The post is located in the Regional Office for RAF is responsible for leading FAO’s response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO’s priority activities in the region.
It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the Region and, in collaboration with departments and divisions at Headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO’s strategic response to regional priorities.
RAF also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization’s Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the region, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies.
RAF develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs).
The Regional Office supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region.
The Programme Associate plays a lead role in the coordination of programme / projects support services for the department.
He / she performs a broad range of programme, planning and budgeting activities requiring in-depth analysis and interpretation of relevant policies, procedures and practices.
The incumbent provides procedural guidance to managers and staff in the department or location.
Supervision Received / Exercised
The Programme Associate reports to the Senior Field Programme Officer and works in collaboration with the Programme Officers of the Regional Project Operations Support Unit.
Work is performed autonomously, showing a high degree of initiative and independent judgment. Supervision received is focused on facilitating service delivery.
The incumbent provides guidance and training to programme support staff in the department.
The Programme Associate maintains a wide range of contacts with managers, staff and stakeholders inside and outside the department.
The incumbent collaborates closely with colleagues in other departments and the corporate services, ensuring the quality and consistency of programme / projects support services.
Key Functions / Results
Impact Of Work
The incumbent’s work impacts directly on the smooth and efficient operations of the programme / project activities of the department.
He / she plays a lead role in the coordination and provision of the programme support services for the successful achievement of the Department / Office’s mandate.
He / she plays a pro-active role in the successful achievement of the department’s mandate..
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
Education : Secondary School Education
Experience : Five years of experience in administrative / financial / planning / programming / budgeting activities for both Regular Programme and Projects
Languages : Working knowledge (Level C) of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge (Level B) of one of the other official languages of the Organization
IT Skills : Good knowledge of the MS Office applications, Internet and office technology equipment
Desirable Qualifications And Skills
Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a technical / competency-based interview.