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Assistant FAO Representative (Programme) at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is required suitably qualified candidates to fill the following positions:

Position Title: Assistant FAO Representative (Programme)

Organization Unit:       FAO Representation in Nigeria

Grade Level:       NO-B

Duty Station:       Abuja

Duration:             Fixed Term: One year renewable

Post Number:      1073621

Ccog Code:                   1A02


Issued on: 20 December, 2017

Deadline For Application: 19th January, 2018

The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments

Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.

Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities depending on the evolving needs of the Organization.

Organizational Setting

The position is located in Abuja

Reporting Lines

The Assistant FAO Representative (Programme) reports to the FAO Representative in Nigeria with wide leeway for independent action, autonomy and personal initiative, the Assistant FAO Representative (Programme) is responsible for managing and providing the full range of technical tasks in support of the programme and project activities of the FAO Representation in the areas of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, nutrition and rural development.

Technical Focus

Programme development, coordination and operational assistance based on the knowledge of the local conditions, culture, language and institutions of the country of assignment.

Key Results

Effective and efficient coordination and provision of the technical and operational support of the programme and project activities of the FAO Representation.

Key Functions

Liaise and assist government authorities and local, national and international institutions in the areas of FAO’s activities in the country and with other UN agencies. He/she may represent FAO at inter-agency meetings as required;

Promote the image of FAO through advocacy of the Organization’s mandate, programmes, national priorities and activities including development and maintenance of communication tools such as website, press releases and publications etc.

Provide FAO’s information, knowledge and resources to government, civil society, the private sector and other location entities on food, nutrition and agriculture situations; and support the implementation of FAO’s regulatory framework (Codex Alimentarius, Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, Safe Use of Pesticides, etc.) in the country;

Coordinate 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 monitor changes in national policies affecting the agricultural sector;

Participate in producing technical, economic and policy studies as required and developing country level development frameworks such as the Country Programming Framework (CPF) and the United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAF);

Participate in the identification, formulation and preparation of programme and project proposals and monitor and review the status of programme/project implementation to ensure that all operational activities are carried out in line with the work plan and the project document;

Identify inconsistencies and delays and, when necessary, propose corrective measures to overcome operational constraints;

Brief, train and supervise other programme staff and ensures adherence to procedures and work requirements and accuracy and diligence of the work provided.

He/she may represent FAO at inter-agency meetings as required

Performs other duties as required


Minimum Requirements

National of the country of assignment

Advanced University degree in agriculture, agricultural economics, forestry, fisheries, or any other field related to the work of the Organization Minimum of five to seven years of relevant experience in agricultural development and/or project implementation in an area of FAO’s activities in the country.

Level C of the official communication language used for FAO communication with the country (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or Russian)

Working knowledge of any of the local language- Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba. (if not English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese)

Limited knowledge (Level B) of French (if the main communication language is English, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese)


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 is desirable

Extent and relevance of experience in programme/project development and management

Demonstrated understanding of the purpose and functions of the technical programme, operational guidelines and project/programme management procedures, preferably those adopted by the United Nations or FAO

Extent and relevance of experience in the field of policy analysis relating to food and nutrition security, agriculture and rural development Extent and relevance of experience in the collection of country data on food, crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries Extent and relevance of experience in the identification, formulation and preparation of programme and project proposals as well as programme/project implementation, monitoring and review


“Assistant FAO Representative (Programme) shall be granted fixed-term appointments for such periods as the Organization may determine and having an expiration date specified in the letter of appointment or extension. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the total length of service shall not exceed five years. Appointments, including extensions, do not carry any expectation of renewal or of conversion of another type of appointment.”

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


All candidates should possess computer/word processing skills.

Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your iRecruitment online profile (see “How to Apply”). We strongly recommend that you ensure that the information is accurate and complete including employment record, academic qualifications and language skills.

Please note that FAO will only consider academic, credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognised in the IAU/UNESCO list.

Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice and the endorsed candidates will be considered for the Employment Roster for a period of 2 years.

Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments.

Method of Application:

Applications should include detailed curriculum vitae(CV) as well as copies of all academic and professional certificates.

All candidates applying for this position are required to apply through the FAO iRecruitment system: the link is: http://www.fao.org/employment/irecruitment-access/en/ or http://www.fao.org/employment/en/

Kindly complete the online FAO Personal Profile Form in iRecruitment which can be accessed from any Internet connection. Please scan the completed form and send the same along with your credentials Electronically via e-mail to FAO-NG@fao.org on or before CoB Thursday 19th January, 2018. Application should be addressed to:

The FAO Representative in Nigeria

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-UN)

UN House, Abuja, Nigeria


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