FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.
Qualified female applicants and qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member countries are encouraged to apply.
Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.
All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
The FAO-LO (Liaison Office for North America) advises and assists in the development and implementation of FAO policies and programs by facilitating communications and cooperation between FAO and the North American Governments, the public and between FAO and the International and Inter-American organizations based in Washington, DC. It serves as a focal point for FAO relations with these institutions and organizations.
The consultant will be hired and supervised by FAO Sr. Liaison Officer, under a PSA.NAT contract.
Congressional Engagement, Education, Outreach and Partnership Development.
Tasks and Responsibilities
The consultant will be responsible for the following tasks.
- Plan, organize, and support the implementation of the office’s outreach, education and advocacy activities vis-à-vis the US Congress;
- Provide administrative support in the implementation of FAO collaborative programs and ensure periodic monitoring of their implementation, including the dissemination of relevant FAO-related news and knowledge, events and follow-up meetings and interactions;
- Monitor and report on key congressional activities and developments;
- Contribute to the office’s ongoing efforts to promote and increase awareness on Capitol Hill of FAO and the issues on which it works;
- Review and maintain a comprehensive set of advocacy materials for the office’s congressional outreach, including factsheets outlining the nature of FAO’s partnership with relevant agencies such as USAID, USDA, State Department and CDC among others;
- Assist in preparing FAOLOW for meetings with congressional offices, as well as in undertaking all necessary follow-up actions subsequent to such meetings.
- Prepare detailed profiles for Members of Congress with key issues for their constituents, areas of interest, and relevant legislation of mutual concern;
- Perform briefings, actions or activities with/to colleagues in order to consolidate concepts and awareness of relevant issues; and
- Contribute to the conceptualization, organization and implementation of FAO events.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
- At least two years of direct and current experience working as a staff member in a congressional office for a Member of Congress or for a congressional committee in the House of Representatives and/or the Senate.
- National of the United States of America or Legal Permanent Resident with a regular work permit.
- Advanced university degree in a field related to political science, public administration and/or agricultural development
- Level C of the official communication language used for FAO communication with the country (English)
FAO Core Competencies
- Results Focus
- Building Effective Relationships
- Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
- Demonstrate ability to establish good working relationships and team spirit both inside the Organization and with the external partners such as congressional staff, government officials, UN partners, donors and/or NGOs.
Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.