knowledge of English

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Ability to prepare concise reports according to United Nations standards and donor requirements.
  • Experience working in the Pacific Small Islands Developing States and knowledgeable of their priorities.
  • Knowledge of Samoan cultural protocols and local language is highly desirable;


  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help please contact: [email protected]
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at
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  • 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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