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Posted on 19 Mar, 2024
Closing on 09 Apr, 2024

Job Description

Assistant FAOR Representative (Programme) 

Job Posting: 18/Mar/2024

Closure Date: 09/Apr/2024, 12:59:00 AM

Organizational Unit: FNYAR

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition: NPO (National Professional Officer)

Grade Level: N-2

Primary Location: Yemen-Sana'A

Duration: Fixed-term: 2 years with possibility of extension

Post Number: 0816574

CCOG Code: 1A02

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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

FAO Yemen, with support from the Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa (FAO-RNE) and the Office of Emergencies and Resilience (OER) in FAO headquarters, is leading the implementation of a variety of projects related to agriculture, livestock and fisheries to restore rural livelihoods while addressing the underlying causes of the current crisis. Since 2021, FAO has been implementing the "Food Security Response and Resilience (FSRRP) in Yemen" project, which is financed by the Work Bank. With assistance from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), FAO and the Social Fund for Development (SFD) have been collaborating to carry out the "Rural Livelihoods Development Project (RLDP)". With funding from the European Union (EU) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), FAO has been implementing a three-year cooperative programme called "Supporting Resilient Livelihoods and Food Security in Yemen (ERRY III)" in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Food Programme (WFP). The “Food Security Response and Resilience (FSRRP) in Yemen" project aims to combat extreme hunger in Yemen and provide rural families with sustainable food security opportunities. FAO has been implementing programmes over the last two years to enhance the nutritional quality of vulnerable rural households, boost the production and market share of livestock, fish products and nutrient-dense crops, as well as to build capacity for managing food security and climate resilience. The Assistant FAO Representative (Programme) will work for the FSRRP project, and his/her main role will be to lead, in the context of the project, sustainable crop production intensification. This requires the integration and harmonization of appropriate crop production and protection policies and practices within the broader framework of sustainable food and agriculture that aims at enhancing productivity; natural resources conservation and management; and rural livelihoods and resilience.

The position is located in the FAO Representation in Sana’a, Yemen.

Reporting Lines

The Assistant FAO Representative (Programme) reports to the FAO Representative (FAOR).

Technical Focus

Programme development, coordination and operational assistance based on knowledge of local conditions, culture, language and institutions of the country of assignment. Management and provision of the full range of technical and operational tasks in support of the programme and project activities of the FAO Representation in the agriculture and food systems including forestry, fisheries and nutrition.

Key Results

Effective and efficient coordination and provision of technical and operational support of programme and project activities of the FAO Representation.

Key Functions

  • Liaises and assists government authorities and local, national and international institutions in the areas of FAO's activities in the country and with other UN agencies. He/she may represent FAO at interagency meetings as required.
  • Promotes the image of FAO through advocacy of the Organization's mandate, programmes, national priorities and activities including development and maintenance of communication tools such as website, press releases and publications, and supports the implementation of FAO's regulatory framework (Codex Alimentarius, Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, Safe Use of Pesticides, etc.) in the country.
  • Coordinates the collection, consolidation and maintenance of country data on food, crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries, including information on external aid in FAO's corporate systems, and monitors changes in national policies affecting the agricultural sector.
  • Participates in producing technical, economic and policy studies as required and developing country level development frameworks, such as the Country Programming Framework (CPF) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF).
  • Participates in the identification, formulation and preparation of programme and project proposals; monitors and reviews the status of programme/project implementation to ensure that all operational activities are carried out in line with the work plan and the project document; identifies inconsistencies and delays and, when necessary, proposes corrective measures to overcome operational constraints.
  • Briefs, trains and supervises lower grade level programme staff regarding all aspects of the job; ensures adherence to procedures and work requirements as well as accuracy and diligence of the work provided.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Specific Functions

  • Monitors and facilitates meeting deadlines on key deliverables, project results and main targets. 
  • Oversees project and programme implementation to ensure the result-based deliverables of FAO projects and programme in the country. 
  • Participates in the development and promotion of the country’s Resource Mobilization Strategy and contributes to fund mobilization efforts through liaison with the donor community in the country; and formulates pipeline projects as appropriate. 
  • Provides guidance to the national team in the formulation of the FAO Communication Strategy for Yemen. 
  • Promotes relationships with the private sector, academia and the civil society organization to increase partnerships. 
  • Oversees and provides guidance for operational and administrative support ensuring that effective workflows are in place. 
  • Assists in advising government institutions on issues related to the agriculture and food systems approach, as required.


Minimum Requirements

  • National of the country of assignment.
  • Advanced university degree in agriculture, agricultural economics, forestry, fisheries, natural resources, rural development, business administration and management, international relations or any other field related to the work of the Organization.
  • Two years of relevant experience in public and/or private sectors related to programming, planning and technical cooperation in food and agriculture and/or project implementation in an area of FAO's activities in the country.
  • Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of Arabic and limited knowledge (intermediate - level B) of English.



  • Results Focus

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Team Work
  • Communication
  • Building effective relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
  • Extent and relevance of experience in programme/project development and management.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the purpose and functions of the technical programme, operational guidelines and project/programme management procedures, preferably those adopted by the United Nations or FAO.
  • Extent and relevance of experience in the field of policy analysis relating to food and nutrition security, agriculture and rural development.
  • Extent and relevance of experience in the collection of country data on food, crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries.
  • Extent and relevance of experience in the identification, formulation and preparation of programme and project proposals as well as programme/project implementation, monitoring and review.
  • Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of English is considered an asset.


Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.



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  • Staff members in this category are recruited locally and paid according to a local salary scale. Salary scales are reviewed periodically on the basis of comprehensive surveys of the best prevailing conditions of employment in the locality.
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