Executive Coordinator (FAO-GEF Programme)
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The Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment (OCB) promotes the integration of environmental priorities and objectives across the work of the Organization, to achieve the sustainable use and conservation of natural resources for food and agriculture. OCB provides a coordination role on climate change, biodiversity and the environment for agri-food systems. OCB works across FAO to assist Members in meeting the complex challenges of mitigating and adapting to climate change while enhancing resilience, reducing vulnerability, and sustainably utilizing and conserving biodiversity. The office also serves as the focal point for a multidisciplinary and one-FAO approach to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and topics on bioenergy and circular bioeconomy, as well as providing support and guidance on environment and social safeguards assessment, management and policy-related issues. OCB is the home of the FAO-Global Environment Facility (GEF) Coordination Unit, which serves as the Funding Liaison Office in FAO for GEF, in collaboration with the larger FAO-GEF community.
FAO is a partner agency of GEF, a partnership of 18 agencies and 183 countries to address the world’s most challenging environmental issues related to biodiversity, climate change, land degradation, chemicals and international waters. FAO brings to the partnership a unique role as the specialized UN agency for food and agriculture, including extensive knowledge and expertise in sustainable agriculture and food systems as well as project formulation and resource mobilization. FAO draws on its strong field presence, global and national partnerships and alliances, and in-depth understanding of GEF policies and procedures to assist Members with projects worldwide across the GEF programme.
Currently, FAO’s global GEF portfolio, involves more than 120 countries with over 200 projects, exceeding USD 1 billion, that advance FAO’s mission and deliver global environmental benefits. The portfolio is growing rapidly as countries seek to address the complex challenges at the nexus between and among agriculture, food systems, and the environment. The FAO-GEF programme also serves as a key vehicle and catalyst to help FAO achieve its own strategic priorities. The GEF Unit and the FAO-GEF community have grown together with the portfolio.
The Executive Coordinator (FAO-GEF Programme) reports to the Director, Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment (OCB). As a member of the OCB Management Team, the Executive Coordinator will liaise with GEF, governments, FAO Decentralized Offices and technical units for the implementation of the FAO-GEF Strategy globally in line with FAO’s Strategic Framework.
Summary of Duties and Functions