FAO Land Technical Specialist - Jobs in Kenya

FAO Land Technical Specialist - Jobs in Kenya

Organizational Setting

The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

The position is located in the FAO Representation in Kenya. The post is located in the FAO Representation in Kenya with duty station Maralal, Samburu County.


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Kenya is implementing an EU-funded project titled “Support to the attainment of Vision 2030 through Devolved Land Reforms in Community Lands of Kenya (GCP/KEN/085/EC)” in close collaboration with the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development and the National Land Commission as well as the County Governments of Tana River, Turkana, Samburu, Marsabit, Baringo, Nandi, West Pokot and Laikipia.

Reporting Lines

The Land Technical Officer will be under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Kenya and the direct supervision of the Land Programme Manager.

Technical Focus

Contribute to the development and strengthening of internal communication, web publishing and media-relations activities of the Land Programme.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • In close coordination with the Programme Manager, act as the Samburu County focal point in achieving the full implementation of scheduled activities on land governance and management.
  • Plan and report (in the web based database) all county activities on a monthly basis in collaboration with county programme and administrative officers and in consultation with sector heads.
  • Provide the first level of line management to county programme officers and support their engagement with the relevant county ministries (a second level of line management will be provided by the sector heads).
  • Under guidance of the programme manager, provide technical support for the establishment and trainings of County Land Management Boards and Ministry of Lands Office in the County.
  • Guide and provide technical advice on the identification of existing policies, institutional and legal gaps/conflicts for sustainable governance of community lands and natural resources in alignment of the FAO county programme with a) the Country Programming Framework (CPF) and b) the County Integrated Development Plans (CIDP).
  • With support from the programme manager provide methodological recommendations for inclusive and negotiated Land Use Planning with the County Government.
  • Promote and technically support county government and community groups trained on Voluntary Guidelines and other related FAO tools, e.g. Participatory Land Delimitation (PLD) methodology, Improving Gender Equality in Territorial Issues (IGETI), etc. for monitoring efficiency and transparency in community land administration and
    management and training on provisions of the new legal frameworks for land governance.
  • If there is no Head of County Officer already appointed, represent FAO in the county by holding regular meetings with senior county government officials and being the prime point of contact between the County Governor and FAO Kenya.
  • Monitor the progress and execution of activities as per the work plan, and perform other duties as required.

    Minimum Requirements
  • University degree in Natural Resource Management, Land Management, Land Administration, Surveying, or Legal studies or related fields from a recognized higher institution.
  • 6-7 years of relevant working experience with University Degree in natural resource management programmes at national level or 3-4 years with Advanced University Degree.
  • Working knowledge (Level C) of English
    National of Kenya.

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

    Technical/Functional Skills
  • Must be willing to read and learn FAO methodologies and other relevant studies to perform this work
  • Excellent strategic visioning, creative thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Competence in Result Based Management and Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation tools.
  • High level of integrity and accountability, flexible approaches to work and commitment.
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks and work under pressure with a wide range of individuals and institutions.
  • Besides being based in the county, the officer must be willing to travel or be relocated to a different county as deemed necessary.
  • Excellent understanding of the Kenya policy context in relation to land and natural resource management and climate change
  • Familiarity with FAO modus operandi and other UN programming approaches or previous experience in working for INGOs and/or NGOs
  • Excellent oral communications skills.
  • Excellent working knowledge of computer applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and GIS).

    How to Apply
  • Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile.
  • Vacancies will be removed from the recruitment portal at 23:59 Central European Time (CET) on the deadline for applications date on 20th April 2019
  • We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.
  • If you need help, or have queries, please contact: Careers@fao.org
  • For more information and job application details, see; FAO Land Technical Specialist - Jobs in Kenya

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