Agroclimatic Information Specialist, San Salvador, El Salvador At Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO )


Agroclimatic Information Specialist

Job advertisement : Jul 31, 2023

Publication cancellation date : Aug 14, 2023, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: FLELS

Job type : Temporary work

Requirement Type: NPP ( National Project Personnel )

Grade Level: N / A

Main location : El Salvador-San Salvador

Duration: 6 months

Position Number: N / A

FAO seeks to ensure gender, geographic and linguistic diversity among its staff and its international consultants, in order to serve the Member States of the Organization in the best possible way in all regions.

  •  FAO is committed to achieving diversity in its workforce in terms of sex, nationality, origin and culture.
  •  Women, nationals of under-represented or under-represented Member States and persons with disabilities with the necessary qualifications are encouraged to submit their applications.
  •  All persons working for FAO must comply with the highest standards of professional integrity and conduct and uphold FAO’s values.
  •  FAO, as a specialized agency of the United Nations, applies a zero tolerance policy for conduct incompatible with its statute, objectives and mandate, in particular sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.
  •  All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
  •  All requests will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

Organizational framework

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO ) contributes to the achievement of Agenda 2030 through the FAO Strategic Framework supporting transformation towards agri-food systems MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life, without leaving anyone behind.

Hierarchical dependence

The specialist in atmospheric surveillance and agrometeorological forecasting will be under the general supervision of the Assistant Representative Programs ( AFAORP ) of FAO El Salvador, and technical supervision of the coordination of the RECLIMA project and in coordination with the Directorate of the Observatory of Threats and Natural Resources ( DOA ) of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources ( MARN ).

Field of specialization

The consultancy aims to generate a report on the current state of operation of the climate monitoring system in El Salvador, that is a fundamental part of the Early Warning System ( SAT ) in the face of extreme weather events at the national level; likewise, It will identify the capacities installed in terms of human resources and available stations to generate information regarding the climate and its study in the country and the region. This characterization of the current situation of climate monitoring in the country will allow identifying needs for strengthening the ( SAT ), to improve its impact on decision-making aimed at national adaptation to climate change and mainly on production systems, to build resilience and improve livelihoods in the country’s territories.

Tasks and responsibilities

  •  Verification of the quality of data reported by the instruments under the guidelines of the Directorate of the Observatory of Threats and Natural Resources DOA-MARN
  •  Make phenological observations in the field and report the data for subsequent interpretation
  •  Analyze and systematize information, weather forecasts for decision-making of small farmers located in the dry corridor.
  •  Coordinate with government counterparts Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock ( MAG ) and the National Center for Agricultural and Forest Technology ( CENTA ) and representatives of the Directorate of Threats and Resources Observatory Natural DOA-MARN periodic meetings that facilitate the proper compilation and analysis of information and data based on the current needs of small farmers in the dry corridor in a differentiated way for the different groups.
  •  Coordinate and maintain information exchange agreements with MAG-CENTA and DOA-MARN to improve the collection and dissemination of information.
  •  Design an agroclimatic electronic newsletter model with information content on meteorological scenarios for short and long-term decision-making for small farmers in the dry corridor, mainly dedicated to the production of grains for self-consumption attended by the RECLIMA Project.
  •  Periodically update agroclimatic information according to the demands of small producers in the dry corridor ( forecasts of drought, evolution of rains and temperature, among others ) through the agroclimatic electronic bulletin.
  •  Participate in technical advice and training in knowledge management spaces strengthened by the RECLIMA Project to promote knowledge management, effective information flow, including medium and long-term forecasts based on information available at the national level in coordination with the systems and capacities of the institutions for the interpretation of these data and its dissemination effective in supporting the planning and decision-making of local actors located in the dry corridor.
  •  Train environmental observers for the interpretation of agroclimatic information.
  •  Provide support to other tasks required under FAO El Salvador’s multitask approach.


Minimum requirements

  •  University degree in Environmental Sciences, Agronomic Engineering, or related areas.
  •  A year of relevant experience in analysis of agroclimatic forecasts.
  •  Spanish language proficiency ( C level ) and limited knowledge of the English language ( A level ).
  •  National of El Salvador or resident with work permit.

FAO core competencies

  •  Results-based approach
  •  Teamwork
  •  Communication
  •  Building effective relationships
  •  Knowledge exchange and continuous improvement.

Technical / functional skills

  •  Demonstrated ability ( through publications in Spanish ) to produce analyzes of agroclimatic information;
  •  Verifiable knowledge of survey, verification, analysis of forecasts for decision-making of small producers;
  •  Skills to function in various contexts ( urban, rural, multicultural, etc. );
  •  Advanced computer management in MS Windows environment and MS Office platform;
  •  Writing skills;
  •  Availability to travel nationally.


  •  FAO does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process ( application, interview, processing ).
  •  Incomplete applications will not be taken into account. If you need help or have questions, contact:
  •  Applications received after the expiration of the application deadline will not be accepted.
  •  We inform you that FAO will only consider academic degrees or credentials obtained from a teaching institution included in the World Database on Higher Education, which is a list maintained by the International Association of Universities ( IAU ) / UNESCO. The list can be consulted at:
  •  For any other questions visit the FAO website on employment: .

It is noted that all candidates should adhere to the Organization’s values of commitment to FAO, respect for all and integrity and transparency.


  •  If you want to apply, go to the FAO Recruitment Website ( Employment in FAO ) and complete your online profile.
  •  Incomplete applications will not be taken into account. Only applications received through the contracting portal will be considered.
  •  We advise candidates to submit their application sufficiently in advance of the expiration of the term.
  •  If you need help, contact:



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