Land and Water Officer

Food and Agriculture Organization

Rome, Italy

The Land and Water Officer (Knowledge Management) reports to the Senior Land and Water Officer (NSL).

Technical Focus

Support the production of knowledge-related products and the dissemination of information to enhance the visibility of the Land and Water Division's work and activities among FAO Members, partners, donors, experts and the general public in line with the divisional mandate, policies and priorities.

Key Results

  • Collection and analysis of information, data, statistics and project/meeting services to support programme projects, products and services.

Key Functions

  • Collects and analyses relevant technical, social, economic, environmental, institutional and technology related information, data and/or statistics to support the delivery of programme projects, products and services.
  • Undertakes analysis, provides technical input for plans and reports and edits/revises technical/scientific documents.
  • Participates in the development of improved work methods, tools and systems.
  • Updates databases and web pages.
  • Participates in multidisciplinary project/work teams.
  • Collaborates in the development of training tools and materials and the organization of workshops/seminars, etc.
  • Participates in the organization, conduct and follow-up of meetings, consultations and conferences, the development/production of required materials and the provision of information and assistance to partners.

Specific Functions

  • Contributes to the formulation and implementation of specialized knowledge management and outreach strategies to strengthen the understanding and visibility of data and knowledge products, soil information systems, knowledge platforms and decision support tools introduced by the SoilFER (Soil mapping for resilient agrifood systems in Central America and sub-Saharan Africa) projects among internal and external audiences in beneficiary countries.
  • Collaborates with technical teams to identify and develop information products that effectively communicate soil health, sustainable soil management and importance of data-driven decision making, ensuring quality, consistency with FAO standards, and alignment with the unique environmental and agricultural conditions of beneficiary countries.
  • Engages in soil communication research and analysis, providing key insights into technical and policy dimensions of soil health, sustainable soil, and land management, supporting the outreach and knowledge sharing objectives of SoilFER Projects.
  • With the guidance of the Office of Communications (OCC), prepares the content drafting and participates in the development of soil-specific communication materials (e.g. websites, newsletters, videos, infographics) that are aligned with FAO policies and standards, and effectively showcase the successes and learning experiences from the related projects.
  • Facilitates the sharing of project achievements and lessons learned with a broader audience, including donors and partners, leveraging social media and other digital platforms (in accordance with OCC publication, video, web and social media guidelines) to highlight the proactive steps taken towards sustainable soil management in beneficiary countries.
  • Coordinates project-specific events, including inception workshops, launch events and project-specific workshops.
  • Maintains a project-specific repository of the project documents, photos and videos.
  • Produces and coordinates project-specific content, including articles, reports and multimedia materials; facilitates social media appearance on dedicated platforms to sharing project-specific updates and achievements.
  • Utilizes various communication channels to deliver project-specific key messages and encourage participation in SoilFER activities.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in communication, business administration, marketing, political science or a related field.
  • Three years of relevant experience in knowledge management and/or outreach, with a particular focus on sustainable soil management in international organizations, or in the private sector.
  • Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate – level B) of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish)