Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Animal Production Officer (Animal Genetic Resources)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Job Description

  The Animal Production and Health Division (NSA) promotes and facilitates the sustainable development of the livestock sector, integrating scientific, technical expertise and policy advice. It hosts technical networks in areas of animal genetics, feed and pastoralism, among others. It provides Analysis and technical assistance and facilitates policy dialogue (including intergovernmental bodies). The post is located in the Animal Production and Genetics Branch (NSAG). The Unit generates information and manages knowledge, facilitates the development and implementation of innovative solutions and provides technical expertise to improve productivity, efficiency and resilience of livestock production. The activities of the Unit cover all production systems, from pastoralism to industrial, including crop-livestock integrated systems; and aim to enhance their sustainability. Reporting Lines The Animal Production Officer reports to the Senior Animal Production Officer (Genetic Resources and Animal Production) and is under the overall supervision of the Director, NSA. Technical Focus Animal Breeding and genetics, with particular emphasis on the application of biotechnologies in the management of animal genetic resources and breeding for genetic disease resistance. Key Results Comprehensive technical and policy expertise to support the planning, development and implementation of divisional programmes, projects, products and services in accordance with FAO’s Strategic Objectives. Key Functions • Plans and leads components of multi-disciplinary teams, leads and/or participates in Organization-wide, cross-divisional committees, project teams, and working groups and/or provides specialized expertise on technical networks and/or international technical policy and standard setting bodies; • Ensures the integration of Gender Equality and women's empowerment in FAO's work, including the disaggregation of data by sex and age where appropriate; • Develops technical, analytical, monitoring and reporting frameworks, and related methodologies, tools, systems and databases etc. to support the planning, implementation/delivery and monitoring of programmes of work, projects, products and/or services; • Designs and conducts research, Data Collection, validation, analysis and/or reporting activities from a Gender Perspective to support the development of technical standards, international instruments, innovative approaches and strategies, new tools, technologies, technical reports/publications, and/or policy proposals as well as the provision of technical/policy/ specialist/advice and expertise; • Responds to country requests for technical and policy assistance, provides technical advice, assistance and solutions to Decentralized Offices and provides technical backstopping to field projects; • Collaborates in, provides technical backstopping to and ensures the quality/effectiveness of Capacity Development and knowledge sharing activities within members such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning materials, online tools; • Promotes international cooperation/advocates best practices, increased policy dialogue and provides technical expertise at international/intergovernmental meetings; • Participates in resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate strategy. Specific Functions • Contributes to FAO's support of countries' implementation of the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources; • Provides technical and normative inputs to the Unit's work on animal breeding with an emphasis on development of guidance on issues in the development and utilisation of genetic disease resistance, in particular to Foot-and-Mouth disease (FMD) and African swine fever (ASF); • Provides comparable inputs to similar work being undertaken by other FAO units, including the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture; • Provides technical and research/scientific leadership in the field of animal genetics and breeding; • Contributes to preparation and implementation of technical cooperation and other projects, including planning work for new project proposals, participation in pre-project missions, thematic planning exercises, back-stopping and reporting and evaluation; • Plans, organizes and conducts expert and consultant meetings; plans and conducts Training Courses and regional seminars and participates in national and international expert consultations, symposia and workshops as required; • Contributes to the preparation of communication tools and products, including websites, technical guidelines and manuals, meeting documents and scientific articles. CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING Minimum Requirements • Advanced university degree in animal science, production, reproduction and/or genetics; • Seven years of relevant experience in animal breeding and genetics; • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish). Competencies • Results Focus • Teamwork • Communication • 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; • Familiarity with gender issues as needed; • Extent and relevance of experience in animal breeding and genetics in developing countries; • Extent and relevance of experience in application of biotechnologies in the management of animal genetic; resources and breeding for genetic disease resistance in livestock.
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