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Field Officer Job Vacancy - NGO

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Vacancy Announcement No:
Issued on: 17 November 2014   
Deadline for Application: 30 November 2014    

Position Title: 
Fisheries Field Officer

Grade Level: SC8             

Contract Type: 
National Personnel Project   

Duty Station: Barbera   
Organizational Unit: FAO-Somalia
Duration: 3 months   
Eligible Candidates: Somali nationals only   
Anticipated start date: Immediately   

General Description of Tasks and Objectives to be Achieved

Under the overall supervision of the FAOSO Officer in Charge and direct supervision of the Fisheries Coordinator and the technical supervision of the international fisheries officers/consultants of FAOSO, the duties and responsibilities of the Fisheries Officer will be;

  • Support the FAO fisheries staff to deliver the boat building, infrastructure, fish consumption and research components of the fisheries program as well as any other required fisheries sector program activity.
  • Specifically Support FAOSO consultants during on-going technical capacity building to Somali boat builders while manufacturing the mould systems and to build new designed fishing crafts under the FAOSO Fisheries Fleet Renewal Program.
  • Support FAOSO consultants and partners with Fish consumption promotion, post-harvest and value added fish processing activities.
  • Develop regular communications with Ministry of Fisheries (“MoF” Somaliland) and other partners to integrate FAO activities harmoniously within the development plans and objectives of the MoF.
  • Establish dialogue with local fishermen/ fishermen’s associations and coastal communities to develop an understanding of local requirements/constraints and issues to be considered under project activities.
  • Facilitate trainings to fishermen on how to prepare business plans for the applications for loans for newly designed boats and other available finance.
  • Perform other related duties as required
Key Performance Indicators
Minimum Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in fisheries related studies development and/or, business studies.
Work Experience: At least three years relevant work experience

Technical Competencies and Experience Requirements
  • Relevant experience in fisheries will be an asset
  • Ability to act as a liaison person between government officials, community and FAO.
  • Previous work experience working/living in Berbera, preferably with development work will be an added advantage.
  • Current Somaliland Drivers Licence
Languages: Working knowledge (level C) of the FAO official language used for communication within the country (English, French or Spanish) and working knowledge of the local language(s) (Somali) is required.

IT Skills:
  • Ability to effectively use standard office software, such as MS Office (Windows, Word, Outlook, Excel, Exchange) etc. 
  • Ability to use accounting software and other information systems and databases to insert data, make enquiries, retrieve/define ad hoc reports and analyses and edit results in appropriate format.
Office Management Skills:
  • Systematic, well structured and efficient approach to work assignments. 
  • Analytical ability, accuracy and consistency. 
  • Exercise diligence and care in dealing with records and expenditures.
Interpersonal Communications and Teamwork Skills:
  • The incumbent must possess a cooperative spirit, flexibility and openness to work in an international environment. 
  • Tact and courtesy. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural background. 
To Apply: 

Candidates are requested to submit a covering letter quoting the Position Title and Vacancy Announcement No. FAO/31/2014 along with their current/detailed Curriculum Vitae and FAO Personal Profile Form (PPF) available

E-mail is the preferred means of receipt and the application should be sent to

Applications must be received by the deadline.

Late applications will not be considered.

Only short listed candidates meeting all essential qualifications will be contacted.

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