Agricultural Officer (Plant Nutrition), Rome, Italy

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

Country: Italy

City: Rome, Italy

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Thursday, 1 April 2021


Agricultural Officer (Plant Nutrition)

Job Posting: 11/Mar/2021

Closure Date: 01/Apr/2021, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : NSP

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : Professional

Grade Level : P-3

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : Fixed term: 2 years with possibility of extension

Post Number : 0073431

CCOG Code : 1H01

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The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments.

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

The Plant Production and Protection Division (NSP) promotes the transition to sustainable crop production systems. It promotes an integrated approach for crop production policies and practices within the framework of sustainable food and agriculture and its underlying principles: increasing productivity and resource use efficiency, conservation and management of natural resources, enhancing resilience to climate change and improvement of livelihoods and governance. The post is located in the Ecosystem Approach to Crop Production Intensification Team (NSPED), one of six teams in NSP. NSPED provides technical support, guidance and advice to countries aimed at sustainably increasing crop production taking an integrated, Agroecological approach, harnessing eco-system services and promoting soil health and fertility.

Reporting Lines

The Agricultural Officer reports to the Senior Agricultural Officer/Team Leader, NSPED.

Technical Focus

Contribute to sustainable agriculture and food security from a nutrient management perspective by developing integrated soil nutrient management concepts, strategies, practices, and guidelines with a focus on plant nutrition and the efficient use of nutrient inputs including fertilizers.

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 divisions/offices 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

Provides policy and technical inputs for effective and efficient use of plant nutrients that meet agricultural demands and minimize nutrient losses to the environment, thus enhance sustainable agriculture.

Promotes approaches, strategies and practices for recycling of nutrients for agricultural and other land uses to reduce the environmental impacts of excess nutrients in the biosphere.

Collects information and up-dates FAO’s Fertibase and Integrated Plant Nutrition Information System (IPINS) on fertilizers, provides statistics on the use of fertilizer in major agro-ecosystems and contributes to relevant publications.

Promotes collaboration between all stakeholders involved for responsible and sustainable development, production, use and management of fertilizers and reused and recycled nutrients

Provides technical advice and support to emergency response and rehabilitation interventions involving provision of fertilizers and technical clearance of inputs in procurement

Provides policy and technical input and advice on sustainable soil nutrient management and plant nutrition in support of programmes and projects on sustainable crop production intensification.

Identifies, evaluates and disseminates relevant information and best practices to promote efficient use of plant nutrient inputs in the support of sustainable cropping systems.

Contributes to work on conservation agriculture and climate change.

Collects information and up-dates FAO’s Fertibase and Integrated Plant Nutrition Information System (IPINS) on fertilizers, provides statistics on the use of fertilizer in major agro-ecosystems and contributes to relevant publications.

Provides technical advice and support to emergency response and rehabilitation interventions involving provision of fertilizers.

Provides technical clearance of inputs in procurement.


Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree in agriculture/agronomy or a related field with emphasis on soil management and plant nutrition. Five years of relevant experience in soil management and the efficient use of nutrient inputs in cropping systems including experience in developing countries

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


Results Focus



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

Extent and relevance of experience and knowledge of plant nutrition in the context of sustainable crop production systems.

Demonstrated knowledge and experience in related fields of soil management and soil-ecology in the context of smallholder farming systems.

Demonstrated experience in collecting, analyzing and disseminating technical information and data.

Experience in the preparation, editing and revision of technical/scientific documents and in organizing meetings and workshops.

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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