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Project Officer (Climate Change)

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Climate Change
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-03

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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, for 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.

The post is located in the 'Strengthening National Adaptation Planning capacities for Food Security and Nutrition' (SAGA) project, under the NDC Enhancement Support Team (NEST).

Reporting Lines
The Project Officer (Climate Change) reports to the Senior Natural Resources Officer.

Technical Focus
Planning, development and implementation of projects on climate change and sustainable agriculture.

Key Results
Comprehensive technical and policy expertise to support the planning, development and implementation of programmes, projects, products and services.

Key Functions
• Provides technical leadership assistance on the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects; assists in the review of relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities, liaises with relevant parties;
• Coordinates of programmes and reviews the assessments of issues and trends for the implementation of programmes and projects and the preparation of impact evaluation or equivalent studies;
• Supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications;
• Contributes to consultative and other meetings, conferences, including proposals for agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations;
• Participates in activities such as structuring of training workshops, seminars; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities;
• Leads field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties;
• Provides advice on the development of policies and strategies, as well as national protocols and guidelines for projects with specific domains related to FAO's work.

Specific Functions
• Contributes to the coordination and management of a portfolio of projects on climate change operated by OCB in collaboration with other FAO offices and divisions as well as external partners;
• Oversees financial transactions and ensures compliance with FAO corporate policies as well as donor requirements and regulations;
• Ensures financial and narrative reports are provided timely and accurately to resource partners;
• Ensures project operations are carried out in accordance with FAO corporate policies, provides oversight over administrative staff and responds to requests;
• Develops and coordinates projects and other initiatives related to climate change in collaboration with FAO Decentralized Offices ensuring consistency and alignment with FAO's Strategic Framework and Climate Change Strategy;
• Provides support to countries on National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) implementation in consultation with national counterparts;
• Communicates and liaises with field partners globally to support project activities and operations;
• Develops, reviews and manages agreements, including Operational Partner Agreements, Memoranda of Understanding and Letters of Agreement in conformity with the Quality Assurance function as set forth in FAO's rules and regulations;
• Liaises with resource partners, service providers and other stakeholders - including non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the United Nations (UN) - in Senegal and Haiti and fosters collaboration;
• Organizes and takes part in project coordination meetings with partners, including Project Steering Committees;
• Oversees the preparation of knowledge products including fundraising briefs and advocacy materials, as well as the organization of meetings/events on NAPs and NDCs;
• Participates in the formulation of project proposals for bilateral donors and multilateral climate funds.

Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in climate change, agricultural sciences, development studies or a related field;
• Seven years of relevant experience in managing global programmes on sustainable agriculture, climate change, adaptation and climate-smart agriculture;
• Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

• Results Focus
• Team Work
• 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 formulation, coordination, budget management and administration of global and interregional projects and programmes on climate change and sustainable agriculture;
• Familiarity with FAO's Project cycle as well as administrative, operational and financial procedures is considered a strong asset;
• Demonstrated ability to mobilize financial resources through bilateral and multilateral sources of funding;
• Extent and relevance of experience in supporting procurement activities, including through Letters of Agreements;
• Extent and relevance of experience in multistakeholder partnerships with NGOs, UN, Governments entities, private sector and Research Institutions in the context of UNFCCC is a strong asset;
• Working knowledge of French is considered an asset.

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