Partnerships Officer (Food Coalition), Rome, Italy

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

Country: Italy

City: Rome, Italy

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Tuesday, 11 May 2021


Partnerships Officer (Food Coalition)

Job Posting: 20/Apr/2021

Closure Date: 11/May/2021, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : Partnerships and UN Collaboration Division, PSU

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : Professional Project

Grade Level : P-3

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : Fixed-term: one year with possibility of extension

Post Number : TBD

CCOG Code : 1A10

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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.

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The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization.

Organizational Setting The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is the specialized Agency of the United Nations (UN) leading international efforts to defeat hunger. The Partnerships and UN Collaboration Division (PSU) is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the identification, strengthening and stewardship of strategic partnerships with non-state actors and UN entities, including with the other Rome-based agencies, parliamentarians, civil society, academia and research institutions, family farmers‘ and indigenous peoples‘ organizations in support of FAO’s objectives and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). PSU has the lead responsibility for the implementation of the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (CFS-RAI), the UN Decade of Family Farming (2019-2028), the FAO Policy on Indigenous People and the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact. PSU supports the Food Coalition. The position is in direct support of the Food Coalition proposed by the Government of Italy and led by FAO. Specifically, under project GCP/GLO/410/MUL, the position will support the facilitation of a multistakeholder global alliance and a network of networks for a unified global action in response to COVID-19.

Reporting Lines The Partnerships Officer reports to the Director, PSU, with guidance from the Deputy Director-General, Partnerships and Outreach Stream.

Technical Focus

Contribute to the development and strengthening of partnerships, alliances and networks in support of the Food Coalition.

Key Results Support the development of partnerships in headquarters (HQ) and Decentralized Offices (DOs) in support of the strategic objectives of the Organization.

Key Functions

Identifies, assesses and develops, with the appropriate technical divisions, possible collaborations and partnerships with private sector entities for the fulfilment of the Strategic Objectives, both at HQ and decentralized levels;
Provides guidance and support to staff at HQ and in DOs on the use of corporate requirements related to partnerships with the private sector;
Elaborates an annual work plan with the priorities and main activities of private sector entities, which will be aligned with FAO’s Strategic Objectives and programmes;
Coordinates and monitors all operations and activities related to the Multi-Donor Trust Fund in support of mobilization of resources from the private sector;
Establishes links with different FAO entities and governing bodies, including the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and other relevant regional and national fora on policy discussions to strengthen partnerships with private sector entities;
Identifies and develops fundraising proposals in collaboration with key stakeholders both at HQ and DOs in support of FAO’s strategic objectives and country programming frameworks;
Develops tools for capacity building among staff in HQ and DOs to strengthen FAO’s capacity of partnering with the private sector;
Contributes to the elaboration and execution of the Monitoring and Evaluation system of FAO’s partnerships;
Participates in multidisciplinary teams, and/or leads working groups/teams collaborates with other departments and agencies on work groups and committees and promotes best practices.

Specific Functions

Identifies, assesses and develops, with the appropriate technical divisions, possible collaborations and partnerships in support of the Food Coalition;
Supports the definition of annual work plans with the priorities and main activities for the Food Coalition aligned with FAO’s overall Covid-19 response, including post-pandemic;
Supports, coordinates and monitors all operations and activities related to the Multi-Donor Trust Fund (GCP/GLO/410/MUL) and associated projects in support of mobilization of resources for the Food Coalition;
Contributes to the elaboration and execution of a Roster of Experts/Calls for Experts and develops fundraising proposals in collaboration with key stakeholders both at HQ and DOs for the Food Coalition;
Contributes to the organization and delivery of Food Coalition dialogue and knowledge exchange events at global, regional and national levels;
Ensures linkages between the Food Coalition and the FAO-Nobel Alliance for Food Security and Peace;
Supports the monitoring and evaluation of the Food Coalition portfolio and periodic reporting, both internally and for Members;
Participates in multidisciplinary teams and collaborates with other divisions and agencies on work related to the Food Coalition and FAO’s overall Covid-19 response;
Supports the link between the Food Coalition and the G20;
Supports Senior Management’s outreach and advocacy efforts related to the Food Coalition; and

Represents the Organization at external and interagency meetings as required.


Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree in international relations, social sciences, economics, agricultural sciences or any other discipline relevant to the work of the Organization;
Five years of relevant experience in management and facilitation of networks and alliances, including advocacy and outreach in governmental institutions or international organizations including the organization of international high-level events/summits;
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

Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable;
Extent and relevance of academic qualifications;
Extent and relevance of experience in establishing alliances, partnerships and networks particularly related to food security and peace;
Extent and relevance of experience in advocacy and outreach;
Demonstrated experience in drafting reports in English;
Extent and relevance of experience with Nobel Peace Laureates is considered an asset.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency. GENERAL INFORMATION

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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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