Emergency and Resilience Officer, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 263 views


Emergency and Resilience Officer

Job Posting: 28/Nov/2019

Closure Date: 19/Dec/2019, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FAO Representation in Burkina Faso, FRBKF

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : Professional Project

Grade Level : P-4

Primary Location: Burkina Faso-Ouagadougou

Duration : Fixed-term: one year with possibility of extension

Post Number : 2007589

CCOG Code : 1S01

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments

  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality
  • People with disabilities are protected from any type of discrimination during any stage of employment, including the recruitment phase
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
  • The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization

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 develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner. The post will be located in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Other worldwide locations will be available in the near future.

Reporting Lines The Emergency and Resilience Officer reports to the FAO Representative in Burkina Faso, under the functional guidance of the Emergency and Resilience Division, PSE.

Technical Focus Lead and coordinate FAO’s resilience work, across the four pillars and relevant work streams, in the affected country and contribute to improved preparedness for, and effective response to, food and agricultural threats and emergencies.

Key Results Effective and efficient coordination and provision of resilience field programme and project activities to scale and fit for purpose.

Key Functions

  • Supports the country office in preparing for and effectively responding to food and agricultural threats and crises including natural disaster, food chain crisis and protracted crisis encompassing early warning and supports to transition which at times require a system-wide humanitarian response;
  • Promotes best practices and provides technical support/services to the country office, in collaboration with Strategic Programme five (SP5), to facilitate emergency and resilience programming, resource mobilization and integration of a humanitarian development peace nexus approach, as well as to provide capacity during critical phases of emergencies including scale-ups;
  • Provides leadership to FAO’s work on emergencies as part of the resilience work in the country including: needs assessment, programming, implementation and resource mobilization, in liaison and collaboration with the food security sector and relevant FAO personnel;
  • Contributes to the identification of strategic priorities, including the relevant work streams and pillars, for FAO’s resilience work in the affected country and contributes to improved preparedness for, and effective response to, food and agricultural threats and emergencies;
  • Provides technical and operational support and strategic guidance; identifies and develops project proposals for submission to donors; monitors project activities, identifies issues to be addressed and takes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties and ensures follow-up actions;
  • Supports the preparation of tools including the Country Programming Framework (CPF), Resilience Strategies and/or Emergency Livelihood Response Plans (ELRP);
  • Promotes FAO’s resilience agenda to build the resilience of agricultural livelihoods of vulnerable communities with government partners, UN agencies, regional organizations, NGOs and donors;
  • Represents FAO in interagency coordination meetings and programming exercises including preparedness, early warning for early action and response;
  • Promotes the implementation, monitoring and quality assurance of all cash transfer components (unconditional cash, cash for work and coupons);
  • Supports the FAO Representative in resource mobilization in support of the country programme; organizes regular donor meetings, as appropriate informs the donor community on the prevailing livelihoods, food security and nutrition situation, the agriculture sector (crops, livestock, fisheries and forestry);
  • Supports sectorial coordination through the FAO-WFP co-led Food Security Sector in the country;
  • Raises awareness on FAO’s role in emergency and resilience;
  • Coordinates the development of FAO’s contribution to interagency Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs) and the United Nations Cooperation Framework (UNCF) in the country;
  • Coordinates FAO’s contribution to interagency Post Disaster Needs Assessments and Post Conflict Needs Assessment;
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in agriculture, economics, business administration and management, international relations or other fields related to the work of the Organization;
  • Seven years of relevant experience in humanitarian and agriculture/rural development sectors and in emergency/rehabilitation programme/project management/operations and support;
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other of Arabic, Chinese, or Russian.


  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • 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 field programme/project operations in the food security and agriculture sector;
  • Familiarity with FAO’s Project cycle guidelines and knowledge of FAO processes and administrative systems is considered a strong asset;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in liaising with international donor organizations and development partners and in preparing proposals for funding, monitoring budgets and preparing financial reports in donor specific formats;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in programme/project management.

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

  • Candidates endorsed in the selection process for this vacancy announcement will be considered for the FAO Professional Employment Roster for a period of two years. The Roster is used to fill other similar positions at the same or lower grade, and in the same or another duty station;
  • 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. CONDITIONS OF SERVICE

A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link: http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/salaries 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


  • 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: [email protected]


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