Legal specialist in regulations for pillar 1 of the MPP “Transition to healthy diets, Quito, Ecuador At Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO )


Legal specialist in regulations for pillar 1 of the MPP “ Transition to healthy diets

Job advertisement : Jun 30, 2023

Publication cancellation date : Jul 15/2023, 21:59:00

Organizational Unit: FLECU

Job type : Temporary work

Requirement Type: PSA ( Personal Service Agreements )

Grade Level: N / A

Main location : Ecuador-Quito

Duration: 2 months with the possibility of extension

Position Number: N / A

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  •  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 post is located in the office of the FAO Representation in Ecuador, located in the city of Quito to support pillar 1 “ Transition to healthy diets for better nutrition ” of the Country Programming Framework 2022-2026.

Hierarchical dependency

The Specialist reports his activities to the Program Officer of the Representation and Coordinator of the Project Sustainable and inclusive agri-food systems for the promotion of healthy and affordable diets.

Field of specialization

The specialist will provide legal advice on the creation, drafting and analysis of primary and secondary legislation aimed at the prevention of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition, especially in the vulnerable population.

Tasks and responsibilities

one. Legally advise the Ecuador without Hunger Parliamentary Group ( GPESH ) within the framework of the proposed Law for the eradication of malnutrition. For this:

  •  It will write a legal diagnosis report of the current regulations on malnutrition, in light of national, international and comparative law, in order to identify the main strengths, gaps and regulatory gaps. The report will suggest adjustments to the current draft law to prevent and eradicate malnutrition based on the main findings.
  •  Share the findings of the diagnostic report in workshops with key actors.
  •  Systematize the information related to the legal diagnosis report and the draft Law to prevent and eradicate malnutrition that is generated from workshops with key actors, and incorporate it into the report.
  •  Based on the legal diagnostic report and workshops, draft amendments to the current draft law to prevent and eradicate malnutrition.

2. Legally support the linkage of Peasant Family Farming ( AFC ) in public procurement processes. For this:

  •  It will write a legal diagnosis report of the current regulations on public procurement of products and services from peasant family farming for school feeding programs, in order to identify strengths, gaps and gaps. In particular, the analysis will pay special attention to the functioning of SICAE and its reform needs. The report will suggest institutional reforms to SICAE, the Organic School Feeding Law Regulations and other relevant regulations, with the aim of promoting public procurement of products and services from peasant family farming.

3. Generic functions:

  •  It will support the generation of technical information for the annual operating plan and procurement and contracting plan.
  •  It will contribute specific and specialized knowledge to new project ideas.
  •  It will technically support the implementation of methodologies and activities aimed at project execution.
  •  He will actively participate in technical meetings with personnel from allies for the development of the project.
  •  It will generate the process and project results information to make comprehensive management visible to strategic partners, donors, governments and relevant actors.
  •  It will provide information required for knowledge management activities for the results of the project ( systematization, communication, awareness ) aimed at project beneficiaries and within FAO.
  •  It will periodically report the progress of its specific activities in the projects in accordance with the defined monitoring system.
  •  Prepare and present periodic technical information based on the activities.
  •  It will carry out activities that allow the technical, operational and administrative closure of the project.
  •  It will identify and collect data to make good practices and recommendations for future interventions visible.
  •  It will carry out other technical / operational / administrative tasks within the framework of the activities carried out by FAO Ecuador as required.


Minimum requirements

  •  Third level title in jurisprudence or advocacy.
  •  Minimum proven experience of 3 years in writing primary and secondary regulations.
  •  Practical knowledge of Spanish language C level.
  •  National of Ecuador or resident in the country with regular work permit.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/functional skills

  •  Proven skills of analysis and drafting of regulations through participatory, inclusive and multisectoral processes
  •  Proven skills to work in multilateral environments that involve interaction with public institutions and national and international actors.
  •  Knowledge of agrarian legislation, food and nutritional security, school feeding and implementation of public policy.

Selection criteria

  •  Full time availability and office presence.
  •  Availability to travel to different sectors of the country.
  •  Support documents work experience.

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 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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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 date. If you need help, or have queries, please contact:



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