Senior Rural Institutions and Land Tenure Officer, Rome, Italy

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

Country: Italy

City: Rome

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Monday, 18 July 2022

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Senior Rural Institutions and Land Tenure Officer

Job Posting: 06/Jun/2022

Closure Date: 18/Jul/2022, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FAO Investment Centre (CFI)

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : Professional

Grade Level : P-5

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : Fixed-term: 2 years with possibility of extension

Post Number : 0418943

CCOG Code : 1R01

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 Members and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply

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All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

Organizational Setting The FAO Investment Centre (CFI) aims to be the go-to place for investment and finance solutions that lead to more efficient, sustainable, inclusive and resilient agrifood systems. Working in over 120 countries, CFI provides a full suite of investment and finance support to FAO Members. It partners with governments, international financing institutions, national and international organizations, the private sector, research institutions, academia and producer organizations to improve the quality and quantity of agrifood investment. The Centre’s four main areas of work include support to strategic investment planning and policy, public investment, private investment and innovative finance. These are complemented by the knowledge for investment and capacity development for investment programmes that serve to share knowledge more widely and position the Centre as a trusted voice on investment and finance. CFI is a multidisciplinary centre comprising the Director’s office, which leads on strategy and business development, knowledge management, communication and administration, and five regional services: Asia and the Pacific; Near East and North Africa, and Europe and Central Asia; West and Central Africa; East and Southern Africa; and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The post is located in the East and Southern Africa Service (CFIA) of the FAO Investment Centre (CFI) at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Reporting lines The Senior Rural Institutions and Land Tenure Officer reports to the Chief, East and Southern Africa Service (CFIA).

Technical Focus Provide analytical and technical support on land tenure, land administration in general, and land registration and cadastre in particular, as well as on the design of institutional arrangements and management systems and on organizational development aspects for the formulation, implementation and evaluation of investment policies, strategies, programmes and projects in food and agriculture, rural development, natural resource management and agro-processing.

Key Results Delivering investment and finance support solutions through the provisions of technical advice and capacity development, in collaboration with country stakeholders and cooperating partners, to achieve impact at scale in the transformation of agrifood systems within the scope of the FAO Strategic Framework.

Key Functions

Leads, or participates in, multidisciplinary teams to assist governments in the identification and preparation of investment and finance support initiatives in the fields of food and agriculture, rural development, natural resource management and agro-processing, and participates in pre-appraisal and appraisal missions.

Leads, or participates in, multidisciplinary teams for the implementation support and the preparation of final evaluation of investment and finance support solutions.

Advises governments in the preparation of food and agriculture, rural development, natural resource management and agro-processing studies and strategies, and in the formulation of national sector and/or sub-sector investment plans and programmes.

Advises on developing inclusive and sustainable food systems, involving producers, their organizations, other private sector actors, civil society organizations and governments.

Leads the formulation and delivery of capacity development initiatives in the areas of food and agriculture, rural development, natural resource management and agro-processing investment support to government staff, and non-state actors and private sector organizations.

Prepares documents in accordance with FAO, government and financing partners‘ requirements.

Advises on task organization, selection of consultants, and preparation of terms of reference and in ensuring the quality of outputs.

Represents the Organization at international and inter-governmental meetings and conferences, advocates for strategic partnerships, best practices and effective policy dialogue; develops and negotiates effective working relationships and agreements with international and national partners.

Establishes, promotes and maintains relationships with relevant Strategic Programmes, FAO Technical Units and Decentralized Offices in order to ensure best synergies between investment, policy and innovation work in support to Member Nations.

Leads or participates in resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate Strategy.

Provides guidance, mentoring and advice to junior staff.

Specific functions

Leads the design of institutional arrangements and management systems as well as of organisational development and capacity building activities aimed at empowering smallholder farmers through investment projects and programmes.

Leads projects/programme formulation of investment strategies and operations in the field of land tenure and land administration, including systems of implementation support and monitoring and evaluation of the impacts of the projects.

Leads the analysis of the status and efficiency of rural institutions and their development constraints and potentials, including through peer-to-peer engagement with stakeholders less familiar with institutional analysis, methodologies and tools.

Reviews and evaluates land sector policies and national programmes for their implications for food security, rural development and access to land by the rural poor.

Conducts review for technical soundness, consistency and compliance with national strategies and policies, as well as financing partners‘ requirements, as applicable, investment project documentation, sector and policy reports and recommendations, technical documents in the context of land tenure and land administration in general, and land registration and cadastre in particular.

Leads knowledge sharing in land tenure and land administration. CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree in agriculture, agricultural economics, natural resources economics, rural sociology, business or public administration, a discipline relevant to land registration and cadastre, land tenure and land administration, or a closely related field.

Ten years of relevant experience in the design of institutional arrangements and management systems for agricultural development programmes, including experience in the formulation and/or implementation of food security, agriculture, land registration and cadastre, rural development, natural resource management and agro-processing investment and finance support solutions in transition and developing countries.

Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate - level B) of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

Competencies

Results focus

Leading, engaging and empowering

Communication and advocacy

Partnering and resource mobilisation

Knowledge sharing and continuous Improvement

Strategic thinking

Technical/Functional Skills

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

Extent and relevance of experience in food security, agriculture, rural development, natural resource management and agro-processing analytical studies, feasibility studies and programme evaluation, and/or in participating in public-private policy dialogue to promote investment as well as in analysing and addressing development and institutional issues in the context of land tenure and land administration in general, and land registration and cadastre in particular.

Extent and relevance of experience in leading, or participating in multidisciplinary teams for the preparation of strategies and sector studies as well as formulation, implementation support or evaluation of food security, agriculture, rural development, natural resource management and agro-processing, investment and finance support solutions, with a focus on land tenure and land administration in general, as well as land registration and cadastre in particular.

Extent and relevance of experience in investment formulation, implementation support and evaluation procedures of FAO’s main development partners, in particular the World Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and other partner international financial institutions (IFIs).

Knowledge of the context as well as partners and institutions of the specific subregion would be an asset.

Extent of experience in capacity development for the design and implementation of food security, agriculture, rural development, natural resource management and agro-processing investments.

Demonstrated experience in dealing with senior government officials, development partners and other country stakeholders.

Demonstrated capacity to write technical reports in English.

Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of French would be an asset.

FAO staff are expected to adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.

GENERAL INFORMATION

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

FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required. Vaccination status will be verified as part of the medical clearance process

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.

HOW TO APPLY

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

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

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