Executive secretary

The GFAR Executive Secretary reports to the GFAR Chairperson and Steering Committee on the implementation of the programme of work and

budget of the GFAR Secretariat and to the Assistant Director-General, FAO Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department (AG), on matters regarding the host institution, on any accountability applicable under FAO administrative rules, and in respect of the management of the Secretariat’s work within the framework of FAO rules and procedures.

Trade Policy Specialist

Tasks and responsibilities
In close collaboration with all team members the consultant is expected to:
  • Monitor global, regional and bilateral developments with regard to trade and trade policy and prepare analytical studies/reports on the implications for agricultural markets and food security;
  • Analyse relevant data and information, synthesize literature, and support the preparation of knowledge products such as working papers, technical notes and briefs on agricultural trade policy, trade negotiations and the relationship between trade and food security;
  • Plan and execute activities involving technical and organizational support in response to country requests with regard to the design and implementation of agricultural trade policies and contribute to the formulation and delivery of trade-related support under various projects;
  • Participate in missions to FAO member countries to provide technical backstopping to projects and related activities;
  • Develop tailored training modules for e-learning and face-to-face courses on trade, including materials based on relevant case-studies, country examples, materials for the design of interactive scenarios, etc., and contribute to the delivery of training and defining future capacity development events to ensure sustainability of learning;
  • Support stakeholder engagement activities, including dialogue events with relevant ministries and partner organizations to develop trade activities and project proposals based on evidence and analytical findings;
  • Facilitate the organization of workshops and seminars in collaboration with concerned partners;
  • Assist with preparing communicational products related to agricultural trade;
  • Perform other duties as required.

Junior communications consultant

The ILC is now seeking a full time junior communications consultant to support content creation within the ILC Global Secretariat.

The key areas of work and specific tasks to be performed by the consultant are the following:

Content creation for ILC website

  • Develop, edit, and update articles for publication on ILC’s website landcoalition.org(requires working with CMS Drupal);
  • Support the communications team in regularly updating the ILC website – ensuring all pages have relevant and timely content; are tagged correctly, translated as needed and all content complies with web and design guidelines;
  • Liaise with colleagues to report on achievements for publishing via news items, blogs and op-ends to give maximum visibility to ILC and member activities;
  • Create content (blogs and news articles) that reflect the successes and stories of ILC and its members from a global perspective;
  • Identify trends and opportunities for ILC to increase user engagement and navigation on the website;
  • Ensurerelevant content on web is in 3 languages;
  • Any other duties as required.

Support and promote internalILC communications

  • Act as Secretariat focal point for ILC’s internal communications tool “Slack”, while supporting staff with least activity/logins;
  • Coordinate with Secretariat and Regional Offices to draft and disseminate bi-weekly internal newsletter (ILC Insider)

Develop content and support management of ILC social media accounts

  • Update ILC member social media list; create original content for ILC’s social media channels to ensure maximum coverage of ILC member activities and achievements;
  • Monitor social media and online presence through the use of social media management tools, data to be used to contribute to annual reporting and to help improve reach and impressions;
  • Keep up-to-date with current trends in the development and land rights community with reposts, re-tweets, and generating related content.

Support implementation of communications strategyfor the 2018 Global Land Forum(www.globallandforum.org)

  • Lead and engage social media squad before and during event, including regular communication to the squad with “pre-packaged” tweets prior to the event and organization of social media breakfasts at the beginning of each day of the GLF;
  • Create and implement schedule for social media posts prior;
  • Any other duties as required.

Other communications functions, including:

  • Support in the drafting of monthly “News from the Network” for ILC members and “Quarterly Update” for our wider network via Mailchimp;
  • Liaise with comms support team (translators, editors, printers), tracking their outputs, following up and providing feedback.


Required skills and competencies:

  • Bachelor’s degree or advanced University degree in Communications, Journalism, International Relations or a Social Cciences related field;
  • At least 2 yeasof relevant experience in communications, web-publishing, social media and web-based editorial roles with ability to commission, edit and proof content online or in other digitalformats;
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to synthesise complex policy issues into accessible products;
  • Demonstrable creativity and a flair for identifying interesting and newsworthy stories and successfully pitching them to a range of media outlets;
  • Excellent time management, forward planning, and prioritisation skills. Able to work under pressure and to deadlines;
  • Knowledge of networks and multi-stakeholder partnerships.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English are required. Working knowledge of Spanish and French is an asset;
  • Excellent computer literacy, with familiarity with common content managements software (DRUPAL, WordPress), information technologies and web-based analytical tools (Sprout Social, Google Analytics), Mailchimp.


*The Consultant will be hired by the ILC Secretariat initially for up to a 6- month period. The contract may be renewed or extended based on availability of funds and satisfactory performance.  The Consultant will be basedat the ILC Secretariat in Rome, Italy.

Interested candidates should send a CV and letter of intent to the Global Communications Coordinator, Ashley von Anrep at a.vonanrep@landcoalition.org.

Deputy Director, Forestry, Policy and Resources Division (FOA)

Under the overall guidance of the Director, Forestry Policy and Resources Division (FOA), the Deputy Director will assist with the day-to-day management of the Division. He/she will support the Director in providing strategic, managerial and technical leadership for the work of the Division and facilitate the contributions of the Division to FAO’s strategic framework. In particular, the incumbent will:

  • support the Director in the overall management including planning, strategic vision, advice, quality control, and ensuring the implementation of the Division’s approved work plan as well as the cost- effective use of financial and human resources;
  • coordinate and advise technical teams in the preparation, implementation and monitoring of work plans within the framework of FAO’s strategic objectives and support team planning in definingpriorities that scale-up results, focus on impact at the country level and promote cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary approaches to delivery;
  • support the development of comprehensive strategies to promote the Division as an innovativecentre for programme and project design and delivery in line with FAO’s Strategic Objectives andCore Functions;
  • ensure effective linkages between the work and staff of the Division with decentralized offices, especially in the framework of the Technical Network in Forestry;
  • develop external partnerships to promote synergies and increase the effectiveness of theDivision’s work and mobilize extra-budgetary resources for approved programmes;
  • enable a motivated and effective work force by ensuring the recruitment of highly qualified staff, mentoring, coaching and supporting career development and staff capacity development;
  • represent the Division in international fora and other external and internal meetings addressing issues related to forest resources management, and serve as Officer-in-Charge in the absence of the Director.


The Investment Centre Division (TCI) promotes investment in food security, agriculture, rural development, natural resource management and agro-processing in developing countries and countries in transition, assisting governments and country stakeholders, main development partners, in particular international financing institutions with the strategic planning and implementation of their investments to achieve food security and nutrition, make agriculture, forestry and fisheries more sustainable and productive, reduce rural poverty, make food value chains more efficient and inclusive and promote climate change adaptation and/or mitigation.

TCI is a multidisciplinary division composed of three regionally focused services, namely Africa Service, Asia and the Pacific Service, and Europe, Central Asia, Near East, North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean Service.

The post is located in TCI.

Advisors on ecosystem services valuation and incentives

The purpose of this call is to attract talents with experience and background in the area of Incentives for Ecosystem Services, to populate rosters for the following profiles:
  • Financial mechanism advisor with experience in designing innovative agro-environmental public and private financing mechanisms to support farmers in the transition to more sustainable food systems. This may include a wide range of options, from policy-driven programmes, international funds such as REDD+, or national programmes supporting conservation practices, to market-led green business opportunities and ecosystem service reward and recognition systems.
  • Agro-environmental policy coordination advisor with practice in analyzing the opportunities to adjust, redirect and combine existing public and private programmes, and offer farmers an integrated package of incentives for conservation, rehabilitation and sustainable management of agro-ecosystems.
  • Impact assessment advisor capable of providing technical assistance to field projects in the valuation of ecosystem services and design of a long-term monitoring programme to track impact of agro-ecological practices in protecting biodiversity and in reducing drylands degradation.