[CODATA-international] Would you like to work with an exciting team at FAO dedicated to AGROVOC, AGRIS and Research4Life? Please read this vacancy carefully and apply to be part of the roster!

Imma Subirats imma.subirats at gmail.com
Mon Oct 3 07:09:32 EDT 2022

The Partnerships and UN Collaboration Division (PSU) of the Food and
Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has issued a call for
expressions of interest (vacancy announcement: 2202715
to attract suitable individuals to undertake consultancies and/or PSAs in
particular as Information Management Specialists to work on the AGROVOC
multilingual agricultural thesaurus <https://www.fao.org/agrovoc/>,
the International
System for Agricultural Science and Technology (AGRIS)
<https://www.fao.org/agris/> and/or Research4Life

The Organization frequently engages experts to work on short-term
activities and projects as international consultants or under personal
service agreements (PSA). International consultants or PSAs are engaged by
the Organization to provide expertise, skills or knowledge for the
performance of a specific task or piece of work, which is short-term by
nature. The assignment may involve fulltime or part-time functions. The
assignment can be for a period of one month up to a maximum of 11 months.
The possibility of extension is subject to satisfactory performance and
depends on the resources and needs of the Organization.

Particularly for AGROVOC, the Consultants or PSAs should focus on one or
more of the thematic areas, such as nutrition, biotechnology, agroecology,
food security and food systems, digitalization, forestry, climate change,
agro-industry, rural development, animal health, natural resources,
livestock, pest and pesticide management, pollination, food loss and food
waste, economic and social development, land and water, emergencies and
resilience, the environment and related topics, and in the various areas
related to FAO’s mandate, priorities and strategic framework, as well as
the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Tasks of the Information Management Specialist dedicated to AGROVOC will


   Supporting the overall AGROVOC content development strategy and
   maintenance, in particular, to improve discoverability and visibility of
   data and publications in line with the FAIR Principles (Findability,
   Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reuse of digital assets).

   Reviewing systematically, on demand, existing concepts in AGROVOC based
   on the specialized area of expertise.

   Identifying gaps in content and suggesting new concepts.

   Understanding the AGROVOC hierarchy and suggesting placement for new and
   existing concepts.

   Researching pertinent definitions of concepts including their reliable
   sources, such as FAO publications, FAOTerm, domain specific literature
   among others.

   Contributing to the AGROVOC Editorial Guidelines Task Force with
   guidance on relevant domain specific authorities to check new and existing
   terminology in AGROVOC.

   Supporting the AGROVOC Editorial Main Team at FAO in any additional task
   related to terminology.

   Contributing to drafting reports/working papers and to disseminating

Tasks of the Information Management Specialist dedicated to AGRIS will


   Implementing and delivering training programs, online seminars and
   workshops in the context of access to scientific information resources in
   food and agriculture through AGRIS.

   Delivering capacity development activities to increase capacity and
   awareness on how to manage, access, exchange and use information more
   efficiently in the AGRIS Network.

   Providing strategic guidance and maintenance of agricultural
   bibliographic information services.

   Reviewing and publishing structured metadata about scientific literature
   in food and agricultural sciences.

   Supporting the inclusion of new OAI compliant data repositories into

   Promoting the use of AGRIS.

   Contributing to drafting reports/working papers and to disseminating

Tasks of the Information Management Specialist dedicated to Research4Life
will include:


   Ensuring accuracy and currency of institution support database of
   Research4Life registered institutions. including contact details and other
   information points required for access to the Research4Life content

   Participating in the joint activities of the Research4Life programmes
   and collective partnership in the areas of user support and outreach, draft
   administrative procedures, adjust automated workflows and liase with
   relevant backups.

   Responding to assigned category of user inquiries from available
   prepared templates, using judgment as necessary when adjustment of the
   available prepared template is required.

   May engage in:

o integrating statistical reports from compiled usage data as well as
compiling and redistributing information about Research4Life and
Research4Life user experiences for the preparation of training, outreach
services and promotional materials.

o troubleshooting access problem reports.

Minimum Requirements include:


   University degree in library or information science, knowledge
   management, computer science, natural sciences, food and agricultural
   sciences, forestry, geography, ecology, social sciences, economics,
   fisheries, animal production and animal science or any field related to
   FAO's mandate;

   At least five years (for Level B) and one year (for Level C) of relevant
   experience in information management preferably in the food and agriculture
   sector or international development sector; and

   Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of
   one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, or Russian for Consultants.
   Working knowledge of English is sufficient for PSA.SBS.

Interested and qualified professionals should apply for the opening by
Monday, 31 October 2022.

Individuals meeting or exceeding the requirements of the opening will be
included in the Partnerships and UN Collaboration Division Roster. Experts
who are registered in the Roster are available for consideration whenever
relevant opportunities matching the required profiles arise.

For more information and details about how to apply visit:
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