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Behavioural Science and Education Specialist

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Rome, Italy
Posted date:
April 26, 2023
Close date:
May 15, 2023
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Job Description

Job Posting: 24/Apr/2023

Closure Date: 15/May/2023, 11:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: OCB

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition: Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level: N/A

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration: 11 months

Post Number: N/A

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device

  • 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

Organizational Setting

The Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment promotes integration of innovative approaches in the activities of the Organization, for the sustainable use, management and conservation of natural resources for food and agriculture. OCB assists FAO Members in their responses towards the challenge of climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as the development of adaptive capacities of agriculture, fisheries and forestry for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and other natural resources. It provides a coordination role on climate change, biodiversity and the environment. The Office also serves as the focal point for a multidisciplinary and global approach to UNFCCC, CBD and topics on bioenergy as well as on Globally Important Agriculture Heritage Systems, ecosystem restoration and green and climate resilient agriculture.

OCB as part of the larger project consortium led by FAO, is responsible for the implementation of the Project GCP/GLO/1069/GER-F: “Facility for Action for Climate Empowerment to achieve the Nationally Determined Contributions” (FACE-NDC). The objective of the project is to develop a climate formal and non-formal education (CE) programme to achieve changes in behaviour for all members of society. The project will map institutions and stakeholders, identify country specificities and requirements of vulnerable groups to engage in climate change action. It will develop and accredit CE curricula for primary and secondary schools, develop supporting materials and train educators to integrate climate change education in existing and new curricular and programmes. Specialized courses for university students and professionals will be developed. The capacity of local academic and digital infrastructure will be built for effective implementation and monitoring and evaluation. Informal education campaigns and interventions will also be developed and the capacity of local stakeholders for implementation will be strengthened. It will also be ensured that the results, tools and resources of the project can be “exported” and used by different countries and stakeholder groups.

Reporting Lines

The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Natural Resources Officer, within the Innovation Work Stream of OCB, and in collaboration with relevant FAO Country/regional, UNESCO and UNITAR technical teams.

Technical Focus

•    Behavioural Science
•    Education
•    Curriculum development
•    Youth empowerment
•    Capacity building
•    Sustainable transitions
•    Climate change, biodiversity and environment
•    Monitoring and evaluation frameworks

Tasks and responsibilities

•    Lead the development of behavioural science informed climate change curriculum for primary/ secondary/ vocational schools, ensuring its inclusive and gender transformative character by addressing social and gendered norms.
•    Coordinate the participatory development of behaviourally informed and context-tailored resources and teaching aids, action and empowerment packs, YUNGA challenge badges, educational videos, etc.
•    Lead the development of Scouts and Guides empowerment resources, training and curriculum, including through linkages with WAGGGS Girl-Led Action on Climate Change initiative.
•    Set up collaborative mechanisms with UN and international organisations, research community, NGOs and CSOs, to facilitate participatory development, peer review, testing and use of the developed behavioural science resources and methodologies in pilot countries to assess actual impact on the target groups by comparing results between target beneficiaries and comparable ‘control’ groups.
•    Coordinate with UNESCO, national universities staff and other consortium partners on creating complementary formal and non-formal educational approaches and resources, including developing citizen science initiative.
•    Support the organization of the community of practice on behavioural science educational approaches.
•    Conceptualize and prepare training packs and information materials and implement training and capacity building on behavioural science for consortium members and the target stakeholder groups both at the national level (namely national and local decision-makers and educators) as well as in key sessions of UNFCCC and YUNGA initiatives, This would include leading the development of and delivery of training on:
       -    effective educational methods and formats, especially for distant learning, and for effectively reaching remote, vulnerable and marginalized groups, such as women, girls, disabled, school dropouts, etc.
       -    developing and implementing behaviourally informed educational programmes and initiatives.
       -    youth engagement, activism, and advocacy to become active agents of change in their local communities.
•    Lead and collaborate in the development of technical, analytical, monitoring and reporting frameworks, and behavioural science tools and methodologies etc. to support the planning, implementation/delivery and monitoring of the project activities.
•    Ensure support communication and knowledge sharing activities and frameworks.
•    Perform other related duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

•    University degree (PhD preferred) in Education, Behavioural Science, Psychology, Behavioural Economics or related field.
•    At least one to four years (for CAT C), at least five years (for CAT B) and at least 12 years (for COF Category A)/ 15 years (for PSA CAT A) of relevant experience in applying behavioural science and insights in educational and capacity building programmes and initiatives, including integrating behavioural science principles into the educational curricula on climate change, biodiversity, agriculture nutrition or related environmental and social issues.

•    Working knowledge (level C) of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge (level B) of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian (for PSA only one language is required).

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
•    Experience in working in different countries and contexts, including formal and non-formal education
•    Extent and relevance of experience in applying/integrating behavioural science in educational and capacity building initiatives, projects, and programmes, to address climate change, biodiversity and other environmental and social issues to enable sustainable transitions.
•    Extent and relevance of experience in educational curriculum development in particular for primary/ secondary/ vocational levels, ensuring equal access to education for different groups.
•    Good knowledge and experience in sustainable agriculture, climate change, food systems would be considered an advantage.
•    Demonstrated experience and expertise designing, managing, and analyzing randomized evaluations, field experiments in developing countries will be an advantage.
•    Ability to engage and deal with stakeholders at national, sub-national and regional level, and lead communities of practice
•    Demonstrated ability to formulate, draft and finalize clear technical and educational documents, guidelines, manuals and lesson/activity plans, in English.
•    Demonstrated ability to work in multi-cultural and geographically dispersed teams, including through remote work.

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 any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at
  • For more information, visit the FAO employment website
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


• 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
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
• Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
• Incomplete applications will not be considered
• Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
•  We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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