Programme Officer, Rome, Italy

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

Country: Italy

City: Rome, Italy

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Friday, 2 April 2021


Programme Officer

Job Posting: 12/Mar/2021

Closure Date: 02/Apr/2021, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : PST

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : Professional

Grade Level : P-2

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : Fixed term: 2 years with possibility of extension

Post Number : 2004196

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 South-South and Triangular Cooperation Division (PST) was established to coordinate and implement FAO’s renewed South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) strategy following the Outcomes of the Second High-Level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. PST aims to be a hub for knowledge generation and exchange to promote the uptake of sustainable agricultural practices, technologies, and innovations to address challenges in agriculture and rural development facing developing countries. The work of PST will focus on a number of key areas 1) Fostering an enabling environment for effective SSTC in the agriculture sector, 2) Knowledge Generation and Documentation, 3) Promoting partnerships and collaborations with knowledge networks and platforms, 4) Facilitating the exchange of development solutions in support of the implementation of SDGs. The post is located in the South-South and Triangular Cooperation Division (PST), Rome, Italy.

Reporting Lines

The Programme Officer reports to the Director of the South-South and Triangular Cooperation (PST) Division.

Technical Focus

Contributes to FAO’s work on South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) through resource mobilization and financing for SSTC, strategic partnership development, project cycle and operational support for SSTC programme management, strategic communication and outreach, including internal, external donors, media relations, high-level events, international campaigns and partners.

Key Results

Develop, implement, monitor and evaluate assigned programme/projects.

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.), as necessary.

Specific Functions

Supports the coordination of activities related to resource mobilization and programme, along with related documents, in line with FAO Corporate priorities;
Collaborates with and supports FAO’s Offices, Centers, Divisions and Decentralized Offices in the development, implementation and monitoring of PST’s partnerships, projects and activities;
Networks with potential strategic partners to explore SSTC partnerships and financing opportunities, supports negotiations of funding agreements and project proposals;
Supports the development of outreach and advocacy plans focusing on SSTC in coordination with other FAO divisions and Decentralized Offices, to enhance FAO’s brand and activities amongst the Organization’s external audiences;
Contributes to the development and implementation of integrated communication activities for key PST meetings and events taking into account both FAO’s Corporate communication policy;
Supports the implementation of corporate advocacy activities, special events and exhibits for outreach and promotional purposes, including yearly events;
Identifies key messages, stories, events and other opportunities which promote the work and achievements of PST, in line with FAO’s Strategic Framework;
Performs other related duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree in business administration or public administration, social science, political science or a related field;
Three years of relevant experience in project or programme management, outreach, administration 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

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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

Extent and relevance of experience in resource mobilization for SSTC, strategic partnerships development, and implementation, including with donors, media, FAO member nations, private sector, civil society;
Extent and relevance of experience in supporting outreach activities for UN organizations and/or initiatives, including events and exhibitions, particularly in SSTC at the international level;
Extent and relevance of experience in the development of outreach and advocacy plans focusing on SSTC, as well as the production of content for external audiences and for awareness raising platforms is an asset;
Extent and relevance of experience in SSTC project design and programming for challenges in food and agriculture is an asset;
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;
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