Chief Technical Adviser

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
16th March, 2019

Job Description

Organizational Setting

The Nutrition and Food systems Division assists member countries to improve diets and raise levels of nutrition, as well as supports with appropriate policies, strategies and methodologies for improving the efficiency and inclusiveness of their food and agricultural systems. As a knowledge leader, areas addressed include dietary assessment, support on nutrition-sensitive food and agriculture policies and programs, effective nutrition promotion programmes, food value chains, market linkages, post-harvest handling and agro-processing. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is committed to support member countries in their efforts to improve nutritional outcomes as stated in the Rome Declaration on Nutrition (November 2014) and to mainstream nutrition into FAO's Strategic Objective 4 “Enable more inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems”.

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.

Reporting Lines

The Chief Technical Advisor reports to the FAO Representative in Bangladesh. He/she collaborates with the Country Programme/Operations/Administrative Units and in consultation with the relevant technical units at FAO headquarters and with technical units at the Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (RAP).

Technical Focus: Support to implementation of FAO nutrition and food systems agenda at global, regional, sub regional and/or country level.

Key Results: Leadership and technical expertise for the planning, development and implementation of Programme of Work and Budget, projects, related-products, and services in accordance with FAO’s Strategic Objectives.

Key Functions

  • Leads the development, implementation and evaluation on technical issues of assigned programmes/projects; directs review of relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities, liaises with relevant parties; identifies and initiates follow-up actions;
  • Coordinates programmes and reviews the assessments of issues and trends for the implementation of programmes and projects and the preparation of impact evaluation or equivalent studies;
  • Supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications;
  • Directs substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations;
  • Manages outreach activities; designs and conducts training workshops, seminars, makes presentations on assigned topics/activities;
  • Leads field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties;
  • Provides advice to develop policies and strategies as well as national protocols and guidelines for projects with specific domains related to FAO's work.

Specific Functions

  • Advises the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives in implementing the project;
  • Prepares the annual Technical Assistance Team work plans and budgets; clears them with FAO and the donor and obtaining Programme Steering Committee approval of them;
  • Supervises the implementation of the work plans, prepares commitment requests for the FAO budget holder and monitors and reports on progress and expenditures in accordance with the requirements of FAO, the Government of Bangladesh, the Steering Committee and the donor;
  • Supervises and assist the Technical Assistance Team, consultants and the support staff in carrying out their duties;
  • Develops the draft Terms of Reference (TORs) for international consultants, also specifying what tasks are to be performed during each of their missions;
  • Participates in the briefing and debriefing of all consultants and carefully reviews their reports after each mission.
  • Coordinates equipment needs to be procured under each component of the programme;
  • Develops overall plans for training to be performed under each component of the programme;
  • Liaises directly with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on matters related to involvement of partners; and other technical agencies from Netherlands as required during the course of the project;
  • Monitors all components of the programme according to the programme document;
  • Prepares the final report of work and drafts terminal report of programme in consultation with relevant stakeholders.

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in agriculture, management, food safety, food science or food technology, or a related discipline;
  • Ten years of experience in programme management in particular in food systems related activities;
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian.


  • Results Focus
  • Leading, Engaging and Empowering
  • Communication
  • Partnering and Advocating
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
  • Strategic Thinking

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions, is essential;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in researching, planning, managing and executing programs in complex situations;
  • Demonstrated capacity to understand government organization structure and their roles to promote dialogue and multi-institutional support;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in programme management in particular in food systems related activities specifically at the government level;
  • Working knowledge of English is an asset.


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