Programme Officer (Finance and Budget), Rome, Italy 290 views


Programme Officer (Finance and Budget)

Job Posting: 06/Dec/2019

Closure Date: 27/Dec/2019, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : Forest Policy and Resources Division, FOA

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : Professional Project

Grade Level : P-2

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

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

Post Number : 2007627

CCOG Code : 1A02

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 Forestry Policy and Resources Division (FOA) leads FAO’s work in promoting sustainable forest management and providing leadership on the environmental, social and economic dimensions of forestry, including its contributions to poverty reduction and food security and nutrition. It liaises with member countries, civil society and the private sector in aspects ranging from development of effective forest policies to forest conservation and management issues, and strengthens the role of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Division also collects, analyses and disseminates information on the world’s forest resources and on the production, trade and consumption of wood and non-wood forest products. The post is located in the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+)/National Forest Monitoring Cluster of the Forestry Department. The work of the Cluster supports implementation of FAO’s Strategic Programme 2 ‘Making agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable’.

Reporting Lines The Programme Officer reports to the Operations Coordinator (REDD+/NFM) under the overall guidance of the REDD+/NFM Coordinator and the Director, FOA.

Technical Focus Operational management support and financial monitoring of the REDD+/NFM Cluster’s global portfolio of projects, throughout the project cycle. Key Results Develop, implement, monitor and evaluate assigned programme/projects.

Key Functions

  • Carries out basic research on selected aspects of programmes, operations and other activities; collects, analyses and presents statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources;
  • Provides substantive support for policy coordination and evaluation functions, including the review and analysis of emerging development issues and trends, participation in impact evaluation or equivalent studies;
  • Participates in survey initiatives; issues data collection tools, reviews, analyses and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares preliminary conclusions;
  • Contributes to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications;
  • Undertakes outreach activities; participates in the development of training workshops, seminars; participates in and makes presentations on assigned topics/activities;
  • Participates in field missions, including provision of substantive and administrative support, data collection, etc.;
  • Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements) and preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget).

Specific Functions

  • Supports the coordination of activities related to the Cluster’s funding by consolidating and analysing data necessary to create the Cluster’s Annual Budget and Staffing Plan;
  • Provides financial and administrative advice and support to the Operations Coordinator and to other project staff, on the implementation of the Cluster’s projects;
  • Analyses transactions related to the Cluster’s global projects, and undertakes such reviews and inspections as may be necessary, after consultation with the Operations Coordinator and the REDD+/NFM Coordinator, to confirm that the administrative and financial procedures devised are operating as expected;
  • Prepares briefs, periodic updates, and official financial reports (result-based, when necessary) as delegated by the respective project’s budget holder, and in collaboration with the FAO Finance Unit;
  • Maintains financial and managerial control systems of the Cluster’s projects expenditures, clearances, budget revisions, field budget authorizations, reports, and operational and financial closure;
  • Liaises with other UN agencies on administrative and financial matters related to the UN-REDD Joint Programme and other programmes when applicable;
  • Provides financial advice to FAO country office staff on matters related to the Cluster’s projects as required;
  • Participates in the Cluster’s resource mobilization efforts by proving sound project budgets as well as operational support in collaboration with the REDD+/NFM Cluster’s Coordination team. CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in business administration or public administration, social science, political science or a related field;
  • Three years of relevant experience in project or programme management, administration or a 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 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 the field of administration, human resources, finance and management;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in programme/project formulation, analysis, planning and implementation;
  • Extent of knowledge of planning and budgetary processes and associated tools both online and offline (MS Excel, MS Project, and other tools);
  • Knowledge of the REDD+/NFM’s clusters programmes/projects’ subject matter, donor platform, and programmatic priorities is considered a strong asset;
  • Understanding of FAO policies and programmes 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. 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: 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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