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Senior Economist

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Economics
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-17

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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 and nationality
• People with disabilities are protected from any type of discrimination during any stage of employment, including the recruitment phase
• 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 Trade and Markets Division monitors and analyses trends in international, regional and national agricultural commodity markets, collecting and disseminating comprehensive market and policy information concerning the major traded commodities and those important to food security. It also undertakes forward-looking outlook studies. The Division analyses issues that affect global food and agricultural trade, including policy analysis of trade measures and agreements, and provides technical support and capacity development to member countries in all these areas. Through its Global Information and Early Warning Service, the Division is also responsible for FAO'fs early warnings on food shortfalls and food security problems. The Division houses the secretariats of the Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP), the Intergovernmental Commodity Groups (IGGs), and the G20 Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS).

The position is located in the Medium-term Outlook and Emerging Issues Team

Reporting Lines

The Senior Economist reports to the Division Director.

Technical Focus

Medium-term projections and forward looking analyses of global agricultural markets, policies and emerging issues.

Key Results

Leadership and conceptual thinking for the development and implementation of comprehensive technical, statistical and/or analytical frameworks to support the programme of work and related products, projects and services in accordance with the FAO Strategic Framework.

Key Functions

• Plans, manages, or leads highly specialized or multi-disciplinary teams, leads, coordinates, and/or participates on Organization-wide, cross-Departmental committees, project teams, and working groups, and/or provides technical leadership/secretariat services on technical networks and/or international technical policy and standard setting bodies.
• Analyses global and country specific requirements as well as agricultural, economic, social, environmental factors to provide critical input into the FAO Strategic Framework, Programme of Work as well as Detailed Work Plans and the supporting budgets and/or resourcing strategies.
• Implements and monitors work programmes involving the conception and development of comprehensive statistical and/or analytical frameworks including early warning, medium and long term plans and strategies, leading edge tools, methods, systems and databases, critical indicators, and/or policy models, etc.
• Oversees and reviews data collection, validation, analysis and reporting activities to support the development of technical standards, international instruments, innovation, FAO flagship publications/yearbooks, and/or on-going programme development as well as technical and/or policy advisory services.
• Provides technical and policy advice to Member Countries and technical support to decentralized offices in the development and implementation of their programmes of work.
• Plans, organizes and participates in capacity development activities involving the provision of advice, technical assistance projects, training workshops, seminars, and meetings as well as oversees the development of related materials, on-line tools and information kits.
• Represents the Organization at international/inter-governmental meetings and conferences, advocates strategic partnerships, best practices, and increased policy dialogue and develops and negotiates effective working relationships/consensus and agreements with international and national partners.
• Leads and/or participates in resource mobilization activities in accordance with the Corporate strategy.

Specific Functions

• Manages the human and financial resources of the team, including the recruitment and supervision of consultants;
• Leads and coordinates the operation, maintenance and development of EST'fs commodity simulation modelling system (Cosimo), including the underlying database and post-simulation analysis tools.
• Manages the production and publication process of the annual 'gOECD']FAO Agricultural Outlook'h report, from planning to the publication of the report and follow-up actions.
• Plans and provides capacity development on medium-term projections and model simulations;
Undertakes forward-looking scenario analyses of global agricultural commodity markets and related interdisciplinary projects, using the modelling system;
• Prepares regular contributions and reports on commodity markets and trade, with focus on emerging issues, and ensures the Division'fs quality contributions to FAO'fs publications as appropriate;
• Prepares notes, briefs and statements for senior management on specific topics related to medium-term commodity market outlook and emerging issues;
• Develops and implements strategic partnerships and promotes collaborative work, including joint reports and publications, in the area of commodity markets, agricultural trade and related issues;
• Perform other tasks and duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

• Advanced university degree in economics, agricultural economics or a related field.
• Ten years of relevant experience in forward-looking economic analysis of agricultural markets, trade and policies, economic modelling and projections.
• Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish)


• Results Focus
• Leading, Engaging and Empowering Others
• Communication
• Partnering and Advocating
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Strategic Thinking

Technical/Functional Skills

• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is essential
• Extent and relevance of experience in forward-looking economic analysis of food and agricultural commodity markets with economic projections models
• Demonstrated ability to undertake quantitative economic analysis of production, consumption, stocks, trade and prices of agricultural commodities and to prepare analytical reports explaining the results and their implications
• Extent and relevance of experience in planning and implementation of programmes related to medium-term projections in development organizations
• Extent and relevance of knowledge of relevant economic modelling and simulation software
• Ability to mobilize resources
• Extent and relevance of experience in organizing international meetings, seminars and training courses

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