Senior Economist, Rome, Italy

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

Country: Italy

City: Rome, Italy

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Monday, 29 March 2021


Senior Economist

Job Posting: 08/Mar/2021

Closure Date: 29/Mar/2021, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : EST

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : Professional

Grade Level : P-5

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

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

Post Number : 0089087

CCOG Code : 1L09

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

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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 Markets and Trade Division (EST) monitors and analyses trends in international, regional and national agricultural commodity markets, collecting and disseminating comprehensive market and policy information concerning the major traded commodities and those important to food security. It also undertakes forward-looking outlook studies, covering both the short- and medium-term. The Division analyses issues that affect global food and agricultural trade, including policy analysis of trade measures and agreements, and provides technical support and capacity development to the Members in all these areas. Through its Global Information and Early Warning Service, the Division is also responsible for FAO’s early warnings on food shortfalls and food security problems. The Division houses the secretariats of the Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP), nine commodity Intergovernmental Groups (IGGs), and the G20 Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS).

The position is located in the Markets and Trade Division (EST)

Reporting Lines

The Senior Economist reports to the Division Director.

Technical Focus

Committee on Commodity Problems, agricultural commodity markets, international and regional trade, strategic thinking and programmatic matters.

Key Results

Leadership and conceptual thinking for the development and implementation of comprehensive technical, statistical and/or analytical frameworks to support the programme of work and related products, projects and services in accordance with the FAO Strategic Framework

Key Functions

Plans, manages, or leads highly specialized or multi-disciplinary teams, leads, coordinates, and/or participates on Organization-wide, cross-Divisional committees, project teams, and working groups, and/or provides technical leadership/secretariat services on technical networks and/or international technical policy and standard setting bodies.

Analyses global and country specific requirements as well as agricultural, economic, social, environmental factors to provide critical input into the FAO Strategic Framework, Programme of Work as well as Detailed Work Plans and the supporting budgets and/or resourcing strategies.

Implements and monitors work programmes involving the conception and development of comprehensive statistical and/or analytical frameworks including early warning, medium and long term plans and strategies, leading edge tools, methods, systems and databases, critical indicators, and/or policy models, etc.

Oversees and reviews data collection, validation, analysis and reporting activities to support the development of technical standards, international instruments, innovation, FAO flagship publications/yearbooks, and/or on-going programme development as well as technical and/or policy advisory services.

Provides technical and policy advice to Member Countries and technical support to decentralized offices in the development and implementation of their programmes of work.

Plans, organizes and participates in capacity development activities involving the provision of advice, technical assistance projects, training workshops, seminars, and meetings as well as oversees the development of related materials, on-line tools and information kits.

Represents the Organization at international/inter-governmental meetings and conferences, advocates strategic partnerships, best practices, and increased policy dialogue and develops and negotiates effective working relationships/consensus and agreements with international and national partners.

Leads and/or participates in resource mobilization activities in accordance with the Corporate strategy.

Specific Functions

Coordinates the work of the Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP), including the preparation and organization of sessions, servicing the Committee’s Bureau, and planning and organizing inter-sessional activities;
Leads and contributes to the preparation of studies, reports, briefs, statements and other technical products on agricultural trade, commodity markets and related policy matters;
Provides technical and policy advice to Members and technical support to FAO Decentralized Offices in the development and implementation of programmes in areas under the competence of the Division;
Promotes and coordinates inter-division and inter-stream collaborative activities and workflows, and maintains close work relations with other FAO units and Decentralized Offices;
Develops, coordinates and implements partnerships with external partners to reinforce the work programme and deliverables of the Division;
Identifies emerging areas of work for the Division and develops or oversees the development of concept notes and workplans;

Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree in economics, agricultural economics or a related field.

Ten years of relevant experience in trade policy support, in the design and implementation of trade-related programmes, and in economic analysis of agricultural trade and commodity markets, including at managerial level.

Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish.


Results Focus

Leading, Engaging and Empowering Others


Partnering and Advocating

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Strategic Thinking

Technical/Functional Skills

Tags advisory services agricultural economics agricultural trade capacity development commodities commodity markets continuous improvement data collection economic analysis economist financial resources food security international instruments knowledge sharing resource mobilization standards of conduct trade agreements trade policy transparency

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

Demonstrated experience in supporting countries in the design of trade policies, the formulation and implementation of agricultural trade agreements, and the provision of capacity development and training in these areas.

Extent and relevance of knowledge and experience in the analysis of agricultural trade policies and global commodity markets, and in preparing studies, technical reports and policy briefs.

Extent and relevance of experience in organizing and running international meetings, conferences, workshops and training courses.

Demonstrated experience in working with countries and various stakeholders, and demonstrated diplomacy in dealing with country delegates;
Proven experience in the formulation and implementation of technical assistance programmes at country and regional level and in collaboration with national, regional and international institutions.

Extent and relevance of experience in the formulation of strategic frameworks, the implementation and management of work programmes, and the management of human and financial resources.

Ability to develop project proposals and mobilize financial resources.

Extend and relevance of experience in developing collaboration and partnerships with various partners for the development and implementation of joint programmes and the preparation of joint studies and reports.

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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