Emergency Programme Specialist / Area Coordinator at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-UN)

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  • Post Date : May 11, 2023
  • Apply Before : May 25, 2023
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  • Job ID 26432
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Job Description

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-UN) – An intergovernmental organization, FAO has 194 Member Nations, two associate members and one member organization, the European Union. Its employees come from various cultural backgrounds and are experts in the multiple fields of activity FAO engages in. FAO’s staff capacity allows it to support improved governance inter alia, generate, develop and adapt existing tools and guidelines and provide targeted governance support as a resource to country and regional level FAO offices. Headquartered in Rome, Italy, FAO is present in over 130 countries.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Emergency Programme Specialist / Area Coordinator

Vacancy Announcement: 2301357
Location: Nigeria
Organizational Unit: FRNIR
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: Consultant
Duration: 6 months, with possible extension

Organizational Setting

  • The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.
  • The incumbent will work in the FAO Representation in Nigeria and will be expected to support the implementation of FAO Nigeria Country Programme Framework.

Reporting Lines:

  • Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative, the direct supervision of the Head of the FAO North East Sub-Office and in close collaboration with the Emergency Programme Coordinator and other relevant units, the Area Coordinator will support the strategic, programmatic and operational aspects of the FAO programme in Yobe and Adamawa States in North East Nigeria.

Technical Focus:

  • FAO programme activities and operations in North East Nigeria are supported in terms of programme definition, coverage and implementation with relevant partners, and are technically sound and responsive to both donor commitments and the needs of affected populations and the sector.
  • FAO programme activities and operations in Yobe and Adamawa States are implemented and monitored in a timely and effective manner.
  • Food Security in the Areas of Responsibility (AoRs) are continuously analysed and structured and feed into FAO’s programming.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and ensure the implementation of emergency and rehabilitation operations related to agriculture, livestock, forestry, fisheries and natural resource management activities and other areas of FAO’s mandate in Yobe and Adamawa States.
  • Support the FAO Nigeria Country Team in the design of concept notes, project proposals and the formulation of progress and terminal reports for submission to donors and UN programmes.
  • Provide programmatic support and analysis to ensure that key areas – e.g. civil society, gender and youth; resilience; governance and conflict management; equality and humanitarian principles – are appropriately reflected in emergency projects.
  • Strengthen partnerships with State Governments – including key State Ministries; State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs), Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative (PCNI) – national and international non-governmental organizations, potential implementing partners, donors and other UN agencies in order to reinforce synergies between key stakeholders and ensure effective implementation of field activities.
  • Supervise and strengthen the capacity of National Programme Personnel and Field Assistants in Yobe and Adamawa States and conduct periodic quality assessment of personnel in the field to inform contract renewals/extensions;
  • Contribute to raising awareness of FAO’s mandate and interventions/activities implemented in North East Nigeria.
  • Support the collection and analysis of information on livelihoods and agricultural production needs in North East Nigeria.
  • Support the definition of FAO’s strategic positioning in relation to its emergency and resilience response in North East Nigeria.
  • Assist with interagency coordination and liaison with other UN agencies and partners (NGOs, national authorities, donor co immunity, etc.) involved in relief and rehabilitation activities, promoting the FAO mandate, roles and competence;
  • Participate in emergency response programming and recovery/rehabilitation planning including through interagency coordination platforms.
  • Contribute FAO inputs to relevant interagency documents and briefs on the humanitarian situation in North East Nigeria, prepare briefs and reports on FAO programmes in response to the crisis.
  • Contribute to the M&E performance monitoring plan and strategy.
  • Contribute to the coordinating functions of the Food Security Sector.
  • Participate in internal meetings, facilitate information sharing, assist in planning and coordination of internal activities, and assist in monitoring the timely implementation of decisions taken.
  • Produce quality and timely reports on interventions in the Area of Operation.
  • Ensure that reports/Notes-for-file are prepared for all meetings and missions which should be cleared and uploaded to the relevant folder of the FAONG shared space.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Requirements
Candidates will be assessed against the following:

  • University Degree in Development Studies, Economics, International Relations, Agricultural / Natural Sciences or other relevant field.
  • At least five (5) years of experience performing similar functions, particularly in leading a Field Office and in project/programme Management
  • Working knowledge (level C) of English, both verbal and written and limited knowledge (level B) of one of the official FAO languages (Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, or Russian). For PSA, working knowledge of English.
  • Knowledge of French will be an added advantage.

FAO Core Competencies:

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills:

  • Extent of experience in emergency relief and rehabilitation operations, particularly in the food security and agriculture sector and in interagency coordination.
  • Demonstrated experience working in complex environments and/or field level in developing countries.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze complex emergency situations.
  • Familiarity with the UN system in general, and FAO in particular.
  • Demonstrated communication skills in English, both verbal and written.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work in a team.
  • Ability to travel across North East Nigeria as required.
  • Extent of familiarity with the region.

Application Closing Date
25th May, 2023 (10:59:00 PM)

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Additional Information

  • FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list
  • 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/
  • For more information, visit the FAO employment website
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


  • 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
  • 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
  • Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
  • Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
  • Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
  •  We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.
  • All candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.

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