Chief Technical Adviser (Project Team Leader)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
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  • Posted
    May 29

Position description

Organizational Setting

The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

The European Union (EU) has established the Cambodia Programme for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in the Fisheries Sector (CAPFISH). The overall objective of the CAPFISH Programme is to support the Royal Government of Cambodia in the achievement of its long-term vision of social and economic development, food security and poverty reduction as initiated with the Deep Fisheries Reforms and laid down in the National Strategic Development Plan.

The stated objective of the capture fisheries component of the CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries Programme is for Cambodia to have sustainable capture fisheries, contributing to food security and poverty reduction. The CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries Programme comprises three interrelated pillars: i) fisheries management and conservation; ii) post-harvest and trade; and iii) improvement and diversification of fisheries communities' livelihoods.

The specific outcome of the project is to improve the capacity to strengthen fisheries management at the community, district/provincial, and national levels.

Reporting Lines

The Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) reports to the FAO Representative (FAOR) in Cambodia and works under the overall guidance of the Lead Technical Officer (LTO) at the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP). He/she will work in collaboration with FACMB relevant units; the National Project Director (NPD) and the national team of the project. The CTA, together with the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) will be based in the Fisheries Administration and will work in close coordination and consultation with the Director General of the Fisheries Administration (FiA) and the Fisheries Administration team.

Technical Focus

Through the FAO CAPFISH Complementary Support project, the CTA will provide technical advice to the Fisheries Administration (both at national and subnational levels), the Senior National Adviser and the CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries Programme teams on all issues relating to project implementation, including capacity building, institutional strengthening, planning and implementation of the FAO-CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries project.

Key Results

Leadership and technical expertise for the planning, development and implementation of programmes of work, projects, related-products and services in accordance with FAO Strategic Objectives.

Key Functions

  • Leads the development, implementation and evaluation on technical issues of assigned programmes/projects; directs the review of relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities, liaises with relevant parties; identifies and initiates follow-up action;
  • Coordinates programmes and reviews the assessment of issues and trends for the implementation of programmes and projects as well as the preparation of impact evaluation or equivalent studies;
  • Supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies as well as inputs to publications;
  • Directs substantive support to consultative meetings and conferences, to include the proposition of agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations;
  • Manages outreach activities; designs and conducts training workshops and seminars; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities;
  • Leads field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties;
  • Provides advice to develop policies and strategies as well as national protocols and guidelines for projects with specific domains related to FAO's work.

Specific Functions

  • Leads the implementation of the FAO-CAPFISH project and supervises project personnel, in consultation with FiA and in accordance with the project document and annual work plans approved by the Project Steering Committee (PSC) and in compliance with FAO procedures and EU requirements;
  • Acts as policy adviser to the Director General of FiA and provides technical advice and hands-on capacity building to government counterparts and other fisheries stakeholders;
  • Ensures coordination and complementarity between the FAO-CAPFISH project work plan and the budgetary support component of the CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries Programme including incorporation into the broader Fishery Annual Work Plan and cross-sectoral strategies and plans;
  • Acts as secretary to the FAO-CAPFISH PSC by (i) drafting the Annual Work Plans/Budgets and project progress reports for review and clearance by the LTO, and budget holder, prior to their submission to the PSC; (ii) preparing the FAO-CAPFISH final report as well as any other reports required by the FAO-EU PAGODA;
  • Ensures implementation of the EU Visibility Guidelines and oversees the preparation and implementation of the project's communication plan including the dissemination of project information and best practices;
  • Supervises and evaluates the performance of the service providers, consultancies and project staff that shall be retained for specific activities under the responsibility of the PIU, and edits technical outputs associated with the FAO-CAPFISH project;
  • Represents FAO to secure wide consultation and working relations with appropriate line agencies and partners to ensure effective implementation of the FAO-CAPFISH work plan and adequate information flow, discussions, coordination and feedback among the various stakeholders of the project;
  • Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in fisheries economics, fisheries management, marine biology or freshwater zoology, marine affairs and policy, or a related field;
  • Ten years of relevant experience in project management and capacity building in areas such as fisheries management, fisheries information systems, or participatory and community-based approaches to fisheries development;
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian.


  • Results Focus;
  • Leading, Engaging and Empowering;
  • Communication;
  • Partnering and Advocating;
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement;
  • Strategic Thinking.

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is essential;
  • Extent and relevance of experience with freshwater and marine fisheries in particular fisheries governance, monitoring control and surveillance, fisheries habitats, fisheries information systems, and fisheries research including working with local service providers;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in planning, managing and implementing large (development) projects involving multiple types of experts, consultants, partners and stakeholders;
  • Familiarity with FAO and EU project procedures is an asset;
  • Demonstrated ability to build technical capacity of government counterparts and fisheries stakeholders;
  • Extent and relevance of experience working in Cambodia or in South-East Asia is considered an asset.

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