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Programme Officer


  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome
  • Grade: Junior level - P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2023-06-19


• 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 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 FAO Investment Centre (CFI) aims to be the go-to place for investment and finance solutions that lead to more efficient, sustainable, inclusive and resilient agrifood systems. Working in over 120 countries, CFI provides a full suite of investment and finance support to FAO Member Nations. It partners with governments, international financing institutions, national and international organizations, the private sector, research institutions, academia and producer organizations to improve the quality and quantity of agrifood investment. The Centre's four main areas of work include support to strategic investment planning and policy, public investment, private investment, and innovative finance. These are complemented by the knowledge for investment and capacity development for investment programmes that serve to share knowledge more widely and position the Centre as a trusted voice on investment and finance.
CFI is a multidisciplinary Centre comprising the Director's office, which leads on strategy and business development, knowledge management, communication and administration, and five regional services: Asia and the Pacific; Near East and North Africa, and Europe and Central Asia; West and Central Africa; East and Southern Africa; and Latin America and the Caribbean.
The post is located in the Latin America and the Caribbean Service (CFIF) of the FAO Investment Centre (CFI) at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Reporting Lines
The Programme Officer reports to the Chief, Latin America and the Caribbean Service (CFIF) of the FAO Investment Centre (CFI).

Technical Focus
Provision of administrative assistance and support to the work planning, monitoring and reporting of investment operations (projects and programmes) in the areas of food security, agriculture, rural development, natural resource management and agro-processing, developed in collaboration with cooperating partners, and in accordance with the FAO Strategic Framework.

Key Results
Develop, implement, monitor and evaluate assigned programmes/projects.

Key Functions
• Carries out basic research on selected aspects of programmes, operations and other activities; collects, analyses and presents statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources;
• Provides substantive support for policy coordination and evaluation functions, including the review and analysis of emerging development issues and trends, participation in impact evaluation or equivalent studies;
• Participates in survey initiatives; issues data collection tools, reviews, analyses and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares preliminary conclusions;
• Contributes to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications;
• Undertakes outreach activities; participates in the development of training workshops, seminars; participates in and makes presentations on assigned topics/activities;
• Participates in field missions, including provision of substantive and administrative support, data collection, etc.;
• Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements) and preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget.), as necessary.

Specific Functions
• Supports the coordination of the work planning, monitoring and reporting of work plans with International Financing Institutions (IFIs), in particular the World Bank, International Fund for Agriculture and Development (IFAD), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB);
• Contributes to the planning, monitoring and reporting of divisional results in support to the FAO Strategic Framework;
• Provides guidance on the implementation of FAO corporate policies and recommendations to streamline internal processes and improve operations;
• Assists in the management of investment operations (projects and programmes), assignments or initiatives led by the division in a geographical area;
• Liaises with cooperating partners on the reporting of the status of implementation of the portfolio of activities;
• Supports the budget monitoring of joint assignments with cooperating partners;
• Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in business administration or public administration, social science, political science or a related field.
• Three years of relevant experience in project or programme management, administration or related area.
• Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate – level B) of Spanish.

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

Technical/Functional Skills
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work.
• Extent and relevance of experience in the field of administration, finance, and management.
• Extent and relevance of experience in management support of programmes/projects in developing countries and namely for planning, monitoring and reporting.
• Extent and relevance of experience in results-based management and support.
• Extent of knowledge of the corporate policies, rules and procedures as well as information systems.
• Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of Spanish is considered an asset.

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