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Director, Partnerships and UN Collaboration Division (PSU)


  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome
  • Grade: Senior Executive level - D-2, Director - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

• 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 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is the Specialized Agency of the United Nations leading international efforts to defeat hunger. FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide to achieve food security for all and ensure that people have regular access to high-quality food.

To meet the Zero Hunger Challenge, political commitment and major alliances with key stakeholders are crucial. Partnerships are at the heart of FAO’s mission to help build consensus for a world without hunger. The effectiveness and credibility of the Organization as a policy-making forum and unique multilingual centre of excellence, knowledge and technical expertise depends to a considerable degree on its ability to work and develop strategic partnerships. Only through effective collaboration with governments, civil society, the private sector, academia, research centres and other stakeholders, and making use of each other’s knowledge and comparative advantages, can food security be achieved.

The Partnership and UN Collaboration Division (PSU) leads FAO's engagement in the UN Development System repositioning, develops capacities, fosters dialogues, scales up programmes and advocates for FAO's corporate positions in support of FAO's Strategic Framework 2022-31 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It ensures that multi-stakeholder processes and strategic interventions globally and locally are an integral part of FAO's work and provides targeted support for successful collaboration with partners.PSU has a critical role in driving efforts to enhance outreach, coordination and identification, strengthening and stewardship of strategic partnerships with UN agencies, non-state actors (NSAs) including private sector entities, civil society, academia and research institutions, parliamentarians, family farmers' and Indigenous Peoples' organizations.

The Division has the lead responsibility for the promotion of the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (CFS RAI) and the FAO Policy on Indigenous Peoples. It is also in charge of FAO’s e-learning programmes and access to scientific and technical data through knowledge platforms and enhanced information policies and standards, promotes and facilitates knowledge sharing on sustainable food security and nutrition among various stakeholders.

The position is located in the Partnerships and UN Collaboration Division (PSUDD) at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Reporting lines

The Director reports to a Deputy Director-General.

Summary of Duties and Functions

Under the policy guidance and the general supervision of a Deputy Director-General, the Director, PSU provides strategic, managerial and technical leadership for the work of the Division and facilitates the management of corporate activities, including\:

  • <--[endif]-->Lead the Division’s work in contributing towards the achievement of the areas of its mandate;
  • <--[endif]-->Provide strategic vision, leadership and coordination of FAO’s work related to transformative partnerships with other actors from inside the United Nations (UN) system and with private sector entities, civil society organizations, Indigenous Peoples, family farmers’ organizations, parliamentarians, academia, research institutions, among others;
  • <--[endif]-->Lead the implementation of FAO’s Strategy for Private Sector Engagement (2021-2025) in coordination with the Project Support Division and the Resource Mobilization Division especially, supporting Divisions and Offices in this area, with a view to expanding the partnership base and scaling up the Organization’s formal and informal engagements;
  • <--[endif]-->Explore new partnership modalities and collaboration approaches, and promote the identification of innovative solutions to address challenges in agrifood systems and development, especially at the country level;
  • <--[endif]-->Foster and maintain strong relationships with partners and stakeholders, ensuring effective communication, collaboration and coordination;
  • <--[endif]-->Establish robust monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to assess the effectiveness and impact of partnerships and continuously improve partnership strategies and initiatives;
  • <--[endif]-->Lead outreach, capacity building, and support efforts on the application of international guidance instruments such as the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (CFS-RAI Principles) and ensure that partners adhere to applicable responsible business practices;
  • <--[endif]-->Ensure liaison and coordination with, and provide information, guidance and support to, all units of the Organization, both at headquarters and in the Decentralized Offices (DOs) in topics related to the areas of the Division’s mandate;
  • <--[endif]-->Maintain liaison with FAO Members and provide them with relevant information and policy and technical advice, as necessary;
  • <--[endif]-->Ensure cooperation and coordination with the organizations of the UN Common System, in particular with the Rome-based agencies and other global, regional and national institutions and relevant partners and stakeholders;
  • <--[endif]-->Promote FAO’s efforts for the transformation of agrifood systems through the active engagement of stakeholders, capacity development, technical support and international dialogue;
  • <--[endif]-->Represent the Organization at high-level meetings and other events relevant to the Division’s field of competence;
  • Exercise management responsibility for the Division’s programme of work, planning, advice, quality control, and ensuring the implementation of the Division’s approved work plan in support of the FAO Strategic Framework 2022-31, as well as the cost-effective use of financial and human resources based on Results Based Management principles;
  • <--[endif]-->Maintain a motivated and effective workforce by supporting the recruitment of highly qualified staff, mentoring, coaching and supporting their career development;
  • <--[endif]-->Supervise and support the preparation of FAO publications and media material related to the areas of the Division’s mandate;
  • Perform other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

  • <-- [if supportLists]-->Advanced university degree in social sciences, international development, international relations or any other relevant area of FAO’s mandate;
  • At least fifteen years of professional experience in management of intercultural teams for results, multi-stakeholder processes, development and implementation of partnerships with a variety of partners and collaboration with the United Nations Common System;
  • <-- [if supportLists]-->Demonstrated capacity to work in partnership with relevant institutions and stakeholders including the private sector, civil society, academic and research institutions, local communities, UN agencies, member countries and resource partners;
  • <-- [if supportLists]-->Demonstrated intellectual, managerial and strategic leadership of a high order in relevant subject areas;
  • <-- [if supportLists]-->Experience with multilateral negotiations and providing advice to governments, successful resource mobilization and partnerships;
  • <-- [if supportLists]-->Management experience, interpersonal and communication skills as demonstrated in leading and working effectively with large teams of people of different national and cultural backgrounds in an international environment;
  • <-- [if supportLists]-->Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build and maintain strong relationships with a wide range of stakeholders;
  • <-- [if supportLists]-->Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate- level B) of one of the other FAO languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

Leadership Competencies

Results focus\: Takes accountability for the delivery of agreed results in service of FAO’s strategic framework - Leading, engaging and empowering others\: Coordinates, directs, facilitates and recognizes team efforts; creates an enabling environment and assists others to realize and develop their potential - Communication\: Encourages and contributes to clear and open communication - Partnering and Advocating\: Promotes ideas and develops partnerships to advance the Organization’s work - Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement\: Continually seeks to improve the knowledge, skills and work processes of oneself and others - Strategic thinking\: Excellent strategic thinking, negotiation and networking skills are required in order to make informed and coherent decisions aligned with broader goals and strategies - Cultural sensitivity and Emotional Intelligence\: experience working in multicultural and international environments and ability to manage complex and challenging situations with understanding, tact and empathy
Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for all and Integrity and Transparency.
FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment.
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,
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
• Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http\://
• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
• Incomplete applications will not be considered
• Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
• We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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Selection for this position will follow a transparent and very competitive process which may entail different steps, including submission of written test/essay, different stages of interviews (with managers and high-level panel), and a presentation on a given topic relevant to the role.


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