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Senior Regional Resilience Officer (Team Leader)


  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Amman
  • Grade: Senior level - P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2023-03-23


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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 persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply
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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 Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa (RNE) 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 major activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the region and, in collaboration with divisions and offices at headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO's strategic response to regional activities.

Under the recent corporate commitment of reaching 60 million people in Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) phase three and above by 2023, RNE is stepping up its targets at the regional level. This will be done through scale-up and investment plans at country level, with a focus on countries with the highest numbers of people in acute food insecurity and with the support of the Office of Emergencies and Resilience (OER) and the contributions of all relevant teams and divisions in FAO.

The position is located in the FAO Representation in Amman, Jordan.

Reporting Lines
The Senior Regional Resilience Officer (Team Leader) reports to the Assistant Director-General/Regional Representative (ADG/RR) for Near East and North Africa and is supported technically and programmatically by the Senior Field Programme Officer/Resilience Delivery Manager, under the functional guidance of the Office of Emergencies and Resilience, OER. The Senior Regional Resilience Officer (Team Leader) reports administratively to the FAO Representative in Jordan.

Technical Focus
Support to implementation of FAO’s resilience agenda at global, regional, subregional and/or country level leadership and technical policy expertise for the planning, development and implementation of resilience programmes and projects at regional and country levels in accordance with the Emergency and Resilience programme, in order to meet the RNE share of reaching 60 million people in IPC 3 and above by 2023.

Key Results
Leadership and technical policy expertise for the planning, development and implementation of RNE’s emergency and resilience programme in accordance with the FAO Strategy Framework 2022-31.

Key Functions
• Plans, manages or leads highly specialized or multi-disciplinary teams; leads, coordinates and/or participates in Organization-wide committees, and provides technical leadership on inter-agency committees, networks and international working groups.
• Contributes to and/or coordinates the planning, budgeting, implementation and reporting of the Divisional programme of work, team plans, the supporting policy, tools, standards and systems frameworks and collaborates with the Office of Emergency and Resilience (OER) in (i) the conceptualization of the RNE emergency and Resilience programme; (ii) the supervision and evaluation of the Strategic Objective contributors; (iii) the identification of resources; (iv) the development of networks and partnerships; (v) the implementation of advocacy and communication activities.
• Provides support on leadership and strategic positioning to ADG/RR RNE and Senior Management on humanitarian and resilience advocacy, resource mobilization, coordination and partnerships for the Africa region, in consultation with OER Emergency and Resilience Officers and Directors of Liaison Offices.
• Oversees and/or provides expert technical assistance to OER teams focusing on (i) humanitarian policy, inter-agency collaboration and mobilization of emergency resources; (ii) response, food chain crisis, special operations, level 3 emergency preparedness, early warning and support to transition, and/or (iii) programming, integration resilience into FAO planning at all levels, and the delivery of related products and services.
• Coordinates FAO interdivisional emergency needs assessment activities and related missions, including food and nutrition security assessments and analyses, the coordination of in-country early warning alerts and further coordination with all partners.
• Promotes best practices and provides technical support/services and operational coaching to the Decentralized Office network, designates Division-wide geographical focal points to facilitate emergency programming, resource mobilization and integration of emergency and development work in countries in collaboration with Regional Offices, and provides capacity during critical phases of emergencies.
• Provides coordination across relevant country offices on setting and reporting on the corporate targets for RNE of reaching their share of 60 million people in IPC3 by 2023.
• Oversees ongoing operational emergency and recovery projects and programmes and related capacity development in countries and regional and subregional offices.
• Oversees and pursues a shift from project to quality programmatic approaches and frameworks, in line with the corporate frameworks and ensuring the mainstreaming of critical corporate functions such as evidence-based design, Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning (MEAL) with a focus on results and adaptiveness and flexibility of programmatic work.
• Supports priority delivery areas such as anticipatory action, humanitarian-development-peace nexus, localization, cash and vouchers, quality and accountability through enhanced inclusion and community engagement, accountability to affected people, centrality of protection prevention of sexual exploitations and abuse.
• Represents FAO on international committees and develops and maintains partnerships and inter-agency collaboration in support of FAO’s corporate co-leadership of the Global Food Security Cluster (GFSC) and with a range of other partners such as the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, WFP, UNHCR, UNICEF, NGOs and other humanitarian groups involved in emergency and recovery activities.
• Coordinates the monitoring and promoting of resource mobilization activities including corporate appeals, donor macro grants and Central Emergency Response Fund/Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation (Central Emergency Revolving Fund - CERF/ Special Fund for Emergency Rehabilitation Activities - SFERA) submissions and collaboration with countries and ROs to facilitate resource mobilization through project and programme formulation.
• Oversees knowledge management activities including the maintenance and updating of FAO emergency information systems, crisis communications, information and advocacy, as well as providing up-to-date information for reporting, audits, evaluations and inputs to FAO governing body documents.
• Performs other duties as required.

Specific Functions
• Supports efficient and effective implementation and delivery of RNE resilience and emergency programme.
• Contributes to the planning and delivery of the work programme with other RNE thematic priorities and Programmes Areas of work.
• Manages effectively teams and financial resources under the regional thematic on building resilience and ending poverty.
• Communicates effectively, advocates and supports resources mobilization.

• Liaises with resilience and humanitarian actors at subregional level and represents FAO in interagency coordination meetings and programming exercises undertaken by the resilience humanitarian and early recovery community.
• pports the FAO Representations in resources mobilization for emergency and resilience projects and programmes; organizes/participates in regular donor meetings, as appropriate, informs the donor community on the prevailing livelihoods, food security and nutrition situation.
• Facilitates country support processes and collaboration with the regional office and Regional Programme Leaders.

Policies, programmes to protect, restore and improve livelihoods and food security
• Provides strategic and policy guidance as well as required training, capacity development in resilience, food security and nutrition for national governments and sub-regional institutions.
• Supports the national teams in identifying Country Programming Framework (CPF) priorities and implementing FAO’s resilience programmes and projects, providing programming and technical support.
• Coordinates monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment of resilience policies and programmes.
• Facilitates efforts in Early Warning Early Action and Disaster Risk management.
• Ensures that nutrition, gender and accountability to affected populations dimensions are integrated in FAO resilience programmes in the region.

Food security and resilience analysis to inform policies and programmes
• Prepares analytical and information notes on food security and resilience to support policy decision making at country subregional and headquarters levels.
• Identifies strategic priorities for FAO’s role in resilience and contributes to improved preparedness for, and effective response to, food and agricultural threats and emergencies in the region.

Knowledge Management
• Promotes lesson learning and sharing of best practices at country and regional levels.
• Facilitates knowledge management and access to information in partnership with Country and Regional Offices.

Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in agriculture, economics, business administration, management and international relations or other field related to the work of the Organization.
• Ten years of relevant experience in public and/or private sectors related to programming, planning and technical cooperation in food and agriculture, including experience in developing countries, especially in countries that are vulnerable to disaster or other emergency risks.
• Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate – level B) of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

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

Technical/Functional Skills
• Experience in humanitarian settings and crises contexts.
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions.
• Demonstrated experience in needs assessment, cluster coordination, UN consolidated appeal process and/or emergency operations for Level 3 emergencies.
• Demonstrated experience in rehabilitation and humanitarian policies development, programme formulation and implementation.
• Extent and relevance of experience at the international level in formulating policy and programming managing field operations.
• Depth of experience in identifying and preparing programme strategies and policy position in humanitarian and transition contexts, at both global and country level.
• Extent of knowledge of international humanitarian architecture, including agencies, NGOs and other partners.
• Experience in response management and surge support coordination.

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