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Senior Project Coordinator (Right to Food)


  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome
  • Grade: Senior level - P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Nutrition
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2023-09-25

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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
• 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
In pursuit of these aspirations, the Inclusive Rural Transformation and Gender Equality Division (ESP) coordinates Programme Priority Areas on gender equality and rural women's empowerment and on inclusive rural transformation. The Division works with Members and other partners to reduce rural poverty by promoting gender equality and women's empowerment, diversifying rural employment opportunities, strengthening rural institutions and producer organizations, improving social protection systems, facilitating the rural poor's access to land, productive resources and rural services, and pursuing the overall goal of realizing the human right to adequate food for all. The Division also leads efforts to integrate the cross-cutting themes of gender and youth throughout the work programmes of the Organization.

The position is located in the Inclusive Rural Transformation and Gender Equality Division (ESP) at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Reporting Lines
The Senior Project Officer (Right to Food) reports to the Director of ESP.

Technical Focus
Right to adequate food and Human Rights Based Approaches to Development.

Key Results
Leadership and technical expertise for the planning, development and implementation of projects, related products and services.

Key Functions
• Leads the development, implementation and evaluation on technical issues of assigned programmes/projects; directs review of relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities, liaises with relevant parties; identifies and initiates follow-up actions.
• Coordinates programmes and reviews the assessments of issues and trends for the implementation of programmes and projects and the preparation of impact evaluation or equivalent studies.
• Supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications.
• Directs substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations.
• Manages outreach activities; designs and conducts training workshops, seminars, makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
• Leads field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties.
• Provides advice to develop policies and strategies as well as national protocols and guide lines for projects with specific domains related to FAO's work.

Specific Functions
• Leads and manages the Right to Food Team, including managing staff performance, professional development of the Team and overseeing work planning, budgeting and reporting; and creating an enabling environment for staff engaged with human rights and gender equality.
• Provides strategic direction and intellectual leadership to FAO's policy analysis and technical work on right to adequate food, which aims to support governments and other stakeholders to integrate the right to adequate food' and a Human rights-based approach (HRBA) in agricultural, food security and nutrition, and rural development policies, programmes and strategies.
• Provides guidance, technical support and capacity development support to governments to incorporate the right to adequate food and HRBA into the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes for agriculture, rural development, food security and nutrition, and poverty reduction.
• Represents FAO externally and leads the development of strategic partnerships to position FAO vis-à-vis the international development community and demonstrates its leadership and technical expertise integrating the right to adequate food in agrifood systems.
• Leads knowledge generation and development of high quality peer-reviewed research and technical publications on right to adequate food in agriculture, rural development, food security and nutrition, and poverty reduction.
• Leads coordination and cooperation with other UN entities and international organizations, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), research organizations and universities.
• Liaises with the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Secretariat and stakeholders presented in the CFS to support policy processes relevant to the right to food and to the incorporation of HRBA in food systems and policies to eradicate hunger, malnutrition and rural poverty.
• Supports and promotes, in coordination with the relevant units, the engagement with parliamentarians to advance the legislative, budgetary and oversight parliamentary work to protect and fulfil the right to adequate food.
• Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in political sciences, economics, agricultural economics, social sciences, or other relevant food and agricultural sciences.
• Ten years of relevant experience in socio-economic analysis, policy analysis and support, and capacity development to integrate right to adequate food and/or Human Rights dimensions into policy and programme formulation and implementation, in the context of agriculture, rural development, food security and nutrition, and poverty reduction.
• Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of English and Spanish.

• 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, is essential.
• Extent and relevance of experience in analysing and integrating right to adequate food and HRBA into policy and programme formulation, implementation and assessment, particularly in the areas of agriculture, rural development, food security and nutrition, and poverty reduction.
• Extent and relevance of analytical and professional experience related to policy assistance and inclusive policy dialogue facilitation, including knowledge of policy-related capacity development approaches and policy support tools incorporating a HRBA.
• Extent and relevance of analytical and professional experience related to policy engagement with different stakeholders such as Consumer Organizations, Private Sector, Farmers Parliamentarians to promote the right to adequate food and inclusive food systems governance.
• Given the strong partnership and long working relationship with e.g. Right to Food Observatory for Latin America and the Caribbean, (ODA-ALC), Spanish Observatory on the Right to Food, (ODA-E) and the Parliamentary Front Against Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean (PFH-LAC), knowledge of the Latin American region is highly desirable.
• Demonstrated ability to mobilize resources.

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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• Extension of fixed term appointments is based on certification of performance and availability of funds
• Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link\: http\://
Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include\:
• Dependency allowances
• Rental subsidy
• Education grant for children
• Home leave travel
• 30 working days of annual leave per year
• Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
• International health insurance; optional life insurance
• Disability protection
FAO encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes\:
• elements of family-friendly policies
• flexible working arrangements
• standards of conduct
• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications and language skills;
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile;
• Once your profile is completed, please apply and submit your application;
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