National Policy Liaison Specialist

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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Mid-level industry position

Tasks and responsibilities


Provide expert advice on all matters related to Policy and regulatory frameworks to the project team for smooth project implementation.

Work closely with Legal experts in the Ministries of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement and that of Health and Child Care and the Animal Health Specialist, Livestock Specialist and the Food safety Specialists lead and guide the reviews of targeted policies, strategies and regulations.

Provide technical guidance on policy implications of the project interventions and help in fine tuning evidence generation and communicating with policy makers.

Collaborate and build healthy synergies between the public and private sectors for the establishment of sustainable Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) with specific reference to the relevant policies in the livestock and food safety services sectors. 

Lead in the drafting and communication of evidence generated by the project interventions, draft and disseminate policy briefs and lessons learnt.

Contribute to the setting up of coordination platforms on animal production and health and food safety for raising awareness, advocacy and compliance to policy, regulations and guidelines.

Represent SAFE effectively in the ZAGP policy and communications working groups and other relevant policy and project communication initiatives 

Participate in project monitoring and drawing up lessons learnt and course corrections.

Perform any other related duties as required





Minimum Requirements

Candidates should meet the following:

▪ Advanced degree in agricultural or development economics, economics, rural development, or a related field.

▪ At least ten years of relevant experience in the practical application of policy analysis in agricultural,  rural development and food safety issues, with specific reference to the Zimbabwean context.

▪ Working experience in policy, partnership, advocacy and communication to influence change.

▪ Working knowledge of English and local languages is an added advantage.

▪ National of Zimbabwe.


FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus




Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement


Technical/Functional Skills


Previous similar work on project/program working with government, NGOs, UN and private sector.

Extent and relevance of experience in formulating agricultural and rural development policies.

Extent of experience in dealing with senior government officials, development partners and beneficiaries in the context of policy and/or investment operations.

Good interpersonal relationships and strong communication skills.

Excellent English language proficiency, communication, facilitation and computer skills.

More Information

Posted on


Mid-level industry position


Harare , Zimbabwe