Bioeconomics Specialist, Montevideo, Uruguay At Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO )


Bioeconomy Specialist

Job advertisement : Aug 1/2023

Publication cancellation date : Aug 15, 2023, 21:59:00

Organizational Unit: FLURU

Job type : Temporary work

Requirement Type: PSA ( Personal Service Agreements )

Grade Level: N / A

Main location : Uruguay-Montevideo

Duration: 120 days

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 main objective of FAO country offices, headed by the FAO Representative, is to cooperate with governments in policy development, programs and projects to achieve food security and reduce hunger and malnutrition, help develop the agricultural, fisheries, forestry sectors, and use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable way.

Hierarchical dependency

It will work under the administrative supervision of the Officer in Charge of FAO Representation in Uruguay, in coordination and collaboration with the OPYPA technical team -referrer for the Bioeconomy Strategy and the National Strategy for Circular Economy-, and the benchmark designated by FAO with the final validation of the OPYPA-MGAP Directorate.

Field of specialization

This work aims to generate key products to advance towards updating the Bioeconomy Strategy and preparing the Action Plan 2023-2025.

The ( the ) bioeconomy specialist, will contribute to the preparation of a document (, being internal and / or external ), based on the strategic axes and production complexes that are considered key to the development and promotion of the bioeconomy.

Tasks and responsibilities

  •  Review new strategies, lines of action, policies, programs and projects promoted at the national level that may affect the Bioeconomy Strategy.
  •  Adapt the text of the Strategy based on what is relieved.
  •  Organize bilateral workshops and meetings to collect inputs and validate the suggested adjustments and support OPYPA-MGAP or FAO in the publication of the adjusted document.
  •  Carry out a review of the state of the art in relation to the use of bioinsum in the agricultural sector as a transversal element of the Bioeconomy Strategy, including: definitions of bioinsumptions, implications for sustainability and circularity, national, regional and international regulations and policies for its promotion, barriers and opportunities for its incorporation into national agricultural production.
  •  Identify priority actions for the period 2023-2025 based on consultations and workshops with key actors for the strategic axes and prioritized production complexes. Consolidate these actions in the publication of a document ( internal and / or external ) of the Action Plan 2023-2025, with an emphasis on the promotion and use of bioinsum in the agricultural sector.


Minimum requirements

  •  Undergraduate degree in Agricultural Sciences, Economic Sciences, Biological and / or Biochemical Sciences, or related areas.
  •  Minimum 5 years of experience in the agricultural sector, public policies and / or strategic planning.
  •  Practical knowledge of Spanish ( level C ) and limited knowledge of the English language ( level B ).
  •  Uruguayan national or foreigner with permanent residence.

FAO core competencies

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

Technical / functional skills

  •  Work articulation experience with inter-institutional teams.
  •  Knowledge of the national agricultural institutions.
  •  Updated knowledge in innovation, circular economy and bioeconomy.
  •  Experience and knowledge of national support programs, which could boost the bioeconomy.

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


  •  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:
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HOW TO APPLY Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline. If you need help, or have queries, please contact:




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