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Global Food Security Cluster Specialist (Project manager, Global Network against food crisis, Partnership Programme Component 3)

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Nutrition
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Managerial positions
    • Public, Private Partnership
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-09

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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 Members to prepare for, and respond to emergencies. OER ensures humanitarian policy coordination and knowledge, liaison with the Inter-Agency 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.

Following the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, the Global Network Against Food Crisis was established. FAO and WFP, with the support of the EU, aim at operationalizing the Global Network Against Food Crisis with a view at addressing food crises in a sustainable manner expected to have a catalytic effect for what concerns the humanitarian-development-peace (HDP) nexus trough evidence-based, context specific actions and strategic partnerships at all levels. The component 3 of the project will particularly take care of the “strategic programming work-stream objective” supporting the generation of country level FSN coordinated action plan for West Africa. More specifically by capitalizing on a stronger evidence base and on strengthened existing coordination mechanisms (such as food security and nutrition clusters integration with national development coordination mechanisms - sectors – at national and sub-national level) this work stream aims at supporting joint planning.

Reporting Lines

The Programme manager reports to the FAO and WFP Global Food Security Cluster Coordinators.

Technical Focus

Under the supervision of the FAO and WFP global Food Security Cluster Coordinators and in close consultation with FAO and WFP Emergency Directors, the Global Food Security Cluster Specialist will have the following key functional responsibilities of gFSC within the partnership programme:

  • Capitalize on Global Network knowledge and other international food security stakeholders, build a solid, evidence-based body of knowledge and a structured debate on typologies of crises and of successful context-based prevention, early action and response interventions with particular reference to operationalizing the humanitarian-development-peace nexus;
  • Serve as convening platform for all food security stakeholders at country level as well as globally, issuing evidence and consensus based operational response plans to food crisis, particularly in protracted and violence-affected countries;
  • Support integrated programming that facilitate an integrated response across the humanitarian-development-peace nexus providing common messages for coordinated fundraising and resource allocation.

Tasks and responsibilities

The Global Food Security Cluster Specialist will:

  • Define project workplan, geographical priorities, supporting and advising the budget holder on resource allocations and remaining accountable for their timely delivery and for their quality;
  • Lead secondary data research and partners consultations on food crisis typologies. Identifying successful responses and associated best practices in operationalizing integrated multi sectors programming along the humanitarian-development-peace nexus;
  • Consult with all Network partners, relevant humanitarian and development stakeholders to adapt the design and implement the protocol to support a few countries level multi sector joint planning and localization;
  • Prepare the drafting of guidelines defining both food crises and related response typologies;
  • Contribute in the preparation of training materials and training plan to enhance the capacity at country level in developing integrated joint response plan using the protocol developed in point 3;
  • Be the focal point for the gFSC in the technical working group and/or the facility of the GNAFC;
  • Provide support to the core global cluster activities as per requested.


Minimum Requirements

  • University degree in business or public administration, social science, political science, agronomy, food security or related field;
  • Seven years of relevant experience in inter-agency coordination, field operation management, humanitarian and/or development sector, preferably in food security and/or nutrition;
  • Working knowledge of English and French.

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, particularly in field positions is desirable;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in needs assessment, cluster coordination and Humanitarian, Development and Peace Nexus;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in rehabilitation, humanitarian policies development, programme formulation and implementation;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in identifying and preparing programme strategies and policy position on humanitarian and transition context.

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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