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Programme Officer (Operations)

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-13

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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 nations 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 Fisheries Division (NFI) is responsible for the economic, social, institutional, governance and policy aspects of FAO's activities related to fisheries and aquaculture and their development, with particular emphasis on human well-being, food security and poverty reduction; post-harvest utilization, marketing and trade with due regard to the protection of the environment, food security and the well-being of fishing communities; collection, compilation, validation, trend analysis and dissemination of the best available and up-to-date fishery statistics and for the syndication of the FAO information on all aspects of world fisheries and aquaculture. The Division is also responsible for FAO's activities related to the management and conservation of the living aquatic resources used by fisheries and aquaculture, including the biodiversity and ecosystem maintenance, with particular emphasis on most vulnerable and threatened species and habitats; management of responsible fisheries and aquaculture in accordance with modern management standards and best practices; development of fisheries technology, with due regard to the protection of the environment, food security and the well-being of fishing communities, including the safety of fishers and fishing vessels.

Within NFI, the Programme Officer will provide support to the GCP/GLO/028/EC Project: Sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture value chains in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries (FISH4ACP) in relation to all of the 12 selected value chains. These include: Africa (Cameroon ' shrimp; Côte d'Ivoire ' tilapia aquaculture; The Gambia ' oyster; Nigeria ' catfish aquaculture; Sao Tome et Principe ' pelagics; Senegal ' oyster; Tanzania ' small pelagics; Zambia ' small pelagics; Zimbabwe ' tilapia aquaculture); Caribbean (Dominican Republic ' Mahi Mahi tuna and Guyana - Seabob) and the Pacific (Marshall Islands ' purse seine tuna) and the selected value chains.
The FISH4ACP is a five-year project funded by the European Union and Germany.

The post is located in the Divisional Support and Project Cycle Unit (DSPCU), NFID, based in Rome, Italy.

Reporting Lines
The Programme Officer (Operations) reports to the Programme Officer, DSPCU Team Leader, NFID under the technical guidance of the Chief Technical Adviser, FISH4ACP, NFIMV.

Technical Focus
Operational management support and financial monitoring of the DSPCU portfolio of projects, throughout the project cycle, with special attention to the FISH4ACP project.
Key Results
Develop, implement, monitor and evaluate assigned programme/projects.
Key Functions
• Carries out basic research on selected aspects of programmes, operations and other activities; collects, analyses and presents statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources;
• Provides substantive support for policy coordination and evaluation functions, including the review and analysis of emerging development issues and trends, participation in impact evaluation or equivalent studies;
• Participates in survey initiatives; issues data collection tools, reviews, analyses and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares preliminary conclusions;
• Contributes to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications;
• Undertakes outreach activities; participates in the development of training workshops, seminars; participates in and makes presentations on assigned topics/activities;
• Participates in field missions, including provision of substantive and administrative support, data collection, etc.;
• Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements) and preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget), as necessary.
Specific Functions
• Supports the implementation of FAO corporate policies and recommendations to streamline the Division's internal processes and improve operations;
• Contributes to the setup of internal controls and quality assurance (such as budgetary controls) in compliance with FAO Financial Rules and Regulations;
• Supports the development of successful, results-based strategies and plans, in close collaboration with the DSPCU Team;
• Contributes to strategic oversight within the DSPCU Team, provides advice, knowledge sharing on programme/operational/audit matters and systems controls in close collaboration with other FAO functional units (administration, finance, etc.) making proposals for improving processes and strengthening capacities and information sharing;
• Supports collaboration with the Resource Mobilization and Private Sector Partnerships Division (PSR) concerning interactions with the donors on reports and donor communications, as well as support in periodic progress and terminal reports for review.

Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in public/business administration, political or social sciences, law or related fields;
• Three years of relevant experience in project management/operations and support;
• Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).
• Results Focus
• Teamwork
• Communication
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Technical/Functional Skills
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable;
• Extent and relevance of experience in supporting project design, planning and implementation. (EU and GEF projects in the field of Fisheries in particular is considered a strong asset);
• Extent and relevance of knowledge and experience related to Project Cycle Management ;
• Extent and relevance of experience in implementing projects in a virtual environment through the use of online collaboration tools (knowledge of software such as MS Teams, SharePoint, Mural and Mentimeter is considered a strong asset);
• Extent and relevance of experience in supporting procurement-related activities and tools such as Letters of Agreement and Contracts for services;
• Extent of knowledge of planning and budgetary processes and associated tools;
• Knowledge of FAO policies and programmes is considered a strong asset;
• Working knowledge of French is considered a strong asset.

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