www.fao.org Careers: Assistant FAO Representative

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20 Sep, 2011

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Location: Accra, Ghana
Grade: NO B
Organizational Unit: FAO Representation (FRGHA)
Duration: 1 year (Renewable)
Post Number: 0916811
CCOG Code: 1A11

Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the FAO Representative (FAOR), but with considerable independence and initiative, the Assistant FAO Representative (Programme) is responsible for the co-ordination of the technical and operational support of the programme and project activities of the FAO Representation in the areas of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, nutrition and rural development. Specifically, the incumbent will:

  • Liaise and co-operate with government authorities and local, national and international institutions in the areas of FAO’s activities in the country and in  liaise with other UN agencies. He/she may represent FAO at inter-agency meetings as required
  • Promote the image of FAO through advocacy of the Organization’s mandate, programmes, national priorities and activities including development and maintenance of communication tools (e.g. website, press releases and publications) and support the implementation of FAO’s regulatory frameworks (Codex Alimentarius, Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, Safe Use of Pesticides, etc) in the country;
  • Co-ordinate the collection consolidation and maintenance of country data on food, crops, live-stock, forestry and fisheries including information on external aid in FAO’s corporate systems and monitor changes in national policies affecting the agricultural sector;
  • Participate in producing technical, economic and policy studies as required and developing country level development frameworks such as the Country Programming Framework (CPF) and the United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAF)
  • Participate in the identification, formulation and preparation of programme and project  proposals and monitor and review the status of programme/project implementation to ensure that all operational activities are carried out in line with the work plan and the project document; identify inconsistencies and delays and, when necessary, propose corrective measures to overcome operational constraints;
  • Act as Officer-in-Charge for the day-to-day running of the FAO Representation during the absence of the FAOR, if required;
  • Perform any other duties as required


Required Skills or Experience

Applications are normally not considered from candidates who do not possess ALL of the Essential Qualifications:

  • University degree in agriculture, agricultural economics, forestry, fisheries, or any other field related to the work of the Organization
  • Minimum of five years of professional experience in agricultural development and/or project implementation in an area of FAO’s activities in the country
  • Working knowledge (level C) of the FAO official language used for communication within the country (English, French or Spanish) and working knowledge of the most widely used local language

Selection Criteria:

  • Level and relevance of experience in programme/project development and management
  • Demonstrated understanding of the purpose and functions of the technical programme, operational guidelines and project/programme management procedures, possibly of those adopted by the United Nations or FAO
  • Proven capacity to approach work assignments in systematic and efficient manner with judgment and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrated ability to use standard office software, such as MS Office (Windows, Word, Outlook, Excel, Power Point, and Internet) and project management software and other information systems/databases


How To Apply

Applications: Should be submitted to the:

Snr. Administrative Officer
Administrative Support Unit
FAO, Regional Office for Africa
P. O. Box 1628
Staff members: Complete form ADM75
Other entitled candidates: Complete FAO Personal History Form available on www.fao.org (type”vacancies” and CLICK search then current vacancies to select the Personal History Form)
Closing 30 Sept, 2011

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