National Legal Specialist, Tbilisi, Georgia At FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United

Closing date: Thursday, 6 April 2023


National Legal Specialist

Job Posting: 23/Mar/2023

Closure Date: 06/Apr/2023, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FEGEO

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Georgia-Tbilisi

Duration : 30 working days until 31 December 2023

Post Number : N/A

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

  •  FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
  •  Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  •  Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
  •  FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
  •  All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  •  All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
  •  FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

Organizational Setting

The position is located at the FAO Representation in Georgia under the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) IV programme. The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by the FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

Reporting Lines

The National Legal Specialist will operate under the overall guidance and responsibility of the FAO Representative in Georgia and the FAO Programme Coordinator and the direct technical supervision of the Legal Officer in LEG. Also, he will work in close cooperation with International Expert on Food Safety and Senior National Policy Advisor.

Technical Focus

The incumbent will work under the project “Support to the Food Safety and SPS Sector in Georgia under ENPARD IV”. The incumbent will be responsible for the elaboration of the assessment report on the enforcement tools used by the NFA for food safety legislation and provide the recommendations.

Tasks and responsibilities

The National Legal Specialist will provide technical support in the process of development of administrative enforcement policy facilitating implementation of SPS regulations. The consultant is expected to undertake the following tasks:

  •  Collect and analyse national legislation relevant for SPS, including food safety, animal health, biosafety and plant health. Prepare a national legal report following the advice of the Legal Office. In such report:

– Analyse and assess other policies, manuals and documents that regulate the food safety enforcement procedures in Georgia. – Identify gaps and weaknesses on the existing enforcement tools used by the NFA for food safety control, including the adequacy of the measures and powers afforded to official inspectors, coverage of different food sectors and different sections of the food supply chain. – Compare enforcement tools used by the NFA for food safety legislation with those used by competent authorities in selected EU countries (and where appropriate EU accession countries), identifying areas for improvement in line with best practice (and where appropriate international standards). For this purpose, identify and analyse provisions related to SPS enforcement in EU legislation and in selected EU countries. – Summare key findings on enforcement tools used by the Competent Authorities for food safety legislation and list key recommendations, including any changes to the Georgian Code on Food/Feed Safety, Veterinary and Plant Protection – changes may cover legislative changes and/or non-legal improvements to support compliance (guides, manuals, etc.). – The strategic analysis and the recommendations should generate strategies or management options for improving enforcement by the competent authorities and penalties in cases of non-compliances with food safety rules. The final goal is the reduction of risks for human health associated a food consumption; what is more, obtain a fair market for all the FBOs

  •  Workshop: support the organization and conduct a workshop with key representatives from MEPA & relevant agencies including the Competent Authorities to discuss draft assessment report, validate the findings and agree on the recommendations.
  •  Participate in training courses related to risk based inspections activities, compliance and enforcement.


Minimum Requirements

  •  Advanced university degree in in law;
  •  Minimum 5 years of relevant professional experience;
  •  C level of English and Georgian
  •  National or resident of the country of assignment

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  •  Excellent communication (both written and oral) and presentation skills

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


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  •  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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  •  To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
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  •  Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
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  •  Incomplete applications will not be considered
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  •  Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
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