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Job Opportunity at FAO, Animal Production Specialist

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Animal Production Specialist  

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 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, therefore, 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) is seeking to recruit a national staff to support the process of formulating revised national livestock policy.

Reporting Lines

The Project Team Leader will work under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative in Tanzania, under the direct supervision of the Assistant FAO representative responsible for Programme, the technical supervision of FAO Lead Technical Officer, and guidance from Project Task Force.

Technical Focus

The Animal production Specialist will make sure that the project is aligned with the beneficiaries, country’s needs and priorities, and ownership of the project is ensured. The Policy and Planning Directorate at the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries is the key implementing partner for this project. All activities will be discussed, planned and implemented in collaboration with the Policy and Planning Directorate, and designated National Project Coordinator to work alongside FAO experts.

The project will closely work under the leadership of the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries and direct leadership of the Policy and Planning Directorate. On the other hand, the Directorates of Animal Production and Marketing, Research, Training and Extension, Grazing land and Animal Feeds and Veterinary Services will be closely involved.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • The tasks to be carried out by the Animal production Specialist will include, but not limited to, the following:
  • Implement all animal production interventions during project  implementation;
  • Develop partnership and collaboration with relevant institutions to enable availability of animal production information and statistics relevant for the formulation of national livestock policy;
  • Assist the Team Leader and the National Project coordinator in the preparation of work plan, concept notes for technical meetings and workshops;
  • Lead technical discussions on animal production, animal feed, husbandry, animal genetics, range management, etc. with resources person and partners and compile information on those components of the national livestock policy;
  •  Organize and participate in field missions and meetings planned;
  • Support documentations of project results and preparation of regular and ad hoc reports;
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in animal science/production  or related fields
  • At least 5 years’ experience in livestock, agriculture and related fields working at national level;
  • At least 5 years direct involvement in managing animal production or livestock development at national level;
  • Fluent in English and Kiswahili
  • National of Tanzania

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Additional training in policy or strategy development will be an asset
  • Prior experience in livestock policy and strategy at national level
  • Demonstration of ability to manage projects and resources efficiently and in a timely manner;
  • Excellent communication skills, including ability to write proposals, documents and technical reports;
  • Good facilitation skills and ability to conduct community level workshops/seminars;

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:Careers@fao.org

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:http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/


To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.

Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile.

If you need help, or have queries, please contact: Careers@fao.org


The deadline for submitting the application is 11 June 2021.


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