Programme Specialist, Barbados

Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Country: Barbados

City: Bridgetown, Barbados

Office: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Bridgetown

Closing date: Thursday, 1 July 2021


Programme Specialist

Job Posting: 17/Jun/2021

Closure Date: 01/Jul/2021, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : SLC

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Barbados

Duration : 11 months

Post Number : N/A

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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

Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct and to uphold our values. FAO has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and FAO, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, and discrimination

All selected candidates, therefore, will 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

FAO’s Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean (SLC) is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing sub-regional food, agriculture and rural development priorities. It develops and maintains relations with sub region-wide institutions including Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs). The Sub-regional Office is a subsidiary of FAO’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (RLC) The SLC is located in Barbados and is responsible for Barbados and the OECS (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines).

Reporting Lines

The Programme Specialist will work under and report to the FAO Sub-Regional Coordinator for the Caribbean region in his/her role of FAO Representative (FAOR), and in close coordination of the Administrative Officer and Field Programme Support and Monitoring Officer, the Programme Officer assist in the coordination of the technical and operational support of the programme and project activities of the FAO Representation in Barbados and OECS (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines) in the areas of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, nutrition and rural development; ensuring the implementation of the FAO Framework through the Strategic Objectives and Regional Initiatives

Technical Focus

The Programme Specialist will facilitate a more direct and responsive presence of FAO in the Caribbean Sub region and perform a variety of programmatic, monitoring, communication, information gathering, and logistics functions in support of FAO related activities towards the achievement sustainable development and eradication of rural poverty in CARICOM countries.

Tasks and Responsibilities

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

Participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, etc.; monitor and analyze programme/project development and implementation;
Review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions;
Assist in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of impact evaluation or equivalent studies, etc.;
Prepare various written outputs, e.g. drafts background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.;
Undertake outreach activities; conduct training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities;
Perform other related duties as may be assigned from time to time.

Assist the FAOR/SRC in liaising and cooperating with Government authorities and with local, national and international institutions in the areas of FAO’s activities in Barbados and the countries of the OECS.

Monitor the implementation of projects across Barbados and the OECS in close collaboration with National Correspondent and liaise with relevant Lead Technical Officer to resolve bottlenecks in implementation

Serve as the Lead Technical Consultant as required for selected projects

Support the development and implementation of national and sub-regional projects and other activities in coordination with the FAO country offices in the Caribbean

Support FAO Corporate Regional work planning and reporting exercises in close collaboration with the Regional Office in Santiago, Chile

Assist the FAOR/SRC in liaising with the other UN Agencies based in Barbados and the Resident Coordinator’s Office with respect to the preparation, monitoring and reporting of the Multi-country Sustainable Development Framework (MSDF).


Minimum Requirements

University degree in agriculture or related field

Five years of relevant experience in agricultural development

Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO official languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian) for Consultants. Working knowledge of English for PSA.SBS

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus

Team Work


Building effective relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Experience in project or programme management, administration or related area

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

Extent and relevance of experience in Agricultural development

Extent and relevance of experience in programme/project formulation, analysis, planning and implementation

Understanding of FAO policies and programmes is considered a strong asset

Ability to work and interact in a multi-cultural environment.

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


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