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  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Various Locations
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Democratic Governance
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-23

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Specialist in Institutional and Organizational Analysis

Various Locations (Various)


IMPORTANT NOTICE\: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on your personal device date and time settings


FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply

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 world is facing unprecedented climate changes that require a new approach for development assistance. In this context, new funding opportunities for large-scale projects are rapidly emerging. This includes - but is not limited to - climate related funding, Green Climate Fund (GCF) in particular.

FAO Country Offices, with the support of the sub-regional and regional teams, are assisting governments in designing and implementing those large-scale projects, which significantly differ in both size and scope from “classic cooperation” and require a paradigm shift thereof.

Important organizational and institutional changes are needed for enabling proper formulation and effective and efficient implementation of such projects, ensuring that FAO and its partners, primarily the counterpart institutions, deliver the expected results on the ground, fulfilling donor agreements and positively changing people’s lives.

In this context, an in-depth internal (FAO) and external (implementing partners, governmental and non-governmental) organizational and institutional capacity analysis is required. This is intended to feed a capacity building process that will ultimately lead to an early appropriation and an efficient implementation by FAO, government and other implementing partners of the project activities. The analysis will assist countries in improving their capacities for addressing the transformational changes needed to respond to the challenges of today´s world and move forward Agenda 2030.

Specific expertise is needed to support this task during the early stages of project design. The expert will carry out the capacity analysis of potential implementing partners (incl. FAO) and contribute to proposals for the most adequate project governance structure and implementation arrangements, including the decision-making flow and clear description of roles and responsibilities of the governance bodies and their members.

Reporting Lines

The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the FAO Country Representative, in close collaboration with the project formulation leader and team, in coordination with Field Programme (FP) and Green Climate Fund (GCF) Units at RLC and in collaboration with the concerned subregional office.

Tasks and responsibilities
The consultant will\:

• Map implementing project partners (governmental and non-governmental; donor-funded and co-funded), as well as other stakeholders.

• Identify the main project components funded by the GCF grant that would entail or depend on - partially or totally – Government inputs (i.e. even when not part of their co-financing)

• Undertake an organizational capacity assessment (OCA) of implementing government partners for \:

  • Mobilizing the required support mentioned in the previous point (technical and operational as well as political and managerial).
  • Implementing the project components covered by government co-financing.

• This analysis typically covers aspects such as governance, organizational structure, management and planning, administration and finance (incl. procurement), human resources, planning, program and performance management. Analysis of the relationship (especially interdependence) between the different institutions may also be required.

• Analyze strengths and weaknesses of potential non-governmental implementing partners, with due attention to the specific technical focus and territorial scope of the components under their responsibility. Identify the specific contribution that each of these partners could bring to the project implementation.

• Review the “Self-assessment” conducted by the FAO country office regarding its organizational structure and operational and administrative capacities, as well as the roadmap designed to address the identified skill gaps organizational and weaknesses. This self-assessment and roadmap will have to be carried out prior to the mission and critically reviewed with regional and sub-regional administrative, operational and technical or functional units, as required. The expert is expected to make additional recommendations, if needed, and assess progress in the implementation of the required internal measures.

• Based on the above Organizational Capacity Assessments, make recommendations (with clear responsibilities and timeline) for the strengthening of all partners (incl. FAO). The proposed capacity building actions can take place at two different stages\:

i) pre-project phase\: implementation of the internal measures within and by each institution during the project design phase, to ensure partners are duly prepared by the time the project will start);

ii) project implementation phase\: measures and actions to be included into the project design and budget to address capacity gaps during project implementation.

• Formulate a proposal for the project’s governance structure and management arrangements, with definition of roles, responsibilities and functions of the different bodies as well as decision-making flow and coordination mechanisms. The proposal will include a definition of the execution and/or co-execution modalities.

• Design a functional project management unit (budgeted under project costs), with the definition of its structure and staffing, key competences and roles, segregation of functions, action flows and reporting lines.

• Prepare an institutional and operational risk matrix and a corresponding mitigation plan. This plan should inter alia consider political-institutional scenarios (trends and possible imminent changes that may affect negatively the project’s implementation or even invalidate the very assumptions founding the base of the project proposal).

Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced university degree in rural and institutional development, economy, political sciences, or a related field.
  • 10 years of professional relevant experience in to organizational and institutional analysis or management
  • Fluent in English and Spanish, both written and oral; and French intermediate level.
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Selection Criteria
  • Knowledge and experience in project design, implementation or evaluation.
  • Knowledge and experience in institutional governance and implementation arrangements design, including working experience with government agencies, civil society, local administrations, and international organizations.
  • Extent of experience and knowledge of the institutional and organizational Latin American and the Caribbean context
  • Experience in stakeholder consultation/mapping.
  • Capacity to write concise and strategic documents.


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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