NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL OFFICER (Programme Coordination and Planning)
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The Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia is responsible for leading FAO’s response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO’s priority activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the Region and, in collaboration with departments and divisions at Headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO's strategic response to regional priorities. REU also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization’s Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the region, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies. REU develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs).
The Regional Office supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region.
The Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia in Budapest, Hungary, is besides regional, managing also national programmes and projects in countries of the region. The office is also managing the regional Strategic Programmes and Regional Initiatives.
The National Professional Officer (Programme Coordination and Planning) reports to the Regional Programme Leader (RPL).
Respond to regional priorities in the context of the FAO strategic Framework through the identification, planning, coordination and implementation of FAO’s priority activities and results in the region
Effective and efficient coordination and provision of the technical and operational support of the programme and project
Liaises and assists government authorities and local, national and international institutions in the areas of FAO’s activities in the country and with other UN agencies. He/she may represent FAO at inter-agency meetings as required;
Promotes the image of FAO through advocacy of the Organization’s mandate, programmes, national priorities and activities including development and maintenance of communication tools such as website, press releases and publications, and support the implementation of FAO’s regulatory framework (Codex Alimentarius, Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, Safe Use of Pesticides, etc.) in the country;
Coordinates the collection, consolidation and maintenance of country data on food, crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries including information on external aid in FAO’s corporate systems and monitor changes in national policies affecting the agricultural sector;
Participates in producing technical, economic and policy studies as required and developing country level development frameworks such as the Country Programming Framework (CPF) and the United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAF);
Participates in the identification, formulation and preparation of programme and project proposals and monitor and review the status of programme/project implementation to ensure that all operational activities are carried out in line with the work plan and the project document; identify inconsistencies and delays and, when necessary, propose corrective measures to overcome operational constraints;
Briefs, trains and supervises lower grade level programme staff regarding all aspects of the job. Ensures adherence to procedures and work requirements and accuracy and diligence of the work provided.
Performs other duties as required
- National of the country of assignment
Advanced University degree in economics, business administration, international relations or another field relevant to the work of the Organization;
- Two years of relevant experience in in project/programme planning and appraisal
Level C of the official communication language used for FAO communication with the country (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or Russian)
Working knowledge of the local language (if not English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese)
Limited knowledge (Level B) of English (if the main communication language is French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese)
- Results Focus
- Building Effective Relationships
- Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable
Extent and relevance of experience in programme/project development and management
Demonstrated understanding of the purpose and functions of the technical programme, operational guidelines and project/programme management procedures, preferably those adopted by the United Nations or FAO
Extent and relevance of experience in the field of policy analysis relating to food and nutrition security, agriculture and rural development
Extent and relevance of experience in the collection of country data on food, crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries
Extent and relevance of experience in the identification, formulation and preparation of programme and project proposals as well as programme/project implementation, monitoring and review
Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.