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Job Title:    Programme Assistant

Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Duty Station: Uganda

Reports to: Programme Officer/Field Coordinator (Head of sub-office)


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:   FAO Uganda is engaged in support to Refugee-hosting districts in Uganda to support the economic and social integration of refugees to be self-reliant. The Programme Assistant will facilitate the day-to-day field-level implementation of FAO’s livelihoods programmes in Kiryandongo district, overseeing the work of FAO’s service provider, in collaboration with FAO’s Programme Officer/Field Coordinator (Head of sub-office) based in Arua and under the overall guidance of the Food Security and Livelihoods Coordinator.


Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative (FAOR), in consultation with the Deputy FAOR, the Programme Assistant reports to the Programme Officer/Field Coordinator (Head of sub-office) based in Arua and the overall guidance of the Food Security and Livelihoods Coordinator.


The Programme Assistant will, in collaboration with the District Local Government in Kiryandongo District, will provide routine support and oversight of the field implementation in the Refugee Response.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

·        Assist the Programme Officer/Field Coordinator in the implementation of field activities in Kiryandongo Settlement and refugee-hosting communities that cut across humanitarian and development assistance, which may include but are not limited to: community mobilization, beneficiary registration, training of beneficiaries, input distribution and participate in monitoring and verification exercises to validate service delivery progress and completion;

·        Support FAO-led preparation, finalization and implementation of activity work plans, monitoring and other implementation tasks, ensuring that the necessary synergy is built with other ongoing initiatives in the district;

·        Liaise with the Service Provider and District extension agents, in coordination with the FAO project team, to prepare the appropriate training content and any other necessary backstopping requirements and ensuring that beneficiaries are trained and are able to apply the recommended agronomic, soil and water conservation management practices.

·        Provide efficient communication with suppliers and service providers on receipt, storage and distribution of FAO inputs and assets at the field-level under the coordination of the Programme Officer/Field Coordinator;

·        Monitor day-to-day implementation by FAO service providers in Kiryandongo District, including suppliers and implementing partners, with the provision of continuous feedback on Service Providers’ performance to the Programme Officer/Field Coordinator;

·        Provide routine updates to FAO’s Programme Officer/Field Coordinator on implementation progress, ensuring that all activities on the ground are technically sound and meet expectations of government, donors and the communities served;

·        Document and share with the Programme Officer/Field Coordinator lessons-learned and provide evidence-based recommendations to address emerging issues and build on best practices to ensure effective and timely delivery;

·        In the absence of Programme Officer/Field Coordinator, participate in the relevant project-related meetings and missions to ensure the visibility of FAO in all essential activities while preserving the corporate image of FAO;

·        Produce a comprehensive activity report of the assignment based on above outlined tasks and responsibilities;

·        Undertake any other activities as requested.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·        The ideal candidate for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Programme Assistant job placement must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in agriculture, rural development, programme management or related fields.

·        Three years of programme/project experience in programme implementation.

·        Working knowledge of English.

·        Experience in agricultural livelihoods programming in humanitarian and development context, preferably in a humanitarian response.

·        Experience in community mobilization and awareness raising.

·        Experience in partnership building in providing support to local government and civil society structures.

·        Experience with activity and routine performance reporting.

·        Ugandan National


FAO Core Competencies

·        Results Focus

·        Teamwork

·        Communication

·        Building Effective Relationships

·        Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement


How to Apply:

All interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online at the link below


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NB: FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)


Deadline:  24th October 2020


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