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Emergency Operations Specialist

various locations

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: various locations
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Medical Practitioners
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-19

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  • 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
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct and to uphold our values. FAO has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and FAO, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, and discrimination
  • All selected candidates, therefore, will 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 Office of Emergencies and Resilience, OER is responsible for ensuring FAO’s efforts to support countries and partners in preparing for and effectively responding to food and agricultural threats and crises. It is responsible for coordinating the development and maintenance of corporate tools and standards to enable Decentralized Offices to assist member countries to prepare for, and respond to emergencies. OER ensures humanitarian policy coordination and knowledge, liaison with the InterAgency Standing Committee as well as with humanitarian resource partners, co-leadership with World Food Programme of the global Food Security Cluster, organizational preparedness, surge capacity and response to large-scale emergencies. OER supports food and nutrition security assessment and early warning activities related to emergency and humanitarian analysis and responses. OER plays a major role in the development and leadership of the Organization’s programme to increase the resilience of livelihoods to food and agriculture threats and crises.

Reporting Lines

The Consultant reports to the Emergency and Resilience Officer.

Technical/Functional Skills

Support the implementation of FAO’s resilience agenda at a global, regional, sub regional and/or country level.

Tasks and responsibilities

• Handle day-to-day operational aspects of emergency response projects and programmes in accordance with the project management cycle from initiation phase to operational and financial closure;
• Organize the travel and arrival of all deployed/mission personnel;
• Participate in needs and disaster assessments, including interagency assessments and processes;
• Research and analyze technical, food and nutrition security assessments, emergency response, policy related and/or funding/project related data and information to support the delivery of programme projects, products and services;
• Participate in the design of emergency/rehabilitation projects and programmes, including the preparation and presentation of project proposals and fully-fledged project documents.
• Ensure technical clearance is obtained from the relevant technical unit for all project proposals, project documents and technical specifications;
• Provide operational support to the implementation emergency projects and programmes, including budgetary management and monitoring expenditures;
• Produce various proposals, programme/project documents, briefs, financial/donor reports and final statements, etc.;
• Liaise with other government, UN, cluster/sector, NGO and donor partners at the appropriate level to ensure the best preparation and implementation of emergency activities;
• Prepare and participate in meetings and international fora related to humanitarian relief matters;
• Formulate correspondence with recipient governments and donors;
• Provide operational support and promotes capacity development at the country-level;
• Monitor and provide support to resource mobilization activities;
• Report against the country programme dashboard;
• Maintain and update information systems and databases, as applicable;
• Undertake travel to ensure adequate operational support is provided to the implementation of emergency projects and programmes;
• Perform other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

• Advanced University degree (Master’s or equivalent) in a discipline relevant to the mandate of the Organization;
• At least 1 year (Category C), 5 years (Category B) or 12 years (Category A) in humanitarian and agricultural/rural development sectors including work experience with national and international NGO’s, UN agencies, governments and donors;
• Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of any other official language of the Organization (Arabic, Chinese French, Spanish and Russian).
FAO Core Competencies
• 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
• Excellent organizational skills;
• Good communication skills, including in emergency settings;
• Demonstrated ability to analyze problems, make appropriate recommendations, effective decisions, including in emergency settings;
• Strong foundation in programme formulation, planning, implementation, management and evaluation;
• Working knowledge of French (level C) is an asset.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency

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