Fishery Officer P-3

Rome | Rome

Organizational Setting

The Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division (FIA) is responsible for the economic, social, institutional, governance and policy aspects of FAO’s activities related to fisheries and aquaculture and their development, with particular emphasis on human well-being, food security and poverty reduction; post-harvest utilization, marketing and trade with due regard to the protection of the environment, food security and the well-being of fishing communities; collection, compilation, validation, trend analysis and dissemination of the best available and up-to-date fishery statistics and for the syndication of the FAO information on all aspects of world fisheries and aquaculture. The Division is also responsible for FAO’s activities related to the management and conservation of the living aquatic resources used by fisheries and aquaculture, including the biodiversity and ecosystem maintenance, with particular emphasis on most vulnerable and threatened species and habitats; management of responsible fisheries and aquaculture in accordance with modern management standards and best practices; development of fisheries technology, with due regard to the protection of the environment, food security and the well-being of fishing communities, including the safety of fishers and fishing vessels.

Reporting Lines

The Fishery Officer reports to the Senior Fisheries Officer, FIAP

Technical Focus

Monitoring, planning, formulation, implementation and technical support of programmes and activities in the field of enhanced responsible global governance of fisheries and aquaculture.

Key Results

Research, technical analysis, and project related services to support the delivery of programme projects, products, and services.

Key Functions

· Researches and analyzes technical, social, economic, environmental, institutional, and technology related information, data and statistics and/or related policy issues to support the delivery of programme projects, products and services

· Produces a variety of technical information, data, statistics and reports as well as input for technical documents and web pages.

· Provides technical support/analysis to various assessments, studies and initiatives and provides technical backstopping to field projects.

· Collaborates in the development of improved/updated tools, systems, processes, and databases.

· Participates on multi-disciplinary teams, and/or leads working groups/teams collaborates with other departments and agencies on work groups and committees and promotes best practices.

· Collaborates in, provides technical backstopping to and ensures the quality / effectiveness of capacity development activities within member countries such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning materials, on-line tools.

· Promotes knowledge sharing and best practices at international meetings and conferences and influences partners in stakeholder consultations.

· Supports resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate strategy.

Specific Functions

· Monitors and contributes as relevant to regional and global fora regarding the implementation and functioning of fisheries governance, policy and management frameworks on topics including the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Conservation on Biological Diversity and related Aichi targets, the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species and related instruments – particularly for the development of sustainable fisheries at global and regional levels.

· Liaises with relevant UN agencies and other international and regional entities to promote the sustainable use and conservation of living marine resources.

· Facilitates and supports the work of the Secretary of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI), the Secretary of the Regional Fishery Body Secretariats Network (RSN), and various regional fisheries bodies (RFBs), including technical support, as appropriate.

· Contributes to capacity development programmes and other initiatives to support the strengthening of regional and national fisheries development plans in line with international instruments and guidelines.

· Assists in the work of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department in disaster preparedness, prevention and emergency response, including “Building Back Better” and resilience enhancement.


Minimum Requirements

· Advanced university degree in marine policy / marine affairs, fisheries economics, or international development with a specialization in fisheries governance, policy and management or other related fields

· Five years of relevant experience in the development and/or implementation of global and regional fishery instruments, initiatives, policies and programmes, or a related field

· Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian


· Results Focus

· Teamwork

· 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 is desirable

· Experience and knowledge in supporting and participating in global and regional fisheries and aquaculture mechanisms;

· Ability to analyze complex fisheries governance and development and emergency issues, at country, regional and global levels;

· Experience in the analysis and formulation of policies and projects for sustainability improvement and resilience building in the fisheries and aquaculture governance sector;

· Ability to coordinate and organize international symposia, conferences, and training relating to the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and related instruments.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


· All candidates should possess computer/word processing skills.

· Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

· Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your iRecruitment online profile (see “*How to Apply*”). We strongly recommend that you ensure that the information is accurate and complete including employment record, academic qualifications and language skills.

· Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognised in the IAU/UNESCO list.

· Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice and the endorsed candidates will be considered for the Employment Roster for a period of 2 years.

· Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments.


A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link:

To apply, visit the iRecruitment website at and complete your online profile. Only applications received through iRecruitment will be considered.

Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile.

Vacancies will be removed from iRecruitment at 23:59 Central European Time (CET) on the deadline for applications date. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date. If you need help, or have queries, please contact:

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome | Rome
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Closing Date: 2016-03-07

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