Emergency and Rehabilitation Officer, Rome, Italy

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

Country: Italy

City: Rome

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Wednesday, 1 September 2021


Emergency and Rehabilitation Officer

Job Posting: 11/Aug/2021

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

Organizational Unit : Office of Emergencies and Resilience (OER)

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 : 2008618

CCOG Code : 1S

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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 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 The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is the specialized Agency of the United Nations leading international efforts to defeat hunger. FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to high-quality food.

FAO’s Office of Emergencies and Resilience leads the Organization’s efforts to support member countries in their endeavours to save agricultural livelihoods of people and communities and enhance their resilience in the face of disasters, crises and conflicts. The Organization strives to secure sustainable development gains while ensuring that all interventions to support agriculture and food systems are risk-informed and sustainably productive. Food crisis contexts require a well-organized, highly prioritized, and well-resourced humanitarian and resilience programme to play a meaningful role in the relevant fora at national, regional and global levels. To claim its rightful place and to contribute meaningfully to relevant SDGs in food crises contexts, timeliness and speed in generating quality information and analysis together with agility in processes, partnerships, and delivery are central. In short, prevention and mitigation of disasters, whether related to natural hazards, plant and animal pests and diseases and/or conflict, together with being prepared and able to respond when disasters hit, require structured and agile system that is able to carry out effective processes of risk assessment and risk management.

The Office of Emergencies and Resilience (OER) is composed of three main clusters. These are: 1) Overall Leadership and Management of OER, including the Global Food Security Cluster and the Global Network Against Food Crises; 2) Programme Quality and Management, including the Strategic Positioning team, the Evidence for Programming team, the Programme and Results team and the Enabling Environment team; 3) Programme Implementation including the Country Support team, the Global Support team and the Resource Mobilisation and Communication team.

It is recognized that Innovative technological applications, will be fundamental to the efforts of OER to respond effectively to food security risks and to the impact of different shocks affecting agricultural livelihoods. In this regard, Information Management using various data sets and geo-located information to create visual and interactive solutions such as dashboards, have a critical role to play to inform decision making by FAO and our partners in emergency contexts. At the core of the Evidence for Programming unit is the FAO’s Data in Emergencies hub, linked with FAO’s geospatial infrastructure - Hand-in-Hand Geospatial Platform. This geospatial hub, developed in 2021, consists of three apps i.e. monitoring system, impact assessments, and risks profiling to visualize and disseminate to the public information from various data sources.

Against this background, OER wishes to recruit an Emergency and Rehabilitation Officer to work within the Evidence for Programming Team to coordinate the Data in Emergencies hub.

Reporting Lines Under the overall supervision of the Senior Emergency and Rehabilitation Officer (Evidence for Programming Team (EPT) Leader in OER), the incumbent will report to the Senior Technical Officer in EPT. S/he will be expected to link with and support technical colleagues of the Needs Assessments team in global, regional, subregional and country offices. S/he will also work in close collaboration with the other teams within OER, including but not limited to the Programming and Results team; the Response team; the Enabling Environment team; the Communication team and OER management. There will also be strong links with other FAO teams, in particular the Office for the Chief Statistician (OCS), the Office of Communications (OCC), the FAO Geospatial Unit in the Land and Water Division (NSL), and technology leadership by Digitalization and Informatics Division (CSI) and the corporate Hand in Hand Geospatial platform.

Technical Focus The Emergency and Rehabilitation Officer will be part of the Needs Assessment Team set up within OER to support evidence based emergency and resilience programing and communication. He/she will be responsible for the management of the Data in Emergencies hub.

Key Results Research, technical analysis, and project related services to support the delivery of programme projects, products, and services.

Key Functions

Researches and analyses technical, food and nutrition security assessments, emergency response, policy related and/or funding/project related data and information to support the delivery of programme projects, products and services;
Produces various reports, proposals, programme/project documents, position papers, policy briefs, financial/donor reports as well as critical information for inclusion in governing body reports etc;
Participates in project teams, collaborates in project and programme formulation and provides technical and/or administrative support to ongoing operational emergency and recovery projects;
Liaises with FAO technical offices as well as other UN Organizations to obtain and/or exchange information regarding food and nutrition security assessments, emergency and recovery activities and other related issues;
Provides technical/administrative support and promotes best practices to Decentralized Offices;
Monitors and provides support to resource mobilization activities including corporate appeals, donor macro grants, Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)/ Special Fund for Emergency Rehabilitation Activities (SFERA) submissions, annual appeals and mid-year reviews, maintains information and prepares related reports;
Maintains and updates information systems, databases and web pages;
Performs other duties.

Specific Functions

Supports and contributes to the development of the Data in Emergencies hub and associated apps, in close collaboration with ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute - infrastructure provider) and other relevant FAO units;
Improves continuously the data workflow, infrastructure and functionalities in accordance with the needs of upstream data providers and end users;
Ensures that monitoring data are collected in the appropriate formats and ingested in an automated, standardised and timely fashion;
Establishes methodological and styling standards for dashboards and other products developed by the Impact and Needs Assessment Team, in full compliance with corporate norms and standards promoted by other relevant units (in particular CSI, OCS and the Geospatial Unit in NSL);
Ensures effectives linkages with CSI and OCS for the timely backup, storage, archiving, and documentation of datasets on the Data in Emergencies hub, FAO’s microdata platform, FAO’s Hand-In-Hand platform and Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) in line with corporate data management infrastructure development and standards;
Develops the "impact" app infrastructure to integrate data and analytical products generated by impact assessments, including remote-sensing assessments, damage and loss assessments, and other field surveys;
Develops the "risks profiling" app to integrate and overlay data from different sources;
Contributes to visual products, including interactive maps, reports, dashboards and StoryMaps, based on needs assessments and geospatial data;
Leads the data team within the Impact and Needs Assessment Team;
Contributes in internal collaborative activities and enhancing collaborations and partnerships with other UN agencies and international and regional organizations;
Contributes to testing, documentation and operations of data analytical tools and applications in support to emergency and resilience activities;
Performs any other duties as required.


Advanced university degree in computer and data sciences, information systems, agronomy, geography or other relevant field;
Five years of relevant experience in information system management, development of data analytical platforms in relation to agricultural, environmental and humanitarian sectors;
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 knowledge and experience in using data analytics in emergency and crisis settings in developing countries;
Extent and relevance of training others how to use data analytics, ICT, information system tools and applications;
Extent and relevance of knowledge and experience in developing data analytical tools and applications (e.g. dashboard, web-portal);
Extent and relevance of work experience in food security and agriculture sectors;
Understanding of FAO policies and programmes 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

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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: http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/salaries 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 http://www.whed.net/

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.

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Link to the organization’s job offer: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1628713636546