Senior Fishery Officer (Secretary SWIOFC), Maputo, Mozambique

Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Country: Mozambique

City: Maputo, Mozambique

Office: FAO Representation in Mozambique

Closing date: Wednesday, 13 January 2021


Senior Fishery Officer (Secretary SWIOFC)

Job Posting: 23/Dec/2020

Closure Date: 13/Jan/2021, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : SFS

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : Professional

Grade Level : P-5

Primary Location: Mozambique-Maputo

Duration : Fixed term: two years with possibility of extension

Post Number : 0827142

CCOG Code : 1H05

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FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture

Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member nations and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply for this position

FAO does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization.

Organizational Setting

FAO’s Sub regional Office for Southern Africa 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). It assists the FAO Representations (FAORs) in the subregion with addressing subregional food security, agriculture and rural development issues at country level. The Subregional Office is a subsidiary of FAO’s Regional Office for Africa.

Reporting Lines

The Senior Fisheries Officer reports to the Subregional Coordinator while maintaining regular contact with FAO Headquarters in Rome for functional guidance on matters relating to policy, governance and management support in the fisheries sector and working closely with RAF on regional issues.

Technical Focus

Coordination and leadership of fisheries duties at the sub regional and regional level.

Key Results

Leadership and technical expertise for the planning, development and implementation of Regional Programmes of work, projects, products, services in the fisheries sector, in accordance with Regional objectives and FAO Strategic Objectives and in alignment with the Organization’s Gender Policy.

Key Functions

Plans, manages, or leads highly specialized or multi-disciplinary teams, leads, coordinates, and/or participates in Regional committees, project teams, and working groups, and/or provides technical leadership/secretariat services on technical networks and/or international technical policy and standard setting bodies;
Analyzes global and country specific requirements and relevant technical issues to provide critical input into the FAO Strategic Objectives, Programme of Work, work plans and the supporting budgets and/or resourcing strategies;
Implements and monitors programmes of work involving the development of the approach, evidence based strategies, and related tools, methodologies and the supporting system/database, monitoring and reporting frameworks;
Conducts, designs and oversees research and analysis activities to support the development of technical standards, international instruments, innovation, technical reports, publications and/or on-going programme development as well as the provision of technical and/or policy advisory services;
Provides technical and policy advice to Member countries and technical support to decentralized offices in the development and implementation of their programmes;
Leads and/or collaborates in, provides technical backstopping to and ensures the quality / effectiveness of capacity development and knowledge sharing activities within member countries such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning, on-line tools;
Represents the Organization at international meetings and conferences, identifies and implements strategic partnerships, advocates best practices and increased policy dialogue and develops and negotiates effective working relationships/consensus and agreements with international and national stakeholders;
Act as Secretary of designed FAO regional fishery bodies;
Leads and/or participates in resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate strategy.

Specific Functions

Acts Secretary of the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission (SWIOFC), based in Maputo, Mozambique;
Organizes and facilitates sessions of SWIOFC and its subsidiary bodies;
Ensures the implementation of the decisions and recommendations of this body, including the carrying out of its programme of work and publications;
Liaises with the appropriate government officials, fishery institutions and international governmental and non-governmental organizations concerned with fisheries through visits and correspondence;
Provides advice to national fisheries institutions on request, on fisheries policy, development and management;
Collaborates with and supports the development of the capacity of regional/sub-regional fisheries management organisations, regional economic groupings, and regional partners of the SWIOFC including the Indian Ocean Commission to leverage FAO’s inputs and visibility;
Promotes sustainable fish production and utilisation for food and livelihoods through initiation and formulation of projects;
Encourages and monitors the implementation of the FAO Code of Conduct for responsible fisheries and related fisheries instruments


Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree in fisheries science, natural resource management or related fields.

Ten years of relevant experience in fisheries management trade, fishery products safety and quality, field of statistics and data management of fisheries, or related fields

Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish)


Results Focus

Leading, Engaging and Empowering


Partnering and Advocating

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Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Strategic Thinking

Technical/Functional Skills

Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is essential

Extent and relevance of experience in fisheries development, management and policy, preferably in Southern Africa

Extent and relevance of experience leading teams, working within a multi-disciplinary team, supporting others, and fostering a positive team environment

Extent and relevance of experience in working with Regional Fisheries Bodies is an asset

Extent and relevance of experience in planning and implementation of programmes and projects related to fisheries development, management, and policy.

Demonstrated ability to mobilize resources

Extent and relevance of experience in organizing international meetings, seminars and training courses

Working knowledge of French is considered a strong asset.

FAO staff are expected to adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


Extension of fixed term appointments is based on certification of performance and availability of funds

FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment.


A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link: allowances/salary.htm Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:

Dependency allowances

Rental subsidy

Education grant for children

Home leave travel

30 working days of annual leave per year

Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund

International health insurance; optional life insurance

Disability protection

FAO encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes:

elements of family-friendly policies

flexible working arrangements

standards of conduct.


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