Social Policy Officer (Social Protection), 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


Social Policy Officer (Social Protection)

Job Posting: 08/Mar/2021

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

Organizational Unit : ESP

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : Professional

Grade Level : P-4

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : Fixed term: 1 year with possibility of extension

Post Number : 2005368

CCOG Code : 1L

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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 Inclusive Rural Transformation and Gender Equity Division (ESP) coordinates FAO’s work on social protection, gender equality, decent rural employment, rural institutions and people’s empowerment, and the right to food. It is responsible for working with member countries and other partners to reduce rural poverty through strengthening social protection systems, diversifying rural employment opportunities, reducing gender gaps and other social inequalities in agriculture, strengthening producers‘ organizations, improving the rural poor’s access to productive resources and rural services, and achieving the overall goal of realizing the human right to adequate food for all. The post is located in the Social Protection Team (SOCPRO) in the ESP Division at FAO headquarters.

Reporting Lines

The Social Policy Officer (Social Protection reports to the Senior Social Policy Officer (Social Protection), ESP.

Technical Focus

Conceptualize and develop strategies, guiding principles and policy tools aligning social protection with core areas of FAO’s mandate, including food security and nutrition, natural resource management, rural development and resilience, as well as further position FAO in the global social protection agenda. The implications of social protection for rural poverty reduction, gender equality and rural women’s economic empowerment, as well as links between social protection and climate change policies, food systems, fragility, disaster risk reduction including preparedness and anticipatory action, will be special areas of focus. In the technical areas mentioned, coordinate and provide strategic guidance, policy and programmatic support and capacity.

Key Results

Comprehensive technical, statistical, analytical and/or policy analysis services and the development of specialized tools, methodologies, systems and/or databases to support the planning, implementation/delivery and monitoring of the programme of work and related products, projects, publications, and services.

Key Functions

Plans and leads components of multi-disciplinary teams and short term work groups, leads and/or participates on Divisional teams, participates on Organization-wide committees, project teams, and working groups and provides specialized expertise on international technical networks and or technical policy and standard setting bodies.

Supports the integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment in FAO’s work, including the disaggregation of data by sex and age where appropriate, in accordance with FAO Policy on Gender Equality.

Develops technical, statistical, analytical, monitoring and reporting frameworks, and related tools, methodologies, systems and databases etc. to support the planning, implementation/delivery and monitoring of the programmes of work, products, projects, and services.

Designs and conducts research, data collection, validation, analysis and/or reporting activities, from a gender perspective, to support the development of technical standards, international instruments, innovative cross-sector approaches, new tools, technologies, technical reports/publications, and/or policy proposals as well as the provision of technical/policy/ specialist/advice and expertise

Responds to requests and provides technical/policy advice, assistance and solutions to Regional, Sub-Regional, and Country Offices and provides technical backstopping to field projects.

Promotes international cooperation and collaboration, advocates best practices and increased policy dialogue and provides technical expertise at international meetings and conferences.

Collaborates in capacity development activities involving knowledge sharing, the organization of training workshops, seminars, and meetings as well as the development of related materials and on-line tools and information kits.

Participates in resource mobilization activities in accordance with Corporate strategy and Divisional plans.

Specific Functions

Provides strategic and guidance on FAO’s approach to social protection, enhancing its positioning internally and externally;
Establishes and/or strengthens strategic internal and external partnerships to enhance FAO’s work (capacity development, evidence generation, policy support) on social protection, including joint work with other divisions and key partners (including ILO, WFP, IFAD, UNICEF and the World Bank);
Provides quality assurance and oversight across the SOCPRO policy, programming and analytical activities, including the review and production of technical reports and inputs for technical documents, databases and divisional products in connection with FAO’s core work on social protection;
Undertakes supervisory role with colleagues, making sure that the quality of their work is up to standard and they find space and opportunities for career development;
Designs and oversees the implementation of analyses on effective social protection interventions that foster food security, nutrition, and inclusive agricultural and rural development, paying due attention to impacts in terms of poverty reduction, gender equality, rural women’s economic empowerment, resilience and environmental sustainability;
Leads and coordinates programmes, projects and other activities of the Social Protection Team that provide policy support to Member Countries in the mentioned areas of work by providing technical, statistical, and/or analytical services on various studies, projects, and/or assessments and provides technical backstopping to field projects;
Liaises with Regional and Sub-Regional Offices to ensure the necessary social protection capacity in decentralized offices. CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree in agricultural economics, development economics, development studies or closely related fields.

Seven years of relevant experience in technical cooperation related activities, policy formulation, advice and analysis relating to social protection, food and nutrition security, sustainable agriculture (FNSSA) and rural development, institutional capacity development.

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


Results Focus



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Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

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

Relevance and extent of experience in in technical cooperation‘ s related activities, policy advice and analysis relating to food and nutrition security, agriculture and rural development, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes.

Relevance and extent of experience in working with inter-governmental bodies and multi-disciplinary teams.

Demonstrated ability to mobilize resources.

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

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elements of family-friendly policies

flexible working arrangements

standards of conduct.


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