New Job UN at Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) - National Professional Officer (Plant Protection)

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Jobs in Tanzania 2022: New Job Vacancies at Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 2022



National Professional Officer (Plant Protection)

Job Posting: 09/Mar/2022

Closure Date: 31/Mar/2022, 12:59:00 AM

Organizational Unit: FRURT

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition: NPO (National Professional Officer)

Grade Level: N-2

Primary Location: Tanzania, United Republic of-Dodoma

Duration: Fixed-term: one year with possibility of extension

Post Number: 2008951

CCOG Code: 1A02

Important Notice - Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device

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The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments

• 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 member nations 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 our values. FAO has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and FAO, 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

• The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization.

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

FAO supports governments and regional bodies to address their needs and priorities in achieving food security, reducing hunger and malnutrition. This includes developing capacities of National Plant Protection Organizations in fulfilling their legal mandates by ensuring suppression and eradication of plant pests, diseases and preserving international trade. FAO is currently implementing a project titled “Strengthening Plant Health Services in Tanzania for Enhanced Food Safety”. The National Professional Officer (Plant Protection) will provide technical support to the project implementation, which aims at strengthening International Standards of Phytosanitary Measures, accreditation of Plant Health laboratories and strengthening of Plant Protection systems in the country.

The post is located in the FAO office in Dodoma, Tanzania. 

Reporting Lines:

The National Professional Officer (Plant Protection) will work under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative in Tanzania, the Assistant FAO Representative (Programme), the Technical Adviser (TA) and receives guidance from other technical officers at the FAO headquarters, the Regional and Subregional Offices. S/he will work with other units in an integrated and cross-sectoral approach.

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Technical Focus:

Programme development, coordination and operational assistance based on the knowledge of the local conditions, culture, language and institutions of Tanzania.

Key Results: Effective and efficient coordination and provision of the technical and operational support of the programme and project activities of the FAO Representation.

Key Functions

Liaises and assists government authorities and local, national and international institutions in the areas of FAO's activities in the country and with other United Nations (UN) agencies. He/she may represent FAO at inter-agency meetings as required.

Promotes the image of FAO through advocacy of the Organization's mandate, programmes, national priorities and activities including development and maintenance of communication tools such as website, press releases and publications, and support the implementation of FAO's regulatory framework (Codex Alimentarius, Safe Use of Pesticides, etc.) in the country.

Coordinates the collection, consolidation and maintenance of country data on food crops, including information on external aid in FAO's corporate systems and monitors changes in national policies affecting the agricultural sector.

Participates in producing technical, economic and policy studies as required and developing country level development frameworks such as the Country Programming Framework (CPF) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF).

Participates in the identification, formulation and preparation of programme and project proposals and monitors and reviews the status of programme/project implementation to ensure that all operational activities are carried out in line with the work plan and the project document; identifies inconsistencies and delays and, when necessary, proposes corrective measures to overcome operational constraints.

Briefs, trains and supervises junior staff; ensures adherence to procedures and work requirements as well as accuracy and diligence of the work provided.

Performs other duties as required.

Specific Functions

Builds capacity of plant health inspectors in sampling and inspection techniques.

Provides technical support for deployment of an electronic Phytosanitary certificates solution (e-Phyto solution).

Supports setting up of a pest surveillance system in selected hotspots.

Supports the Ministry of Agriculture in the drafting of the Plant Health Regulations.

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Minimum Requirements

• National of the country Tanzania.

• Advanced University degree in agriculture, agricultural economics, forestry, fisheries, or any other field related to the work of the Organization.

• Five years of relevant experience in agricultural development and/or project implementation in an area of FAO's activities in the country.

• Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of English and of the local language (Kiswahili).


• 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.

• Extent and relevance of experience in programme/project development and management.

• Demonstrated understanding of the purpose and functions of the technical programme, operational guidelines and project/programme management procedures, preferably those adopted by the United Nations or FAO.

• Extent and relevance of experience in the field of policy analysis relating to food and nutrition security, agriculture and rural development.

• Extent and relevance of experience in the collection of country data on food, crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries.

• Extent and relevance of experience in the identification, formulation and preparation of programme and project proposals as well as programme/project implementation, monitoring and review.

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

Job Posting: 09/Mar/2022

Closure Date: 31/Mar/2022, 12:59:00 AM

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• Staff members in this category are recruited locally and paid according to a local salary scale. Salary scales are reviewed periodically on the basis of comprehensive surveys of the best prevailing conditions of employment in the locality.

• FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.

• Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required. Vaccination status will be verified as part of the medical clearance process


A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link:

FAO encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes:

• elements of family-friendly policies

• flexible working arrangements

• standards of conduct

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• 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;

• Your application will be screened based on the information provided on your online profile;

• 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

• 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.

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