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Senior Livestock Development Officer


  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Mogadishu
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Livestock, production and veterinary
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
  • Closing Date: 2022-08-26


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The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments


• 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 Members and persons 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 FAO's values
• FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, 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
• FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through the FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

Organizational Setting
The key mission of the FAO Representation in Somalia, which is led by the FAO Representative (FAOR), is to assist and support the national government to develop policies, strategies and programmes aimed at accelerating the implementation and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the area of FAO's global mandate and Strategic Framework. More specifically, FAO's response aims to address national needs and priorities in achieving food security, reducing hunger and malnutrition, developing agricultural, fishery and forestry sectors and ensuring the sustainable use of environmental and natural resources, and respond to recurrent emergencies. The current portfolio of activities of the FAO Representation in Somalia includes a wide scope of technical support interventions ranging from policy support through fisheries, livestock and crop production, to natural resource management, nutrition, value chain, food security analysis and water and land information management. FAO is also implementing several emergency, resilience-building and development interventions, with the support of its five field offices and in partnership with the Federal and State line ministries.

FAO as a global institution and as part of its mandate deals with livestock issues fostering global, regional and national initiatives to ensure sustainable development of the livestock sector and in optimizing its contribution to nutrition, food security and rural poverty reduction, integrating scientific and technical expertise and policy advice. Livestock are fundamental sources of food, livelihoods and trade around the world. In Somalia, FAO in addition to wide scope of technical support interventions policy development, is implementing several emergency, resilience-building and development interventions in the livestock sector. The incumbent will be responsible for the development and day-to-day management of FAO's Livestock sector activities.

The position is located in the FAO Representation in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Reporting Lines
The Senior Livestock Development Officer works under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Somalia, the direct supervision of the Senior Programme officer/Head of Programmes, Somalia, and under the technical guidance of relevant technical divisions at FAO headquarters and Decentralized Offices. The Senior Livestock Development Officer will lead the implementation and follow-up of the FAO Livestock sector programme operations and strategies in Somalia.

Technical Focus
The Senior Livestock Development Officer reports to Senior Programme Officer under the overall guidance of the FAOR Somalia. S/he will be responsible for supporting the implementation of FAO's Livestock and priorities of coordination, assessment and time-critical interventions.

Key Results
Leadership and technical policy expertise for the planning, development and implementation of Regional Programmes of work, projects, products and services in accordance with regional objectives and the FAO Strategic Framework and in alignment with the Organization's Gender Policy.

Key Functions
• Plans, manages, or leads highly specialized or multidisciplinary teams, leads, coordinates, and/or participates in Regional committees, project teams, and working groups, and/or provides technical leadership/secretariat services on technical networks and/or international technical policy and standard setting bodies.
• Analyzes global and country specific requirements and relevant technical issues to provide critical input into the FAO Strategic Framework, Programme of Work, work plans and the supporting budgets and/or resourcing strategies.
• Implements and monitors programmes of work involving the development of the approach, evidence based strategies and related tools, methodologies and the supporting system/database, monitoring and reporting frameworks.
• Conducts, designs and oversees research and analysis activities to support the development of technical standards, international instruments, innovation, technical reports, publications and/or ongoing programme development as well as the provision of technical and/or policy advisory services.
• Provides technical and policy advice to Members and technical support to Decentralized Offices in the development and implementation of their programmes.
• Leads and/or collaborates in, provides technical backstopping to and ensures the quality/effectiveness of capacity development and knowledge sharing activities within Members such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events, including preparation of related information, learning, online tools.
• Represents the Organization at international meetings and conferences, identifies and implements strategic partnerships, advocates best practices and increased policy dialogue and develops and negotiates effective working relationships/consensus and agreements with international and national stakeholders.
• Leads and/or participates in resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate Strategy.

Specific Functions
• Leads the operationalization, reporting and work plans and the supporting budgets/and/or resourcing strategies relating to livestock programmes/projects/activities of the Country Programming Framework (CPF) 2022-2025.
• Supervises finance and administration for the same programmes/projects and prepares reports for partners.
• Provides functional and technical guidance for all livestock sector programmes, especially animal production and health, and related food security programmes relevant to both development and emergency operations at subnational and national levels, taking into account the Horn of Africa regional context.
• Ensures FAO's active participation in all coordination mechanisms relevant to the livestock sector (including clusters and/or sectors), with government authorities, other United Nations (UN) agencies, donors and other partners.
• Promotes, supervises and evaluates community-based and participatory approaches within the above programmes/projects/activities.
• Establishes linkages, exploring the synergies and common steering among livestock development programmes, resilience building initiatives and emergency response.
• Ensures livestock sector related internal coordination mechanisms are functioning and efficient.
• Acts as budget holder for all relevant Livestock projects and monitor the financial execution and accounting of projects
• Ensures that the required technical assistance from the Technical Focal Point Network is made available to the FAO implementing partners.
• Ensures the development of an advocacy and outreach plan, including key messages, communication material such as Executive and ad-hoc Briefs, Situation Reports, and the authorization of information to external communication sources.
• Establishes and maintains regular contacts with donors, and ensures the provision of updated information on FAO assessments, response plans, and activities.
• Establishes and maintains relationships with the donor community and participates in designing new programmes and fund-raising activities.
• Performs other related duties as required.


Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in animal health, animal science/husbandry or relevant field including development studies, food security, natural resources management and rural development.
• Ten years of relevant experience in livestock related development and emergency interventions, of which five years should be in the Horn of Africa context.
• Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate – level B) of another official FAO language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish or Russian).

• Results Focus
• Leading, Engaging and Empowering
• Communication
• Partnering and Advocating
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Strategic Thinking

Technical/Functional Skills
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions.
• Extent of relevant experience in leading the implementation of livestock related programmes or projects in developing countries, especially in the Horn of Africa, with a humanitarian-development peace nexus approach.
• Excellent managerial and coordination skills.
• Proven experience in fundraising activities and donor engagement.
• Good communication, writing and presentation skills.
• Experience in working with national institutions, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UN agencies desirable.
• Familiarity with the UN System, Somali operational context and understanding of the political economy in Somalia will be a considerable advantage.
• Working knowledge of the local language (Somali) is considered an asset.

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