Job Vacancy For Investment Support Officer At Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Key Functions

•   Participates in, and eventually leads multidisciplinary teams to assist governments in the identification and preparation of investment operations in the fields of FSNARD, NRM and CCM/A, and participates in pre-appraisal and appraisal missions;
•   Participates in, and eventually leads multidisciplinary teams for the implementation support and the preparation of final evaluation of investment operations;
•   Provides technical expertise for the preparation of FSNARD, NRM and CCM/A studies and strategies, in the formulation of national sector and/or subsector investment plans and programmes;
•   Supports the development of inclusive and sustainable food systems involving producers, their organizations, other private sector actors, and civil society organizations and government;
•   Formulates and delivers capacity development strategies and activities in the areas of FSNARD, NRM and CCM/A investment support to government staff, and non-state actors and private sector organizations;
•   Prepares reports in accordance with governments and financing partners’ requirements;
•   Provides support in task organization, selection of consultants, preparation of terms of reference and in ensuring the quality of outputs;
•   Promotes international cooperation and collaboration leading to new investment opportunities and cooperative agreements, advocates best practices and effective policy dialogue and provides technical expertise at international meetings;
•   Participates in the development and updating of FAO’s Country Programming Framework (CPF) and the formulation of related projects and programmes;
•   Provides technical inputs in the area of expertise and ensure quality outputs to the DO team;
•   Participates in resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate strategy;
•   Provides guidance and advice to junior staff;
•   Performs other related duties as required.


Qualification Required & Experience

•   Advanced university degree in economics, agricultural economics, agricultural sciences, environmental sciences, agribusiness management, natural resource management, irrigation and drainage engineering, rural infrastructure engineering, social sciences or a related field
•   Seven years of relevant experience in conducting agricultural/rural sector/subsector analytical studies, and/or in planning,
design, supervision of agricultural and rural investment operations, including elaboration of feasibility studies and implementation of agricultural and rural investment operations in developing countries and/or countries in transition;
•   Working knowledge of French and limited knowledge of English


•   Results Focus
•   Teamwork
•   Communication
•   Building effective relationships
•   Knowledge sharing and continuous Improvement

Technical Skills

•   Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable
•   Extent and relevance of experience in participating in multidisciplinary teams for the design, implementation support or evaluation of FSNARD, NRM and CCM/A investment operations
•   Extent and relevance of experience in FSNARD, NRM and/or CCM/A analytical studies and programme evaluation
•   Extent and relevance of experience in investment design, implementation support and evaluation procedures of FAO’s main development partners, in particular the World Bank; the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and GEF
•   Relevance of experience in capacity development for the design and implementation of FSNARD, NRM and/or CCM/A investments
•   Demonstrated experience in dealing with government officials, development partners and other country level stakeholders
•   Demonstrated capacity to write technical reports in English and/or French
•   Relevance of experience in the region or subregions covered by the specific vacancy
•   Ability to work under pressure and willingness to travel frequently to developing or transition countries
•   Working knowledge of another language relevant to the region of assignment would be an asset


•   All candidates should possess computer/word processing skills. ? As part of the evaluation of your application for this position, you may be requested to undergo written assessment, whic may be followed by a competency-based interview.
•   Your application will be screened based on the information you have entered in your iRecruitment profile (see below under the How to Apply section). Before applying for a vacancy, we strongly recommend that the information you have provided in all sections of your profile are accurate and complete, including employment record, academic qualifications and skills.
•   Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution that is recognised or sanctioned by a competent national authority, included in the IAU/UNESCO list. Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice and the endorsed candidates will be considered for the Employment Roster for a period of 2 years. Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments.

Location: Accra

How To Apply For The Job

Applications should be submitted to:

The Human Resources Officer
Regional Office for Africa
P.O. Box GP 1628

Closing Date: 24 June, 2015

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