Programme Assistant, Kosovo

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

Country: Kosovo

City: Prishtinë/Pritina

Office: FAO in Prishtinë/Pritina, Kosovo

Closing date: Tuesday, 25 January 2022

General

Description of assignment title: Programme Assistant

Assignment country: Kosovo (as per UNSCR 1244)

Expected start date: 02/01/2022

Sustainable Development Goal: ZERO HUNGER

Volunteer category: National UN Volunteer Specialist

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: Yes

Host entity: FAO

Type: Onsite

Duration: 12 months

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Pristina

Details

Mission and objectives

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. FAO goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide.

Context

The Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REU) is responsible for leading FAO’s response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO’s priority activities in the region. The Regional Office supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region. The Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia in Budapest, Hungary, is besides regional, managing also national programmes and projects in countries of the region. The office is also managing the regional Strategic Programmes and Regional Initiatives. FAO operates in and provides technical assistance to Kosovo in the framework of the UN Security Council Resolution 1244 of 10 June 1999 and under the umbrella of the UN Kosovo Team (UNKT). FAO has been active in Kosovo since the end of the conflict in 1999, in the beginning with emergency and rehabilitation interventions in the agricultural sector. FAO focus has since then, evolved to a more institutional and policy support.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the National Professional Officer (Programme Team Leader), the UN Volunteer will: Provide support to the collection, consolidation and maintenance of country data on food, crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries including information on external aid in FAO’s corporate systems and monitors changes in national policies affecting the agricultural sector Provide support to the preparation of technical, economic and policy studies, as required, and the development of country level development frameworks such as the Kosovo Programming Framework (KPF), the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDSF) and the Joint Work Plans for its implementation, the Agriculture and Rural Development Programme (ARDP), etc. Participate in the identification, formulation and preparation of programme and project proposals Support liaison and collaboration with donor(s) and with institutional and non-institutional partners concerned with FAO Programme in Kosovo, including private sector, NGOs, academia and civil society. Participate in conferences, meetings, reviews and consultations for the development and implementation of the FAO Programme in Kosovo; Support FAO project office in Kosovo for a successful implementation of other projects activities Support the preparation of briefs and updates to FAO Management

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 - 80

Additional eligibility criteria

This assignment is part of UNV’s disability inclusion strategy. UNV seeks to 1) provide opportunities for persons with disabilities to serve as UN Volunteers 2) enable UN partners to expand diversity and inclusion of persons with disabilities in their workforce worldwide 3) build a talent pipeline of qualified professionals with disabilities who can contribute to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at national and global levels, with focus on national capacity. Only candidate with disabilities is eligible to apply for this position. If shortlisted for this assignment, you will be asked for a copy of an official document confirming that you have a disability from a general practitioner, or from an organization of persons with disabilities. Important: On your profile, kindly select the response "yes" to the question of whether you consider yourself a person living with a disability. Should you require special arrangements to facilitate the interview and assessment during the selection process, please indicate this in the "special remarks" field in your profile. In case you are facing accessibility constraints kindly write an email to support@unv.org.

Nationality

Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.

Donor priorities

Requirements

Required experience

3 years of experience in agriculture, rural development, international relations, sociology, development economics, social/political science, business administration or public administration, or a field related to FAO’s technical work; - Relevance of experience in planning and monitoring advocacy activities and reviewing policy, institutional frameworks as well as in monitoring related systems - Previous experience as a volunteer at local, national or international levels is an asset - Ability to work accurately under pressure paying attention to details. - Autonomy and capacity to prioritize requested actions in order to meet all the deadlines. - Excellent English writing and reporting skills - Good analytical skills This assignment is part of UNV’s disability inclusion strategy. UNV seeks to 1) provide opportunities for persons with disabilities to serve as UN Volunteers 2) enable UN partners to expand diversity and inclusion of persons with disabilities in their workforce worldwide 3) build a talent pipeline of qualified professionals with disabilities who can contribute to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at national and global levels, with focus on national capacity. Only candidate with disabilities is eligible to apply for this position. If shortlisted for this assignment, you will be asked for a copy of an official document confirming that you have a disability from a general practitioner, or from an organization of persons with disabilities. Important: On your profile, kindly select the response "yes" to the question of whether you consider yourself a person living with a disability. Should you require special arrangements to facilitate the interview and assessment during the selection process, please indicate this in the "special remarks" field in your profile. In case you are facing accessibility constraints kindly write an email to support@unv.org

Area(s) of expertise

Development programmes, Crisis and emergency response

Driving license

-

Languages

English, Level: Fluent, Required Albanian, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in agriculture, rural development, international relations, sociology, development economics, social/political science, business administration or public administration, or a related fields.

Competencies and values

Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Self-Management, Working in Teams

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

FAO project office in Pristina is currently located in the Annex of the ex-building of the Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development(MFARD), and hence the national UN volunteer will be based in this office. The selected national UN volunteer is expected to commute to this office. As needed and relevant, assistance with reasonable accommodation, transportation and work space arrangements can be provided by FAO. Reasonable Accommodation The UN system wishes to create an inclusive workplace and commits to taking appropriate measures to enable persons with disabilities to access and benefit equally from employment and other engagement opportunities such as volunteering, by providing reasonable accommodation. In this context, "reasonable accommodation" means necessary and appropriate modifications and adjustments not imposing a disproportionate or undue burden, where needed in a particular case, to ensure to persons with disabilities the enjoyment or exercise on an equal basis with others of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.[Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Article 2] References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999)

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy

Link to the organization’s job offer: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1642010884194