Emergency Operations Specialist, Various Locations

Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Country: Italy

City: Rome, Italy

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Thursday, 29 October 2020


Emergency Operations Specialist

Job Posting: 01/Oct/2020

Closure Date: 29/Oct/2020, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : PSE

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Various Locations-Various Locations

Duration : Various

Post Number : N/A

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FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply

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

*The scope of this Call of Expressions of Interest is to build an Organizational Roster as well as to consider qualified applicants for the Emergency Response Roster for ready deployment in case of large scale emergencies.

Organizational Setting

The Emergency and Resilience Division (PSE) is responsible for ensuring FAO’s efforts to support countries and partners in preparing for and effectively responding to food and agricultural threats and crises. It is responsible for coordinating the development and maintenance of corporate tools and standards to enable Decentralized Offices to assist member countries to prepare for, and respond to emergencies. PSE ensures humanitarian policy coordination and knowledge, liaison with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee as well as with humanitarian resource partners, co-leadership with World Food Programme of the global Food Security Cluster, organizational preparedness, surge capacity and response to large-scale emergencies. PSE supports food and nutrition security assessment and early warning activities related to emergency and humanitarian analysis and responses. PSE plays a major role in the development and leadership of the Organization’s programme to increase the resilience of livelihoods to food and agriculture threats and crises.

Reporting Lines

The Consultant reports to the Emergency and Resilience Officer.

Technical Focus

Support the implementation of FAO’s resilience agenda at a global, regional, sub regional and/or country level.

Tasks and responsibilities

Handle day-to-day operational aspects of emergency response projects and programmes in accordance with the project management cycle from initiation phase to operational and financial closure;
Organize the travel and arrival of all deployed/mission personnel;
Participate in needs and disaster assessments, including interagency assessments and processes;
Research and analyze technical, food and nutrition security assessments, emergency response, policy related and/or funding/project related data and information to support the delivery of programme projects, products and services;
Participate in the design of emergency/rehabilitation projects and programmes, including the preparation and presentation of project proposals and fully-fledged project documents.

Ensure technical clearance is obtained from the relevant technical unit for all project proposals, project documents and technical specifications;
Provide operational support to the implementation emergency projects and programmes, including budgetary management and monitoring expenditures;
Produce various proposals, programme/project documents, briefs, financial/donor reports and final statements, etc.;
Liaise with other government, UN, cluster/sector, NGO and donor partners at the appropriate level to ensure the best preparation and implementation of emergency activities;
Prepare and participate in meetings and international fora related to humanitarian relief matters;
Formulate correspondence with recipient governments and donors;
Provide operational support and promotes capacity development at the country-level;
Monitor and provide support to resource mobilization activities;
Report against the country programme dashboard;
Tags capacity development continuous improvement food and nutrition food security information systems knowledge sharing nutrition security project management resource mobilization transparency

Maintain and update information systems and databases, as applicable;
Undertake travel to ensure adequate operational support is provided to the implementation of emergency projects and programmes;
Perform other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

Advanced University degree (Master’s or equivalent) in a discipline relevant to the mandate of the Organization;
At least 1 year (Category C), 5 years (Category B) or 12 years (Category A) in humanitarian and agricultural/rural development sectors including work experience with national and international NGO’s, UN agencies, governments and donors;
Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of any other official language of the Organization (Arabic, Chinese French, Spanish and Russian).

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Work experience in more than one location or area of work

Excellent organizational skills;
Good communication skills, including in emergency settings;
Demonstrated ability to analyze problems, make appropriate recommendations, effective decisions, including in emergency settings;
Strong foundation in programme formulation, planning, implementation, management and evaluation;
Working knowledge of French (level C) is an asset.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)

Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list If you are in possession of language certificate/s from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT), please attach the certificate/s when submitting the application.

For more information, visit the FAO employment website


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We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline

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