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National Project Personnel – Product Development Specialist

Mongolia (Mongolia)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Mongolia (Mongolia)
  • Grade: NPP - National Project Personnel - Local Contractors Agreement - All levels
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Innovations for Sustainable Development
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-21

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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:

FAO Mongolia works with the vision "to be a leading, credible and responsive partner in ensuring food and nutrition security of the population". The office has been coordinating projects and programmes in research, capacity building, natural resources management, technology transfer, food and agriculture policy, livestock production systems management, emergency and post crisis management, forestry information, statistics, food security and nutrition, emergency response operations, crop production system management, and food quality and safety.

The project “SDG-Aligned Budgeting to Transform Employment in Mongolia” aims to support increased employment and promotion of decent work in Mongolia. The Project is managed by UNDP in partnership with FAO and ILO. FAO will contribute the Employment Promotion Component of the project. This component combines efforts towards four outcome areas for boosting employability: existing national programmes for employment, Mongolia’s ecosystem for enterprising/innovation, the range of skills and capacity development services, and scalable pilots that can yield insights for policy directions which, in turn, inform the first three. FAO’s main outcome will be to undertake selected pilots with scope for scaling-up, with large-scale potential for youth employment and training, especially in rural areas. The experience of pilots will contribute to effective public-private partnership models, building evidence, establishing lessons, and policy development, better informing national programmes, apart from expanding opportunities and worker productivity.

Reporting Lines:

The incumbent will work under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative and direct supervision of the National Project Manager and in close liaison with the project stakeholders.

Technical Focus:

The Project is managed by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN-FAO) and International Labour Organization (ILO) and has the following four components: Component A) Bridging Policies with Budgets; Component B) Budget Oversight and Transparency; Component C) Employment Promotion: Boosting Employability; and Component D) Effective Application of International Labour Standards by Strengthening Institutions of Work.

UN-FAO is responsible for implementing a part of Component C: Employment Promotion and aims at Undertaking selected pilots with scope for scaling-up, with large-scale potential for youth employment and training, especially in rural areas. The experience of pilots will contribute to effective public-private partnership models, building evidence, establishing lessons, and policy development, better informing national programs, apart from expanding opportunities and worker productivity. It will be implemented in close coordination with the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Research and analyze agribusiness-related issues for enhanced understanding relevant technical issues and effective delivery of project services;
  • Support in identifying, nurturing agricultural products (dairy, meat, vegetables etc.), which are export-driven and potential to create youth employment opportunities in rural areas, promote public private partnerships;
  • Contribute to developing agribusiness products that fit market needs, potential to enter international markets and to create employment in rural areas in collaboration with private entities, food associations and other stakeholders involved in value chains;
  • Provide technical support/analysis to various assessments, and technical backstopping to implementing partners especially in project areas;
  • Assist in mapping and identification of marketing opportunities, including the creation of market linkages;
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary teams, and/or leads working groups/teams collaborates with other departments and agencies on work groups and committees and promotes best practices that are relevant to agribusiness and marketing;
  • Promote knowledge sharing and best practices at various platforms and fora and influences partners in stakeholder consultations;
  • Contribute to the appraisal of capacity building needs and to developing training materials and to training courses and activities;
  • Build competitive commodity value chains by linking improved productivity to increased value addition, downstream marketing, and policy reforms;
  • Participate in meetings, conferences, workshops, consultations and field visits as needed; contribute to building collaborations and partnerships;
  • Analyze and identify successful value chain development strategies, models to raise production of target value chains and so drive progress to the goals of the project;
  • Perform other related duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

  • A university degree in agriculture (meat, dairy, vegetables etc.) and post-graduate qualifications in agriculture economics or rural development;
  • Excellent command of English is an advantage;
  • Experience working with private and public sectors in agribusiness;
  • Nationality of Mongolia

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Experience in agricultural product development and marketing is advantage;
  • High level advocacy and communication skills and ability to disseminating of results and sharing knowledge;
  • Demonstrated capability in establishing and maintaining partnerships with private companies, government institutions, NGOs as well as donors;
  • Experience in the government or UN system is an asset;
  • Excellent planning and organizing skills, accurate with attention to detail;
  • In-depth knowledge of programme and project management is considered a strong asset;
  • High computer literacy in MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint, Outlook etc);
  • Demonstrated ability to process complex data and analyze information as the basis for technical and policy advice and mastery of subject matter, teamwork and strong soft skills including interpersonal, ethical, listening and communication skills, proactive, problem solving, self-organizing, planning, setting priorities and efficient use of time;


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  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications
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