Investment Officer (Digital Agriculture), Rome, Italy

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

Country: Italy

City: Rome

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Wednesday, 1 February 2023


Investment Officer (Digital Agriculture)

Job Posting: 21/Dec/2022

Closure Date: 01/Feb/2023, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : CFID - FAO Investment Centre (CFI)

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : Professional

Grade Level : P-3

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

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

Post Number : 2008294

CCOG Code : N/A

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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 Business Development Unit in the Office of the Director (CFID) of the FAO Investment Centre (CFI) at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Reporting lines The Investment Officer (Digital Agriculture) reports to the Deputy-Director (Business Development) of the FAO Investment Centre (CFI).

Technical Focus Provide analytical and technical support on promoting digital technologies mainly for food system development, natural resource management and climate resilience 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 expertise/assistance and support capacity development, in collaboration with country stakeholders and cooperating partners, to achieve impact at scale in the transformation of agrifood systems in the scope of the FAO Strategic Framework.

Key Functions

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.

Supports the implementation and the preparation of final evaluation of investment and finance support solutions.

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

Supports the development of inclusive and sustainable food systems involving producers, their organizations, other private sector actors, civil society organizations and governments.

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

Prepares reports in accordance with the requirements of FAO, governments and financing partners.

Promotes knowledge sharing and best practices at international meetings and conferences, and interacts 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 countries.

Supports resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate Strategy.

Specific Functions

Collects relevant data on digital technologies related to the agricultural sectors and produce assessments of readiness/ maturity of these sectors for digital transformation.

Proposes relevant activities centred around digital technologies for the development of agrifood systems, improved use of natural resources and climate-smart agriculture as part of the design, implementation support and evaluation of agriculture development projects.

Supports the reviews of reports and in FAO activities concerned with digital technologies as applied to agriculture projects, studies, policy reviews and planning.

Supports the review of implications of the use of digital technologies on food security, agriculture, rural development, natural resource management and agro-processing policies, national plans and programmes including, poverty alleviation, and climate change adaptation and mitigation.


Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree in economics, agricultural economics, natural resources economics, agribusiness management, communication or a closely related field.

Five years of relevant experience in the practical application of digital solutions to development issues, including analytical studies, and/or in the formulation and implementation of digital agriculture strategies or investment projects in developing countries and/or countries in transition.

Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate - level B) 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.

Extent and relevance of experience in digital technologies as applied to food security, agriculture, rural development, natural resource management and agro-processing analytical studies and programme evaluation.

Extent and relevance of experience in participating in multidisciplinary teams for the preparation of strategies and sector studies as well as formulation, implementation support or evaluation of food and agriculture, rural development, natural resource management and agro-processing investment operations, with focus on digital technologies for agriculture.

Relevance of experience in elaborating digital agriculture strategies and advising on the use of digital technologies for agriculture development.

Extent and relevance of experience in investment design, implementation support and evaluation procedures of FAO’s main development partners, in particular the World Bank, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and other partner International Financial Institutions.

Knowledge of the context as well as partners and institutions of the CFI Services‘ subregions would be an asset.

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

Demonstrated capacity to write technical reports in English.

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

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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

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flexible working arrangements

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