Assistant to the FAO Representative

FAO, Conakry, Guinea

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st October, 2020

Job Description

The main objective of FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments in developing policies, programs and projects aimed at ensuring food security and reducing hunger and malnutrition, to help develop agriculture, fisheries and forestry, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.Essential functions

The Assistant FAO Representative liaises and collaborates with government authorities and local, national and international institutions in FAO's areas of work in the country and with other United Nations agencies. He / she may represent FAO at inter-agency meetings as appropriate;
promotes the image of FAO by disseminating information on the Organization's mandate, programs, national priorities and activities, including the creation and maintenance of communication tools such as websites, press releases and publications and collaborates in the implementation of FAO regulatory frameworks (Codex Alimentarius, Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, Safe Use of Pesticides, etc.) in the country;
coordinates the collection, collation and management of national data on food and crop production, livestock, forestry and fisheries, including information on external assistance in FAO systems and monitors changes in national policies affecting the agricultural sector;
participates in the production of technical papers, economic papers and policy studies as well as the development of development frameworks at the country level, for example Country Programming Frameworks and the United Nations Master Plan for development aid (UNDAF);
participate in the identification, formulation and preparation of program and project proposals; monitors and analyzes the progress of the implementation of the program or project to ensure that all operational activities are carried out in accordance with the work plan and the project document; highlights inconsistencies and delays and, if necessary, proposes corrective measures to overcome operational constraints;
briefs, trains and coaches lower level program staff in all aspects of the job; ensures compliance with procedures and task requirements as well as the accuracy and diligence of the work performed;
Performs other related duties as required.


  • Minimum conditions to be fulfilled
  • Be a national of the country of assignment
  • Advanced university degree in agriculture, agricultural economics, forestry sciences, fisheries sciences, or in a field related to the activities of the Organization
  • Two years of relevant experience in agricultural development and / or project implementation in one of FAO's areas of work in the country;
  • Fluent knowledge (Level C) of French
  • Fluent knowledge of the local language
  • Average knowledge (level B) of English

General skills

  • Be results oriented
  • Team spirit
  • Communicate
  • Building constructive relationships
  • Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement

Technical qualifications

  • Experience in at least two duty stations or areas of activity, particularly in the field, is desirable
  • Extent and relevance of experience in developing and managing programs and projects
  • Demonstrated understanding of the purpose and functions of the technical program, operational guidelines and project and program management procedures, preferably those adopted by the United Nations or FAO
  • Extent and relevance of experience in analyzing policies related to food and nutrition security, agriculture and rural development
  • Extent and relevance of the experience of collecting national data on food and crop production, livestock, forestry and fisheries
  • Extent and relevance of experience in identifying, formulating and preparing program and project proposals as well as program and project implementation, monitoring and review.


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