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Deputy FAO Representative

Dhaka (Bangladesh)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Dhaka (Bangladesh)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Closing Date: 2020-08-14

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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, nationality, background and culture
• Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member countries and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply for this position
FAO does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
• 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 FAO Representation in Bangladesh 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 country. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in Bangladesh and, in collaboration with Regional Office Asia and Pacific and the departments and divisions at Headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO's strategic response to the country priorities. The representation also supports the regional office in the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization's Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the country, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies. The office also develops and maintains relations with Government of Bangladesh, UN agencies, the resource partners and other development institution at the country level.

The Deputy FAOR leads the Programme Management Unit in the Representation and responsible for the overall programme implementation including providing guidance, day to day coordination and monitoring of programme development, resource mobilization, preparing the programme work plans and implementation, ensuring timely delivery of the programmes/projects, reporting and oversight of the administration and Operations units.

Reporting Lines

The Deputy FAOR reports to the FAO Representative with the functional guidance from the Senior Field Programme Officer and the Programme Officer (FAOR Network) in the Regional Office. He/she collaborates with the relevant technical units and at headquarters, the relevant Government Institutions, UN Agencies and other development partners.

Technical Focus

Planning, organizing, coordinating and reporting to the FAO Representative on programme development, implementation and monitoring, resources mobilization as well as office management in line with FAO rules, regulations and procedures

Key Results

Leadership and technical expertise in coordinating the planning, implementation of the programme (CPF) and reporting focusing on key results in line with the Results matrix of the CPF

Key Functions

• Represents FAO and liaises with senior government officials, UN agencies, humanitarian and development partners and beneficiaries on country programme implementation and delivery;
• Coordinates the identification of policy implications and monitors relevant policy environment issues for the implementation of FAO's agricultural disaster-preparedness, response, transition and development strategies;
• Promotes effective integration of developmental and emergency-relief and rehabilitation programmes into a comprehensive country programme;
• Facilitates and supports the development of (i) the FAO Country Programming Framework (CPF) and (ii) FAO's contributions to UNDAF as well as (iii) the FAO country field programme from design through delivery, ensuring their alignment with the country's development priorities, FAO's Strategic Framework and with the technical assistance programming of the UN system and of other development partners and recipients;
• Provides leadership in developing and introducing risk reduction policies and practices in agriculture, forestry and fisheries in disaster-prone countries;
• Coordinates timely needs assessments for effective livelihood responses to food security crises in the case of natural or human-induced disasters, including participation in food security cluster;
• Develops and promotes resource mobilization strategy for the country and contributes to fund mobilization efforts through liaison with the donor community in the country;
• Coordinate the preparation of briefs and comprehensive reports on FAO priorities and field programme in the country and ensures the timely dissemination of information to the Government, donor community, UN agencies and NGOs;
• Facilitates the effective collection and dissemination of information, in the framework of the knowledge management activities of the Organization and contributes to the development and delivery of effective communication, advocacy and partnership strategies;
• Leads and/or manages the country office's human and financial resources, including the implementation of field security and safety policies for staff;
• Performs other duties, as required.

Minimum Requirements

• Advanced university degree in an area related to the activities of the Organization, e.g. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishery, Rural development, etc.
• Ten years of relevant experience in planning, formulating, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of field programmes
• Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian


• 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.
• Extent and relevance of experience in developing and managing country field programmes from design to delivery (programme/project identification, formulation, analysis, planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation)
• Extent and relevance of experience in the coordination and/or management of technical cooperation projects and programmes, including emergency, recovery and rehabilitation related programmes
• Demonstrated experience in resource mobilization
• Extent and relevance of experience in negotiating and cooperating with national governments, inter-governmental organizations and other institutions and in designing collaborative networks and joint programmes
• Working knowledge of other FAO languages is considered a strong asset

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