Legal Advisor

Food and Agriculture Organization

Gaborone, Botswana

FAO headquarters are in Rome, Italy and the organization has more than 180 members with offices throughout the world. Through the Botswana Office, FAO is collaborating with the Ministry of Health, through Department of Public Health, to implement a national project on Development of National Food and Nutrition Policy. A Technical working group has been mobilized and it managed to approve the inception report for development of the policy. With all the necessary information collected, the next phase is to formulate appropriate policy. Therefore, the Legal Expert will support a process to develop a comprehensive National Food and Nutrition for Botswana.
Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Contribute to development a food and nutrition security policy for Botswana; 
  • Identify, collect and analyse the existing legislation relating to food and nutrition security, and develop a national legal report with finding and recommendations on creating enabling national legal environment for food and nutrition security.   
  • Assist in drafting a work plan to guide the formulation process with a draft outline for the food and nutrition security policy;  
  • When required, provide all necessary assistance to organize the missions of the FAO Officers;
  • Support to coordinate processes for consultations of all levels including the key ones on draft policy involving all relevant stakeholders as well as other technical missions to be identified under the work plan; and minute taking; 
  • Contribute to facilitate FAO’s supports with key government focal point ministries to speed up the endorsement of the existing food safety law when required; 
  • Support the international legal consultant to participate in the relevant meetings/workshops including of the technical working group;  
  • Together with the food and nutrition policy consultant, and the technical team, prepare a final report at the end of the project, containing findings, conclusions, recommendations, the draft policy and the list of priority pending legal documents to support the policy, and submit to FAO; and 
  • Perform other duties required for the satisfactory completion of tasks.

Candidates Will Be Assessed Against the Following:
 Minimum Requirements:    

  •  Advanced university degree in Law.
  • At least seven years of relevant experience in legal analysis and research and legal drafting in the field
  • Working knowledge of English 
  • National of Botswana or legal resident of the country.

Technical/Functional Skills:

  • Experience in organizing participatory processes and contribution to processes related to program development through engagement of a wide range of stakeholders from the government, civil society, academia, and the private sector.
  • Experience with development of policies.
  • Specific professional experience with food and nutrition-based projects is required.
  • Experience with projects in Botswana is desired.
  • Experience with UN projects is desired.
  • Good writing and communication skills in English. 
  • Knowledge of other language used in Botswana is considered an asset.
  • alytical, presentation and training skills.
  • Leading, engaging, empowering and an excellent team player. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, handle multiple tasks, work under pressure and deliver assignments on time.