Programme Officer, Rome, Italy 306 views


Programme Officer

Job Posting: 06/Dec/2019

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

Organizational Unit : Land and Water Division, CBL

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 : 2007602

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 Land and Water Division aims at enhancing the agricultural productivity and advancing the sustainable use of land and water resources through their improved tenure, management, development and conservation. It addresses the challenges member countries face in ensuring productive and efficient use of land and water resources in order to meet present and future demands for agricultural products, while ensuring the long-term sustainability of the land and water quantity and quality. It promotes equitable access to these natural resources with a view to enhancing productivity, livelihoods and ecosystem services. It provides assistance to member nations in developing policies, programmes, best practices and tools in the fields of irrigation and drainage, soil conservation, drought mitigation, water rights, access to natural resources, and improvement of land markets. The post is located in the Land and Water Division of FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy.

Reporting Lines The Programme Officer reports to the Senior Water Officer, under the overall guidance of the Director, Land and Water Division (CBL).

Technical Focus The incumbent will support the lead of CBL project Strengthening Natural Resources Management Capacities to Revitalize Agriculture in Fragile Contexts, with the effective development, quality control and timely management of the project activities.

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 development and effective operational implementation of the project, including supervision and coordination of activities with project partners at global and country level, budget monitoring and reporting to donors according to donor requirements;
  • Supports the coordination activities, including planning, operations and monitoring tasks, in collaboration with stakeholders and beneficiaries;
  • Contributes to raise awareness and visibility of the projects and ensures stakeholders’ and beneficiaries’ engagement;
  • Analyses data and information from project target countries to assess capacity needs in the land and water fields, working in collaboration with the assessment team;
  • Supports the project capacity building events and provides support to the design of dedicated modules, taking into account the countries’ assessed needs;
  • Supports the selection of service providers and implementing partners, drafts agreements/contracts and supports the preparation and completion of workshops and trainings in consultation with government stakeholders and consultants;
  • Assists in developing programmatic and financial documentation to government stakeholders and relevant parties
  • Contributes to the development of knowledge sharing tools relation to the project and prepares reports (monthly – final), project related technical briefs, manuals, case studies and best practices, in coordination with technical consultants;
  • Provides support for ensuring the proper implementation of the monitoring framework, carries out data collection and surveys, backstop monitoring and evaluation of field activities;
  • Participates in partner meetings to present project results;
  • Performs any other duties, as required.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in natural resources management, international relations, environment, hydrology or related fields;
  • Three years of relevant experience in land and water resources related activities, including water resources assessment, operations and management;
  • 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 trainings and capacity building programmes and in providing support to with stakeholders and institutional partners;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in collecting and analysing technical information and data;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in the preparation, editing and revision of technical/scientific documents and in organizing meetings and workshops.

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.

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