Job Description

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  • 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 member nations and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply for this position • FAO does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

• All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality • The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or Duty Stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization.

Organizational Setting

The Resource Mobilization and Private Sector Partnerships Division (PSR) leads and coordinates the mobilization of voluntary contributions (currently 70 percent of FAO's budget) in support of the Organization's strategic priorities. PSR manages FAO's relations with resource partners, strategically matching partners' interests to those of the Organization, and supports the negotiation of approximately 800 trust fund agreements per year. It mounts marketing Analysis and campaigns around Global Development opportunities, provides market and business intelligence and positioning services to management as well as resource mobilization Capacity Development to decentralized and headquarters offices. PSR also oversees and coordinates results reporting to ensure accountability to resource partners.

The position is located in the Resource Partnership Management Unit (PSRP) within PSR. The Unit is divided into four groups dealing respectively with European Union (EU), European Bilateral Partners, Pacific Rim and Non State Partners, and Emerging Partners and International Financial Institutions (IFIs).

This vacancy announcement is for the selection of two Donor Relations and Contracts Officers: one will be responsible for European Union Institutions, the other for Emerging Partners And International Financial Institutions.

Reporting Lines

The Donor Relations and Contracts Officer reports to the Senior Programme Officer/Head of Unit of the Resource Partnership Management Unit, PSRP.

Technical Focus

Grant and contract negotiation, donor relations, resource mobilization liaison, capacity development and programming support.

Key Results

Coordination and oversight of the mobilization of voluntary contributions; resource mobilization outreach; facilitation/negotiation/formalization of funding agreements; capacity development and programming support; oversight and quality control of outreach and reporting to partners; guidance and support to units responsible for operating projects.

Key Functions

• Plans and develops annual work plans to achieve divisional targets in assigned areas; • Collaborates in strategic thinking and related plans to further develop and facilitate implementation of the Corporate Resource Mobilization and Management Strategy (RMMS); • Ensures support to headquarters teams and Decentralized Offices to mobilize resources in line with defined corporate priorities; • Initiates contact with potential partners to explore funding opportunities, leads negotiations of funding agreements and project proposals with governments, international organizations, private sector and civil society partners • Maintains effective working relationships with key stakeholders throughout the project cycle, including to support implementation, facilitates monitoring and compliance issues and ensures submission of reports, as required;; • Facilitates capacity development efforts in support of staff in all locations with regard to Resource Mobilization partnerships through policy development, production of training material and delivery of training; • Organizes and facilitates partner meetings, events and outreach campaigns; • Facilitates the corporate resource mobilization efforts and monitors and reports on key results.

Specific Functions • Leads the PSRP Group responsible for European Union Institutions through supervision and mentoring of a small group of professional staff and consultants; • Leads day-to-day relationship with the European Union Institutions; • Responsible for funding agreement, contract clearance and grant management for the assigned portfolio of resource partners, in order to ensure that all funding agreements meet FAO compliance standards, liaising with the appropriate legal, financial, operational, budget and field units of FAO; • Liaises with the Programme Support Cycle Unit to ensure that programme delivery meets the agreed standards and conditions of the resource partner; • Organizes regular and ad hoc partner meetings in support of specific resource mobilization goals of the Organization; • Advises and supports decentralized offices of FAO in their resource mobilization efforts; • Provides leadership, guidance and mentoring to staff and consultants assigned to the Group.



Minimum Requirements

• Advanced university degree in international development, development economics, international law, business Administration, or another field relevant to the work of the Organization • Seven years of relevant experience with grant and contract negotiations and management related to resource mobilization, partnership and contractual management with major donors, international financial institutions or vertical funds • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).


• Results Focus • Teamwork • Communication • Building Effective Relationships • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement Technical/Functional Skills

• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable • Extent and relevance of experience in negotiating complex funding agreements with bilateral and multilateral institutions • Demonstrated skills and experience in managing relations and outreach with partners • Demonstrated skills and experience in resource mobilization • Previous experience with the European Union Institution is considered a strong asset
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