Job Description

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• All selected candidates will 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 Fisheries Division is responsible for all programmes and activities related to fisheries and aquaculture and their sustainable development, with particular emphasis on human well-being, Food Security and poverty reduction; sustained production systems including through the protection of the environment and preservation of Biodiversity and the promotion of responsible fishing practices; post-harvest utilization, marketing and trade with due regard to food security and the well-being of fishing communities; collection, compilation, validation, trend Analysis and dissemination of the best available and up-to-date fishery statistics and for the syndication of the FAO information on all aspects of world fisheries and aquaculture.

The post is located in the Fishery Information and Knowledge Management Team (NFISI), which holds the responsibility for fulfilling the functions of the Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA) and Fishery Resources Monitoring System (FIRMS) Secretariats and supporting web-based information dissemination.

Reporting Lines

The Fishery Officer (Information) reports to the Senior Fishery Officer (NFISI Team Leader).

Technical Focus

Technical editing / web-master for web-based information dissemination; international collaborative information systems; subject, taxonomic and geographic indexing; fisheries, aquaculture and aquatic science and policy information; information metadata Key Results

Collection and analysis of information, data and statistics and project / meeting services to support programme projects, products and services Key Functions

• Collects and analyses relevant technical, social, economic, environmental, institutional and technology related information, data and/or statistics to support the delivery of programme projects, products and services; • Undertakes analysis, provides technical input for plans and reports and edits/revises technical/scientific documents; • Participates in the development of improved work methods, tools and systems; • Updates databases and web pages; • Participates in multidisciplinary project/work teams; • Collaborates in the development of training tools and materials and the organization of workshops/seminars etc.; • Participates in the organization, conduct and follow-up of meetings, consultations and conferences, the development/production of required materials and the provision of information and assistance to partners.

Specific Functions

• Acts as focal point for web content and technical editing for ASFA, FIRMS, and NFI websites, ensuring access to up-to-date content, supporting communication with regular alignment of content [and information architecture], and overseeing the maintenance of subsites components; • Monitors proper functioning of web services delivered through websites, and coordinate/oversee the necessary modifications and technical improvements to these services, through interaction with relevant staff and ensuring compliance with corporate standards; • Supports regular development, revamping or migration projects of websites, archival or recycling of knowledge assets of phased-out sites, including by technical contributions to their Governance body; • Contributes to Impact Evaluation of web-based disseminated resources, through web trend extractions and analyses (including altmetric) for individual publications and websites, and report to management; • Supports the development of communication and outreach material in close consultation with Teams / Project leaders and Communication Officer, coordinating and addressing technical issues related to web-based communication, formatting, processing and dispatching programmatic newsletter; • Contributes to the creation, management, enrichment of internet based collaborative platforms and social media, including through further development of the tutorials and training material.


Minimum Requirements

• Advanced university degree in biology, aquatic and/or fishery sciences, or related fields; • Three years of relevant experience in fishery management and/or research, fishery information systems including experience in reviewing and editing documentation and scientific web-based information; • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).


• 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; • Extent and relevance of experience in technical editing for the web and ability to prepare documents for communication; • Extent and relevance of experience and knowledge regarding data, statistics and information used to support aquatic sciences and policies in fisheries and aquaculture; • Extent and relevance of experience in the use of databases Management Systems, web-publishing and Design tools, and internet-based media outreach tools, and of related FAO corporate tools and policies (HTML, XML, Adobe DC tools, PWS 3.0, corporate CMS, Sharepoint, and social media - Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Slideshare, Facebook, Vevo); • Extent and relevance of experience in project planning and monitoring, and in working collaboratively.

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