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National Professional Officer (Gender) Job at FAO in Afghanistan


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1 Year
Male, Female, Both
Bachelor Degree

Brief Details About National Professional Officer (Gender) Job at FAO in Afghanistan:

Job Location: Kabul
Nationality: Afghan
Category: Other
Employment Type: Full Time
Salary: As Per Organization Salary Scale (N-1)
Organization: FAO
Years of Experience: Minimum of 1 year relevant experience
Contract Duration: Fixed-term: one year with possibility of extension
Gender: Female
Education: Advance University degree
Close date: 2023-05-26

About FAO:

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization is known as FAO. It is a specialized organization of the UN that focuses on global initiatives to end hunger through advancing agriculture. The goal of FAO is to promote sustainable agricultural development, enhance nutrition, and support the lives of rural communities in order to create a world free from hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. The FAO offers member nations technical assistance, gathers and disseminates data, and offers a venue for discussion on matters pertaining to food and agriculture. Additionally, FAO is in the forefront of global initiatives to promote sustainable agriculture and fight hunger and malnutrition.

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Main Responsibilities and Tasks:

Key Functions:

  • Assists in liaising and cooperating with government authorities and national and international institutions in the areas of FAO’s activities in the country and in liaising with other UN agencies;
  • Provides support to promoting the image of FAO through advocacy of the Organization’s mandate, programmes, national priorities and activities including development and maintenance of communication tools (e.g. website, press releases and publications) and supports the implementation of FAO’s regulatory frameworks (e.g. Codex Alimentarius and Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries) in the country;
  • Collects, consolidates and maintains country data on food, crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries (sex and age-disaggregated whenever possible) including information on external aid in FAO’s corporate systems and participate in monitoring changes in national policies affecting the agricultural sector;
  • Assists with the production of and integration of gender equality and inclusivity in technical, economic and policy studies and assists in the development of country level development frameworks such as the Country Programming Framework (CPF) and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF);
  • Assists in the identification, formulation and preparation of programme and project proposals and monitor and review 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; when necessary, propose corrective measures to overcome operational constraints;
  • Briefs, trains, including on FAO Gender Equality Policy, and supervises lower grade level programme staff regarding all aspects of the job; ensures adherence to procedures and work requirements and accuracy and diligence of the work provided;
  • Performs other duties as required.

Specific Functions:

  • Supports the Country Programming and Liaison Unit in achieving gender equality and gender mainstreaming in FAO Afghanistan work;
  • Plans and leads the overall gender components of the FAO programmes and projects at the national, regional, and provincial levels;
  • Initiates, leads and coordinates assessment, data collection, analysis and reporting with regard to overall gender mainstreaming and integration in the projects in order to generate evidence on gender and other social aspects of technical areas under the FAO mandate;
  • Leads capacity development activities including developing training and promotional materials, knowledge sharing, documenting good practices and lessons learned for gender-related issues;
  • Supports the FAO programme and project teams by strengthening awareness and capacities to work in a gender-responsive manner, by providing technical and strategic guidance, training, mentoring and monitoring to support all gender-related activities implementation;
  • Acts as FAO Afghanistan’s gender focal point and support the Country Office (CO) colleagues in gender mainstreaming; participates in the regional gender focal point meetings and liaises with the RAP Gender Officer as and when needed;
  • Supports efficient coordination between FAO Regional Offices and headquarters for operational and coordination matters relevant to gender equality, mainstreaming and integration;
  • Liaises and coordinates with the relevant stakeholders, including UN agencies, in the areas of FAO’s gender-related activities in the country;
  • Updates Country Office (CO) gender strategy and gender stocking in coordination with projects’ gender focal points;
  • Contributes to the Country’s Annual Report, country outcomes and other communication materials related to gender aspects;
  • Acts as FAO focal point at gender-related meetings, dialogues and other events as required;
  • Acts as secretary of country office women group meetings.

Required Skills, Education, and Experience:

  • National of the country of assignment.
  • Advanced university degree in Gender Studies, Social Sciences, Nutrition, Agricultural, Business Administration, Human Rights, Economics or any other field related to the work of the Organization.
  • One year of relevant experience in in gender analysis and gender mainstreaming across a range of rural livelihoods, resilience, and development programmes including nutrition and/or agriculture, rural development with special knowledge in gender mainstreaming, gender-sensitive value chains as well as gender and development, human rights, social affairs, political affairs or humanitarian affairs.
  • Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of the official language used for FAO communication with the country (English).
  • Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of the local language (Pashto and Dari).
  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions.
  • Extent and relevance of experience in programme/project development and management in particular in gender-related issues.
  • Understanding of the purpose and functions of technical programmes, operational guidelines and programme/project management procedures, preferably those adopted by the United Nations or FAO.
  • Ability to effectively support a large, multi-stakeholder project with results-based management.
  • Ability to deal with political, technical, and people management challenges, administer budgets and work effectively with all staff and with groups involved in the project.
  • Experience in designing, coordinating and implementing development progammes and projects.
  • Experience in organizing stakeholder meetings or workshops.
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems expeditiously and pragmatically through tact, initiative and sound judgment.
  • Extent and relevance of experience in coordinating and liaising with the relevant stakeholders.
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and coordination skills, and proven ability to work constructively with a variety of stakeholders to achieve common goals.
  • Previous experience with the UN is considered a strong asset.

How to Apply?

  • To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
  • Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
  • Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/
  • Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
  • Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
  • Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
  • We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

If you need help, or have queries, please contact: Careers@fao.or


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