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Chief, Near East, North Africa, and West and Central Africa Service, CFIE - FAO Investment Centre (Investment Solutions for Sustainable Food and Agriculture), CFI

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: D-1, Director - Internationally recruited position - Senior Executive level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Environment
    • Banking and Finance
    • Nutrition
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Managerial positions
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Fisheries
    • Impact investing, Social venture capital
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-30

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Organizational Setting

The FAO Investment Centre (CFI) promotes investment in food security, agriculture, rural development, natural resource management and agro-processing in developing countries and countries in transition, assisting governments and country stakeholders, main development partners, in particular international financing institutions with the strategic planning and implementation of their investments to achieve food security and nutrition, make agriculture, forestry and fisheries more sustainable and productive, reduce rural poverty, make food value chains more efficient and inclusive and promote climate change adaptation and/or mitigation.

CFI is a multidisciplinary division composed of four regionally focused services, namely Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Service, Asia and the Pacific Service, Europe, Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean Service, and Near East, North Africa, and Western and Central Africa Service.

Reporting Lines

The Chief reports to the Director, Investment Centre (CFI).

Summary of Duties and Functions

Under the overall guidance of the Director, CFI, and as a member of the Management Team, the Chief will liaise with cooperating partners, governments, FAO Decentralized Offices (DOs) and technical units for the planning and implementation of the work programme in the geographical area of Near East and North Africa, and West and Central Africa, in line with FAO’s Strategic Framework, Medium-term Plan and biennial Programme of Work and Budget, with particular geographical focus on Least Developed Land-Locked Countries, Least Developed Small Island Developing States, countries in food crisis or highly populated countries with sizable populations living in poverty. Specifically, the incumbent will:

  • be responsible for the operational planning, implementation, technical supervision, output monitoring and quality control of the service work programme;
  • ensure the provision of investment–related support services to member countries, mainly for the identification, preparation, implementation support and evaluation of investment projects and programmes;
  • oversee the preparation of project feasibility studies, sector and subsector studies in collaboration with governments, project beneficiaries and other stakeholders;
  • promote the development of national capacities for investment planning, formulation and implementation, through the development and dissemination of guidance materials, formal and on–the–job training, and use of national experts;
  • ensure linkages between the work and staff of the Centre with DOs and headquarters units, on technical and managerial issues;
  • contribute to FAO’s studies and technical papers, with special reference to investment–related topics;
  • support FAO member countries in mobilizing public and private investments and the coordination of donor in–country activities, in collaboration with other responsible units of the Organization;
  • develop new partnerships and liaises with senior counterparts in partner agencies for the planning of activities in accordance with strategic priorities and for mutual benefit;
  • manage a multi-disciplinary team of professional staff based at FAO headquarters and in DOs; and
  • ensure the recruitment of qualified experts, mentor, coach and support career development and capacity development of the service’s staff.

For further information on the activities of the Division, please consult:

Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced university degree in economics, agriculture sciences, rural infrastructure engineering, environmental sciences, natural resources management, public management, business administration, public policy and administration or other closely related fields
  • Minimum twelve years of relevant experience in food security, agriculture, rural development, natural resource management and agro-processing sector studies and reviews, policy and strategy development, identification, formulation, implementation support and evaluation of investment projects and programmes in developing and/or transition countries, including knowledge of policies of major IFIs and other development partners
  • Working knowledge of English and a limited knowledge of one of the other FAO official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

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