Specialist in maritime and coastal infrastructure, Abidjan, Ivory Coast At Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO )

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Organizational framework

As part of its technical assistance which aims to contribute to the reduction of poverty and social inequalities including gender inequalities by promoting a blue economy, FAO supports the Ivorian government in the preparation of a reform and investment framework to further involve the potential in ocean resources, coastal and inland waters of Côte d’Ivoire to the transformation of the national economy and the diversification of the pillars of growth, the creation of wealth and the emergence of jobs in conditions of reduction of environmental degradation and risks and the improvement of the sharing of wealth.

To this end, it is agreed to carry out a specific study which aims to : ( i ) identify the main drivers of the blue economy and develop a national investment plan for its promotion and ( ii ) carry out the detailed feasibility study of a priority promotion program of the blue economy including strengthening national public and private capacities.

Hierarchical position

The Maritime and Coastal Infrastructure Specialist ( ports ) will be placed ( e ) under the general responsibility of the FAO Representative in Côte d’Ivoire, supervision of the Assistant to the Program Officer and under the technical supervision of the FAO Program Coordinator in connection with the National Coordination of the project.

Area of specialization

As part of the AfDB Technical Assistance Program implemented by FAO in support of the government of Côte d’Ivoire, the specialist in maritime and coastal infrastructures will have in his field of expertise and under the coordination of the FAO Coordinator of the UTFCVI041UTF program, in the preparation of the Unified Strategic Framework for Blue Economy ( CaSUEB ), the preparation of a National Investment Plan ( PNIEB ).

To this end, the incumbent will work in close cooperation with the stakeholders in the public and private sector program according to the meeting methods and sequences programmed by the Program Coordinator. It will participate in meetings organized for these purposes with public and private professional sectoral stakeholders and sectoral institutions.

Tasks and responsibilities

  •  Establish an inventory of infrastructure already available in support of key sectors of the Blue Economy on the basis of inventories available from state or territorial institutions at the local level and assess needs adaptation, strengthening, rehabilitation or new investments linked to the strategy framework proposed by the sectors of the Blue Economy.
  •  Define the elements of strategy to be taken into account to support the transition of key sectors of the Blue Economy, in particular ports.
  •  Contribute to the pre-identification and technical analysis of the proposals contained in the investment projects carried to the PNIEB by the private and public stakeholders consulted.
  •  Rationalize the need for investment in infrastructure according to the challenges of the energy transition and key principles of the Blue Economy by considering the aspects relating to climate risks and challenges of pooling infrastructure.
  •  Define the tools to assist in the implementation of the Blue Strategy for the physical investments necessary for the development of the fisheries, aquaculture, ecotourism and transport sectors.
  •  Contribute to the animation and promotion of regional and local workshops within the framework of the program according to the common agendas.
  •  Contribute to the promotion of preparatory work and documents from the CaSUEB, the PNIEB
  •  Contribute to intersectoral and multi-actor workshops and platforms


Minimum conditions to be fulfilled

  •  Higher diploma in architecture or engineer in coastal and marine infrastructure with high sensitivity to environmental issues.
  •  Professional experience of more than 10 in the infrastructure sector and having a knowledge of the context specific to Côte d’Ivoire.
  •  Current knowledge of French with high editorial quality.
  •  Ivorian nationality or be resident in the country with a regular work permit.

Basic skills required by FAO

  •  Attention to results
  •  Have team spirit
  •  Meaning of communication
  •  Establishment of constructive relationships
  •  Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement

Technical / functional skills

  •  Mastery and IT autonomy on communication and dissemination tools
  •  Strong organizational and networking autonomy
  •  Capacity to work in a team and strong capacity to write technical pleadings on fishing and aquaculture files falling within the framework of the principles and objectives of the EB
  •  Ability to quickly read economic reports and technical notes and to initiate an extension process
  •  Capacity and strong motivation for teamwork and exchanges with Professional Socio Organizations and civil society
  •  Functional autonomy for making appointments, preparation of meetings of an institutional nature or partners in the private sector, for the organization of mobility on the national territory.

Please note that all candidates must adhere to the values of FAO – commitment to the Organization, respect for everyone, integrity and transparency.


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  •  Applications received after the closing date of the notice will not be accepted.
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HOW TO POSTULATE To apply, please complete the online form on the FAO recruitment website, Jobs at FAO. Incomplete application files will not be examined. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered. Applicants are encouraged to register their applications with a largely sufficient period of time before the deadline. To get help, write to: Careers@fao.org.




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February 2024