The Climate and Environment Division (CBC) assists member countries in policy development, planning and responses
Towards the challenge of climate change. It provides a coordination role in FAO on climate change and related climate
smart agriculture issues as well as disaster risk reduction and climate risk management and climate finance as well as
Bioenergy. CBC hosts the Coordination Units for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF)
The Consultant will work in close coordination with a contact group of several members from different corporate units. He will work under the overall supervision of the CBC Director.
Tasks and responsibilities
- Work closely with a small contact group of FAO staff from different corporate units to develop a strategy paper to explore options for Assisted National Implementation- like models for FAO;
- Familiarize himself with FAO Policies, execution modalities and background documents (including GEF and GCF) requirements, FAO cost recovery policy, FAO Handbook on Programme and Budget and relevant manual sections;
- Interview selected members of the organization to gather internal feedback and document all the issues identified from their perspective that must be addressed in the development of alternative execution modalities for FAO.
- Work closely with FAO staff from different corporate units to clarify and propose alternative options for execution modalities including definition of role of the Implementing/Executing Partners, monitoring and risk management arrangements, accountability framework and approval mechanisms, appropriate legal instruments and procedures.
- Compile a list of alternative UN and non-UN models for Assisted National Implementation modalities (NIM) - like approaches adopted by other UN Agencies and other multilateral organization highlighting the aspects that could serve as a model for FAO.
- Develop an understanding of FAO’s unique role as a specialized technical agency as a basis for the analysis.
- Develop short policy papers to outline how alternative execution modalities can complement FAO existing tools and be mainstreamed within FAO context, including a brief organizational gap analysis for the effective adoption of “assisted NIM – like” models and a detailed roadmap to address such gaps with all associated costs.
- Draft section of guidance notes, policy papers and manual section as requested
- Present findings to corporate units
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
- Advanced University degree in Law, financial management, business administration, public administration, or in related areas of work of the Organization.
- Minimum 5 years of experience in the UN system or multilateral development banks
- Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian.
FAO Core Competencies
- Results Focus
- Building Effective Relationships
- Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
- Knowledge/understanding of the various implementation modalities (models). Experience with National Execution modalities, with UNDP Assisted NIM and Full NIM approaches is an advantage.
- Experience in drafting policies and procedures
- Excellent analytical ability
- Excellent communications skills and facility to work as part of a team in a multicultural environment
- Good command of Microsoft Office tools
- Familiarity with projects or programme management and implementation procedures and practices and international fiduciary standards employed by governments (e.g. in procurement), UN agencies, International Financial Institutions and technical cooperation agencies (e.g. in project cycle, administrative procedures).
- Familiarity with FAO business model