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Deputy FAO Representative, FAO Afghanistan

Kabul (Afghanistan)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Kabul (Afghanistan)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Closing Date: 2021-01-19

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• 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

• 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

• The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization

Organizational Setting

The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative (FAOR), is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner. The FAO Representation in Afghanistan is responsible for leading FAO's response to 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 Afghanistan and, in collaboration with Regional Office for Asia and the 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 the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, UN agencies, the resource partners and other development institution at the country level.
The Deputy FAO Representative (Deputy FAOR) heads the Programme Management Unit and the Emergency and Resilience Unit in the Representation and as delegated by the FAOR is responsible for the overall programme implementation including providing guidance and oversight of the administration and operations units, and day-to-day coordination and monitoring of programme development, resource mobilization and reporting.

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 for Asia and the Pacific and the Office for Emergency and Resilience (OER) at headquarters. He/she collaborates with the relevant technical units 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 Country Programming Framework (CPF) and reporting focusing on key results in line with the results matrix of the CPF in accordance with and derived from the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) process and related FAO programmes and projects.
Key Functions
  • As delegated by the FAOR 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 CPF; (ii) FAO's contributions to United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), UN joint programmes and Country Common Analysis (CCA); and (iii) the FAO country field programme from design through delivery, ensuring their alignment with the country's development priorities, FAO's Strategic Framework, UNSDCF and programming assistance 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;
  • Coordinates the preparation of briefs and comprehensive reports on FAO priorities and the field programme in the country and ensures the timely dissemination of information to the Government, donor community, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (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;
  • Supports the FAOR in management of 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;
  • Ten years of relevant experience in planning, formulating, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of field programmes;
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of 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.
  • 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 UN consolidated appeal process, humanitarian response management and coordination for Level 3 emergencies;
  • Extent of knowledge of humanitarian architecture, humanitarian financing, including direct experience with humanitarian pooled-funds;
  • Demonstrated experience in resource mobilization;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in negotiating and cooperating with national governments, intergovernmental organizations and other institutions as well as in designing collaborative networks and joint programmes;
  • Working knowledge of other FAO languages is considered a strong asset.
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