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8+ Year
Master Degree
  • Organization: FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Dhaka
  • Grade: All levels – NPP – National Project Personnel – Local Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2023-03-21

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device

  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is a technical, knowledge-based organization aimed at moving forward policy dialogues and advocating for the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty, advancing economic and social progress for all, as well as the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

Reporting Lines

The National Programme Specialist is at SC9 position and under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Bangladesh and direct supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative (Programme) and close supervision by the Emergency and Resilience Programme Coordinator

Technical Focus

The incumbent will lead the implementation of project activities for the Emergency and Resilience Unit (ERU).

Tasks and responsibilities

• Manage the projects and staff working at the field level to coordinate and maintain liaison among FAO, DAE, DLS, DoF, BMDA etc as and when required for smooth implementation of the project; • Represent FAO in the local forum(s) related to the project activities and report back to FAO Country Office; MoDMR Anticipatory Actions Task Force, Food Security Cluster, Needs Analysis Working Group, amongst others; • Liaise closely with the Office of Emergency and Resilience (OER) in Rome and Bangkok to ensure joint strategies for project work and resource mobilization; • Lead the design and implementation of the Anticipatory Actions CERF 2021 response allocation along with sister UN agencies, partners and stakeholders; • Lead the implementation of the ongoing WFP and Sweden supported Urban Social Safety Nets project, including close documentation and follow up advocacy for expansion; • Lead the advocacy and resource mobilization for phase 2 of the Haor Development Project; • Conduct regular programme/project review meetings to ensure adherence to work plans, and that lessons learnt and best practices are adopted in a timely manner; • Provide written and oral updates to the OER team on a monthly basis, and/or as required on an ad hoc basis’ • Contribute to development of detailed activity and procurement plans for ERU projects by analysing data from baseline surveys and through consultation with stakeholders; • Lead the integration of Accountability to Affected Population (AAP) measures throughout the ERU and the Programme Unit, at all levels of the Project Cycle Management; • Contribute to the preparation of annual work plans and budgets, clearing them as required with FAO; • Provide day to day supervision and assistance to the Field Teams, consultants and support staff in carrying out their duties; • Contribute to the development and updating of the national-level FAO Resilience Strategy and the accompanying Anticipatory Action Strategy; • Monitor project implementation in the field in close coordination with Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Unit as well as the consultants assigned to individual projects and programmes, providing support to the integration of Resilience Indices Measurement and Analysis (RIMA) at all levels; • Participate in briefing and debriefing meetings for all consultants and review their field reports, including analysis and recommendations, after each mission; • Prepare project-specific reports – monthly, half yearly, annual etc. as and when required internally or by donors and stakeholders, • Assist in developing lists of equipment to be procured under the project and the official Technical Specifications for inputs, based on lessons learned and sound local analysis of need and appropriateness; • Prepare timely and well-written terminal reports of the ERU projects • Establish and maintain professional relationships and communication lines with National government offices and in particular, Department of Agriculture Extension, Fisheries, Forestry, Livestock Services and other relevant departments; • Represent the Organization at inter-agency coordination meetings, task forces and working groups as required; • Review project expenditure regularly in coordination with Operations and MEAL specialists; • Further develop resilience programming and projects for resource mobilization efforts for the ERU and the Programme Unit; • Foster technical and professional growth of staff, identifying opportunities for advanced learning and experience where possible; • Any other task assigned by the FAO Representative & Supervisor.


Minimum Requirements • Masters/ higher degree in Agriculture with emphasis on agronomy/crop and food security and nutrition. • At least 10 years of demonstrated relevant experience. • Working knowledge of (level C) English and Bangla preferable • National of Bangladesh.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

• Good background on crops, cropping systems/farming systems, food security and nutrition; • Proficient computer skills – Microsoft Office software, email, internet, spread sheets; • Good diagnostic and decision-making skills; • Survey designs questionnaire development; • Skills in staff management and capacity development.


  • 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
  • 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/
  • For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

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