Local Legal Specialist


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


Issued on: 10/01/2020

Deadline For Application: 22/01/2020

JOB TITLE: Local Legal Specialist


DUTY STATION: Pristina, Kosovo


DURATION: 60 days with possibility of extension

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

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. REU also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization's Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the region, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies. The Regional Office supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region.


The project “Support to strengthening sustainable and multipurpose forest management to improve rural livelihoods and address climate change in Kosovo” - GCP/KOS/007/SWE aims at increasing the contribution of forest sector’s to the Kosovo economy  through a participatory and gender-responsive forest management and is strengthened in accordance with relevant rules on forests and supported with value-chains for poverty alleviation.

The Programme is structured around three components, each further operationalized into specific outputs and activities. The first component is dedicated to improving timber legality, trade and law enforcement in forest sector. Outputs aim at preparing the necessary by-laws, improving public service capacities to support law enforcement with new skills and equipment, and generate public support to combat illegal activities in the forest sector.

Reporting Lines

The Local Legal Specialist will report to the Local Team Leader, and work under the technical supervision of the Development Law Service (LEGN) of FAO and the Lead Technical Officer, and in close collaboration with the relevant technical division in FAO headquarters. The Local Legal Specialist will also work closely with the project’sinternational and national consultants and with focal points in the relevant Ministries.

Technical Focus

Provide legal technical expertise through the identification, review, definition and needs/gaps assessment of all legal instruments, as appropriate, relevant to the forestry sector in Kosovo, including, but not limited to, timber legality, trade in forest products, sustainable forest management, and rights of tenure.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Support the development of a comprehensive strategy/work plan for the holding of multi-stakeholder consultation and the envisaged outcome of these, which will include, as appropriate:
  • Inception meeting, reviews and consultations;
  • Gaps/needs assessment and strategies for addressing identified gaps and needs;
  • Proposals to address these gaps, including the drafting of relevant laws, including by-laws, if appropriate;
  • Validation workshop/seminar.
  • Identify, collect and compile all policies, legislation and regulations relevant to forestry, trade in forestry products, forest management, environment, tenure rights, and any other discipline that affects forest related products and its trade.
  • Identify areas of policy, legislation and regulations/law which will be required for effective implementation of the programme objectives;
  • Defining the scope of relevant laws, including by-laws, if appropriate;
  • Establish a baseline on timber legality;
  • Based on the baseline report, prepare a roadmap for designing the key bylaws for law enforcement in forestry sector and timber legality;
  • Support the process for the drafting of relevant laws, including by-laws, if appropriate, to address gaps and/or missing elements identified in Kosovo legislation and regulations required to achieve the objectives of the Programme, with the focus on timber legality;
  • Prepare terms of reference for the establishment of a small task force on Timber Legality at Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development / Kosovo Forestry Agency to assess forest illegality;
  • Support the holding of training workshops/seminars for relevant judges, prosecutors, lawyers and law enforcement officials involved in the forestry sector;
  • Produce training kits which can be applied in scaling up forest legality training events;
  • Provide on-the-job training to forest personnel including Forest Inspectors for counteracting illegal activities;
  • Lead group trainings in Pristina and in Programme’s target regions;
  • Provide the necessary support for the assessment and development of a suitable type of block-chain tool for Kosovo’s forest sector, within a working group comprised of foresters, lawyers and IT developers, and integrate it with KFIS;
  • Contribute to the drafting of a technical report, which will include the appropriate draft laws identified, and submit for review (to LEGN).


Minimum Requirements

  • University degree in Law, with focus on environmental, forestry, civil, trade/financial and/or other relevant area of law in Kosovo
  • Three to five years of relevant experience in related fields
  • Working knowledge of English

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Familiarity with forestry law, timber legality laws and regulations, including the relevant implementation, enforcement and compliance procedures, legality tools and related processes applicable in forestry sector is considered an asset

Selection Criteria

  • Extent of knowledge and experience on relevant legal issue;
  • Ability to carry out legal research and analysis;
  • Ability to write clear and concise reports and to draft legal texts, legislative and regulatory instruments;
  • Ability to work independently and under minimal supervision.

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.
  • 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: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/
  • For further information on categories, contract duration and honoraria, please refer to the Conditions page.

Send your application to:  Interested candidates should send not later than 12:00 PM, Wednesday 22 January 2020 the following documentation: 

-         CV and         

-         Cover letter

at the following e-mail address: ardiana.hamiti@fao.org


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