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Senior Agricultural Officer (Agriculture and Rural Development) 

Job Posting  : 23/Feb/2023

Closure Date : 16/Mar/2023, 3:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: FAO Representation in Somalia, FRSOM

Job Type : Staff position

Type of Requisition: Professional Project

Grade Level: P-5

Primary Location : Somalia-Mogadiscio

Duration: Fixed-term: one year with possibility of extension

Post Number: 2009442

CCOG Code: 1H01

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device
The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments


• FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
• Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply
• Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
• FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
• All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
• All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
• FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through the FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better productionbetter nutritionbetter environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind

Organizational Setting
The key mission of the FAO Representation in Somalia, which is led by FAO Representative (FAOR), is to assist and support the national government to develop policies, strategies and programmes aimed at accelerating the implementation and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the area of 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, and ensuring the sustainable use of environmental and natural resources and respond 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 fisheries, Agriculture and crop production, to natural resource management, nutrition, 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 in partnership with the Federal and State line ministries.

FAO is a global institution mandated with food and agriculture issues fostering global, regional and national initiatives to ensure sustainable development of the sector and in optimizing its contribution to nutrition, food security and rural poverty reduction, integrating scientific and technical expertise and policy advice. Agriculture is fundamental sources of food, livelihoods, trade around the world. In Somalia, in addition to wide scope of technical support interventions policy development, FAO is implementing several emergency, resilience-building and development interventions in the agriculture sector. The incumbent will be responsible for the development and day-to-day management of FAO’s agriculture sector activities.

The position is located in the FAO Representation in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Reporting Lines
The Senior Agricultural Officer (Agriculture and Rural Development) reports to the Senior Programme Officer/Head of Programme – Somalia, under the overall guidance of the FAOR in Somalia and the technical guidance of relevant divisions at headquarters and Decentralized Offices.

Technical Focus
The Senior Agricultural Officer (Agriculture and Rural Development) leads the implementation of FAO’s agriculture sector programme operations and strategies, priorities of coordination, assessment and time-critical interventions.

Key Results
Leadership and technical policy expertise for the planning, development and implementation of Regional Programmes of work, projects, products and services in accordance with the FAO Strategic Framework and in alignment with the Organization’s Gender Policy.

Key Functions
•    Plans, manages or leads highly specialized or multidisciplinary teams; leads, coordinates and/or participates in regional committees, project teams and working groups, and/or provides technical leadership/secretariat services on technical networks and/or international technical policy and standard setting bodies.
•    Analyses global and country specific requirements and relevant technical issues to provide critical input into the FAO Strategic Framework, Programme of Work, work plans and the supporting budgets and/or resourcing strategies.
•    Implements and monitors programmes of work involving the development of the approach, evidence based strategies and related tools, methodologies and the supporting system/database, monitoring and reporting frameworks.
•    Conducts, designs and oversees research and analysis activities to support the development of technical standards, international instruments, innovation, technical reports, publications and/or on-going programme development as well as the provision of technical and/or policy advisory services.
•    Provides technical and policy advice to Members and technical support to Decentralized Offices in the development and implementation of their programmes.
•    Leads and/or collaborates in, provides technical backstopping to and ensures the quality/effectiveness of capacity development and knowledge sharing activities within member countries such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning and on-line tools.
•    Represents the Organization at international meetings and conferences, identifies and implements strategic partnerships, advocates best practices and increased policy dialogue and develops and negotiates effective working relationships/consensus and agreements with international and national stakeholders.
•    Leads and/or participates in resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate Strategy.

Specific Functions
•    Leads the operationalization, reporting, work plans and the supporting budgets/and/or resourcing strategies relating to agriculture programmes/projects/activities of the Country Programming Framework (CPF) 2022-2025.
•    Supervises finance and administration for the same programmes/projects and prepares reports for partners.
•    Provides functional and technical guidance for all agriculture sector programmes, especially plant protection, crop production and related food security programmes relevant to both development and emergency operations at sub-national and national levels, taking into account the Horn of Africa regional context.
•    Ensures FAO’s active participation in all coordination mechanisms relevant to the agriculture sector (including clusters and/or sectors), with government authorities, other UN agencies, donors and other partners.
•    Promotes, supervises and evaluates community-based and participatory approaches within the above programmes/projects/activities.
•    Establishes linkages, exploring the synergies and common steering among agriculture development programmes, resilience building initiatives and emergency response.
•    Ensures agriculture sector related internal coordination mechanisms are functioning and efficient.
•    Acts as budget holder for all relevant agriculture projects and monitors the financial execution and accounting of projects.
•    Ensures that the required technical assistance from the Technical Focal Point Network is made available to the FAO implementing partners.
•    Ensures the development of an advocacy and outreach plan, including key messages, communication material such as Executive and ad-hoc Briefs, Situation Reports and the authorization of information to external communication sources.
•    Establishes and maintains regular contacts with donors, and ensures the provision of updated information on FAO assessments, response plans and activities.
•    Establishes and maintains relationships with the donor community and participates in designing new programmes and fund-raising activities.
•    Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Requirements
•    Advanced University degree in agriculture, agronomy/crop production, agricultural economics and/or advanced degree in a relevant field including development studies, food security, natural resources management and rural development.
•    Ten years of relevant experience in agriculture and rural development related development and emergency interventions, of which five years should be in the Horn of Africa context.
•    Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate – level B) of another official FAO language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

•    Results Focus
•    Team Work
•    Communication
•    Building effective relationships
•    Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills
•    Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions.
•    Extent of relevant experience in leading the implementation of agriculture and rural development related programmes or projects in developing countries, especially in the Horn of Africa, with a humanitarian-development peace nexus approach.
•    Excellent managerial and coordination skills.
•    Proven experience in fundraising activities and donor engagement.
•    Good communication, writing and presentation skills.
•    Experience in working with national institutions, international NGOs and UN agencies is desirable.
•    Familiarity with the UN System, Somali operational context and understanding of the political economy in Somalia will be a considerable advantage.


Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.
• FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment
• Extension of fixed term appointments is based on certification of performance and availability of funds
• Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link:
Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:
• Dependency allowances
• Rental subsidy
• Education grant for children
• Home leave travel
• 30 working days of annual leave per year
• Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
• International health insurance; optional life insurance
• Disability protection
FAO encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes:
• elements of family-friendly policies
• flexible working arrangements
• standards of conduct


• 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;
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided on your online profile;
• 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

• 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;
• Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
• 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:
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