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Programme Officer

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2020-04-03

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• 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 Statistics Division (ESS) develops, and advocates for the implementation of methodologies and standards for data collection, validation, processing and analysis of food and agriculture statistics. In these statistical domains, it also plays a vital role in the compilation, processing and dissemination of internationally comparable data, and provides essential capacity building support to member countries. In addition, the Division disseminates many publications, working papers and statistical yearbooks, that cover agricultural and food security relevant statistics (including prices, investments, production, trade and agri-environmental statistical data).
The Programme Officer will be part of the Survey Team, dedicated to the design and implementation of the Agricultural Integrated Survey (AGRISurvey) programme at country level, within the context of the 50x2030 initiative. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with ESS staff, Government counterparts, donors and other relevant stakeholders. The AGRISurvey programme and the 50x2030 initiative are designed to support national statistical services to accelerate the production of quality disaggregated data on the technical, economic, environmental and social dimensions of agricultural holdings.
The post is located in Rome, Italy.

Reporting Lines
The incumbent reports to the Senior Statistician, ESS Survey Team Leader.

Technical Focus
Programming support, project cycle implementation and monitoring, financial management, donor relations.

Key Results
Develop, implement, monitor and evaluate assigned programme/projects.

Key Functions
• Carries out basic research on selected aspects of programmes, operations and other activities; collects, analyses and presents statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources;
• Provides substantive support for policy coordination and evaluation functions, including the review and analysis of emerging development issues and trends, participation in impact evaluation or equivalent studies;
• Participates in survey initiatives; issues data collection tools, reviews, analyses and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares preliminary conclusions;
• Contributes to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications;
• Undertakes outreach activities; participates in the development of training workshops, seminars; participates in and makes presentations on assigned topics/activities;
• Participates in field missions, including provision of substantive and administrative support, data collection, etc.;
• Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements) and preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget.).

Specific Functions
• Supports the administration of the project by putting in place contractual arrangements with counterparts in accordance to the Organization's procedures and regulations;
• Uses the Organization's information tools to manage the project cycle and ensures compliance with project implementation guidelines, standards, rules and regulations;
• Ensures compliance with provisions contained in donor agreements;
• Monitors the delivery of the programme through the results-based budget and logical framework\:
• Reviews and makes appropriate recommendations with respect to budget performance, analysing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures;
• Regularly monitors transactions to ensure alignment to budget and compliance with organizational procedures and regulations;
• Coordinates and monitors the delivery of field work performed in collaboration with FAO Regional and Country Offices;
• Liaises with internal departments to obtain guidance or clearances as required;
• Provides support to the ESS Survey team leader on the preparation of multiyear and annual workplans and budgets;
• Ensures that foreseen changes or adjustments to budget or activities and submitted to, and approved by donors in a timely manner, in accordance with donor agreements;
• Prepares donor reports in line with funding agreements and provides any additional information requested;
• Reports periodically to the ESS Division Director on project matters;
• Reviews relevant outputs and reports from partners;
• Supports the ESS Survey team leader in identifying problems and issues standing in the way of smooth implementation and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties and other stakeholders; identifies and tracks follow-up actions;
• Participates in or leads meetings on the monitoring of the project, including provision of guidance to team members;
• Reviews and approves all transactions (for goods and services, consultancies and travel) to ensure correct objects of expenditure have been charged and ensuring availability of funds;
• Oversees certain activities as delegated by the ESS Survey team leader and may serve as focal point on crosscutting issues within the broader programme;
• Maintains files and records and contributes to the development of related procedures, processes, tracking and reporting mechanisms, including drafting initial versions of official documents.


Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in business administration or public administration, social science, political science or a related field;
• Three years of relevant experience in project or programme management, administration or related area;
• Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

• Results Focus
• Teamwork
• Communication
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable;
• Extent and relevance of experience in the field of administration, human resources, finance and management;
• Extent and relevance of experience in programme/project formulation, analysis, planning and implementation;
• Extent of knowledge of planning and budgetary processes and associated tools;
• Understanding of FAO policies and programmes is considered a strong asset.
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