Deputy Head of Field Office, South Sudan

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

Country: South Sudan

City: Juba

Office: FAO Representation in South Sudan

Closing date: Tuesday, 9 February 2021


Deputy Head of Field Office

Job Posting: 26/Jan/2021

Closure Date: 09/Feb/2021, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FRSSD

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : NPP (National Project Personnel)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: South Sudan

Duration : 6 months with possible extension

Post Number : N/A

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FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions. Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply. People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

Organizational Setting

The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO representatives, is to assistant governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner to ensure zero hunger in the country. FAO provides support in three priority areas: sustainable increase in production and productivity, agriculture-based economic growth, and increased resilience of livelihoods to threats and crisis.

The current portfolio of projects in South Sudan includes activities related to agriculture (crop), livestock, Fisheries, Natural Resource management, food information systems is implemented with humanitarian, transitional and development funding. The incumbent will contribute to the country’s programme and portfolio as foreseen in the project he/she will coordinate and be assigned .

Reporting Lines

The Deputy Head of Field Office will work under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative for South Sudan, the direct supervision of the Head of Field Office.

Technical Focus

In the absence of the Head of Field Office, represent FAO in meetings, conferences and seminars to be held in the state;
Assist in coordination of technical support of FAOSS to projects being implemented in the state, as determined by need, including monitoring and evaluation efforts;
Tasks and responsibilities

Consolidate area based annual work plan for the field office covering all project activities

Ensure synergy and complementarity in implementation of the programs/projects for increased impact;
Coordinate direct implementation of project activity by the FAO Field Office

Provide programmatic support to NGO partners to enhance activity delivery and complies with both FAO’s rules/regulations and the donor standards as defined in the respective project documents;
Monitor field activity delivery with reference to the area based annual work plan and letters of agreement with NGO partners (timeliness, achievement of project objectives and impact);
Conduct emergency needs assessments in response to any humanitarian crises in the state;
Contribute to the development of concept notes and proposals, in support of resources mobilization efforts;
Prepare and update field office program reports and other documentation related to project operations;
Identify training needs and capacity building activities and arrange for necessary support;
Prepare monthly activity implementation reports;
Perform other related duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

Bachelor Degree in Animal Health& Production, Rural development, Agricultural Sciences/economics, Business Administration and Social sciences.

Working knowledge of English, limited knowledge of Arabic will be an added advantage

South Sudan National.

FAO Core Competencies

Results focus

Tags agricultural sciences animal health continuous improvement development projects economic growth fisheries food security information systems knowledge sharing livestock monitoring and evaluation natural resource management natural resources needs assessment operational activities participatory project formulation project personnel resources mobilization rural development social sciences



Building effective relationships

Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Systematic, well-structured and efficient approach to work assignments. Analytical ability, accuracy and consistency. Exercise diligence and care in dealing with records and expenditures;
Ability to effectively use standard office software, such as MS Office (Access, Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint) ;
Working knowledge (level C) of English and working knowledge of the local language(s) is required.

Good knowledge of the UN system, procedures and operational activities would be an advantage.

Ability to operate effectively in a team, contributing positively to team operations and working relationships

Understand and adhere to FAO goals and principle and the FAO South Sudan strategy and objectives.

Proven experience in emergencies and development initiatives in the Horn of Africa preferably in South Sudan.

Demonstrated field experience in the implementation of Humanitarian and development projects

Experience in project formulation, planning, operation, and budget management

Demonstrated experience in dealing with senior government officials, development partners and NGOs

Experience in community based development and participatory approaches and in particular with grassroots associations and farmers groups


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Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted

Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications

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