The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) is a legally binding instrument with the objective to facilitate conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits derived from their use. The Governing Body of the ITPGRFA is composed of all Contracting Parties to the ITPGRFA. The Secretariat of the Governing Body prepares, supports, and follows up on the Governing Body's deliberations and negotiations. The Secretariat enjoys functional autonomy in matters within the mandate of the ITPGRFA and decisions taken by the Governing Body, and be technically accountable to the Governing Body. The Secretariat is hosted by the ADG's office of the Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Department (CBD). The post is located in the Secretariat of the ITPGRFA (CBDT).
The Treaty Liaison Officer reports to the Secretary of the ITPGRFA.
Provide legal and policy analysis and inputs on the implementation of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing of the ITPGRFA, especially on access to and use of genomic data and operations of bodies that have concluded agreements under Article XV of the International Treaty, in the context of international cooperation.
Comprehensive technical and policy expertise to support the planning, development and implementation of Departmental/Division programmes, projects, products and services in accordance with Departmental/Division objectives and FAO Strategic Objectives.