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National Project Coordinator

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • Grade: NPP - National Project Personnel - Local Contractors Agreement - All levels
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-07-06

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FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

Organizational Setting

The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programs and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

FAO with funding from European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Operation (ECHO) is implementing “Emergency Livestock Response to Drought Affected Pastoral and Agro-Pastoral Communities in Afar, SNNPR and Somali Regions of Ethiopia” that aims to intervene in safeguarding livelihoods of pastoral and agro-pastoral communities. The interventions implemented include the provision of animal feed, animal health (treatment) services and crop seeds. The provision of emergency livestock feed and treatment of animals is aimed at i) increasing availability of milk for consumption by families, especially children (ii) protecting core breeding stock and milking animals and (iii) accelerating recovery. The project is in line with the FAO Ethiopia Emergency Livelihood Response Plan that kicked off in 2019, in particular objective 1\: Protect livestock-based livelihoods and improve livestock production.

In order to support implementation of the project and ensure timely delivery of project activities, FAO Ethiopia would like to recruit a National Project Coordinator who will manage and steer the project activities and coordinate the participation of all identified and engaged partners.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Ethiopia, technical supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative for programme implementation, the direct supervision of the Natural Resource Management and Resilience Team Leader and in close collaboration with the FRETH Programme Team, the National Project Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating, managing, and technically supporting the implementation of the Emergency Livestock Response to Drought affected agro pastoral and Pastoral communities project [OSRO/ETH/902/EC] project operating in the Somali Region.

Technical Focus

The work of FAO in Ethiopia is guided by its Country Programming Framework (CPF) which sets out three government priority areas to guide our partnership with and support to the Government of Ethiopia, namely crop production and productivity, livestock and fisheries production and sustainable natural resources management. The ECHO funded project will engage in Emergency Livestock Response to Drought Affected Pastoral and Agro-Pastoral Communities in Afar, SNNPR and Somali Regions of Ethiopia” and aims to intervene in safeguarding livelihoods of pastoral and agro-pastoral communities.

Tasks and responsibilities

The National Project Coordinator shall perform the following responsibilities\:

  • Plan, manage and coordinate the day-to-day implementation of the project’s activities to reach expected outputs;

  • Coordinate the formulation and implementation of the detailed country work plan, consistent with the provisions of the project document, and coordinate the monitoring and evaluation against planned deliverables;

  • Support the selection of consultants/partners and the preparation of Letters of Agreements;

  • Supervise and coordinate staff assigned to the project and ensure that obligations of all implementing partners are met, as set up in the work plan;

  • Manage the collaboration between FAO and the government and NGO counterparts, as well as with financial service partners;

  • Organize preparatory meetings at national and regional level with key stakeholders to facilitate discussions geared towards defining an action plan and roadmap to better manage the emergency project;

  • Contribute to the preparation of all the assessments and reports foreseen for the component of the project and in particular to the formulation of the final action plan and related roadmap;

  • Organize field visits to monitor progress of activities
  • Define and implement a plan for visibility;
  • Timely prepare and submit project reports;
  • Undertake any other activities related to the project, as may be requested by supervisor.

Minimum Requirements
  • Candidates should be national of Ethiopia
  • Advanced University Degree in agriculture, agricultural education, agricultural extension, rural development studies, agricultural economics or other relevant discipline. Innovation system studies would be an asset;

  • At least five years of proven experience in managing and coordinating development programmes;. Experience working with international organizations and FAO in particular, is an asset;

  • Working knowledge English and the most widely used local language

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Extent and relevance of experience on project management and implementation using result-based management; including directing the formulation of detailed work plan, setting objectives and priorities;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in supporting and facilitating multi-stakeholders processes including interacting with policy- and decision makers at various levels;
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills within team and with external stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate in English, concisely in writing and verbally
  • Excellent project management, supervisory, team-building, planning, facilitation and communication skills;
  • Familiarity and good knowledge of Livestock and agricultural livelihoods support systems, concept and approach, agricultural innovation system actors and issues in Ethiopia;
  • Knowledge of government and development partners working procedures and demonstrated ability to analyse and solve complex problems, formulate policies and implement change.


  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help please contact\:
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications
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FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.
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