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Programme and Operations Specialist


  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Dhaka
  • Grade: Consultancy - Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2024-05-30


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  • 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
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  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting

The FAO Country Office in Bangladesh (FABGD) is responsible for leading FAO's response to country priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO's priority activities in the country. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the country and, in collaboration with the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP), Divisions, Offices and Centres at FAO Headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO's strategic response to these priorities. Through its Country Programming Framework (CPF), the Country Office supports policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, at country level and facilitates the emergence of country partnerships and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region.

Reporting Lines

The Programme and Operations Specialist will report directly to the FAO Representative working closely with the Assistant FAOR Administration, Assistant FAOR Programme, CTAs/STAs and Project Managers of the various projects within the country office.
S/he will work as part of a multidisciplinary team to manage day-to-day operational work for the FAO Representation in support of the various projects implemented by the country office maintain close coordination with CTAs/STAs, Project Managers, all operations staffs for smooth programme implementation.

Technical Focus

The incumbent will support the operations and programme related activities to the various projects implemented by the country office. Specific duties and responsibilities include the following\:

Tasks and responsibilities

• Oversee, coordinate, and provide day-to-day operational support for implementation of the FAO country programme activities in Bangladesh, including supporting in the preparation of weekly work plans on quarterly basis or as otherwise requested by the FAOR;
• Support and guide National Operations Specialist/Assistants in the FAO Representation to ensure timely delivery of the necessary inputs and timely implementation of activities, consistent with the planned project work plans, detailed field activity plans.
• Coordinate with the Assistant FAO Representative Administration, the CTAs/STAs and other officer to ensure timely recruitment of consultants both short-term and long-term national project personnel.
• Ensure timely procurement plans are updated on a quarterly basis and the required and in close collaboration with the Procurement Unit in the Representation ensure the procurement of materials for various projects are requisitioned/ bought on time in line with the project work plans.
• Review official tender documents and submit for Procurement Authority for clearance and approval to launch the tendering process in line with the established procedure.
• Conduct research on relevant markets for identified programme goods to determine market availability, quality and competitiveness utilizing Expressions of Interest (EOI), particularly for potential Long-Term Agreements, ensuring transparency throughout the process, for regularly used services such as; transportation, seasonal agricultural inputs, emergency response inputs, survey and assessment work, production of visibility and communication materials, amongst others;
• Develop an action plan to achieve the outputs of the consultancy to be presented to the Procurement Unit and Programme Team;
• Supervise and monitor the implementation of efficient financial flow mechanisms and in ensuring timely availability of resources for the smooth implementation of project activities, including preparation and submission of Call for Funds and financial reporting to the donors.
• Oversee project budget monitoring, review and monitors project budget and prepare requests and revisions as required; remain alert about budget expenditures and resources; review project financial statements and transaction listings with a view to identifying errors in accounting against budget lines.
• Contribute to the preparation of project progress report and prepare project non-standard financial reports/statement and budget status reports as may be required from time to time.
• Advise project management as to major issues affecting operations to mitigate risk exposure and provide information on the necessary actions to be taken as well as keeping coordination and communication with respective FAOR Administrative units for timely programme implementation;
• Liaise with offices projects teams to track and monitor delivery of activities against project workplans, identifying areas where delivery is at risk of being delayed, and mitigate any impact on overall project delivery;
• Provide support to the overall field programme ensuring timely, fill data and information entry into the Field Programme Management Information System (FPMIS, GRMs, IMIs) of operational and pipeline projects
• Participate in and contribute to project formulation and preparation, including resource mobilization and donor liaison, appraisal and operational clearance of project documents, preparation of budgets, and project and programme formulation missions, as appropriate.
• Support the FAOR in the resource mobilization of the country office and development of country office resource mobilization strategy, where possible initiate contacts with potential partners to explore funding opportunities.
• Collaborate with all projects in reporting to government and the donors as stipulated in the various agreements by drafting such reports in close collaboration with the CTAs and project Managers and ensuring compliance with FAO Rules in such reporting.
• Regularly monitor FPMIS and other FAO tools to oversee and up-to-dating of project documents, budget and transaction listing.
• Initiate closure of LOAs and POs after completion of delivery and payment.
• Perform other related duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

• University degree in Business Administration, Social Science, Finance, Business Development, Political Science, or related discipline
• At least 05 years of relevant professional experiences in support to operations, monitoring and reporting of Programmes/Projects/Activities
• Working knowledge (level C) of English and limited knowledge (level B) of one of the other FAO languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese) for Consultants; Working knowledge (level C) of English for PSA Subscribers.

FAO Core Competencies

• Results Focus
• Teamwork
• Communication
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

• Ability to communicate clearly and to share knowledge and information;
• Ability to work effectively under pressure;
• Capacity to build effective relationships and partnerships with team members and service providers;
• Ability to take initiative and accomplish tasks in due time;
• Ability to be flexible in changing circumstances and to adapt the work approach in response to changes
• Extent and relevance of experience in management of computer programs such as Excel, Word, Power Point and statistical software.
• The candidate must demonstrate high communication skills both verbal and written, negotiation, leadership, vision, strategy, coordination and teamwork

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


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  • 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 http\://
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  • 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
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• 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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