Job Description


 The Programme “Support to Rural Entrepreneurship, Investment and Trade in Papua New Guinea (STREIT PNG)”, is a Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG)/United Nations Joint Programme (UNJP) Partnership funded by the European Union. Implementation is led by FAO in partnership with UNDP, UNCDF, ILO and ITU. The five-year Programme (2020-2025) will be initially implemented in the Provinces of East and West Sepik with the overall objective to increase sustainable and inclusive economic development of rural areas. The Programme will focus on the cocoa, vanilla and fishery (coastal, riverine and aquaculture) value chains with the specific objectives to: (i) increase economic returns from these value chains; and (ii) strengthen climate resilient and more efficient value chain enablers. The Programme Coordinator will work under the guidance of the Resident Coordinator, the technical guidance of the Assistant Director-General/Regional Representative, or his/her delegate such as the Lead Technical Officer of the European Union STREIT programme, and administratively reporting to the Head of the Country Programme. The Programme Coordinator leads the multidisciplinary technical team in the programme delivery. He/she leads FAO’s response to the European Union STREIT Programme priorities in line with FAO’s Strategic Framework and is accountable for FAO activities in the programme. In particular, the incumbent will: • Coordinate the timely planning and inputs of the Partner UN Agencies to ensure timely and synchronized work planning and implementation; • Manage and lead all activities and provide overall supervision for all staff of the Programme Implementation and Management Unit (PIMU);• Provide support, technical advice and manage the Secretariat of the Project Steering Committee (PSC);• Supervise the timely and cost-effective implementation of the project activities as described in the Project Proposal and Budget; • Manage and effectively and timely address risks as they arise, based on the Programme risk matrix; • Ensure that all expenditure strictly adhere to the project’s Budget and that it is properly recorded, documented, and accounted for in accordance with FAO rules and regulations;• Make frequent visits to the project sites to supervise the implementation of project activities and for the collection of information and data required for project monitoring and reporting, including interim and final narrative and financial progress reports and forecasts; • Prepare all the necessary periodic programme progress reports required by the FAO and the EDF;• Monitor and update the implementation/action plans for the project with clear milestones, deliverables and outputs including the procurement and recruitment plans and arrange for timely purchase and arrival of equipment in line with the agreed upon work plans and the timely recruitment of services; • Manage the day-to-day implementation of the project including: (a) review and clearance of  ToRs for international consultants and contracts; (b) participation in the identification and selection of international and national consultants; (c) monitor the quality of the work of consultants and service providers; (d) review and evaluation of consultant products; and (e) prepare draft ToRs for the Project Steering Committee (PSC) to be discussed with the stakeholders; • Ensure project coordination between various stakeholders (propose draft MoUs specifying the roles of civil society organizations in the project to be considered by the stakeholders and PSC) and support to implement the project in accordance with the approved Programme Document and in compliance with the EDF requirements, rules and procedures. Integrate the stakeholder analysis into the participation strategy and update it as needed; • Ensure the visibility and promotion of the project goals and objectives, contribute to their achievement, through targeted outreach as advised by the Communications Team. Ensure that all printed materials (leaflets, brochures, folders, training materials, signs, etc.) are produced in accordance with the guidelines contained in the European Union Communication and Visibility Manual;• Establish and maintain contact with key project stakeholders including the FAO Country Office, FAO technical team, representatives of the other ongoing projects (World Bank, UNDP, IDB and FAO), Ministry of Agriculture officials, representatives of other donor agencies;• Lead  the preparation and conducting of the project inception workshop and all other awareness activities to be undertaken at project sites;• Engage with and ensure close collaboration with the directly involved line departments at provincial level including Department of Agriculture and Livestock (DAL, which will be the lead counterpart), the National Fisheries Authority, the National Roads Authority, the Department of Health, the Departments of Trade and Industry, the Department of Planning and Monitoring (also National Authorizing Officer of the EDF), the Ministry of Regional Development, the Bureau of Standards, and participate in meetings when required;• Provide overall management and supervision of all project components, the coordination of all of the project activities and lead the management of the project office;• Review and finalize the detailed implementation plans and costing for the activities under the two components of the project for monitoring of project progress and timely identification of implementation and budget related problems;• Ensure sixth monthly project progress reports and the terminal statement be prepared and submitted in a comprehensive and timely manner;• Provide technical and administrative briefings to all project staff and incoming consultants as well as FAO support services and undertake a first review of consultants and mission reports;• Supervise the administrative services of the project and facilitate timely procurement and delivery of equipment and materials and supplies to beneficiaries and groups;• Lead or supervise the organization of all capacity building events and demonstration under both the components of the project and ensure sound reporting and documentation;• Provide continuous support to national agribusiness associations and/or producer organizations during the development and implementation of the programme;• Manage the Programme Imprest Account;• Provide inputs for UN Delivering as One thematic working groups and coordination meetings on project related matters as required;• Perform any other duties as may be required. General Requirements • Advanced university degree in agricultural economics, agribusiness, commerce or related disciplines; • Demonstrated management and strategic leadership skills;• Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the field of food security, agriculture, rural development and innovation; • Twelve years of experience in programme/project management in sustainable value chain development preferably in the Pacific/Asia region;• Familiarity with marketing skills training would be an advantage;• Previous agribusiness experience in the Pacific region would be an asset;• Well-developed inter-personal skills and a demonstrated experience of working in a cross-cultural environment;• Extent and relevance of experience in effectively delivering results in sustainable value chain interventions;• Familiarity with and ability to work with multiple UN Partners, multiple levels of government and non- state actors;• Ability to lead and work effectively with a diverse team of people of different national and cultural backgrounds in an international UN setting;• Working knowledge of English and a limited knowledge of one of the other FAO official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).
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