Job Description

  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality • People with disabilities are protected from any type of discrimination during any stage of employment, including the recruitment phase • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality • 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 • The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization Organizational Setting

The Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment (OCB) promotes the integration of environmental priorities and objectives across the work of the Organization, to achieve the sustainable use and conservation of natural resources for food and Agriculture. OCB provides a coordination role on climate change, biodiversity and the environment for agri-Food Systems. OCB works across FAO to assist Members in meeting the complex challenges of mitigating and adapting to climate change while enhancing resilience, reducing vulnerability, and sustainably utilizing and conserving biodiversity. The office also serves as the focal point for a multidisciplinary and one-FAO approach to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and topics on bioenergy and circular bioeconomy, as well as providing support and guidance on environment and social safeguards assessment, management and policy-related issues. OCB is the home of the FAO-Global Environment Facility (GEF) Coordination Unit, which serves as the Funding Liaison Office in FAO for GEF, in collaboration with the larger FAO-GEF community.

FAO is a partner agency of GEF, a partnership of 18 agencies and 183 countries to address the world’s most challenging environmental issues related to biodiversity, climate change, land degradation, chemicals and international waters. FAO brings to the partnership a unique role as the specialized UN agency for food and agriculture, including extensive knowledge and expertise in sustainable agriculture and food systems as well as project formulation and resource mobilization. FAO draws on its strong field presence, global and national partnerships and alliances, and in-depth understanding of GEF policies and procedures to assist Members with projects worldwide across the GEF programme.

Currently, FAO’s global GEF portfolio, involves more than 120 countries with over 200 projects, exceeding USD 1 billion, that advance FAO’s mission and deliver global environmental benefits. The portfolio is growing rapidly as countries seek to address the complex challenges at the nexus between and among agriculture, food systems, and the environment. The FAO-GEF programme also serves as a key vehicle and catalyst to help FAO achieve its own strategic priorities. The GEF Unit and the FAO-GEF community have grown together with the portfolio.

Reporting Lines

The Executive Coordinator (FAO-GEF Programme) reports to the Director, Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment (OCB). As a member of the OCB Management Team, the Executive Coordinator will liaise with GEF, governments, FAO Decentralized Offices and technical units for the implementation of the FAO-GEF Strategy globally in line with FAO’s Strategic Framework.

  Summary of Duties and Functions

  • Lead the GEF Unit and coordinate the broader FAO-GEF community to harmonize FAO’s work on GEF worldwide and to ensure effective collaboration on GEF portfolio development and implementation, monitoring and support;
  • Lead FAO’s partnership with GEF and provide strategic oversight of FAO’s engagement with the GEF partnership, including liaison with the GEF Secretariat, GEF Agencies and GEF Council members;
  • Ensure efficient and effective GEF Unit operations, including operational planning, implementation, technical supervision, output monitoring and quality control of the GEF Unit’s work and catalyse the larger FAO-GEF community’s support in this regard;
  • Advise and support FAO Members in accessing GEF investments and strengthen their capacity in developing and implementing GEF projects and programmes, in collaboration with other responsible units of the Organization;
  • Coordinate and engage with relevant offices, technical divisions and Decentralized Offices, channelling FAO’s diverse expertise to support countries in the identification, preparation, implementation and evaluation of FAO GEF projects and programmes;
  • Oversee the implementation of the FAO-GEF Strategy and Action Plan and promote coherence with FAO’s Strategic Framework and related programmatic priorities;
  • Develop FAO capacities for GEF project formulation and implementation, through the development and dissemination of guidance materials, formal and on–the–job training, and use of experts;
  • Ensure linkages between and among the work and staff of the Unit, Decentralized Offices, and headquarters’ units, on technical and managerial issues;
  • Foster and strengthen strategic partnerships with institutions at international levels, including the private sector, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and other agencies related to FAO’s strategic priorities;
  • Ensure the recruitment of qualified experts; manage a multidisciplinary team of staff based at FAO headquarters and in Decentralized Offices, ensuring overall coordination of activities; support Career Development and Capacity Development;
  • Plan, allocate resources, implement, monitor and report on technical, operational and financial delivery of results of the Unit;
  • Plan and coordinate the preparation of meetings, seminars, publications and web-based information and facilitate Secretariat Services to relevant governing bodies;
  • Lead the expansion of the FAO GEF portfolio into new areas of work taking into account FAO’s comparative advantages and expertise;
  • Perform other duties as required.
Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in environmental sciences, environmental economics, environmental law, or related fields.
  • Minimum twelve years of relevant professional experience with the Global Environment Facility) and in designing, managing, supporting, and evaluating large global portfolios of GEF projects and programmes in developing countries.
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds, and of diverse technical and professional backgrounds.
  • Experience in collaborative policy and programme development globally and in fostering and strengthening partnerships, including possible experience as it relates to GEF.
  • Proven ability and experience in representing an organization at international fora, including instances where applying requisite negotiation and communication skills.
  • Experience in project design, project implementation and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated success in participatory strategic planning at a programme scale.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in participatory strategic planning, managing for results and in providing budgetary oversight for programme delivery.
  • Experience in resource mobilization, including coordinating project proposals for funding and interacting with donors and funding agencies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of GEF programmatic directions and policies is considered a strong asset.
  • Working knowledge in English and a limited knowledge of one of the other FAO official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).
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