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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


EU agricultural, digitalization and pre-accession policy Specialist

Job Posting: 09/Sep/2022

Closure Date: 30/Sep/2022, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : REU – Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (Budapest)

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Home-Based

Duration : 30 days until 31 December 2022

Post Number : N/A

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  • 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

Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have joined forces to sustainably address the digital transformation of agriculture in the Europe Region. As an integral part of this cooperation, FAO and ITU aim at developing a guidebook entitled “Getting Prepared to Meet EU Expectations on the Digitalization of Agriculture: A Guideline for Pre-accession Countries”. FAO and ITU have started developing this guidebook, which aims to offer a set of recommendations in the field of digital agriculture for the EU pre-accession countries – namely, Albania, Georgia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall guidance of the Digital Agriculture Team Leader at the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia and the Head of the ITU Office for Europe, the consultant will perform the following duties building upon an existing analytical compilation of the main requirements and EU expectations regarding digitalization targeting Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Turkey developed by ITU and following the established outline.

Technical Focus

The consultant will work in the following technical areas: – EU pre-accession requirements and funding mechanisms focusing on rural development and agriculture (IPARD, Green Agenda for the Western Balkans, etc) – EU agricultural policies (CAP and any other relevant policy) – EU digitization policies of the agricultural sector and related policies (EU Digital Strategy, European Data Strategy and related)

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Review, update and develop the existing analytical compilation of EU requirements for digitalization in agriculture for the purpose of incorporating it into the guidebook;
  • Conduct desktop research, liaise with stakeholders, and gather information from EU pre-accession countries, especially Georgia and Ukraine, to update and complete the analytical compilation;
  • In line with the established outline, conduct additional desktop research on relevant EU legislations, communications, and guidelines to be included in the guidebook, liaising with DG AGRI and DG CONNECT and other stakeholders as necessary;
  • Develop further the guidelines to support pre-accession countries to adhere to EU obligatory standards and requirements in the field of digital agriculture, including identification of financing mechanisms and assistance that may be leveraged;
  • Submit the draft version of the guidebook entitled “Getting Prepared to Meet EU Expectations on Digitalization: A Guideline for Pre-accession Countries”, to ITU and FAO for assessment and feedback;
  • Submit the final version of the guidebook incorporating all necessary changes;
  • Based on the final version of the guidelines elaborate a set of slides in the FAO and ITU template;
  • Hold regular progress report meetings throughout the drafting process with ITU and FAO to coordinate any challenges that might occur.
  • Coordinate with regional stakeholders as relevant and need be upon consultation and agreement with FAO and ITU.


Minimum Requirements

  • University degree in telecommunication, computer science, information technology, public administration, law, political science or relevant field such as engineering, agriculture etc., OR education in a reputed college of advanced education with a diploma of equivalent standard to that of an advanced university degree in one of the above-mentioned fields.
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in the following: – EU pre-accession requirements and funding mechanisms focusing on rural development and agriculture (IPARD, Green Agenda for the Western Balkans, etc) – EU agricultural policies (CAP and any other relevant policy) – EU digitization policies of the agricultural sector and related policies (EU Digital Strategy, European Data Strategy and related)
  • Working knowledge (level C) of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge (level B) of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian. For PSA, working knowledge of English is required.

FAO Core 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
  • Extent and relevance of experience in EU pre-accession requirements and funding mechanism
  • Extent and relevance of experience in EU agricultural and digital policies including CAP requirements
  • Familiarity with pre-accession requirements
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English

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


  • FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list
  • 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 (link)
  • For more information, visit the FAO employment website
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


  • 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
  • Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
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  • Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
  • Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
  • We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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