Natural Resources / Environment Specialist

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FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
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Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through the FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

The primary goal of FAO Country Offices is to aid governments in creating policies, programs and projects that secure food security and diminish hunger and malnutrition. They also support the development of agriculture, fisheries, and forestry, ensuring the sustainable use of environmental and natural resources.

Reporting Lines

Under the technical guidance of the LTO and operational supervision of FAOR Nigeria, and direct supervision of the Assistant FAOR Programs, through the National Project Coordinator, the value chain development expert appointed by FAO will work closely with the FAO Representation in Nigeria

Technical Focus

The Specialist’s technical focus is to ensure the effective and efficient day to day assistance and implementation of monitoring activities including planning, monitoring and evaluation and reporting. More specifically, the incumbent will carry out the following tasks\:

Tasks and responsibilities

• Contribute to the content preparation, revising technical documents and facilitate logistical organization of training and regional workshops with partners.
• Supervise and facilitate communities’ consultations and the preparation and restoration of degraded lands in the planned ACReSAL States and/or other localities.
• Facilitate and supervise the seeding and reforestation of plots/sites of lands with herbaceous and woody seeds and seedlings prepared for restoration and rehabilitation.
• Develop Step by step procedures for the Land Restoration manual and provide support, appropriate methodologies and analysis at this level to choose those specific communities that would seek to participate in landscape restoration.;
• Provide technical support to NTFP-related value chains for transformation, income generation and food/feed security activities (for ACReSAL and GGW).
• Contribute to socio-economic impact assessments and documentation on priority value chains in ACReSAL/GGW, including those selected for their nutritional and health value.
• Carry out socio-economic and ecological monitoring with the communities of these planted/seeded plots,
• Support training on and collection of restoration seeds of local species (woody, herbaceous) for the next planting season.
• Collect all the necessary data and photos required for monitoring and reporting on field activities (geo-referencing data; areas covered; survival rates, etc.).
• Carry out and supervise socio-economic and nutritional surveys with ACReSAL/GGW communities and promote the processing of NTFPs.
• Respond to technical related forestry/natural resources issues and land restoration; feedback and clarifications, supporting the country Office.
• Produce a quarterly activity progress report and a final report.
• Perform any other duties as required.
• Coordinate activities across the team and collaborate effectively with other experts and stakeholders.
• Conduct surveys to identify biophysical and social drivers of degraded lands and recommend adaptation and mitigation approaches.
• Assess the awareness of local communities regarding restoration of degraded land, threats, climate change trends, and opportunities for improved management.
• Review and analyse state-level policies related to mangrove management and environmental protection.
• Identify links between social protection components and mangrove management for community livelihood resilience.
• Collaborate with experts to document impacts, publish success stories, and contribute to project results dissemination.
• Perform other related duties as required Perform other related duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

• Advanced university degree (master’s or PhD) in relevant field (Environmental Science, Ecology, Natural Resource Management, Forestry, agriculture, Ecosystem Management, environmental finance, sustainability, environmental engineering, or a similar relevant field).
• Minimum of 10 years of professional experience in the environment and natural resources management sector, including proven experience in restoration of degraded lands, integrated landscapes, environment, forestry, blue economy, community-based development, biodiversity, and protected areas management.
• Knowledge of Collaborative Management Partnerships (CMPs) will be an asset.
• Excellent written and spoken English skills.
• Nigerian nationality with working experience in coastal/mangrove landscapes within the country

FAO Core Competencies

• Results Focus
• Teamwork
• Communication
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

• Strong stakeholder engagement and fieldwork skills.
• Previous experience in Nigerian coastal areas, specifically in mangrove ecosystems.
• Familiarity with international donors’ projects is preferred.
• Proficient computer skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet).
Fluent in English and intermediate proficiency in any main Nigerian language (Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Pidgin)
• Strong understanding of Action Against Desertification as a policy instrument, including the use and design of large-scale restoration Programs; and familiarity with the application of the World Bank’s environmental safeguards policies and ESF.
• Experience in project preparation and supervision in a United Nations Organization or international Agencies.
• Strong client orientation with the ability to build an understanding with government authorities, implementing agency and counterparts.
• Well-developed interpersonal, communication, and writing skills, including the ability to write concisely and translate technical knowledge and ideas into professional and accessible English.
• Proficiency in relevant software tools, including GIS and data analysis tools, and environmental modelling software.
• Knowledge of national and sub-national environmental laws, regulations, and policies.


  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http\://
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  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

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


• 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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