Senior Governance and Policy Officer, Rome, Italy

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

Country: Italy

City: Rome

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Thursday, 12 January 2023


Senior Governance and Policy Officer

Job Posting: 22/Dec/2022

Closure Date: 12/Jan/2023, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : DDCG

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : Professional

Grade Level : P-5

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : Fixed term: two years with possibility for extension

Post Number : 0096296

CCOG Code : N/A

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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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 position is located in the Governance Unit (DDCG) in the Office of the Chief Economist at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. The Unit provides overall corporate leadership in the technical area of Governance analysis, and leads the Complements (Governance, Institutions and Human Capital) Accelerator in the FAO Strategic Framework 2022-31. The Senior Governance and Policy Officer will provide advisory and coordination support to units with responsibility for policy and governance issues at headquarters and in Decentralized Offices (DOs) and will work in close collaboration with the Office of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Coordination (OSG) and the Partnerships and UN Collaboration Division (PSU) on global governance matters pertaining to FAO’s engagement in the wider UN system. The Unit coordinates technical networks in governance and policy support, and curates the FAO Policy and Governance Gateway ( that provides comprehensive external access to the overview of the range and scope of FAO policy and governance role, work and resources.

Reporting Lines

The Senior Governance and Policy Officer reports to the Chief Economist.

Technical Focus

Strengthening coordination between the Organization’s economic and social policy analysis, and especially governance and policy support to countries, regions and international processes.

Key Results

Leadership and conceptual thinking for the development and implementation of comprehensive technical, statistical and/or analytical frameworks to support the programme of work and related products, projects and services in accordance with the FAO Strategic Framework.

Key Functions

Plans, manages or leads highly specialized or multi-disciplinary teams, and/or participates in Organization-wide, cross-Divisional committees, project teams and working groups, and/or provides technical leadership/secretariat services to technical networks and/or international technical policy and standard setting bodies.

Builds and facilitates FAO’s positioning/role in key international, regional and national governance and policy debates and processes of strategic relevance to the Organization related to food security, nutrition and agricultural development.

Strengthens networks and develops working relationships on governance issues with other UN system, multilateral and bilateral organizations, as well as academia, civil society and private sector.

Reinforces existing and/or develops new corporate mechanisms and institutional relationships to maintain dynamic multi-directional linkages between the Organization’s internal economic and social analysis, policy and governance support functions.

Facilitates targeted, innovative engagements at the country and regional level to promote outreach and uptake of FAO’s global governance, policy and data resources, products and services available to relevant stakeholders.

Develops corporate approaches for priority setting, quality assurance and impact assessment of FAO’s contributions to governance and policy support at global, regional and country levels.

Develops mechanisms to manage, prioritize and track requests for food security and agricultural governance and policy analysis, and supports and coordinates relevant responses.

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

Specific Functions

Promotes governance mainstreaming within the programme cycle in line with the FAO Strategic Framework 2022-31.

Leads efforts to support the Chief Economist in coordinating activities regarding FAO’s engagement with the Committee on World Food Security.

Oversees and provides conceptual and technical leadership to strengthen the FAO Policy and Governance Gateway.

In close collaboration with the Office of SDGs Coordination (OSG) and the Partnerships and UN Collaboration Division (PSU), provides conceptual and technical inputs to FAO’s engagement in the SDGs processes and support to the wider UN system.

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

Plans, organizes and participates in capacity development activities to support governance analysis through the provision of advice, technical assistance projects, training workshops, seminars and meetings, as well as oversees the development of related materials, on-line tools and information kits.

Supports the coordination and consolidation of the DDCG’s annual work plan and allocated budget forecast.

Performs other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree in economics, agricultural economics, international development, public management, social sciences, or a food security and nutrition related field.

Ten years of relevant experience in programme coordination, policy and governance analysis and advice, including in developing country contexts, with demonstrated capacity for leading significant policy change.

Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate - level B) of one of the other FAO languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).


Results Focus

Leading, Engaging and Empowering


Partnering and Advocating

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 or knowledge in governance and policy analysis, including global issues, institutions and governance processes relevant to food security and nutrition.

Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and conduct governance and policy analysis and programme development related to food security and nutrition.

Extent and relevance of experience in organizing and facilitating international meetings, seminars and training course.

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


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.


A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link: 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.


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