The key mission of the FAO Representation in Somalia, which is led by the FAO Representative (FAOR), is to assist and support the national government in developing policies, strategies and programme aimed at accelerating the implementation and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in FAO’s global mandate and strategic objectives.
More specifically, FAO’s response aims to address national needs and priorities in achieving food security, reducing hunger and malnutrition, developing agricultural, fishery and forestry sectors, ensuring the sustainable use of environmental and natural resources and responding to recurrent emergencies.
The current portfolio of activities of the FAO Representation in Somalia includes a wide scope of technical support interventions ranging from policy support through livestock and crop production to natural resource management, Nutrition, fisheries, value chain, food security analysis and water and land information management. FAO is also implementing several emergency, resilience-building, and development interventions, with the support of its five field offices and close to 400 staff in partnership with the Federal and State line ministries.
The position is under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Somalia and the direct supervision of the Head of Programme, and in collaboration with the relevant technical divisions and sectors in FAO.
The National Project Coordinator – SCRP Fisheries will be responsible for the achievement of all project objectives and overall project implementation.
Tasks and Responsibilities
• Provide effective leadership, coordination and facilitation of technical inputs, management support and technical oversight for the project.
• Liaise with the PIU, Federal and Member State authorities on all aspects of project coordination and implementation.
• Maintain regular and effective communication with Federal and State Governments (relevant ministries of fisheries) on all aspects of project implementation.
• Provide effective team leadership for the implementing agencies and partners.
• Support the project in adhering to all environmental and social safeguarding requirements and documentation by advising the Federal Ministry of Fisheries and Blue Economy and ensuring adherence by relevant Federal Member State ministries.
• Develop annual work plans related to the different project outputs and outcomes in collaboration with relevant sectors and partners.
• Ensure the operational and technical supervision of the project as per FAO guidelines.
• Review contractual implementation documents (Letters of Agreement, contracts) of the project prepared by Project team.
• Supervise quality control of Letters of Agreement and Letters of Understanding with programme/project implementing partners.
• Liaise with FAO Operations Unit regarding operational and logistics requirements of the planned interventions.
• Contribute to and/or prepare Inception Report, Monthly, Quarterly and Annual progress reports as per the project documents and signed agreements.
• Regularly meet with and update FAO fisheries team and with SCRP coordination team on any challenges, risks, lessons learned, etc.
• Lead, organize and participate in meetings with partners and government counterparts at local level, as required for successful operation and implementation of the project.
• Ensure appropriate visibility during project activities to recognize the World Bank as donor.
• Develop and maintain regular contacts and partnership with local and international organizations, stakeholders, civil society and other humanitarian and development actors.
• Make periodic visits to the sites where the project is operating to provide backup support.
• Liaise with M&E Teams in FAO and government bodies regarding the planning, implementation and reporting of project progress and ensure that the M&E system is in place as per the goals and objectives of the project.
• Conduct other relevant project tasks as required by FAO.
Skills and Qualifications
• University degree in one of the following fields: resource management, agriculture, fisheries, business administration, economics, agricultural economics, or other relevant discipline.
• At least 6 years of relevant experience in implementing large scale, multi-stakeholder projects in a sub-Saharan developing country environment.
• Working knowledge (level C) of the FAO official language used for communication within the country (English) and working knowledge of the local language(s) is required.
• Nationality of Somalia with at least 5 years’ experience within Somali context.
FAO Core Competencies
• Results Focus
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Experience working with UN or FAO or other international development or donor partner in Somalia.
• Lead implementation of the project with stakeholders at federal and member State levels.
• Ability to supervise, manage and support field activities of the project.
• Demonstrated experience in applying Results Based Management tools in managing complex donor – funded projects.
• Demonstrated experience and capacity to constructively liaise with government institutions at various levels in a complex political, economic, and social environment.
• Ability to prepare technical reports and agreements.
- FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
- Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help please contact: Careers@fao.org
- Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
- Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/
- For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/
- Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.
How to apply
• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
• Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
• Incomplete applications will not be considered
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• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
• We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.
If you need help, or have queries, please contact: Careers@fao.org
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