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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger and improve nutrition and food security. Its Latin motto, fiat panis, translates to “let there be bread”. It was founded on 16 October 1945.

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About FAO

The FAO, or the Food and Agriculture Organization, is a specialized agency of the United Nations that focuses on issues related to food and agriculture. It was established in 1945 with the goal of eliminating hunger and improving nutrition worldwide, as well as promoting sustainable agricultural practices.

The FAO works towards its objectives through various means, including providing technical assistance to member countries, conducting research and analysis on food and agriculture issues, collecting and disseminating information and statistics, and facilitating international cooperation and policy dialogue.

Some of the key areas of focus for the FAO include:

  1. Food Security: The FAO works to ensure that all people have access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs. It supports initiatives to improve agricultural productivity, promote sustainable farming practices, and enhance resilience to natural disasters and other shocks that can affect food production and availability.
  2. Sustainable Agriculture: The FAO promotes practices that protect natural resources and the environment while ensuring the long-term viability of agriculture. This includes promoting sustainable land and water management, biodiversity conservation, and climate-smart agriculture techniques.
  3. Nutrition: The FAO works to improve nutrition outcomes, particularly for vulnerable populations such as children and women. It supports efforts to address malnutrition, promote healthy diets, and strengthen food systems to deliver nutritious food.
  4. Rural Development: The FAO recognizes the important role of rural areas in achieving food security and sustainable agriculture. It supports initiatives to enhance rural livelihoods, improve access to markets and financial services, and empower rural communities.
  5. Emergency and Rehabilitation: The FAO provides assistance during and after emergencies such as natural disasters, conflicts, and other crises that affect food security and agriculture. It helps affected communities by providing emergency food assistance, restoring agricultural production, and building resilience to future shocks.

The FAO works closely with governments, other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector to address global food and agriculture challenges. Its work is guided by the principles of collaboration, partnership, and evidence-based decision-making.

Why work at FAO

Working at the FAO can offer several compelling reasons for individuals interested in food and agriculture issues and international development. Here are some potential reasons why people may choose to work at the FAO:

  1. Global Impact: The FAO operates on a global scale and has a mandate to address hunger, food security, and sustainable agriculture worldwide. Working at the FAO provides an opportunity to make a meaningful impact and contribute to the well-being of millions of people around the world.
  2. Multidisciplinary Approach: The FAO brings together professionals from various fields, including agriculture, economics, nutrition, environmental science, policy, and more. This multidisciplinary approach allows for collaboration and the exchange of knowledge and expertise across different sectors, fostering a rich and diverse work environment.
  3. International Exposure: The FAO operates in over 130 countries, providing opportunities for international assignments and cross-cultural experiences. Working at the FAO can offer exposure to different countries, cultures, and agricultural systems, broadening one’s understanding of global issues and fostering personal and professional growth.
  4. Policy Influence: The FAO plays a critical role in shaping global policies related to food and agriculture. By working at the FAO, individuals have the opportunity to contribute to policy development, provide technical expertise and guidance to member countries, and influence international discourse on critical issues such as food security, climate change, and sustainable agriculture.
  5. Collaboration and Partnerships: The FAO works closely with governments, other UN agencies, NGOs, academia, and the private sector. This collaborative approach allows for partnerships and networking opportunities, enabling individuals to work with diverse stakeholders to address complex challenges and find innovative solutions.
  6. Professional Development: The FAO invests in the professional development of its staff, offering training programs, workshops, and opportunities for career advancement. Employees can enhance their technical skills, gain knowledge in specialized areas, and develop leadership abilities through the resources and support provided by the organization.
  7. Work-Life Balance: The FAO recognizes the importance of work-life balance and offers supportive policies and programs to its staff. Flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and comprehensive benefits packages are some of the ways the organization strives to promote employee well-being.

Data and Information Management Specialist

  • Closure Date: May 9, 2024, at 11:59:00 PM
  • Organizational Unit: SAPDD – Programme, Policy Coordination
  • Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
  • Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)
  • Grade Level: N/A
  • Primary Location: Tuvalu
  • Duration: 12 months

Tasks and responsibilities

•    Act as the focal point to build local capacities to assess and monitor Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Indicators through the use of remote sensing (e.g. Collect Earth, Google Earth);
•    Contribute to the validation and ground-truthing of a Geospatial Information Management (GIM) system, including GIS database and maps for monitoring land cover, land use changes, land productivity (Net Primary Productivity) and Soil Carbon Stock (SOC);
•    Assist the National Technical Support Programme for Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) in the analysis of spatial data relevant to the LDN indicators, particularly those on land cover, land use changes, land productivity (Net Primary Productivity) and Soil Carbon Stock (SOC);
•    Support the customization of the FAO open-source software called Solutions for Open Land Administration (SOLA) and Open Tenure (OT) for community data collection and mapping of customary land tenure and land use (agro-ecosystem data;
•    Support the application of the open-source community mapping tool (SOLA/OT) for crowd-sourcing and recording of customary land and submerged land  tenure and land use (agro-ecosystem) data;
•    Support the definition of the content of a training on SOLA/OT app and customization of SOA/OT Manuals, and ensure of an easy-to-use mobile data collection application that permits to capture data in the field (with no internet connection) by registered users;
•    Facilitate the application of the open-source community mapping tool (SOLA/OT) for crowd-sourcing and recording of customary land tenure and land use (agro-ecosystem) data;
•    Coordinate with key stakeholders and ensures clarity and understanding that the SOLA/OT recordings of land users is an ‘informal’ system, aligned with, but not a replacement of, the ‘formal/legal’ land registry native lands established under the provisions of the Native Lands Commission Act
•    Operationalize data collection on customary land tenure, land use and agro-ecosystem data to populate the SOLA database and monitor land use changes;
•    Populate the SOLA database with data of geo-referenced boundaries of land parcels tagged to land user (household, communal, or public) together with land use and agricultural ecosystem data within those boundaries;
•    Contribute to the collection of spatial geo-referenced data recordings of land user rights and land use for approval by the 8 Island SOLA/OT Land Tenure Committees in databases covering 100% of the country land area of 26km2 (2,600 ha);
•    Seek alignment with the formally recognized land tenure based on the data collected, in order to improve land tenure security on the islands and help address the drivers of land degradation;
•    Provide inputs to the organization and delivering of a Land Administration Digitization – SOLA/OT Workshop for training Island SOLA/OT Land Tenure Committee on the app and build the capacity to approve SOLA/OT land user rights and land use recordings;
•    Support the design a georeferenced database of tree inventory data and map of spatial distribution of tree resources in the eight islands of Tuvalu.
•    Contribute to the design and implementation of the project M&E system; 
•    Contribute to M&E and reporting to the GEF by defining Geospatial Information Management (GIM), including GIS, displays and interactive maps that will enable different users access to layers of information and produce tailored reports to track progress towards the achievement of project outcomes and objectives.
•    Perform any other duties deemed necessary for the successful execution of the project.


Minimum Requirements    

•    Bachelor’s degree in Geographic Information System (GIS), Computer Science, or a related field or relevant experience. 
•    At least 5 years of progressive working experience in information management and/or
•    At least 5 years of experience in designing and building linked databases and/or
•    At least 5 years of well-rounded experience in GIS in natural resources management.
•    Working knowledge of English and national language.
•    National of Tuvalu.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

•    Experience in working across Government Departments;
•    Computer literacy required; 
•    Knowledge of the UN system and procedures preferred; 
•    Efficiency, competence and integrity as well as negotiating skills, tact and diplomacy are essential. 


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