SPECIALIST IN SCIENCE AND INNOVATION, Santiago, Chile At Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO )



Job advertisement : Aug 02/2023

Publication cancellation date : Aug 16, 2023, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: RLC – Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean ( Santiago )

Job type : Temporary work

Requirement Type: PSA ( Personal Service Agreements )

Grade Level: N / A

Main location : Chile-Santiago

Duration: 11 months

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

In June 2022, FAO approved its first Strategy for Science and Innovation, adopting the vision of “ A world free from hunger and malnutrition where the potential of science and innovation is fully exploited to overcome complex challenges of a social nature, economic and environmental in agri-food systems in an equitable, inclusive and sustainable way worldwide. ” Mobilized by this vision, the FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean ( FAO RLC ) creates the Science and Innovation Unit, with the aim of offering specialized technical support for the successful implementation of the strategy in the region, and to respond to the technical needs of FAO regional and national teams in science, technology and innovation. In particular,the Science and Innovation Unit focuses its efforts on promoting three strategic objectives: 1. Promote public and private investments in science, technology and innovation, 2. Strengthen the capacities of key institutions and actors in innovation ecosystems, and 3. Strengthen the communication of knowledge generated from science, technology and innovation. The Innovation Unit responds to these objectives by devising, proposing and managing the development of a diverse portfolio of knowledge products, highlighting publications, E-learning courses, and virtual events. Topics of interest include identifying innovation challenges and opportunities, agricultural research and extension systems, technology transfer, and technology-based entrepreneurship.The development of these knowledge products requires the technical support of external specialists listed as short-term consultants, whose identification and talent is managed by the Innovation Unit, with the specialized support of other internal units such as the Communication Unit and Training Nucleus in Public Policies.

Hierarchical dependency

The Science and Innovation Specialist will be under the direct supervision of the Science and Innovation Officer of the FAO Representation in Latin America and the Caribbean

Field of specialization

The Science and Innovation Specialist will provide technical experience and guidance in the development, implementation and monitoring of activities, projects and programs focused on promoting the regional objectives of the FAO Strategy for Science and Innovation.

Tasks and responsibilities

The owner will be focused on supporting the management, implementation, monitoring and reporting of activities, projects and initiatives focused on promoting the regional objectives of the FAO Strategy for Science and Innovation and responding to the needs of FAO regional and national teams in matters of science, technology and innovation. Under the supervision of the Science and Innovation Officer, your responsibilities will be as follows:

  •  Provide operational support in the management, implementation, monitoring and documentation of actions, projects, initiatives by the Team.
  •  Produce publications and events that promote the regional objectives of the FAO Strategy for Science and Innovation before key actors in the ecosystem.
  •  Produce slides, speeches, talking points and other content that respond to requests from internal and external stakeholders in matters of Science, Technology and Innovation.
  •  Participate in the formulation of project proposals that contribute to the regional objectives of the FAO Strategy for Science and Innovation.
  •  Carry out other tasks and activities as required by the Science and Innovation Officer to fulfill the strategic objectives under his charge.


Minimum requirements

  •  University degree of the following careers: Agronomy, Forest Engineering, Commercial Engineering, Civil Engineering, Political Sciences, Sociology, Public Administration or related careers.
  •  3 years of experience in relevant areas in any of the following areas: content generation, knowledge management, monitoring of science and / or innovation projects, technology transfer, technological entrepreneurship, incubation/acceleration of technological businesses, and other similar ones.
  •  Practical knowledge of Spanish ( Level C ) and limited knowledge of English ( Intermediate ) that allows interaction in written form, as well as the reading and writing of technical documents.
  •  Chilean nationality or resident in the country with regular work permit.

FAO core competencies

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

Technical / functional skills

  •  Domain of written communication on the subject of interest, demonstrated with documents, notes or publications.
  •  Familiarity with concepts, tools and instruments of innovation ecosystems.
  •  Teaching skills to transform highly technical content into a more accessible and applicable language and format.
  •  Desirable experience in educational content development or training.
  •  Availability for teamwork and willingness to learn new ways of working.

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: Careers@fao.org
  •  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: www.whed.net/
  •  For any other questions visit the FAO website on employment: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/es/.

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: Careers@fao.org




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