The Office of Emergencies and Resilience (OER) is responsible for ensuring FAO’s efforts to support countries and partners in preparing for and effectively responding to food and agricultural threats and crises by i) increasing the numbers of people reached in IPC 3 and above and ii) increasing the numbers of people supported to move out of IPC 3 and above from a humanitarian caseload onto pathways of resilience and development. FAO has mainstreamed a humanitarian, development, peace nexus approach and a localization agenda throughout its strategic positioning and programmatic design and implementation at country and regional levels. In this organizational setting, OER is responsible for coordinating the development and maintenance of corporate tools and standards to enable Decentralized Offices (DOs) to assist member countries to prepare for, and respond to emergencies as well as strengthen capacities of national and sub-national institutions and partners for resilience and risk-informed development. OER ensures humanitarian policy coordination and knowledge, liaison with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee as well as with humanitarian resource partners, co-leadership with World Food Programme of the global Food Security Cluster, organizational preparedness, surge capacity and response to large-scale emergencies. OER supports food and nutrition security and sectoral/systems assessments, early warning activities related to emergency and humanitarian analysis and responses. OER plays a major role in the development and leadership of the Organization’s programme to increase the resilience of livelihoods to food and agriculture threats and crises of the Organization’s programme in areas such as risk governance and coordination, anticipatory actions, disaster risk reduction, early warning and response in agriculture and food chain crises.
Launched at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit by the European Union, FAO and WFP, the Global Network Against Food Crises is a growing alliance of humanitarian and development actors united by the commitment to tackle the root causes of food crises and promote sustainable solutions through shared analysis and knowledge, strengthened coordination in evidence-based responses and collective efforts across the Humanitarian, Development and Peace (HDP) nexus. Within this partnership, FAO has a key role in the operationalization of the Global Network at global, regional, and country level with an emphasis on analytical work around food crises to inform decision-making (e.g. Global Report on Food Crises), the identification of innovative approaches to tackle root causes of food crises in a sustainable manner, and then furthering support at the country level for HDP programming and improved coordination.
The Consultant will report to the Global Network Technical Officer.
Support to the positioning, promotion and outreach of FAO’s humanitarian programme and resilience agenda at global, regional, subregional and/or country level.
Tasks and responsibilities
Within this role key responsibilities will include:
- Contribute to the development of multi-partner technical products in particular the preparation of country analyses on vulnerabilities in food crises, food security situation and funding to food security sectors. Assist to the compilation of related global overviews and products to support strategic discussions around coordinated actions;
- Assist in the organization of global level events and strategic discussions. This will include support to preparation of briefs and concept notes, preparation of invitation letters and organization of thematic sessions for discussions. Support note taking work and preparation of material such as take away messages, partners’ statements and reports of the sessions;
- Assist in programme management and coordination activities with a focus on preparation of reports and work plans;
- Perform other related duties, as requested.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
- University degree in political sciences, agricultural economics, development economics, rural sociology, food security, nutrition, sustainable agriculture (including livestock, forestry and fisheries) or in a closely related field;
- At least 1 year (Category C) or 5 years (Category B) of experience related to programming, planning and technical cooperation in food and agriculture (experience in developing countries and in particular in contexts of vulnerability to disaster or other emergency risks is desirable);
- Working knowledge (level C) of English and limited knowledge (level B) of another official language of the Organization (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or Russian).
FAO Core Competencies
- Results Focus
- Building Effective Relationships
- Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
- Demonstrated ability to analyze problems, make appropriate recommendations, effective decisions, including in emergency settings;
- Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable; Ability to work under pressure and adapt to an evolving and complex humanitarian context and within multidisciplinary and different cultural background teams;
- Ability to plan and organize own work, deliver results and meet deadlines;
- Excellent research, report writing, analytical and communication skills.
How to apply
To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered. Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile. Vacancies will be removed from the recruitment portal 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.
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