The Regional Office for RAF is responsible for leading FAO’s response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO’s priority activities in the region.
It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the Region and, in collaboration with offices and divisions at Headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO’s strategic response to regional priorities.
RAF also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization’s Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the region, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies.
RAF develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs).
The Regional Office supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region.
The Programme Associate (Budget) plays a lead role in the coordination of programme/ projects support services. He/ she performs a broad range of programme, planning and budgeting activities requiring in-depth analysis and interpretation of relevant policies, procedures and practices. The incumbent provides procedural guidance to managers and staff in the office or location.
The Programme Associate (Budget) reports to the Programme and Budget Officer. Work is performed autonomously, showing a high degree of initiative and independent judgment. Supervision received is focused on facilitating service delivery. The incumbent provides guidance and training to programme support staff.
The Programme Associate (Budget) maintains a wide range of contacts with managers, staff and stakeholders inside and outside the office. The incumbent collaborates closely with colleagues in other offices and the corporate services, ensuring the quality and consistency of programme/ projects support services.
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Coordinate the preparation, submission, revision and follow-up of the Programme of Work and Budget, and the monitoring and provision of information on the implementation of the PWB;
Coordinate, review and analyze the Periodic Budgetary Reports for final submission to the Office of Strategic Planning;
Assemble and synthesize data from corporate data bases to facilitate the analysis of programmes, projects or activities, and to draft periodic or ad hoc management reports;
Monitor projects and ensure the maintenance and retrieval of programming reference material, documentation, data and information;
Consolidate and monitor various reports on human resources planning and expenditures, the use of non-staff resources, the office communication and publishing plans, IT plans, and travel schedules;
Screen incoming correspondence to identify issues requiring further attention and draft related correspondence;
Support knowledge building and knowledge sharing across the office through training of staff and briefing of budget holders on administrative/budgetary/planning/programming/financial procedures and processes;
Review current processes and make recommendations to improve programme/projects administration procedures;
Perform other functions as required.
Impact Of Work
The incumbent’s work impacts directly on the smooth and efficient operations of the programme/ project activities of the office. He/she plays a lead role in the coordination and provision of the programme support services for the successful achievement of the Division/Office’s mandate.
He/ she plays a pro-active role in the successful achievement of the Office’s mandate.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
Education: Secondary School Education
Experience: Five years of experience in administrative/ financial/ planning/ programming/ budgeting activities for both Regular Programme and Projects
Languages: Working knowledge (Level C) of English and limited knowledge of French (level B)
IT Skills: Good knowledge of the MS Office applications, Internet and office technology equipment
Building Effective Relationships
Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Extent of trainings in project management support and programme operations support
Knowledge of the communication and documentation management standards
Knowledge of administrative procedures and policies
Desirable Qualifications And Skills
Familiarity with FAO and/or UN field programme management procedures and guidelines
Excellent communications skill, both orally and in writing, on technical materials for audiences at different levels of technical expertise
Working knowledge of French (Level C)
Extent of knowledge of corporate information systems such as Oracle, FAO COIN (Country Office Information System) and FAO FPMIS (Field Programme Management Information System)
Knowledge of FAO organizational structure
Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a technical / competency-based interview.
FAO staff are expected to adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO,
Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency
• FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)
• Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list
• The length of the appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to extension of appointments
• Selected candidates need to reside within commuting distance from the FAO office. “Commuting distance” means the distance within which staff members can travel daily between their place of work and their residence.
• No international benefits will be payable as selected candidates are recruited locally and paid in the local currency of the office location
• Other similar positions may be filled from this vacancy notice
• For additional information visit the FAO employment website: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/
A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link:
HOW TO APPLY
• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Once completed, please apply and submit your application, with language certificates as attachments. 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. FAO reserves the right to request candidates to undertake a language test in the future, as appropriate
• Incomplete applications will not be considered
• Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered
• If you need assistance please contact: Careers@fao.org