Sierra Leone

FAO recruits 01 National Soil Specialist

FAO recruits 01 National Soil Specialist


Freetown, Sierra Leone
Humanitaire (ONG, Associations, …), Projet/programme de développement
Job Description – National Soil Specialist (2002683)
Job Description:  2002683
National Soil Specialist
Closure Date: 04/Dec/2020, 11:59:00 PM
Organizational Unit: FRSIL
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: PSA (Personal Services Agreement)
Grade Level: N/A
Primary Location: Sierra Leone-Freetown
Duration: 60 Days spread over 6 months
Post Number: N/A
FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.
Qualified female applicants and qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member countries are encouraged to apply.
Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.
All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
Organizational Setting
FAO Representation in Sierra Leone implements an integrated food security programme, focusing on diversification of livelihoods, managing natural resources and building resilience. The office employs diverse team of experts locally, but also attracts the available technical experts from the region and the Head Quarters (HQ). FAO works in close partnership with the Government of Sierra Leone, farmers and other stakeholders, supporting plans and policies that affect the food and nutrition security in the country; our work is a part of the corporate commitment to support countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, especially SDG 2 on Zero Hunger.
Reporting Lines
Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Sierra Leone, the Consultant will be directly supervised by Lead Technical Officer and the project Coordinator at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
Technical Focus
Develop the National Irrigation Master Plan for Sierra Leone, ensure timely delivery of result
Tasks and responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Sierra Leone and direct supervision of the of the Lead Technical Officer and Project Coordinator, the Consultant will:
The National Soil Specialist shall be responsible for the following;
Meet with both governmental and non-governmental organizations/institutions, including but not limited to Njala University (NU), Sierra Leone Agricultural Institute(SLARI), etc with a view to having a first- hand information about present status of our soils
Take stock of past soil survey reports
Proposed interventions aimed at improving the status of our soils
Conduct random auguring to determine soil physical properties and for conduct of chemical analysis as the case may be
Produce diagnostic study report on the current status of our soils and making recommendations for improvement.
To propose capacity building actions;
Minimum Requirements
University degree in soil science or any related field.
Ten years of relevant experience in soil survey and analysis.
All candidates should possess computer/word processing skills
Working knowledge of English and knowledge of local languages in Sierra Leone will be an added advantage
National of Sierra Leone or resident in the country with a regular work permit
FAO Core Competencies
Results Focus
Building Effective Relationships
Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Technical/Functional Skills
Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable
Extent and relevance of experience in Project Management, with particular emphasis in developing countries;
Extent and relevance of experience in supporting stakeholder (government, private sector,  civil society and local communities) to develop the capacity to develop National Action Plan
Demonstrated capacity to develop partnerships with a range of stakeholders including donors;
Demonstrated capacity to provide assistance in the organization of technical meetings,  platforms and learning events;
Demonstrated capacity to prepare documentation materials of work on agricultural investments and supporting Family farming initiative in Sierra Leone
Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.
• FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).
• Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help, or have queries, please contact:
• Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
• Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
• For other issues, visit the FAO employment website:
To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.
Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile.
If you need help, or have queries, please contact:


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