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Deputy FAO Representative  – Mogadishu, Somalia

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Job Description

Deputy FAO Representative 

Closure Date: 25/Sep/2020, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: FAO Representation in Somalia, FRSOM

Job Type: : Staff position

Type of Requisition: Professional Project
Grade Level: P-5

Primary Location: Somalia-Mogadiscio

Duration: Fixed-term: one year with possibility of extension

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device
The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments

• FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality
• People with disabilities are protected from any type of discrimination during any stage of employment, including the recruitment phase
• All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
• The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization


Organizational Setting

The key mission of the FAO Representation in Somalia, which is led by FAO Representative (FAOR), is to assist and support the national government to develop policies, strategies and programmes aimed at accelerating the implementation and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the area of FAO’s global mandate and Strategic Objectives. More specifically, FAO’s response aims to address national needs and priorities in achieving food security, reducing hunger and malnutrition, developing agricultural, fishery and forestry sectors, and ensuring the sustainable use of environmental and natural resources and respond to recurrent emergencies.
The current portfolio of activities of the FAO Representation in Somalia includes a wide scope of technical support interventions ranging from policy support through livestock and crop production, to natural resource management, nutrition, value chain, food security analysis and water and land information management. FAO is also implementing several emergency, resilience-building and development interventions, with the support of its five field offices and in partnership with the Federal and State line ministries.
Reporting Lines
The Deputy FAOR reports to the FAO Representative with the functional guidance from the Senior Field Programme Officer and the Programme Officer (FAOR Network) in the Regional Office. He/she collaborates with the relevant technical units and at headquarters, the relevant Government Institutions, UN Agencies and other development partners.
Technical Focus
Planning, organizing, coordinating and reporting to the FAO Representative on programme development, implementation and monitoring, resources mobilization as well as office management in line with FAO rules, regulations and procedures.
Key Results
Leadership and technical expertise in coordinating the planning, implementation of the programme (CPF) and reporting focusing on key results in line with the Results matrix of the CPF.
Key Functions
• Represents FAO and liaises with senior government officials, UN agencies, humanitarian and development partners and beneficiaries on country programme implementation and delivery;
• Coordinates the identification of policy implications and monitors relevant policy environment issues for the implementation of FAO’s agricultural disaster-preparedness, response, transition and development strategies;
• Promotes effective integration of developmental and emergency-relief and rehabilitation programmes into a comprehensive country programme;
• Facilitates and supports the development of (i) the FAO Country Programming Framework (CPF) and (ii) FAO’s contributions to The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) as well as (iii) the FAO country field programme from design through delivery, ensuring their alignment with the country’s development priorities, FAO’s Strategic Framework and with the technical assistance programming of the UN system and of other development partners and recipients;
• Provides leadership in developing and introducing risk reduction policies and practices in agriculture, forestry and fisheries in disaster-prone countries;
• Coordinates timely needs assessments for effective livelihood responses to food security crises in the case of natural or human-induced disasters, including participation in food security cluster;
• Develops and promotes resource mobilization strategy for the country and contributes to fund mobilization efforts through liaison with the donor community in the country;
• Coordinates the preparation of briefs and comprehensive reports on FAO priorities and field programme in the country and ensures the timely dissemination of information to the Government, donor community, UN agencies and NGOs;
• Facilitates the effective collection and dissemination of information, in the framework of the knowledge management activities of the Organization and contributes to the development and delivery of effective communication, advocacy and partnership strategies;
• Leads and/or manages the country office’s human and financial resources, including the implementation of field security and safety policies for staff;
• Performs other duties, as required.
Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in an area related to the activities of the Organization, e.g. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishery, Rural development, etc.;
• Ten years of relevant experience in planning, formulating, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of field programmes;
• Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge 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
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is essential;
• Extent and relevance of experience in developing and managing country field programmes from design to delivery (programme/project identification, formulation, analysis, planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation);
• Extent and relevance of experience in the coordination and/or management of technical cooperation projects and programmes, including emergency, recovery and rehabilitation related programmes;
• Demonstrated experience in resource mobilization;
• Extent and relevance of experience in negotiating and cooperating with national governments, inter-governmental organizations and other institutions and in designing collaborative networks and joint programmes;
• Working knowledge of other FAO languages is considered a strong asset.


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, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.
A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link: http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/salaries_allowances/salary.htm
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;
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided on your online profile;
• Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list;
• 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;
• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered;
• We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.
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