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Program Specialist


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


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Organizational Setting
The key mission of the FAO Representation in Somalia, which is led by FAO Representative (FAOR), is to assist and support the national government to develop policies, strategies and programme aimed at accelerating the Implementation and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in FAO's global mandate and Strategic Objectives. More specifically, FAO's response aims to address national needs and priorities in achieving food security, reducing hunger and malnutrition, developing agricultural, fishery and forestry sectors, and ensuring the sustainable use of environmental and natural resources and respond to recurrent emergencies. The current portfolio of activities of the FAO Representation in Somalia includes a wide scope of technical support interventions ranging from policy support through livestock and crop production, to natural resource management, Nutrition, value chain, food security analysis and water and land information management. FAO is also implementing several emergency, resilience-building, and development interventions, with the support of its five field offices and close to 400 staff in partnership with the Federal and State line ministries.
Reporting Lines
Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Somalia, the general supervision of Head of Program and the direct supervision of the Agriculture Sector Coordinator.
Technical Focus
The incumbent will provide guidance and manage the planning, inception, and execution of CadRe Project and other related new hard pipeline projects, focusing on project outcomes and impacts as defined by project results framework indicators.
Tasks and responsibilities
•Support FAO Somalia’s agriculture sector programming under the Country Programme Framework (CPF) 2022 -2025
•Provide guidance in the preparation and/or assessment of new programmes and projects.
•Ensure a result-based approach to project implementation, including maintaining a focus on project results and impacts as defined by project results framework indicators.
•Lead, manage and supervise the project implementation activities in collaboration with sector teams and implementing partners through regular consultations.
•Oversee field operations through direct contact with implementing partners, review and consolidate partner and field monitoring reports, analyse monitoring data and report on progress to the Sector Coordinator.
•Regularly visit programme/project sites and monitor activities to\:
(i)Ensure they are in line with the project work plan, timelines, and logical framework indicators\:
(ii)Ensure that adequate technical services are available.
(iii)Identify and take corrective actions as needed, and
(iv)Inform project teams of immediate or predicted situations/issues that need resolution.
•Ensure the timely provision of project inputs (personnel, technical support services, subcontracts, training, equipment, and supplies) directly by the organization or, when appropriate, through contractors for timely project / programme implementation.
•Ensure the timely preparation and release of all required project/programme briefs and comprehensive reports for submission to donors and/or for corporate use.
•Facilitate and coordinate for the timely preparation of internal and external programme meetings with various stakeholders including donors and the government.
•Prepare analytical reports on project performance and share with sector coordinator and the other project task force.
•Lead the development of Concept notes and project proposals prepared by the sector to source for funding in line with Somalia context.
•Coordinate the preparation of needs assessments and briefs and ensure timely dissemination of information to the donor community, UN agencies and NGOs, in close consultation with the Programme Management Unit.
•Work closely with stakeholders i.e. government authorities on issues related to programme planning, implementation, and reporting.
•Monitor works of implementing partners while ensuring project activities are running in accordance with FAO’s Risk management Framework and ensure timely implementation and accomplishment of Agriculture sector project activities as per the agreed work plan.
•Review monitoring reports to assess interim impact and causes of potential bottlenecks in implementation, and report major findings through.
Minimum Requirements
•University degree in agriculture, agronomy, sustainable agriculture, agribusiness/Value chain development and management or other relevant discipline from a reputable institution.
•At least 5 years of relevant experience in supporting project management in the field of value chain/market systems analysis and development, food systems analysis and development, systems analysis and development, or other related areas.
•Working knowledge (level C) of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge (level B) of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian for COF.REG. Working knowledge of English (level C) for PSA.SBS.
FAO Core Competencies
•Results Focus
•Building Effective Relationships
•Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Technical/Functional Skills
•Relevance of experience working in complex conditions and deliver results preferably in the post conflict countries.
•Extent and relevance of experience in program development, project planning, and forecasting
•Work experience in project implementation and management, tracking, and monitoring.
•Work experience in Capacity Development
•Extent and relevance of experience in partnership building and external relations.
•Familiarity with contractual issues, particularly as applied to publicly funded entities.
•Must possess computer skills MS Word, Excel, Power-point.

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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