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National Governance Policy Advisor-SC 10

Dhaka (Bangladesh)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Dhaka (Bangladesh)
  • Grade: NPP - National Project Personnel - Local Contractors Agreement - All levels
  • Occupational Groups:
    • International Relations
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Legal - Broad
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Democratic Governance
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-04

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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 FAO Representation in Bangladesh is responsible for leading FAO's response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning, and implementation of FAO's priority activities in the country. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in Bangladesh and, in collaboration with Regional Office Asia and Pacific and the departments and divisions at Headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO's strategic response to the country priorities. The representation also supports the regional office in the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization's Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the country, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies. The office also develops and maintains relations with Government of Bangladesh, UN agencies, the resource partners and other development institution at the country level.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Bangladesh, the direct supervision of the MUCH OIC, and in close coordination with the MUCH Project Manager, and consultation and collaboration with the MUCH Technical Assistance Team (TAT), government counterparts, especially the Food Planning and Monitoring Unit (FPMU) and the policy/planning wings of core ministries (Food, Agriculture, Fisheries/Livestock, Women/Children Affairs, and Health/Family Welfare), as well as development partners, including donors, private sector and civil society organisations, the incumbent will undertake the tasks and responsibilities outlined below.

Technical Focus

Meeting the Undernutrition Challenge (MUCH) is based in the Food Planning and Monitoring Unit (FPMU) of the Ministry of Food (MoFood) in Bangladesh. The MUCH project extends support to the core ministries (Food, Agriculture, Health/ Family Welfare, Livestock/ Fisheries, Women/ Child Affairs), civil society organizations (CSOs) and the private sector, seeking to achieve a strengthened enabling environment for eradicating food insecurity and malnutrition, in particular, by improving: (i) cross-sectoral and sectoral policies and investment frameworks and programmes for food security and nutrition (FSN) that are gender sensitive; (ii) human and organizational resource development for FSN; (iii) financial resource allocation for FSN; (iv) inclusiveness of governance and coordination mechanisms for FSN; and (v) comprehensiveness of information generation to support FSN policy formulation, programming and implementation.

The National Governance Policy Adviser is an SC10 position with duty station Dhaka and may require travelling across the country. The selected candidate will be based out of the MUCH project office, FPMU, Ministry of Food, Khadyya Bhavan, Dhaka.

Tasks and responsibilities

Ensuring alignment with overall Programme objectives and promoting standardized approaches as appropriate:
• Support engaging FPMU, five core ministries (food, agriculture, livestock/fisheries, women/children affairs, and health/family welfare), civil society and the private sector more proactively in policy dialogues and consultations on FNS governance, as well as in sectoral and cross-sectoral policy formulation, programming and implementation, mainly at sub national levels;
• Facilitate the development of methods or tools for the government and stakeholders to institutionalize in sectoral institutional systems and coordination mechanisms, clear, agreed protocols and participatory approaches to FNS policy dialogues, formulation, implementation and monitoring, for uptake at sub national levels
• Support the formulation of the implementation and monitoring plans for the Plan of Action of the National Food and Nutrition Security Policy 2020;
• Support the implementation of the Plan of Action at the sub-national level;
• Contribute to facilitating the coordination and harmonization of NFSNP PoA and NPAN 2 implementation at sub national levels through existing institutional structures
• Support the effective delivery of training programmes, in particular in the fields of institutional development, governance, rights-based approaches, and gender integration and provide in-service training and guidance to FPMU, policy and planning units of other core ministries;
• Promote the mainstreaming of right to safe food, including gender (both women and men, age, wealth, ethnicity, etc.) within cross-sectoral and sectoral FSN policies, programmes and investment plans;
• Support the implementation of Supervisory Management Board (PSC) and Programme Steering Committee (SMB), as well as close coordination, liaison, and dialogues between MUCH and high/senior-level government officials; and
• Contribute to project planning, implementation, monitoring, and reporting related to the tasks defined above.


Minimum Requirements

• Advanced university degree in social sciences, economics, public policy, public administration, organizational development, development studies, law or other relevant field
• Minimum seven years of relevant experience
• Working knowledge of English; fluency in both Bangla and English
• National of Bangladesh

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

• Demonstrated experience in facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues, especially between government, development partners, civil society and the private sector
• Degree of understanding of governance effective mechanism, decision-making processes, and participatory, inclusive and transparent approaches to sectoral and cross-sectoral food security and nutrition issues
• Extent of experience in training and capacity development
• Strong network of collaboration and coordination with relevant stakeholders and ability to foster such collaborations


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  • 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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