Programme Officer, Rome, Italy

Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Country: Italy

City: Rome, Italy

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Thursday, 28 January 2021


Programme Officer

Job Posting: 07/Jan/2021

Closure Date: 28/Jan/2021, 4:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Service (CFIA)

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : Professional

Grade Level : P-2

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : Fixed-term: 2 years with the possibility of extension

Post Number : 2008268

CCOG Code : 1A02

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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, nationality, background and culture

Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member nations and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply for this position

FAO does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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 Investment Centre Division (CFI) promotes investment in food security, agriculture, rural development, natural resource management and agro-processing in developing countries and countries in transition, assisting governments and country stakeholders, main development partners, in particular international financing institutions with the strategic planning and implementation of their investments to achieve food security and nutrition, make agriculture, forestry and fisheries more sustainable and productive, reduce rural poverty, make food value chains more efficient and inclusive and promote climate change adaptation and/or mitigation.

CFI is a multidisciplinary division composed of four regionally focused services, namely Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Service, Asia and the Pacific Service, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean Service, and Near East, North Africa, and West Africa Service.

The post is located in CFIA.

Reporting Lines

The Programme Officer reports to the Chief, Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Service.

Technical Focus

Provision of administrative assistance and support to the work planning, monitoring and reporting of investment operations (projects and programmes) in the areas of food security, agriculture, rural development, natural resource management and agro-processing, developed in collaboration with cooperating partners, and in accordance with the FAO Strategic Framework.

Key Results

Develop, monitor and report on divisional programmes/projects in the assigned regional area.

Key Functions

Carries out basic research on selected aspects of programmes, operations and other activities; collects, analyses and presents statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources;
Provides substantive support for policy coordination and evaluation functions, including the review and analysis of emerging development issues and trends, participation in impact evaluation or equivalent studies;
Participates in survey initiatives; issues data collection tools, reviews, analyses and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares preliminary conclusions;
Contributes to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications;
Undertakes outreach activities; participates in the development of training workshops, seminars; participates in and makes presentations on assigned topics/activities;
Participates in field missions, including provision of substantive and administrative support, data collection, etc.;
Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements) and preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget.).

Specific Functions

Supports the coordination of the work planning, monitoring and reporting of work plans with International Financing Institutions (IFIs), in particular the World Bank, International Fund for Agriculture and Development (IFAD), and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD);
Contributes to the planning, monitoring and reporting of divisional results in support to FAO Strategic Framework;
Provides guidance on the implementation of FAO corporate policies and recommendations to streamline internal processes and improve operations

Assists in the management of investment operations (projects and programmes), assignments or initiatives led by the division in a geographical area

Liaises with cooperating partners on the reporting of the status of implementation of the portfolio of activities


Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree in business administration or public administration, social science, political science, international relations or a related field

Three years of relevant experience in project or programme management, administration at national and international level or related area

Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish)


Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

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Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable

Extent and relevance of experience in the field of administration, finance, programme management

Extent and relevance of experience in management support of programmes/projects in developing countries and namely for planning, monitoring and reporting

Extent and relevance of experience in results-based management and support

Extent of knowledge of the procedures of FAO’s main development partners, in particular the World Bank, the International Fund for Agriculture and Development (IFAD), and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Understanding of FAO policies and programmes is considered a strong asset

FAO staff are expected to adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


Extension of fixed term appointments is based on certification of performance and availability of funds

FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment.


A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link: 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.


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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;
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