Digital Agriculture Specialist 

Job Posting: 18/Jun/2024

Closure Date: 14/Jul/2024, 11:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: REU

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition: PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level: N/A

Primary Location: Various Locations-Various Locations

Duration: Various locations

Post Number: N/A

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FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO's values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination  
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
  • FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

Organizational Setting

The Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REU) is responsible for leading FAO's response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO's priority activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the Region and, in collaboration with departments and divisions at Headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO's strategic response to regional priorities.

The position is located in Pristina, Kosovo

Reporting Lines

The Local Digital Agriculture Specialist reports to the Local Team Leader and will work in close collaboration with the Digital Agriculture Team Leader and International Digital Agriculture Specialist. 

Technical Focus

Familiarity with digital agriculture, digitalization policies and strategies, agriculture and rural development, information and communication technologies applied to food system transformation, digital services, e-government, technical assistance, and project implementation.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • In accordance with FAO’s corporate communications policies and practices, the Local Digital Agriculture Specialist will perform the following duties:
  • Support the coordination of all local stakeholders to ensure that the Programme for the Digitalization of Kosovo’s Agriculture and Rural Areas will result in a comprehensive, actionable, smallholder-centric and gender-responsive programme; 
  • Support the effective communication with all stakeholders (public bodies, research and academia, NGOs, women’s organizations, farmers’ organizations, farmers, etc.), ensuring that their needs and requirements are well reflected in the Programme for the Digitalization of Kosovo’s Agriculture and coherently integrated within the broader landscape of Kosovo’s policies, as well as EU pre-accession; 
  • Facilitate the creation of a working group or similar suitable structure for Programme development;
  • Support the organisation of and facilitate a series of workshops and technical meetings to co-design the Programme together with stakeholders; 
  • Contribute to drafting of the Programme for the Digitalization of Kosovo’s Agriculture and Rural Areas by supporting FAO international consultant(s) in working closely with relevant stakeholders; 
  • Ensure that the Programme adheres to gender-equality, human-rights, and EU pre-accession standards throughout the elaboration of the Programme for the Digitalization of Kosovo’s Agriculture and Rural Areas;  
  • Support the effective communication with the programme partners (UNDP, UNICEF) to ensure the effective integration and coherence between agreed programme components;
  • Revise the situational analysis of Kosovo’s digital agriculture as new insights and perspectives emerge;
  • Provide support and undertake additional tasks, as may arise within the scope of the project, to ensure successful completion of the expected outcomes.  


Minimum Requirements

  • A university degree in the fields of public policy, development studies, international relations, agriculture, economics, computer science and engineering, environmental sciences, communications, or related studies
  • At least 5 years of work experience in strategy development, digital agriculture, stakeholder engagement and policy integration, or related fields,
  • Excellent command of local language(s) and working knowledge of English language (C) 
  • National of the country with residency or valid work permit

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Selection Criteria 

  • Proven track record in developing strategic plans or documents, preferably in the context of digital transformation 
    within agriculture or rural development;
  • Solid understanding of current trends and innovations in digital agriculture, including familiarity with different aspects 
    of digital agriculture landscape in Kosovo;
  • Understanding of relevant policies, regulations, and standards related to digitalization and agriculture;  
  • Ability to effectively communicate with and engage multi-stakeholders;  
  • Strong analytical skills to assess data, identify key insights, and integrate findings into strategic recommendations;
  • Excellent writing skills to produce clear and comprehensive documents and reports.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.



  • To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
  • Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
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  • Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
  • We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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