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Director, Animal Production and Health Division (D-2)

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: Senior Executive
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Animal Health and Veterinary
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-29

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The Food and Acriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have retained Impactpool to find exceptional candidates for this position.

Organizational Setting
The Animal Production and Health Division (NSA) promotes and facilitates the sustainable development of the livestock sector, integrating scientific and technical expertise and policy advice. The Division’s work is carried out by the Animal Health Service, the Livestock Information, Analysis and Policy Branch and the Animal Production and Genetics Branch.

Reporting Lines

The Director, Animal Production and Health Division (NSA) works under the policy guidance and the general supervision of a Deputy Director-General.

Summary of Duties and Functions

The Director of the Animal Production and Health Division (NSA), oversees and facilitates the design and evolution of livestock sector development strategies; of policies, methodologies and field projects in animal production and health; and of livestock sector analysis. S/he also is responsible to manage and promote exchange of sector-relevant knowledge. The Director will:

  • Provide leadership and vision for the development and implementation of the Organization’s livestock programme, through effective coordination of the contributions of relevant units across FAO headquarters and Decentralized Offices, in particular on crosscutting issues such as climate change, biodiversity and gender.

  • Lead the Division, providing direction, supervision and guidance to staff, maintaining a motivated workforce and fostering a work environment conducive to efficient and effective results-based teamwork, promoting communication within and across teams, and implementing appropriate technical and administrative support measures in line with results-based management principles and effective approaches for performance management, ensuring the development of required knowledge and skills.

  • Exercise overall management responsibility for the Division’s biennial programme of work, ensure quality control, progress monitoring and reporting on FAO’s livestock programme implementation as well as the cost-effective use of financial and human resources.

  • Promote FAO efforts for resource mobilization from donors in support of priority activities within the livestock programme at global, regional and national levels.

  • Identify and coordinate strategic engagement opportunities on livestock sector analysis and development with relevant private sector and civil society organizations.

  • Leverage and promote innovation, science and technology in the livestock sector, in cooperation with public, private, academia and civil society and in coordination with FAO’s Chief Scientist.

  • Facilitate the coordination with the Joint FAO/WHO Centre (Codex Food Standards and Zoonotic Diseases) - CJW and Joint FAO/IAEA Centre on Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, CJN.

  • Provide guidance to FAO Members, UN and specialized agencies, and other global, regional and national bodies on livestock related issues.

  • Represent the Organization at high-level meetings and other relevant events dealing with livestock sector related issues;

  • Contribute to the cross-sectoral collaboration and integration as a member of FAO management.

  • Advocate FAO’s policy position with respect to the areas under his/her mandate and communicate its messages.

  • Oversee and deal with risk management in the Division, ensuring that any significant control weaknesses are addressed or


  • Additional information on the Animal Production and Health Division can be found under:

  • Perform other related duties as required. 


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree (Masters or PhD) in animal production or health.

  • At least fifteen years of professional experience, competency and mastery of livestock related subject matters

    (publications, programme management, etc.).

  • Proven leadership of high order relating to relevant activities, programmes, institutions in the public or private sectors.

  • Experience with multilateral negotiations and advice to governments, successful resources mobilization and partnerships.

  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian

    or Spanish).

  • Ability to lead and work effectively with a diverse team of people of different national and cultural backgrounds in an

    international setting.

Leadership Competencies

Results focus: Takes accountability for the delivery of agreed results in service of FAO’s Strategic Framework
Leading, engaging and empowering others: Coordinates, directs, facilitates and recognizes team efforts; creates an enabling environment and assists others to realize and develop their potential
Communication: Encourages and contributes to clear and open communication
Partnering and Advocating: Promotes ideas and develops partnerships to advance the Organization’s work
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement: Continually seeks to improve the knowledge, skills and work processes of oneself and others
Strategic thinking: Makes informed and coherent decisions aligned with broader goals and strategies
• 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
• 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.
FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment.
A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link:
Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:
    • Dependency allowances

    • Rental subsidy

    • Education grant for children

    • Home leave travel

    • 30 working days of annual leave per year

    • Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund

    • International health insurance; optional life insurance

    • Disability protection

FAO encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization.

This includes:

    • elements of family-friendly policies

    • flexible working arrangements

    • standards of conduct.

Please submit your application below. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted by Impactpool.

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