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Senior Emergency and Rehabilitation Officer

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: FAO
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DD&R)
  • Closing Date: 2020-07-11

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Job Posting

: 20/Jun/2020

Closure Date

: 11/Jul/2020, 11:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: Emergency and Resilience Division, PSE

Job Type

: Staff position

Type of Requisition: Professional Project

Grade Level: P-5

Primary Location

: Italy-Rome

Duration: Fixed-term: on year with possibility of extension

Post Number: 2007844

CCOG Code: 1S01

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device

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

Applicants who have already applied do not need to re-apply.

Organizational Setting

The Emergency and Resilience Division (PSE) is responsible for ensuring FAO's efforts to support countries and partners in preparing for and effectively responding to food and agricultural threats and crises. It is responsible for coordinating the development and maintenance of corporate tools and standards to enable Decentralized Offices to assist member countries to prepare for, and respond to emergencies. PSE ensures humanitarian policy coordination and knowledge, liaison with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee as well as with humanitarian resource partners, co-leadership with World Food Programme of the global Food Security Cluster, organizational preparedness, surge capacity and response to large-scale emergencies. PSE supports food and nutrition security assessment and early warning activities related to emergency and humanitarian analysis and responses. PSE plays a major role in the development and leadership of the Organization's programme to increase the resilience of livelihoods to food and agriculture threats and crises (SO5).

Reporting Lines

The Senior Emergency and Rehabilitation Officer reports to the Director, PSE.

Technical Focus

Support to implementation of FAO's resilience agenda at global, regional, subregional and/or country level.

Key Results

Leadership and technical policy expertise for the planning, development and implementation of departmental/divisional Programmes of work, projects, products, services in accordance with FAO’s Strategic Objectives.

Key Functions

• Plans, manages, or leads highly specialized or multidisciplinary teams, leads, coordinates, and/or participates on Organization-wide committees, and provides technical leadership on inter-agency committees, networks and international working groups;

• Contributes to and/or coordinates the planning, budgeting, implementation and reporting of the divisional programme of work, team plans, the supporting policy, tools, standards and systems frameworks and collaborates with the Strategic Objective (SO) Coordinator in (i) the conceptualization of the SO programme; (ii) the supervision and evaluation of the SO contributors; (iii) the identification of resources; (iv) the development of networks and partnerships; (v) the implementation of advocacy and communication activities;

• Oversees and/or provides expert technical assistance to divisional teams focusing on (i) humanitarian Policy, inter-agency collaboration and mobilization of emergency resources (ii) response, food chain crisis, special operations, level 3 emergency preparedness, early warning and support to transition, and/or (iii) programming, integrating resilience into FAO planning at all levels, and the delivery of related products and services;

• Coordinates FAO interdepartmental emergency needs assessment activities and related missions including food and nutrition security assessments and analyses, the coordination of in-country early warning alerts and further coordination with all partners;

• Promotes best practices and provides technical support/services and operational coaching to the Decentralized Office network, designates division-wide geographical focal points to facilitate emergency programming, resource mobilization and integration of emergency and development work in countries in collaboration with Regional Offices, and provides capacity during critical phases of emergencies;

• Oversees ongoing operational emergency and recovery projects and programmes and related capacity development in countries and regional and subregional offices;

• Represents FAO on international committees and develops and maintains partnerships and inter-agency collaboration in support of FAO's corporate co-leadership of the global Food Security Cluster (gFSC ) and with a range of other partners such as the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, World Food Programme (WFP), The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), The United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other humanitarian groups involved in emergency and recovery activities;

• Coordinates the monitoring and promoting of resource mobilization activities including corporate appeals, donor macro grants and CERF/SFERA submissions and collaboration with countries and ROs to facilitate resource mobilization through project and programme formulation;

• Oversees knowledge management activities including the maintenance and updating of FAO emergency information systems, crisis communications, information and advocacy, as well as providing up-to-date information for reporting, audits, evaluations and inputs to FAO governing body documents;

• Performs other duties as required.

Specific Functions

• Liaises with humanitarian/resilience resource partners and develops partnerships to mobilize additional resources and capacities in support of country emergency preparedness, response and resilience programme. Foster longer term framework with partners, working closely with the Business Development and Resource Mobilization Division (PSR);

• Collaborates closely with Decentralized Offices to support humanitarian/resilience resource mobilization efforts and provides advice and guidance on specific donor mechanisms in the area of humanitarian and resilience funding;

• Engages with emerging new potential resource partners;

• Strengthens close interaction with the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and Country-based Pooled Funds (CBPF) Secretariat to facilitate funding at field level;

• Pursues and strengthens the coordination of FAO’s relationship with stand-by partners (SBPs) engaged in support of humanitarian and resilience activities.


Minimum Requirements

• Advanced university degree in agriculture, economics, business administration and management, international relations or other field related to the work of the Organization ;

• Ten years of relevant experience in public and/or private sectors related to programming, planning and technical cooperation in food and agriculture, including experience in developing countries, especially in countries that are vulnerable to disaster or other emergency risks;

• Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish)


• Results Focus

• Leading, Engaging and Empowering

• 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;

• Demonstrated experience in needs assessments, cluster coordination, UN consolidated appeal process and/or emergency operations for Level 3 emergencies;

• Demonstrated experience in rehabilitation and humanitarian policies development, programme formulation and implementation;

• Extent of relevant experience at international level in formulating policy and programming managing field operations;

• Depth of experience in identifying and preparing programme strategies and policy position on humanitarian and transition contexts, at both global and country levels;

• Extent of knowledge of international humanitarian architecture, including agencies, NGOs, and other partners;

• Experience in response management and surge support coordination.

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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A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link:
Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:
• Dependency allowances
• Rental subsidy
• Education grant for children
• Home leave travel
• 30 working days of annual leave per year
• Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
• International health insurance; optional life insurance
• Disability protection

FAO encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes:
• elements of family-friendly policies
• flexible working arrangements
• standards of conduct

To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications and language skills;
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile;
• Once your profile is completed, please apply and submit your application;
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided on your online profile;
• Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list;
• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications;
• Incomplete applications will not be considered;
• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered;
• We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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