Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-UN) Job Recruitment

Job Title: Emergency Programme Specialist / Area Coordinator

Location: Damaturu, Yobe
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 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.
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