Deadline: 1 November 2020
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Standard Setting specialist in Rome, Italy. The duration of this post is 11 months.
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.
Key Job Responsibilities
The Standard Setting specialist will perform the following functions-
- Assist the implementation of the Standard Setting Unit activities according the workplan, with particular regard to the IPPC Standard Setting Procedure and standard operating procedures.
- Review, update, communicate and disseminate materials on the Standard Setting activities and integrate broader information in the International Phytosanitary Portal (IPP) and provide, upon request, an input into outreach material.
- Contribute to the preparation and coordination of the Standards Committee, Technical Panels and Expert Working Groups international/regional/online meetings (review discussion papers, note taking, assistance in the development of standards, training on the online comment system) in view to follow the standard setting procedure and ensure the preparation of the reports.
- Coordinate the update of the 2020 Standard Setting Procedure manual, in consultation with colleagues.
- Draft and update standard operating procedures (SOPs) within assigned areas of responsibility.
- Liaise with the members of the Standards Committee, Technical Panels and Expert Working Groups.
- Liaise with the national plant protection organizations and regional plant protection organizations to the Standards Committee for obtaining regular updates on calls for experts, authors and topics.
- Oversee the update of the List of topics for IPPC standards in six languages, including liaising with colleagues for necessary input.
- Provide support to the ongoing work of the Standards Committee during consultation and notification periods for draft ISPMs and specifications, including liaison with colleagues (tracking, editing, translation, provision of documents for stewards, etc) and drafting and revisions of documents.
- Involve in coordination of activities relating to the International Year of Plant Health.
Applicants must have:
- University Degree in agriculture, natural science, international relations, business, public administration, social science or a related field.
- 3 year’s experience in supporting development and implementation of technical programmes/projects, policy support, capacity development activities, development of advocacy materials and tools and implementation of international instruments.
- Experience in more than one location or area of work.
- Experience in drafting studies and report including in-depth analysis.
- Familiarity with alert and response systems, in particular related to plant protection.
- Knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one other UN official language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or Russian).
How to Apply
Applicants must submit applications through online process.
For more information, visit FAO.