National Project Specialist, Micronesia, United States

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

Country: United States

Field location: Micronesia

Office: FAO in Micronesia

Closing date: Thursday, 2 September 2021


National Project Specialist

Job Posting: 12/Aug/2021

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

Organizational Unit : SAPDD

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : NPP (National Project Personnel)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Micronesia, Federated States of

Duration : 11 months with the possibility of extension

Post Number : N/A

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Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member nations and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply

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Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Subregional Office for the Pacific Islands (SAP) is located in Apia, Samoa and covers 14 Pacific Island countries. The project "Reducing COVID-19 Related Food Insecurity in the Pacific Region" is funded by the Government of Canada for a two-year period and includes five Pacific island countries (Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Niue, Palau, Solomon Islands).

The project includes the following components: Outcome 1: Enhanced COVID-19 impact analysis, including rapid gender analysis to identify gender gaps, to inform gender-sensitive national and regional response plans, strategies, policies and actions.

Outcome 2: Strengthened household gender-sensitive agriculture production and resources management for more resilient to disasters in the selected countries.

Outcome 3: Strengthened national and regional coordination on gender-sensitive food security and agriculture in the Pacific.

Reporting Lines

The National Project Specialist will be under the overall supervision of the FAO Subregional Coordinator (SRC) for the Pacific and will directly report to the Project Manager of "Reducing COVID-19 Related Food Insecurity in the Pacific Region" project. He/she will also liaise closely with the project’s Lead Technical Officer (LTO), the FAO Emergency and Resilience Expert, regional Pacific Food Security Cluster Coordinator and other technical, operational and administrative colleagues.

Technical Focus

The role of the National Project Specialist is to ensure the effective implementation of the project activities in Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), utilising effectively the resources and inputs of the project.

Tasks and responsibilities

The National Project Specialist will have the following tasks and responsibilities:

Prepare a detailed work plan for the project activities in FSM in close collaboration with national counterparts and guidance from the Project Officer and LTO.

Contribute to the identification of potential consultants and contractors.

Contribute to the drafting and review of the terms of reference for consultants and contractors, Letters of Agreements, and service contracts.

Advise on technical specifications for procurement of equipment, inputs and materials.

Organise, facilitate and/or attend national meetings, forums and workshops.

Monitor progress of project activities and outputs in FSM and alert the project team to potential problems which could delay implementation.

Provide inputs for communication pieces related to the project.

Maintain regular coordination and communication with project partners‘ personnel in charge of project activities.

Prepare high quality narrative progress reports, utilising inputs from project partners and stakeholders.

Provide regular oral and written updates to the Project Manager and LTO, as well as to the SAP SRC, SAP programme team, Emergency and Resilience Expert and Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) on project progress, upon request.

Provide technical guidance and support to the international and national experts, government counterparts and project partners in the implementation of activities and in carrying out their terms of reference related to the project.

Conduct regular field missions within FSM to monitor and ensure smooth implementation of project activities and provide assistance to the implementation and training activities at the country level, as required.

Any other duties required to support a successful implementation of the project in FSM.

Any other duties as relevant and requested by supervisor.


Minimum requirements

Candidates will be assessed based on the following criteria.

Degree in International Development Studies, Food Security, Agriculture, Fisheries, Gender Studies, Economics, Political Sciences, or other relevant field.

Minimum of 5 years experience in the development sector. Experience in managing or coordinating development projects or components financed by international organizations would be a plus.

Excellent oral and written skills in English.

National of FSM.

Currently residing in FSM.

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical functional skills

Experience in supporting or managing projects in a field related to food security, including agriculture, fisheries, nutrition and/or livelihoods.

Competency and experience in establishing and maintaining partnerships with government institutions, UN agencies, NGOs and donors.

Ability to travel frequently within FSM to project sites.


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