Ended Access Sensitive Specialist

The Job

Organizational Setting

FAO's office for Yemen is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing countrywide food, agriculture and rural development priorities under Yemen. It develops and maintains relations with the relevant Ministries at country level. This position is based in FAO Representation in Sanaa, Yemen. The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

Factors such as food insecurity, disputes over access to land and other natural resources and resulting displacement, can be drivers of food insecurity. Strengthening resilience can help people stay on their land, contribute to the building of social capital between community groups, create the conditions for the return to place of origin, and foster improved governance and stability. Integrating technical expertise in these, and other, areas to support efforts towards local stability needs to be deepened and enhanced, predicated on context analyses to inform context-sensitive programming.

Context analysis provides an evidence base to enable strategic and more targeted responses to the ongoing crisis in Yemen. The analysis of the context is necessary to inform programmes and actions, through the consistent application of context-sensitive approaches, rooted in robust theories of change. Such context analyses informs programme development, implementation and access modalities, particularly in challenging contexts. The analysis is integral to the likelihood of FAO programming causing harm, and where possible contributing to positive improvements within the local context within the scope of FAO’s mandate. More specifically, such analysis is intended to:

  • Identify local community interactions and dynamics through the study of causality, contemporary contextual drivers, stakeholders and the impact on FAO core mandated areas;
  • Assess the impact of the crisis on agriculture, livelihoods and markets;
  • Document likely scenarios and their impact over the length of the programme cycle;
  • Inform context-sensitive programme design and principled and impartial access during implementation;
  • Understand potential interconnections between the context and FAO programming and provide recommendations for staff to minimize unintentional negative impacts;
  • Document where programming could contribute to improvements in the local context
  • Develop more contextually driven linkages with partners, other UN agencies, NGOs and donors;
  • Recognize information gaps and identify areas for further study.

Reporting Lines

Under the general supervision of the FAO Representative and direct supervision of Assistant FAOR (Program), and in close consultation with Technical Staff, the incumbent will be responsible for ensuring high quality of outputs on all matters related to the project.

Technical Focus

  •  Application of contextual analysis, including design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and risk management frameworks to inform programmes and actions at various levels.
  •  The overall aim of this consultancy is to inform and support FAO Yemen with a more systematic understanding of the context and the integration of these findings into programming.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Under the overall guidance of FAO Representative and the direct supervision of the FAOR Programme Assistant, and the technical/functional guidance of ESA based at Rome Headquarters, the incumbent will contribute to FAO Yemen’s programme implementation and development.
  • Broadly speaking, the tasks and responsibilities include proactive analysis and monitoring of the context in Yemen, as well as the provision of training to staff and partners on context-sensitive programming approaches.

The activities to be undertaken as part of the consultation are as follows:

Context Analysis

  • Support FAO Yemen by conducting and supporting context analyses with particular attention to areas of FAO’s mandate, identifying policy implications and programmatic opportunities, to integrate into and inform context-sensitive programming, informing Country Programming Frameworks and Resilience Strategies and contributing to inter-agency discussions and planning at the field level;
  • Provide contextual support to project development and formulation
  • Contribute to analytical products that inform resilience and food security analysis in Yemen

Context Sensitivity

  • Raise awareness and support the capacity building of staff on context sensitivity.
  • Run Context Sensitivity “Programme Clinics” with FAO staff to tease out programming implications, and build capacity of FAO staff in this regard, using the existing and tested joint FAO methodology;

Access and Context Monitoring

  • Support operations in developing access strategies and approaches, working with implementing partners to document best practices and build capacities for programming in hard to reach areas
  • Support the development and rollout of a context monitoring methodology and system to document probable scenarios on the basis of proactive monitoring of the context and to develop information notes and proposals for the adaptive management of projects;
  • Contribute to interagency access coordination; advise on programming in high risk and/or hard to reach areas.


 Minimum Requirements  

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in humanitarian, peacebuilding, and development work with a focus on access and the structured analysis of local contexts
  • Advanced degree in peace and conflict studies, political science, or relevant fields (or Bachelor’s with equivalent work experience)
  • Full competency and fluency in English and Arabic.
  • National of Yemen

 FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

 Technical/Functional Skills

  • Demonstrated technical experience in analytical tools, methodologies, political economy analysis at national and subnational levels, power relations, political systems, formal and informal institutions
  • Demonstrable technical knowledge of and experience in managing and/or advising on humanitarian access
  • Understanding of complex emergencies; experience working in insecure and crisis environment.
  • Experience in facilitating training with knowledge of skills development
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills, Team Player
  • Proven strong communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills; Analytical skills and experience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including capability to negotiate with stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to work under difficult conditions, a high degree of pressure and to work with people of different culture
  • Capacity to take initiative, and suggest modifications in the process
  • Ability to plan, organize, implement and report
  • Knowledge of FAO’s core mandated areas an advantage

Selection Criteria

  • Excellent writing and analytical skills
  • Ability to keep sensitive information as confidential
  • Demonstrable technical knowledge of and experience managing and/or advising on humanitarian access
  • Experience in facilitating training with knowledge of skills development
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including capability to negotiate with stakeholders
  • Excellent communication, writing and presentation skills in English.
  • Ability to keep sensitive information as confidential.


  • 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

  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications

  • For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/

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
  • Employer: FAO
  • Category: Development/Non-Profit
  • Location: Sana'a
  • Posted on: 12 February 2020
  • Deadline: 21 February 2020