National Gender Specialist , Baku, Azerbaijan

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

Country: Azerbaijan

City: Baku

Office: FAO in Baku, Azerbaijan

Closing date: Wednesday, 15 March 2023


National Gender Specialist

Job Posting: 01/Mar/2023

Closure Date: 15/Mar/2023, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FEAZE

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Azerbaijan-Baku

Duration : 20 days of WAE, until end of June, 2023

Post Number : N/A

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

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 Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply

Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values

FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination

All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

Organizational Setting

Land degradation in Azerbaijan is a challenging issue that affects the natural capital, food security, and well-being and health of the inhabitants of the country. The Project "Towards a Land Degradation-Neutral Azerbaijan (GCP/AZE/019/GFF)" targets to support the national efforts to develop and implement LDN national targets and demonstrate Sustainable Land Management (SLM) practices in the Absheron Peninsula and surrounding areas, contributing to the rehabilitation of degraded lands and improved livelihood resilience. The Project is aiming to apply a landscape approach that addresses issues in a multifaceted manner, integrating sectors, involving stakeholders, and working at different scales - tackling the underlying causes of degradation and challenges related to land degradation and land degradation neutrality. The project will work to formulate comprehensive land-use planning to rationalize land use in a way that addresses interconnectedness and trade-offs across multiple land-use types, promote good governance to align policy directives at the national and sub-national level, and promote innovations in SLM.

Reporting Lines

Under the general supervision of the FAO Representative in Azerbaijan, direct supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative, the technical backstopping of the Lead Technical Officer (FAO REU), and guidance from the National Programme Coordinator

Tasks and responsibilities

Under the general supervision of the FAO Representative in Azerbaijan, direct supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative, the technical backstopping of the Lead Technical Officer (FAO REU), and guidance from the National Programme Coordinator, and in close collaboration with the International Gender Expert, the incumbent will be responsible for providing the technical support required to ensure effective implementation of the project’s gender action plan (GAP).

Under the overall guidance of an international gender expert (IC) and in consultation with key stakeholders, support review/revision of the project’s GAP to ensure relevance/update as needed.

Support the IC in preparation of a detailed GAP implementation plan with clear timelines and indicators to operationalize the project’s GAP.

Support the IC in collecting and analysing sex-disaggregated data (where relevant); undertake consultations with stakeholders to collect inputs and define concrete measures aiming at eliminating gender inequalities in the areas of implementation of the project.

Participation in field visits and workshops as required.

Provide other related inputs and deliverables as requested.


Minimum Requirements

Post-graduate university degree in social or natural sciences (or other relevant disciplines), with a specialization in gender studies.

At least 5 years of practical working experience in gender mainstreaming, women’s empowerment, and sustainable development, preferably in an area pertinent to natural resource management, agriculture, and other connected fields.

Working knowledge of Azerbaijani and English is required.

National or Resident of Azerbaijan with work permit

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Demonstrate integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards.

Familiarity with gender analysis tools and methodologies in natural resources management and sustainable development.

Strong analytical, reporting, and writing abilities skills.

Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with a range of stakeholders - national government, local governments, and rural population.

Demonstrated experience carrying out participatory gender analysis, collecting and formulating gender-responsive indicators and sex-disaggregated data, and developing/implementing gender action plans.

Ability to analyse policy documents and make constructive policy suggestions, including knowledge of gender analysis.

Proven track record of drafting relevant materials (publication, reports, and related documentation).

Experience in conducting gender equality training or stakeholder meetings would be an asset.

Experience working with the UN agencies and/or GEF is desired.

Knowledge of the principles of gender-responsive communications.

Ability to work under pressure and stressful situations, and to meet tight deadlines.

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


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To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills

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

Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application

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