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Programme Officer


  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2024-07-02

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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, nationality, background and culture
• Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and persons 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
• FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
• All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
• All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
• FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through the FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

Organizational Setting
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through the FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to more efficient, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.
The Animal Production and Health Division (NSA) promotes and facilitates the sustainable development of the livestock sector, integrating scientific and technical expertise and policy advice. It hosts technical networks in the areas of animal health, genetics, feed and animal husbandry and provides analysis, policy dialogue (including intergovernmental bodies) and technical assistance. It also supports emergency responses, mostly in animal health, and the FAO's priority programme (PPA) actions to promote the One Health (OH) approach in FAO's programmes and divisions.
NSA provides technical and financial assistance to, integrates scientific, technical expertise and policy advice, facilitates policy dialogue (including through intergovernmental bodies), encourages good governance, manages knowledge and provides information, analysis and technical assistance for the development and implementation of innovative solutions to produce safe animal products more sustainably, efficiently and in a more integrated manner.
This position is located within the Programme and Operations Hub (POH) of the Animal Production and Health Division (NSA) at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. The position will focus on work related to the projects led by the FAO One Health and Disease Control Group (NSAH-CJW), which is primarily concerned with aspects related to the prevention, detection and timely response to health threats of animal origin (zoonotic diseases, transboundary animal diseases, production diseases, diseases of wildlife, arthropod-borne diseases, food safety, antimicrobial resistance, one health) that affect public health, efficiencies, sustainable livestock production. In addition, NSAH-CWJ's capacity development work ensures the strengthening of veterinary systems at national and regional level and bridges agriculture development, public health and ecosystem health.

Reporting Lines
The Programme Officer reports to the Director of the Animal Production and Health Division (NSA).

Technical Focus
Coordination, programme/project design, management and implementation, strategic planning and programming, managing and monitoring financial resources

Key Results
Develops, implements and evaluates effective leadership and management of major projects and teams in accordance with Divisional objectives and the FAO Strategic Framework.

Key Functions
• Develops, implements and evaluates assigned programmes/projects; monitors and analyses programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective action; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up action.
• Performs specific assignments, in collaboration with the client, by planning facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan the client will use to manage the change.
• Researches, analyses and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
• Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of impact evaluation or equivalent studies.
• Generates survey initiatives; reviews, analyses and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
• Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. background papers, analyses, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications.
• Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings and conferences to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations.
• Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops and seminars; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
• Leads and/or participates in large, complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries.
• Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget).

Specific Functions
• Leads and coordinates the NSA Programme and Operations Hub (POH), overseeing support provided at divisional level in project design, formulation and management.
• Acts on behalf of the Budget Holder for trust funds portfolio operated by NSA, managing overall projects finances (including approval of expenditures, donor financial reporting, etc.) and coordinating operations in close consultation with Technical Officers.
• Coordinates the negotiation of project proposals providing programmatic expertise in the design/formulation of technical and cost proposal, acting as a focal point for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (US/DTRA) application grant across FAO (national, regional and global projects).
• Monitors the implementation of NSA projects portfolio to ensure adequate management of resources and anticipating potential issues specific to delivery and financial management, in compliance with corporate policies and specific requirements of resource partners.
• Manages and supervises human resources allocated to the POH.
• Establishes and maintains strong relationship with strategic implementing and resource partners to facilitate the delivery of NSA programme of work and maximize the planned expected impact.
• Provides strategic guidance related to the financial management of NSA trust fund resources in accordance with FAO rules and regulations.
• Liaises closely with Resource Mobilization Division (PSR) and Finance Division (CSF) to ensure compliance with FAO's administrative and financial procedures.
• Participates in relevant meetings and facilitates coordination, integrations and synergies where appropriate and beneficial to the achievement of divisional objectives.
• Designs and establishes tools and workflows to facilitate effective planning, accurate forecasting and resource tracking systems for monitoring NSA trust funds portfolio.


Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in international relations, political science, development studies or a related field.
• Seven years of relevant experience in project or programme management, administration or related area.
• Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate - level B) of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

• Results Focus
• Teamwork
• Communication
• Building effective relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous

Technical/Functional Skills
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions, is desirable.
• Extent and relevance of experience in the field of administration, human resources, finance and management of animal production and health programmes.
• Demonstrated results-based management skills with the ability to manage programme/projects, budgets and human resources efficiently under shifting priorities.
• Extent and relevance of experience in global programme/projects formulation, analysis, planning and implementation with a technical focus on animal production and health.
• Extent and relevance of experience in managing projects and coordinating operations, including project cycle.
• Extent and relevance of experience in complex planning, budgeting and financial reporting, including the design of customized tools for mapping, monitoring and reporting across different accounting system.
• Demonstrated ability to analyse problems and make appropriate recommendations for effective management decision making.
• Understanding of FAO policies and programmes in the area of One Health, livestock, animal health, biothreat reduction and antimicrobial resistance, is desirable.
• Proven experience as a team leader and team builder with demonstrated skills in building consensus.
• Demonstrated negotiation skills and ability to build partnerships and consensus with resources and implementing partners, including for US/DTRA grant application process, 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
• Extension of fixed term appointments is based on certification of performance and availability of funds
• Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link\: https\://
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 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\://

• 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;
• Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
• 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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