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Assistant FAO Representative (Programme) Job in Nairobi Kenya

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Professional Vacancy Announcement No:

Issued on: 29/08/2014
Deadline for Application:12/09/2014

Position Title: Assistant FAO Representative (Programme)

Grade: NOC
Duty Station: Nairobi
Organizational Unit: FRKEN 

Duration: 12 Months
Position Available On 1st January 2015 

Organizational Setting: Under the supervision of the FAO Representative (FAOR) with wide leeway for independent action, autonomy and personal initiative, the Assistant FAO Representative  (Programme) is responsible for managing and providing the full range of technical and operational tasks in support of the programme and project activities of the FAO Representation in the areas of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, nutrition and rural development.

Reporting Lines: FAO Representative in Kenya
Specific Functions
  • Advise and liaise with government authorities, local, national and international institutions in the areas of FAO’s activities and other UN agencies. Represent FAO at interagency meetings;
  • Promote the image of FAO through advocacy of the Organization’s mandate, programmes, national priorities and activities including the coordination of development and maintenance of communication tools (e.g. website, press releases and publication); provide FAO’s information, knowledge and resources to government, NGOs, the private sector and other local entities on food, nutrition and agriculture situations; and support the implementation of FAO’s regulatory frameworks (Codex Alimentarius, Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, Safe Use of Pesticides, etc.) in the country;
  • Coordinate and manage the maintenance of country data on food, crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries including information on external aid in FAO’s corporate systems and monitor and communicate changes in national policies affecting the agricultural sector;
  • Produce technical, economic and policy studies as required and participate in the development of country level development frameworks such as the Country Programming Framework (CPF) and the United National Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF);
  • Identify, formulate and prepare programme and project proposals, monitor and review the status of the programme/project implementation to ensure that all operational activities are carried out in line with the work plan and the project document; identify inconsistencies and delays and submit proposal to the FAOR on how to improve results and increase efficiency;
  • Support Officer-in-Charge for the day-to-day running of the FAO Representation during the absence of the FAOR; 
  • Perform any other duties as required.
Candidates will be assessed against the following minimum requirements
Education: Advanced university degree in agriculture, agricultural economics, forestry, fisheries, or any other field related to the work of the Organization.

Work Experience: Minimum of seven years of professional experience in agricultural development and/or project implementation in an area of FAO’s activities in the country.

Languages: Working knowledge (level C) of the FAO official language used for communication within the country (English, French or Spanish) and working knowledge of the most widely used local language

Selection Criteria
  • Level and extent of relevance of experience in programme/project development and management.
  • Extent of experience in training, supervising and coordinating the work of others.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the purpose and functions of the technical programme, operational guidelines and project / programme management procedures, possibly of those adopted by the United Nations or FAO.
  • Proven capacity to approach work assignments in systematic and efficient manner with judgement and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Proven ability to establish excellent working relationships within and outside the Organization and liaise with officials from government and other institutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to use standard office software, such as MS Office (Windows, Word, Outlook, Excel, Power Point, and Internet) and project management software and other information systems /databases.
How to apply
To apply, visit the iRecruitment website at and complete your online profile. 

Only applications received through iRecruitment will be considered.
Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile.
Vacancies will be removed from iRecruitment at 23:59 Central European Time (CET) on the deadline for applications date. 

We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.
If you need help, or have queries, please contact:
The PPF along with a Curriculum Vitae and a cover letter should be sent via email to:
FAO Representative in kenya
United Nations Office at Nairobi, Block P, Level 3,
P.O Box 30470 – 00100, 
Nairobi – Kenya

Please note that FAO staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the Director-General and may be assigned to any activities or office of the organization.

Qualified female applicants and qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member countries are encouraged to apply.

Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization.

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