Senior Programme Officer

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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Executive / senior industry position

Job Posting

: 13/Mar/2020

Closure Date

: 03/Apr/2020, 9:59:00 PM
Organizational Unit: FAO Representation in Haiti, FLHAI

Job Type

: Staff position
Type of Requisition: Professional Project
Grade Level: P-5

Primary Location

: Haiti-Port-Au-Prince
Duration: Fixed-term: one year with possibility of extension
Post Number: 2007833
CCOG Code: 1A02

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The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments

• FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality
• People with disabilities are protected from any type of discrimination during any stage of employment, including the recruitment phase
• All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
• The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization


Organizational Setting
The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.
Reporting Lines
The Senior Programme Officer reports to the FAO Representative (FAOR) in Haiti, in collaboration with the Deputy FAOR and relevant units of the Regional Office for Latin America and Caribbean (RLC), the Subregional Office for Central America (SLM) and headquarters.
Technical Focus
Leading the overall programme implementation including providing guidance and oversight of the administration and operations units, and day-to-day coordination and monitoring of programme development, resource mobilization and reporting.
Key Results
Leadership and technical expertise for the planning, development and implementation of Programmes of work, projects, related-products, and services in accordance with FAO’s Strategic Objectives.
Key Functions
• Leads the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects; directs review of relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and initiates follow-up actions;
• Coordinates programmes and reviews the assessments of issues and trends for the implementation of programmes and projects and the preparation of impact evaluation or equivalent studies;
• Supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications;
• Directs substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations;
• Manages outreach activities; designs and conducts training workshops, seminars; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities;
• Leads field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties;
• Represents the Organization at international meetings and conferences, identifies and implements strategic partnerships, advocates best practices and increased dialogue and develops and negotiates effective working relationships/consensus and agreements with international and national stakeholders.
Specific Functions
• Provides advice to develop policies and strategies as well as national protocols and guidelines for projects with specific domains related to FAO's work;
• Initiates contact with potential partners to explore funding opportunities, leads negotiations of funding agreements and project proposals with governments, international organizations, private sector and civil society partners;
• Maintains effective working relationships with key stakeholders throughout the project cycle, including to support implementation, facilitates monitoring and compliance issues and ensures submission of reports, as required;
• Provides leadership to FAO's work on emergencies as part of the resilience work in the country including: needs assessment, programming, implementation and resource mobilization, in liaison and collaboration with the Food Security Cluster, other UN agencies, civil society partners and relevant FAO personnel;
• Promotes the implementation, monitoring and quality assurance of all cash transfer components (unconditional cash, cash for work and coupons).
Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university  degree in in political sciences, business administration, agricultural economics, development economics, rural sociology, food security, nutrition, sustainable agriculture (including livestock, forestry and fisheries), or a related field;
• Ten years of relevant experience in technical cooperation related activities, and analysis relating to food and nutrition security, agriculture and rural development, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes;        
• Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).
• Results Focus
• Leading, Engaging and Empowering
• Communication
• Partnering and Advocating
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Strategic Thinking
Technical/Functional Skills
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is essential;
• Extent and relevance of experience in the management of technical cooperation projects and programmes, including the management of emergency and resilience related programmes;
• Extent and relevance of experience and skills in programme and project formulation, analysis, planning and implementation;
• Extent and relevance of experience in liaising with international donor organizations and development partners and in preparing proposals for funding, monitoring budgets and preparing financial reports in donor specific formats;
• Level of knowledge of results-based management methods and experience in their application;
• Extent and relevance of experience in Level 3/Scale up emergency environments is considered a strong asset.
Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.
• FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.
A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link: 
Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:
• Dependency allowances
• Rental subsidy
• Education grant for children
• Home leave travel
• 30 working days of annual leave per year
• Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
• International health insurance; optional life insurance
• Disability protection
FAO encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes:
• elements of family-friendly policies
• flexible working arrangements
• standards of conduct
• 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; 
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided on your online profile; 
• Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list; 
• 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; 
• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered; 
• We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.
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