Basin Management Specialist, Guatemala At Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO )


Watershed Management Specialist

Job advertisement : Jul 3, 2023

Publication cancellation date : Jul 17/2023, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: FLGUA

Job type : Temporary work

Requirement Type: NPP ( National Project Personnel )

Grade Level: N / A

Main location : Guatemala

Duration: 12 months ( possibility of extension )

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 ) and the Government of Guatemala signed the Country Programming Framework ( MPP ) 2022 – 2025, in which, National priorities that FAO will address through country-level actions within their respective strategic frameworks are defined. These priorities aim to guarantee FAO’s comparative advantages to contribute to the achievement of the goals established in State policy instruments such as the K’atún National Development Plan Our Guatemala 2032 ( CONADUR-SEGEPLAN, 2014 ), the National Development Priorities ( SEGEPLAN, 2016 ), the General Government Policy 2020-2024, as well as the United Nations Framework for Cooperation for Sustainable Development in Guatemala and Agenda 2030.The Guatemalan MPP establishes three priority government areas to be addressed by FAO, these are: 1 ) More productive, prosperous and inclusive territories for a better life, 2 ) Food security and better nutrition, and 3 ) Resilience and better environment. The results contemplated in these three program areas will be achieved through the development of the Organization’s normative instruments and the projects implemented by FAO, together with its partners, in the country. The results contemplated in these three program areas will be achieved through the development of the Organization’s normative instruments and the projects implemented by FAO, together with its partners, in the country. The results contemplated in these three program areas will be achieved through the development of the Organization’s normative instruments and the projects implemented by FAO, together with its partners, in the country.

The project “ Resilient livelihoods of vulnerable small farmers in the Mayan landscapes and the Dry Corridor of Guatemala ” -RELIVE- implemented together with the institutions of the Government of Guatemala, as they are: MARN, MAGA, INAB and INSIVUMEH, has the financing of the Green Climate Fund and the co-financing of the Korean International Cooperation Agency ( KOICA ). Said project will strengthen the livelihoods of one hundred and fifteen thousand small producers in 29 municipalities of Petén, Chiquimula, Zacapa, Alta and Baja Verapaz, and it will avoid the emission of 1 million tons of CO2 in the next seven years, equivalent to 8% of the goal that Guatemala has committed to the Climate Change Convention for 2030.

The RELIVE project is part of the work areas of the MPP 2022 – 2025, specifically Area 3 “ Resilience and best environment ”, that addresses the sustainable management of natural resources that helps improve the comprehensive management of climate and environmental risks, and adaptation to climate change of the most vulnerable population groups.

The project will be implemented and will generate three key results: – Critical production systems are resilient to the climate and farmers have improved, secured food and adapted their livelihoods; – Water resources at the micro-basin level are managed sustainably and landscapes are restored to ensure a stable water supply for agriculture in the midst of drought conditions induced by climate change. – Local and national institutions adopt governance mechanisms and have a strong capacity to apply adaptation measures to climate change

Hierarchical dependency

The specialist will be under the direct supervision of the National Project Coordinator with the general guidance and supervision of the Assistant Representative ( Program ).

Field of specialization

The specialist must have the knowledge and experience in diagnosis and management planning of hydrographic basins, with guidance on interventions for the management and conservation of renewable natural resources ( soil, water, forest ). Additionally, you must have knowledge of governance systems of the natural resource base at the river basin level

Tasks and responsibilities

– Operate the planning, technical assistance and monitoring actions of the project products related to the watershed management strategy. – Support and monitor the development of watershed diagnoses and management plans. – Facilitate the integration and training of river basin committees for the purpose of giving governance to the management of renewable natural resources and the livelihoods associated with them. – Facilitate the preparation of basin management plans. – Support basin councils in the implementation of basin management plans – Provide technical advice to local actors for the process of integration and operation of councils basin. – Strengthen capacities of stakeholders in watershed management.- Participate in the survey and / or supervision of information on performance indicators in watershed management. – Perform other related tasks as required.


Minimum requirements

– Professional with an academic degree in Environmental, Forest, Agricultural Sciences or related career, preferably with postgraduate studies in Basin Management, Rural Development, Natural or related resources – Five years of relevant work experience on issues related to watershed management. – Five years of relevant experience in the application of instruments, methodologies, strategies, etc., linked to watershed management. – Guatemalan nationality. – Practical knowledge of the Spanish Language

FAO core competencies

– Results-based approach – Teamwork – Communication – Establishing effective relationships – Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement

Technical / functional skills

– Ability to work with multidisciplinary and multicultural teams – Ability to establish inter-institutional relations with the public, private, cooperative and civil society sectors – Effective management of computer programs, use of Microsoft office, ( Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook ) – Skills in preparing and writing plans, reports and technical documents

Selection criteria

– Work experience in the United Nations System – Knowledge of Human Rights, rights of indigenous peoples, women and youth – Experience in incorporating a gender perspective, youth and indigenous peoples


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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.


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  •  Incomplete applications will not be taken into account. Only applications received through the contracting portal will be considered.
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