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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 SOLA / Open Tenure Consultant


Type of requisition:



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6 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 SOLA / Open Tenure Consultant will be directly supervised by the FAO Land Tenure Officer

Technical Focus

SOLA Technology support

Tasks and responsibilities

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

  • test SOLA software and report issues on the appropriate sub-project on the SOLA Lighthouse issue tracking system;

  • fix any issue identified on the SOLA Lighthouse and assigned to himself

  • support the design and delivery of the SOLA/OT related training sessions

  • Custody of the equipment (servers and tablets) used to accomplish the project goals

In particular the consultant will provide support for the following tasks, in collaboration with the Coordinator for VGGT Sola Open Tenure:

  • Administer and properly maintain the community server used for the implementation of Activity 3.a of the project;

  • Release the customized version of Open Tenure.

  • Install where needed upgraded versions of Community Server and Open Tenure mobile application. Test the software customisations of Open Tenure

  • Travel to pilot areas to support mapping and data capture activities in the field

  • Keep custody of the equipment (server and tablets) during the field activities and monitor its usage and secureness

  • Upload the data from the tablets to the server

  • Support the generation of maps to be validated by the communities

  • Participate in the validation of the maps.


Minimum Requirements    

  • University degree/technical diploma/high school diploma

  • 5 years of relevant experience in SOLA Technology

  • Working knowledge of the English

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus

  • Teamwork

  • Communication

  • Building Effective Relationships

  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work

  • Extent and relevance of experience in

  • Extent and relevance of experience in

  • Familiarity with


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.

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  • 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.