The Secretariat of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research and Innovation (GFAR) operates through donor Trust Funds, established and administered as a project in FAO, with the Secretariat hosted in FAO by agreement between FAO and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). GFAR works to make agri-food research and innovation more effective, responsive and equitable, towards achieving Sustainable Development outcomes. GFAR is a networked organization, made up of Partners working together, through collective advocacy and actions, to shape the future of agriculture and food and their role in achieving sustainable development.

Reporting Lines
The Programme Officer reports to the Executive Secretary, GFAR, and works in close collaboration with the multistakeholder partners that make up GFAR and with FAO management on all administrative issues.

Technical Focus
Effective leadership in the planning and management of budgetary, programming and administrative support, and related policies, services and advice to support the management and delivery of GFAR's activities.

Key Results
Develops, implements, evaluates, effective leadership and management of major projects and teams in accordance with the Office’s objectives and FAO's Strategic Objectives.

Key Functions
• Develops, implements and evaluates assigned programmes/projects; monitors and analyses programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective action; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up action;
• Performs consulting assignments, in collaboration with the client, by planning facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan the client will use to manage the change;
• Researches, analyses and presents information gathered from diverse sources;
• Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of impact evaluation or equivalent studies;
• Generates survey initiatives; reviews, analyses and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions;
• Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications;
• Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings and conferences to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations;
• Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops and seminars; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities;
• Leads and/or participates in large, complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries;
• Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget).
Specific Functions
• Supports the Executive Secretary in mobilizing GFAR Partners to engage in collective advocacy and actions through extensive communication and knowledge sharing;
• Advises the Executive Secretary in the conduct of Steering Committee, Executive and other meetings, workshops, conferences and seminars.


Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in business administration or public administration, social science, political science or a related field;
• Seven years of relevant experience in project or programme management, administration or related area;
• Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

• Results Focus
• Teamwork
• Communication
• Building effective relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous

Technical/Functional Skills
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable;
• Extent and relevance of experience in the field of administration, finance and management;
• Extent and relevance of experience in programme/project formulation, analysis, planning, implementation and management;
• Extent of knowledge of planning and budgetary processes and associated tools;
• Experience working in an agricultural research and innovation environment is considered a strong asset;
• Understanding of FAO policies and programmes, or similar organizational context, is considered a strong asset.
 Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.

• FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.

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

• 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;
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided on your online profile;
• Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list;
• 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;
• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered;
• We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

If you need help, or have queries, please contact: Careers[at]fao[dot]org


Expiry date: Tuesday, 17 November, 2020
City: Rome
Countries: Italy
Institution: GFAR