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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

vacancy announcement No:

Issued on:

7 January 2019

Deadline For Application:

18 January 2019


Job Title: National Gender and Land Rights Trainer


Type of requisition:



Duty Station:

Freetown, Sierra Leone

Organizational Unit:



Seven months  


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.

General Description of task(s)

As the Government of Sierra Leone embarks on the implementation of the National Land Policy, it is necessary to ensure rural women and men are able to negotiate women’s land rights and access in order to overcome the deeply rooted discriminatory social and cultural practices, and reduce land disputes. Through policy support, advocacy and training, the project will increase inclusive participation of women in decision-making about land and provide training and financial services for them to engage in the agriculture sector or pursue their entrepreneurial agribusiness ideas. It will demonstrate that with the right partnerships, women will be more productive, and that land can be a source of peace, growth and decent work. This project aims to build capacities and strategies and to apply the SOLA and Open Tenure tools for clarifying community and family lands, to ensure rural women are part of conflict resolution mechanisms. Building on the success of the existing national structures for the implementation of VGGT, which are involved in monitoring the National Land Policy Implementation Plan (NLPIP), recommendations from these bodies will enrich the sensitization and awareness raising meetings targeting traditional leaders, local authorities and representatives of women farmer’s groups. All concerned groups including women and men will engage in dialogue and work together to strengthen the capacity of rural women to understand their land rights, and allow them advocate for the elimination of discriminatory customary barriers and ensure that women are active economic and social participants in sustaining peace. Engaging the National Land Steering Committee as well as the introduction of an insider mediator mechanism are key strategies to ensure that early warning and dispute resolution systems are in place to swiftly report and address emerging conflicts.

The project will address the economic drivers through constructive engagement; addressing individual and collective grievance over land property; complemented by interventions to strengthen women’s economic opportunities and engagement in decent and productive agricultural activities. An integrated set of capacity building activities will promote business management skills; gender sensitive financial products; safety, health and working conditions in agriculture; agronomic and climate smart agricultural practices; and agricultural cooperatives, which can support the ability to cooperate, minimize risks and ensure sustainability. The project uses a multipronged approach to conflict resolution and peace building, focusing on land related conflicts as an entry point, which, if not addressed in time, could escalate beyond family, community or national boundaries.


Reporting Lines


Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Sierra Leone the National Gender and Land Rights Trainer will be directly supervised by the FAO Land Tenure Officer.


Technical Focus

Development of software for database design, quality control and analysis


Tasks and responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Sierra Leone and direct supervision of the FAO Land Tenure Officer, the National Gender and Land Rights Trainer in close collaboration with ILO technical focal person, the technical staff in the relevant government Ministries and other FAO personnel, will carry out the following tasks:

  • Submit and  present a detailed work plan to FAO prior to the preparation of the training modules

  • Develop training and capacity building materials using the results from the context analysis of women’s land rights and the gender and land tenure capacity development program developed by FAO;

  • Carry out the trainings for Women as Trainers with the expectation that the trainees will replicate what they will be taught with other members in their communities.

  • Document and compile progress reports from each of the training conducted

  • Train Local Authorities, Chiefdom Leaders and Land Sector Institutions.

  • Train women in three Pilot Communities in the North, South and East of the country respectively

  • Submit final report of the trainings to FAO



Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced University Degree in a discipline relevant to Land Management, Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics, Law and development or a related field.

  • Five years of relevant experience in agribusiness management, Investment Law, and land tenure, including experience in developing countries.

  • All candidates should possess computer/word processing skills

  • Candidate must be proficient in English language  and knowledge of local languages in Sierra Leone will be an added advantage



Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable

  • Extent and relevance of experience in Gender Mainstreaming and Capacity development 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 improve tenure governance, including through multi-stakeholder platforms and processes;

  • 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 governance of tenure

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus

  • Teamwork

  • Communication Skills

  • Building Effective Relationships

  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement


  • 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:

  • For further information on categories, contract duration and honoraria, please refer to the Conditions page.



Please submit your application to: The FAO Representation in Sierra Leone, 38 Freetown Road, off King Street Wilberforce, Freetown.  You can also email your applications to Indicate in the subject the name of the application you are responding to. All applications should be submitted on or before 18 January 2019.


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