UN Careers – Associate Professional Officer (Food Security and Resilience) – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Organisation: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Deputy Representative FAO
Grade: P-2
Vacancy Announcement Number: IRC5383
Nationality: Dutch Nationals Only

About US:
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has a global mandate to improve nutrition, increase agricultural productivity, raise the standard of living in rural populations and contribute to global economic’ growth. Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts - to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.

Job Summary: The Associate Professional Officer reports to the Deputy Representative FAO Technical Focus Support the formulation, implementation and monitoring of various projects within FAO's programme in Uganda with a focus on community resilience/livelihoods, climate change and adaptation

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Collection and analysis of information, data and statistics and project / meeting services to support programme projects, products and services
  • Collects and analyzes relevant technical, social, economic, environmental, institutional and technology related information, data and/or statistics to support the delivery of programme projects, products and services
  • Undertakes analysis, provides technical input for plans and reports and edits/revises technical/scientific documents.
  • Actively participates in the development of improved work methods, tools and systems
  • Updates databases and web pages
  • Participates on multi-disciplinary project/work teams
  • Collaborates in the development of training tools and materials and the organization of workshops/seminars etc.
  • Participates in the organization, conduct and follow-up of meetings, consultations and conferences, the development/production of required materials and the provision of information and assistance to partners
Specific Functions
  • Contributes to the overall implementation of FAO's Country Programming Framework (CPF 2015-2019).
  • Supports the FAO office and projects in developing sustainable livelihoods security strategies and community resilience/livelihoods security technical approaches and strategies.
  • Participates in capacity building initiatives and training in support of the FAO programme portfolio. Supports assessments, research and documentation as required.
  • Develops and sustains liaison with key professionals in the Government, UN Country Team and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) engaged in the field of food security.
  • Supports fund raising activities through networking, proposal and concepts development (as necessary) for food security and community resilience/livelihoods interventions.
  • Assists in ensuring gender and land tenure considerations are mainstreamed in ongoing projects and during project formulation.
  • Assists in the preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and critical reports, including proposals for improvements in operation and the scope of programmes.
  • Provides practical suggestions for replicating or introducing good practices, in terms of enabling different ways of working, overcoming implementation barriers, and policy opportunities and constraints.
  • Reviews available reports (including FAO's projects) and national strategies and documents on land, forests, water and crop use and management, conduct consultative meetings with key stakeholders and informants.
  • Contributes to draft information materials and prepares periodic reports on the progress of operational projects.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Associate Professional Officer (Food Security and Resilience) job opportunity should hold an advanced university degree in agriculture, environmental sciences, social sciences, or a related field
  • Three years (and maximum 4 years) of relevant experience in food security, climate change and adaptation
  • Working knowledge of English.
  • All candidates should possess computer/word processing skills.

Personal Competencies:
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • 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 and relevance of experience in programme/project analysis, formulation and implementation
  • Extent and relevance of knowledge of the UN system in the field is an asset

NB: Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:
All candidates should apply online at the link below

Deadline: 8th April 2018 by 2:00pm

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