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  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Policy and Administration
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-21

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Rome (Italy)

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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 Business Development and Resource Mobilization Division (PSR) leads and coordinates the mobilization of voluntary contributions in support of the Organization’s strategic priorities. To achieve this, PSR develops market intelligence and outreach for resource partners’ engagement, manages the organization’s business development portfolio and oversees the negotiation of agreements in line with standard cooperation frameworks. PSR also provides resource mobilization capacity development opportunities, particularly for FAORs, but also technical divisions and units and coordinates and oversees results reporting to ensure accountability to resource partners.

UN entities are currently in the process of upgrading and reviewing their approaches and tools for partnerships and resource mobilization in support of the 2030 Agenda. The ongoing UN reform constitutes a unique opportunity for the so called transition from “funding” to “financing” development. As set out in Addis Ababa Agenda for Action (AAAA 2015) multiple and varied forms of partnership are required to deliver on Agenda 2030. It will take a combination of traditional development corporation, domestic finances, south-south cooperation, private sector finance, and innovative forms of public-private partnerships etc.

New partnership opportunities call for a new set of funding modalities, including for new sources of funding, south-south and triangular cooperation, domestic resource mobilization as well as hybrid funding modalities. This includes developing new and more efficient means to receive and manage un-earmarked and pooled funds.

As part of the UN reform, FAO is called to play a critical role in helping member states to leverage partnerships and resources to better address the ambitious Zero Hunger agenda, as part of the SDGs process. In this context, the consultant will be in charge of developing a number of strategic recommendations to better position the organization in terms of pro-SDG partnerships and resource mobilization. The recommendations will be part of a set of policy notes and guidance in support of FAO representatives at country level.

The post is located in Rome.

Reporting Lines

The consultant reports to PSR Director.

Technical Focus

The consultant will conduct a research on key documentation related to the new financing for development architecture (Addis Ababa Action, Busan Agenda, the 2030 Agenda – SDGs, UN reform process, including the new Funding Compact and the

He/she will conduct a series of consultations with key partners involved in the UN reform process, as well as internal consultations within the organization, particularly PSR, PSP, OSSC and PSI.

Tasks and responsibilities

The assigned tasks and responsibilities can include the following elements\:

  • Identify major trends and patterns in the evolving financing for development architecture as a result of the SDG Agenda and the UN reform.
  • Analyse major impacts of the financing for development architecture on FAO, in terms of (a) partnerships and (b) resource mobilization at country, regional and global levels.
  • Produce a number of strategic and operational recommendations to the organization to better adapt to the SDGs financing for development process in the context of the UN reform.
Specific Tasks
  • Draft a comprehensive report containing the analysis of the impact of the financing for development process on the organization, including key recommendations.
  • Draft apolicy note stating the new strategic approach for partnerships and resource mobilization at global, regional and country levels.

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in international relations, development cooperation, social and political science, economy or any related discipline
  • At least 10 years of professional experience in development cooperation, particularly with multilateral partners.
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or of Arabic, Chinese, Russian.

FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Selection Criteria
  • Knowledge of the UN reform process constitutes an asset.
  • Immediately available
  • Proven track records in the analysis of development aid/ODA topics (publications/reports).


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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