National Specialist on Livestock, Tajikistan

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

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National Specialist on Livestock

Job Posting: 11/Nov/2022

Closure Date: 09/Dec/2022, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FETAJ

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Tajikistan

Duration : Up to 11 months

Post Number : N/A

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

  • 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
  • FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

Organizational Setting

The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist Governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

Reporting Lines

The National Specialist on Livestock will work under the overall supervision of FAO Representative (FAOR) in Tajikistan, under the technical guidance of the Project Lead Technical Officer, the guidance of the Senior Animal Health & Production Officer of FAO-REU, operational support from FAO Representation in Tajikistan and in close cooperation with the national authorities as well as International and National consultants.

Technical Focus

The National Specialist on Livestock will be responsible to implement, facilitate and monitor the implementation of project activities related to beekeeping.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Assist the respective International Expert in obtaining necessary information, data and documents to inform the preparation and finalization of assessments, surveys, questionnaires, statistic data and etc.;
  • Assist the respective International Expert in preparation of the project concept notes, project proposals and other related documents for further finance consideration to potential donors;
  • Assist the respective International Expert in preparation of training materials, modules, handouts, presentations, manuals, books and other publications;
  • Assist the respective International Expert in preparation of specifications for equipment and needed services;
  • Contribute in review of the survey results, external publications and national and FAO data;
  • Conduct review of existing livestock breeding and feeding practices, dairy farms, and laboratory facilities and provide recommendations on establishing a demonstration sites;
  • Arrange training for livestock farmers together with the respective International Expert;
  • Contribute and participate in all local meetings (including the inception and terminal workshop of the project, trainings and other project activities);
  • Liaise with the MoA, CFS, local authorities and with all contracting organizations;
  • Be responsible for ensuring timely documentation preceding and following all tasks;
  • In coordination with the Project Coordinator appointed by the Government, be responsible for alerting all concerned project participants of upcoming meetings, training and other project activities;
  • Contribute in the preparation of the progress reports related to the livestock project;
  • Assist in the distribution of livestock inputs and serve as resource person during the conduct of training programs;
  • Provide technical mentoring to partner organizations in the implementation of livestock projects and contribute in the preparation of the monitoring framework and tools of the livestock projects;
  • Prepare End of Assignment Report upon completion of the contract;
  • Carry out any other relevant duties within his/her technical competence as may be requested by the FAO Representative.


Minimum Requirements

  • University degree and preferably Masters or PhD level in livestock production or other relevant field;
  • At least five (5) years of professional and/or solid institutional experience in livestock production and etc;

  • Working knowledge (level C) of English and Tajik. Knowledge of Russian is advantage.
  • National or Resident of Tajikistan.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Computer literacy with spread sheets, databases and electronic programmes is required;
  • Quality of both oral and written communication skills;
  • Proven ability to work as an effective team leader.

Selection Criteria

  • Publications on issues related to livestock production, animal health, food safety in the internationally recognized journals would be considered as asset.

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 a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help or have queries, please contact: [email protected]
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
  • For other issues, visit the FAO employment website: (link)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
  • 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.

If you need help, or have queries, please contact: [email protected]


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