Assistant in Environmental and Social Safeguards, Buenos Aires, Argentina At Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


Assistant in Environmental and Social Safeguards

Job Announcement : 03/May/2023

Date of cancellation of publication : 17/May/2023, 21:59:00

Organizational Unit : FLARG

Type of position : Temporary work

Requisition Type: NPP (National Project Personnel)

Grade Level: N/A

Main location : Argentina-Buenos Aires

Duration: 3 probationary months with the possibility of annual extension.

Post Number : N/A

FAO strives for gender, geographic and linguistic diversity among its staff and international consultants, in order to best serve the Organization’s Member Nations in all regions.

  •  FAO is committed to achieving diversity in its workforce in terms of gender, nationality, origin and culture.
  •  Women, nationals of underrepresented or unrepresented Member States and people with disabilities who possess the necessary qualifications are encouraged to apply.
  •  All people who work for FAO are held to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct and uphold FAO’s values.
  •  FAO, as a specialized agency of the United Nations, has a policy of zero tolerance for conduct inconsistent with its statute, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.
  •  All successful candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
  •  All requests will be treated in the strictest confidence.

organizational framework

As a result of the efforts made in recent years in terms of implementation of measures, policies and actions to reduce emissions caused by deforestation, the Argentine Republic through the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of the Nation (MAyDS) has requested payments Based on Results (PPR) to the REDD+ Pilot Program of Payments for Results of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The financing proposal “Payments for REDD+ results in Argentina for the 2014-2016 results period” (GCP/ARG/029/GCF), hereinafter “the project”, prepared with the support of FAO as an accredited entity (EA ) before the FVC, was approved by the Meeting 27 of the FVC, in the month of November 2020.

The project seeks to address the direct causes of deforestation (such as unsustainable livestock management and forest fires), and specifically the underlying causes of deforestation and degradation, through strengthening economic and social opportunities (and diversifying resources). livelihoods), strengthening control and surveillance capacities, and strengthening forest governance in general.

In particular, the activities are framed within the Project Management Unit and its objective is to coordinate all the necessary actions to ensure the effective implementation of the project’s environmental and social safeguards framework, in accordance with the guidelines and times established in the document. project (financing proposal approved by the GCF).

hierarchical dependency

The Environmental and Social Safeguards Assistant is under the general supervision of the FAO Representative in Argentina, the Lead Technical Officer of the project and the Principal Technical Advisor; and under the direct supervision of the General Project Coordinator.

Field of specialization

The objective of the Assistant in Environmental and Social Safeguards is to assist the Specialist in Environmental and Social Safeguards of the project in the coordination and technical, operational, administrative and financial supervision of all the actions necessary for the effective implementation of the environmental and social safeguards. in compliance with the Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) of the project, including issues related to indigenous peoples, in accordance with the policies and regulations established by FAO, the Green Climate Fund and the REDD+ mechanism, and must assist the Management Unit of the Project and implementing teams on issues related to the approach, respect, compliance and monitoring of the same during the planning and implementation of project activities,in order to maximize benefits and minimize potential risks.

Tasks and responsibilities

  •  Support the Specialist in Environmental and Social Safeguards of the Project in the coordination, supervision and follow-up of the activities and processes necessary for the effective implementation of the environmental and social safeguards, in accordance with the provisions of the ESMF and the project results framework;
  •  Support the preparation of the Annual Work Plans and Budget (PTPA) regarding the specific activities and tasks to be developed to comply with the approach to the environmental and social safeguards of the project;
  •  Assist in the necessary tasks to ensure compliance with the project’s ESMF in accordance with the policies and regulations established by FAO, the Green Climate Fund and the REDD+ mechanism; through the planning and implementation of the measures and actions necessary for the project to manage and effectively mitigate the environmental and social risks that could arise from its implementation;
  •  Collaborate in updating the documents required in the MGAS; among them, the Plan for Indigenous Peoples, Local Communities and Cultural Heritage, the Environmental and Social Analysis for Moderate Risk Projects and the Environmental and Social Commitment Plan;
  •  Collaborate with the Project’s Gender Experts to ensure the integration of the gender perspective and considerations related to indigenous peoples as well as all social and environmental aspects in all stages (planning, execution and monitoring) of the plans and interventions of the project carried out in the territory;
  •  Assist the Environmental and Social Safeguards Specialist in coordination with the Monitoring and Follow-up Expert, in close coordination with the other project coordination areas and with the support of the technical team, the protocols and procedures for monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the management/activities in terms of compliance with the environmental and social safeguards of the project in the territory; with emphasis on monitoring the EMPs prepared for each intervention within the framework of the project.
  •  Assist the National Directorate of Climate Change, in coordination with the Coordinator of Activity D.2.4 of the Project, in the process of updating and operational improvements of the National REDD+ Safeguards Approach as necessary, collaborate in the adjustment of the design, identification of key partners, generation of cooperation and generation of technical inputs and operation of the SIS-AR as well as the preparation of the REDD+ safeguards information summary;
  •  Prepare the terms of reference and/or Letters of Agreement for the development of technical studies and consulting services as appropriate and in accordance with the activities planned for the correct implementation of safeguards; follow-up, monitoring and supervision of these and verify that the delivery of the products or services are given in the stipulated times, with the agreed characteristics and quality;
  •  Provide technical inputs during the preparation of bidding, procurement and contracting processes in the framework of the execution of project activities in order to ensure compliance with the necessary environmental and social safeguards, in close coordination with the general coordination of the project, the finance and procurement coordinator of the PMU and the FAO operations expert;
  •  Ensure that the beneficiaries of the project have access to the complaints attention mechanism in an efficient and appropriate manner and that the resolutions to the concerns expressed by them are given within the times and procedures indicated in the MGAS;
  •  Participate and provide assistance in the preparation of strategic and operational documents, on social, environmental, indigenous peoples and gender considerations, as well as in project progress reports, especially with regard to compliance with environmental and social safeguards within the framework of the activities implemented in the project;


Minimum requirements

  •  University degree in Social Sciences (Law, Sociology, Anthropology, related areas) and/or environmental
  •  At least 3 years of experience in design or implementation of environmental and social management frameworks/safeguards in forest and/or climate policies
  •  At least 3 years of relevant experience working in REDD+ or in the forestry sector in Argentina.
  •  At least 3 years of experience working with multisectoral actors in Argentina, at the national and subnational level, including rural and/or indigenous communities in the development of methodologies in social and/or community participation.
  •  Practical knowledge of Spanish (level C) and intermediate knowledge of English (level B).
  •  Argentina Nationality

FAO Core Competencies

  •  Results-based approach
  •  Teamwork
  •  Communication
  •  Building Effective Relationships
  •  Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement

Technical/functional skills

  •  Breadth and relevance of the experience to carry out teamwork and to establish working relationships with national government institutions, local governments and other organizations.
  •  Ability to work for the timely fulfillment of goals.
  •  Flexibility to carry out field missions
  •  Excellent communication and writing skills to prepare conceptual reports and technical reports
  •  Desirable, postgraduate studies (Master or PhD) in areas of competence of the position.
  •  Desirable, relevant experience in international or large-scale cooperation projects
  •  Desirable, knowledge of gender and intercultural approaches.


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  •  Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help or have questions, please contact:
  •  Applications received after the application submission deadline has expired will not be accepted.
  •  We inform you that FAO will only consider degrees or academic credentials obtained at an educational 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:
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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 would like to apply, go to the FAO recruitment website ( Jobs at FAO) and complete your online profile.
  •  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.
  •  We advise candidates to apply well in advance of the deadline.
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