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5 Year
Male, Female, Both
Master Degree

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  • Organization: FAO
  • location: Nigeria
  • Type: Consultancy
  • Job Title: Irrigation and Water Specialist
  • Close on: 10 Mar 2023

About Organization

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that was established in 1945 with a mandate to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living, improve agricultural productivity, and better the condition of rural populations. FAO is headquartered in Rome, Italy, and works in over 130 countries worldwide.

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FAO’s mission is to help eliminate hunger, malnutrition, and poverty by promoting agricultural development, improving nutrition and food security, and supporting sustainable natural resource management. The organization works with governments, civil society organizations, and the private sector to develop policies and programs that promote sustainable agriculture, reduce food waste and losses, and strengthen the resilience of rural communities.

FAO’s work encompasses a wide range of areas, including agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and natural resource management. The organization also provides technical assistance and capacity-building support to countries to help them achieve their food security and development goals. Some of FAO’s major programs include the Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction, the Global Soil Partnership, and the Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism.

About UN Jobs-Irrigation and Water Specialist

The primary goal of the FAO country offices, which are led by an FAO Representative, is to help governments develop policies, programs, and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, as well as to help the development of the agricultural, fisheries, and forestry sectors and the sustainable use of their natural resources. FAO Nigeria is helping the Nigerian government transform and strengthen agri-food systems to be more sustainable. The position holder will work for the FAO Representation in Nigeria and be responsible for assisting with the implementation of the FAO Nigeria Country Programme Framework, with a focus on agroforestry, water resource management, and other climate-smart agricultural practices, policies, and programs.

The Irrigation and Water Specialist works closely with the Programme Leads and FAO technical officers in the Sub-regional Office for West Africa (SFW), Regional FAO Office for Africa (RAF), and Headquarters, reporting to the FAO Representative (FAOR) and under the direct supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative (Programs).

The primary duty is to assist in the implementation of climate-smart agricultural practices, policies, and programs in the areas of agroforestry, water resource management, and land resource management, employing creative methods for resource mobilization and private sector involvement.

UN Jobs-Irrigation and Water Specialist Requirments


  • Advanced university degree in environmental and natural resource management, irrigation and agricultural engineering, or a related subject.


  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in the area of water, irrigation, and agricultural land management issues at the national level.


  • Little understanding of any of the major languages of Nigeria and working knowledge (proficient – level C) of English (Hausa, Yoruba or Igbo, Pidgin).

FAO Core Competencies

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


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