Job Description

Organizational Setting

FAO Bangladesh assists the Government to formulate policies, programmes and projects to address the root causes of hunger and malnutrition, develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and utilize environmental and natural resources in a sustainable way. It contributes to the development of FAO’s field programme projects in the country and implements them in the sectors of food security, agriculture and rural development.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) seeks a Food System Assistant City Coordinator to support the Dhaka Food Systems project (DFS). The DFS project seeks to meet the challenge of feeding one of the world’s fastest growing megacities, Dhaka. It works with young people, the private sector, local governments, the national government, and civil society organizations. The DFS project adopts a dynamic and multi-stakeholder approach to sustainability in order to improve access to nutritious food for all of Dhaka’s population, including the poor.

FAO seeks an enthusiastic, experienced, and creative Food System Assistant City Coordinator with a range of networking and liaison skills, who can follow up on the implementation of day-to-day activities, retrieve and share information, and build the mid-level relationships necessary. He/she will need to devise and implement a plan, collect indicators for monitoring for the project which will help to maximize the project’s relationships with cities, outreach, and advocacy with varied audiences ranging from high-level government officials, poor residents in Dhaka (who may be illiterate), and international organizations. He/she will need to be able to Regularly collect data from the city government, relevant service providers, private sector companies, community groups, and follow up on the implementation of different activities within the city.

Reporting Lines

The Food System Assistant City Coordinator is under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in the Bangladesh, works in close collaboration with the Food System City Coordinator in FAO Bangladesh but under direct supervision of the Chief Technical Adviser of Dhaka Food Systems.

The incumbent shall, at all times, ensure coherence with FAO’s corporate communication policy and operational guidelines for all communication and information outputs.

Technical Focus

The Food System Assistant City Coordinator will work as part of a multidisciplinary team to ensure continuous engagement with project stakeholders and partners.

Tasks and responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) for the Dhaka Food systems project, and under the guidance of the Food System City Coordinator the Food System Assistant City Coordinator will:

  • Assist in the preparation and implementation of the annual results-based work plans and result frameworks as endorsed by the project management team of DFS Project.

  • Implement different activities of the respective/assigned city corporation in line with the annual work plan and in coordination with the city authority, Town Federation.

  • Maintain regular and effective communication with the city authority, working group members, city consultative group, relevant ward councilors, city town federation, DFS Head Office, and other relevant people as and when required.

  • Assist in the implementation of city-level activities, these are related to food waste, retail and wholesale markets, distribution of food, food safety regulations and enforcement, pilot initiatives, as well as campaigns to raise awareness, amongst others.

  • Assist in technical and logistics aspects in organizing city working group meetings, stakeholder workshops, trainings for city stakeholders, market management committee, city working groups, and community leaders.

  • Support project field missions and other in-country missions including organizing community and supporting city for hosting missions

  • Networking and liaison with relevant organizations are working in respective city for knowledge collaboration, identifying scope of other collaboration/partnership to strengthen the Dhaka food systems.

  • Represent FAO’s Dhaka Food System Project at different meetings, workshops at city level, and attendance at important/senior level meetings/workshop/seminar, while seeking advice from FSCC or CTA for proper guidance.

  • Maintain close communication with the Ward Offices of City Corporations and ward-level officials/resources to execute/monitor Dhaka Food Systems implementation.

  • Maintain a database of all contracts and support in contracts, letters of Agreement, and administrative and management processes including spot checks of the implementing partners.

  • Support in planning, organizing and coordinating workshops, trainings, field missions and other events of the project in close consultation with the project staff and the CTA.

  • In line with FAO and donor reporting lines, support projects in the preparation of progress reports, delivery reports as well as final reports; contribute to the preparation of briefs and comprehensive reports

  • Ensure proper documentation in a systematic way at city-level and provide necessary information to city authorities, different working groups, city consultative groups, and DFS Head Office.

  • Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, Agricultural science, Urban and Regional Planning, Business Administration or  any other subject related to Urban Governance

  • At least 5 years of work experience including 3 years in a Project Officer or similar level

  • National of Bangladesh

FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus

  • Teamwork

  • Communication

  • Building Effective Relationships

  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Competency in planning, facilitating, monitoring and  implementation of project activities

  • High level of skills in influencing, negotiation and advocacy and a high degree of discretion and integrity

  • Significant experience of community-based development projects preferably in contexts of urban poverty

  • Demonstrated competency in capacity building, training and organizational development of urban poor

  • Excellent ability to communicate in a credible and effective manner




  • 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:

  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted

  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications

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