Programme and Liaison Specialist

May 11, 2022

Job Description

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

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-UN) – An intergovernmental organization, FAO has 194 Member Nations, two associate members and one member organization, the European Union. Its employees come from various cultural backgrounds and are experts in the multiple fields of activity FAO engages in. FAO’s staff capacity allows it to support improved governance inter alia, generate, develop and adapt existing tools and guidelines and provide targeted governance support as a resource to country and regional level FAO offices. Headquartered in Rome, Italy, FAO is present in over 130 countries.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Programme and Liaison Specialist
Vacancy No: 2201267
Location: Abuja
Organizational Unit: FRNIR
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: Consultant
Duration: Up to 11 months
Organizational Setting

Under the supervision of the FAO Representative (FAOR) and in close collaboration with Heads of Programmes, the Consultant will be expected to lead resource mobilisation for FAO Nigeria Country Programming Framework with emphasis on humanitarian, Resilience and development work to improve food security, nutrition, livelihoods and natural resource management.

Reporting Lines:

The consultant reports to the FAO Representative in Nigeria.

Technical Focus:

Close collaboration with development partners supporting  development, humanitarian and resilience building
Liaise with key partners in the UN system, civil society, private sector and Government;

Key Results:

Promotes effective integration of development, resilience-building and humanitarian projects into a comprehensive country programme and support a communication and resource mobilization strategy for the country programme .

Tasks and Responsibilities

Build a network of collaboration with governmental and organizational counterparts to facilitate FAO Nigeria programme coordination and advocacy
Develop and negotiate effective working relationships with international, regional and national stakeholders and promotes FAO programmatic approaches and capacities in collaborative activities with external counterparts
Monitor and identify critical programme issues where FAO expertise is needed, and organize information flows from external collaborators to programme units
Facilitate mobilization of resources by supporting the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of FAO programmes
Promote FAO comparative advantages in collaborative activities with external counterparts
Lead in preparation of concept notes and related programme documents/reports (work programme, programme budget, etc.).
Develop and lead the implementation of a resource mobilization strategy for FAO Nigeria
In cooperation with senior technical colleagues, liaise with Government, UN Agencies, Private sector and humanitarian and development partners to mobilize project and programme resources
Liaise with resource partners and communications officer to organize donor field and high level engagement
Work with technical units in FAO Nigeria and relevant divisions in HQ, Regional office and sub-regional office for West Africa to lead phases 1-3 of the Project Cycle including: identification, formulation, appraisal and approval
Ensure alignment of new programmes with the Government humanitarian and development goals, the UN Nigeria sustainable Development Partnership framework FAO Nigeria Country Programming Framework, , and FAO’s corporate initiatives
Develop and maintain an overview of the agriculture and food and nutrition security priorities for humanitarian and development, by existing and potentially new resource partners for FAO Nigeria
Maintain updated soft and hard pipeline databases, project tracking and maintain an information database and update monitoring tools
Provide periodic updates at management meetings, joint development partners meetings and monitor (and provide alerts regarding) programme funding gaps
Serve as lead author for the preparation of briefs and leaflets regarding the FAO Nigeria programme
Strengthen capacities of national staff in Result Based Management; Project Cycle Management and regular tips on successful Resource Mobilization
Liaise with FAO Technical units to ensure technical quality in donor reports
Participate in formulating regular progress reports, final reports, briefs and comprehensive reports for ongoing emergency/resilience/development projects as well as correspondence with government and donors
Participate actively in the Food Security Sector as co-lead agency and in line with the principles of the Global Food Security Cluster and provide technical support as required, ensuring the follow up of the food, nutrition and agriculture situation in the country and the identification of priority interventions
Play an active role in the Agriculture working group that brings together development partners and other actors in the sector
Perform other related duties as required

Minimum Requirements

University Degree in International Relations, Public Relations, Political Science, and International Cooperation for Development, Development Economics or a related field
3 years relevant experience in partnership building, fundraising, negotiations, public relations/advocacy, preferably in the areas of food and agriculture
Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of French or one of the other FAO languages.

FAO Core Competencies:

Results Focus
Building Effective Relationships
Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical / Functional Skills:

Excellent command of written and spoken English;
Excellent communication, writing and presentation skills;
Readiness to carry out visits to project sites and duty travel as required;
Flexibility and adaptability to work in emergency situations with tight deadlines;
Experience in a liaison function;
Excellent team-building and cross-cultural skills;
Thorough knowledge of FAO’s PCM guidelines and requirements;
Sound knowledge of FAO’s procedures and guidelines;
High level of proficiency with ERPs used by FAO.
Strong overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.);

Application Closing Date
10:59 PM: 25th May, 2022.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Note: All candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All, and Integrity and Transparency.

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