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UN Food Systems Specialist


  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome
  • Grade: Consultancy - Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nutrition
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
  • Closing Date: 2022-12-09

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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 Members 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 FAO's values
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  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting

The Food Systems Summit (hereinafter FSS), held during the 2021 UN General Assembly, set the stage for global food systems transformation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Under the leadership of the Secretary-General, the FSS made it clear that transformative action in food systems is fundamental to achieving the SDGs. As a follow up to the Summit, the UN Secretary-General has committed the UN system to establish a UN Food Systems Coordination Hub (hereafter the Hub) to support countries implementing food system transformation pathways towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. The hub is hosted by FAO in Rome on behalf of the UN System.

The Hub has a coordinating and connector role drawing on the capacities of the UN system and leveraging on the advice and expertise from a wider ecosystem of support, serving countries, by incentivizing existing institutions to deliver on their mandates in a systemic way. In this context, the Hub covers six key functions:

• Facilitate Implementation of National Pathways
• Strengthen Strategic Thought Leadership
• Engage Collective Ecosystem of Support
• Leverage Means of Implementation
• Communicate & Advocate Food Systems Approach
• Prepare for the 2023 Stocktaking Moment

The UN Food Systems Specialists will support the UN Food System Coordination Hub team operationalizing the hub work plan bringing a mix of experience and expertise in the areas of food finance, communication and advocacy, programme development, joint programming, technical assistance, and other relevant areas as required.

Reporting Lines

The Consultant/PSA will report to the Deputy Director of the UN Food Systems Coordination Hub or to other technical officers.

Technical Focus

The assignments will focus on Integrated Food Systems Programming, project development, communications and advocacy and provision of technical and advisory support in the areas of food finance, partnerships, programme development, joint programming, technical assistance and implementation of national pathways

Tasks and responsibilities

The tasks of the consultant will include the following:

• Draft and ensure the finalization of project proposals, written outputs, project documents with close consultation with other Hub members as well as external and internal stakeholders;
• Conceptualize and drive the in-depth analysis of country demands and global priorities to provide the strategic framework for a Food Systems thematic funding window (multi-year funding envelope, the rationale, priority interventions and key results, and modalities for implementing joint programmes);
• Support the coordination and delivery of technical assistance for the Food systems national pathway implementation in close collaboration with RC and UN Country Teams;
• Support with resource mobilization for country support and the implementation of the Hub activities in support of the follow-up to the Food Systems Summit, in close consultation with development partners and other stakeholders
• Provide substantive support to the work of the Hub in collaboration with IFAD and the WB for the implementation of the Means of Implementation-Finance work plan to support countries and mobilize the global community for a new food finance architecture, including options for food finance markers and a model for costing country investment plan for food systems transformation;
• Develop/update and implement specific activities of the Hub’s advocacy plan;
• Perform any other related duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

• University degree in sustainable development, environment, economics, social studies or other area related to FAO work. An advanced university degree (Masters or PhD) will be an advantage.
• From one to twelve (for COF) or 15 (for PSA) years of relevant experience in at least one of the following areas: advisory services, partnerships and advocacy programme management, food finance, programme development, policy support, in the area of sustainable development policy and planning;
• Working knowledge (level C) of English and limited knowledge (level B) of one of the other FAO languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish). For PSA, working knowledge of English is required.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

• Familiarity with the work of FAO or other multilateral organizations
• Knowledge of the content of UN Food Systems Coordination Hub and SDG Agenda
• Good writing skills as can be proved by relevant publications record

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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