Programme Officer (Operations), Rome, Italy

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

Country: Italy

City: Rome, Italy

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Thursday, 13 May 2021


Programme Officer (Operations)

Job Posting: 22/Apr/2021

Closure Date: 13/May/2021, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : Fisheries Division, NFI

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : Professional Project

Grade Level : P-2

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

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

Post Number : 2008449

CCOG Code : 1A02

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device 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 Fisheries Division (NFI) is responsible for the economic, social, institutional, governance and policy aspects of FAO’s activities related to fisheries and aquaculture and their development, with particular emphasis on human well-being, food security and poverty reduction; post-harvest utilization, marketing and trade with due regard to the protection of the environment, food security and the well-being of fishing communities; collection, compilation, validation, trend analysis and dissemination of the best available and up-to-date fishery statistics and for the syndication of the FAO information on all aspects of world fisheries and aquaculture. The Division is also responsible for FAO’s activities related to the management and conservation of the living aquatic resources used by fisheries and aquaculture, including the biodiversity and ecosystem maintenance, with particular emphasis on most vulnerable and threatened species and habitats; management of responsible fisheries and aquaculture in accordance with modern management standards and best practices; development of fisheries technology, with due regard to the protection of the environment, food security and the well-being of fishing communities, including the safety of fishers and fishing vessels. Within NFI, the Programme Officer will provide support to the GCP/GLO/028/EC Project: Sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture value chains in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries (FISH4ACP) in relation to all of the 12 selected value chains. These include: Africa (Cameroon ‚ shrimp; Côte d’Ivoire ‚ tilapia aquaculture; The Gambia ‚ oyster; Nigeria ‚ catfish aquaculture; Sao Tome et Principe ‚ pelagics; Senegal ‚ oyster; Tanzania ‚ small pelagics; Zambia ‚ small pelagics; Zimbabwe ‚ tilapia aquaculture); Caribbean (Dominican Republic ‚ Mahi Mahi tuna and Guyana - Seabob) and the Pacific (Marshall Islands ‚ purse seine tuna) and the selected value chains. The FISH4ACP is a five-year project funded by the European Union and Germany. The post is located in the Divisional Support and Project Cycle Unit (DSPCU), NFID, based in Rome, Italy. Reporting Lines The Programme Officer (Operations) reports to the Programme Officer, DSPCU Team Leader, NFID under the technical guidance of the Chief Technical Adviser, FISH4ACP, NFIMV.

Technical Focus Operational management support and financial monitoring of the DSPCU portfolio of projects, throughout the project cycle, with special attention to the FISH4ACP project.

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 implementation of FAO corporate policies and recommendations to streamline the Division’s internal processes and improve operations;
Contributes to the setup of internal controls and quality assurance (such as budgetary controls) in compliance with FAO Financial Rules and Regulations;
Supports the development of successful, results-based strategies and plans, in close collaboration with the DSPCU Team;
Contributes to strategic oversight within the DSPCU Team, provides advice, knowledge sharing on programme/operational/audit matters and systems controls in close collaboration with other FAO functional units (administration, finance, etc.) making proposals for improving processes and strengthening capacities and information sharing;
Supports collaboration with the Resource Mobilization and Private Sector Partnerships Division (PSR) concerning interactions with the donors on reports and donor communications, as well as support in periodic progress and terminal reports for review.


Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree in public/business administration, political or social sciences, law or related fields;
Three years of relevant experience in project management/operations and support;
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 experience in supporting project design, planning and implementation. (EU and GEF projects in the field of Fisheries in particular is considered a strong asset);
Extent and relevance of knowledge and experience related to Project Cycle Management;
Extent and relevance of experience in implementing projects in a virtual environment through the use of online collaboration tools (knowledge of software such as MS Teams, SharePoint, Mural and Mentimeter is considered a strong asset);
Extent and relevance of experience in supporting procurement-related activities and tools such as Letters of Agreement and Contracts for services;
Extent of knowledge of planning and budgetary processes and associated tools;
Knowledge of FAO policies and programmes is considered a strong asset;
Working knowledge of French is considered a strong asset.

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

FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment

Extension of fixed term appointments is based on certification of performance and availability of funds CONDITIONS OF SERVICE

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


To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications and language skills;
Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile;
Once your profile is completed, please apply and submit your application;
Your application will be screened based on the information provided on your online profile;
Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at

Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications;
Incomplete applications will not be considered;
Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered;
We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

If you need help, or have queries, please contact:

Link to the organization’s job offer: