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Executive Coordinator (FAO-GCF Programme)

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: D-1, Director - Internationally recruited position - Senior Executive level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
    • Climate Change
    • Environment
    • Natural Resource Management
    • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-06

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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 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 Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment (OCB) promotes integration of innovative approaches in the activities of the Organization, to promote the sustainable use, management and conservation of natural resources for food and agriculture. OCB assists Members in their responses towards the challenge of climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as the development of adaptive capacities of agriculture, fisheries and forestry for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and other natural resources. It provides a coordination role on climate change, biodiversity and the environment. The Office also serves as the focal point for a multidisciplinary and global approach to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and topics on bioenergy as well as undertaking work and providing support and guidance on assessment, management and tenure issues.

Reporting Lines

The Executive Coordinator (FAO-Green Climate Fund [GCF] 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 the Green Climate Fund (GCF), FAO Members, FAO Decentralized Offices and relevant offices/centres/streams in headquarters for the implementation of the FAO-GCF Strategy globally in line with FAO’s Strategic Framework.

Summary of Duties and Functions

  • Lead the GCF Unit and coordinate the broader FAO-GCF community to harmonize FAO’s work on GCF worldwide and to ensure effective collaboration on GCF portfolio development and implementation, monitoring and support;
  • Lead FAO’s partnership with the GCF and provide strategic oversight of FAO’s engagement with the GCF, including liaison with the GCF Secretariat, GCF Accredited Agencies and GCF Board members and observers;
  • Ensure efficient and effective GCF Unit operations, including operational planning, implementation, technical supervision, output monitoring and quality control of the FAO-GCF portfolio including projects under development and catalyse the larger FAO-GCF community’s support in this regard; 
  • Advise and support FAO’s Members in accessing GCF investments and strengthen their capacity in developing and implementing GCF projects and programmes, in collaboration with other responsible units of the Organization; 
  • Coordinate and engage with relevant offices, technical divisions and Decentralized Offices, channelling FAO’s diverse expertise to support countries in the identification, preparation, implementation and evaluation of FAO GCF projects and programmes;
  • Oversee the implementation of the FAO-GCF Strategy and Action Plan and promote coherence with FAO’s Strategic Framework and related programmatic priorities;
  • Develop FAO capacities for GCF project formulation and implementation, through the development and dissemination of guidance materials, formal and on–the–job training, and use of experts;
  • Foster and strengthen strategic partnerships with institutions at international levels, including International Financing Institutions (IFIs), the private sector, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and other agencies related to FAO’s strategic priorities;
  • Ensure the recruitment of qualified experts; manage a multidisciplinary team of staff based at FAO headquarters and in Decentralized Offices, ensuring overall coordination of activities; support career development and capacity development;
  • Plan, allocate resources, implement, monitor and report on technical, operational and financial delivery of results of the Unit;
  • Plan and coordinate the preparation of meetings, seminars, publications and web-based information and facilitate secretariat services to relevant Governing Bodies;
  • Lead the expansion of the FAO GCF portfolio into new areas of work taking into account FAO’s comparative advantages and expertise; and
  • Perform other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced university degree in economics, environmental economics, environmental sciences, environmental law, or related fields.
  • Minimum twelve years of relevant professional experience with large multilateral environmental funding organizations (in particular with GCF) and in designing, managing, supporting, and evaluating large global portfolios of projects and programmes in developing countries.
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds, and of diverse technical and professional backgrounds.
  • Experience in collaborative policy and programme development globally and in fostering and strengthening partnerships as it relates to GCF.
  • Experience in representing an organization at international fora, including requisite negotiation and communication skills.
  • Experience in project design, project implementation and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated success in managing at a programme scale.
  • Demonstrated skills and experiencing in participatory strategic planning, managing for results and in providing budgetary oversight for programme delivery.
  • Experience in resource mobilization, including coordinating project proposals for funding and interacting with donors and funding agencies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of GCF programmatic directions and policies is considered a strong asset.
  • Working knowledge in English and a limited knowledge of one of the other FAO official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

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