Summary of Duties and Functions
Under the supervision of the Assistant Director-General/Regional Representative for the Near East and North Africa, and the functional guidance of Departments and Independent Offices at Headquarters, the officer carries the function of Subregional Coordinator for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States and Yemen. He/She supervises the members of the multidisciplinary teams and provides general supervision to the staff of the Subregional Office. He/she consults and coordinates with the Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa (RNE) for planning, development, implementation, monitoring and reporting for subregional activities, initiatives, priorities as well as for FAO’s Strategic Objectives. The Officer also serves as FAO Representative to the United Arab Emirates.
The Subregional Coordinator is FAO’s focal point for addressing subregional food security, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, sustainable management of natural resources, climate change and rural development issues. He/she leads a Subregional Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) in the framework of FAO’s Strategic Objectives and support to the Regional Initiatives. He/she represents FAO in the country of assignment. He/she contributes to the preparation of the Country Programming Frameworks (CPFs) for the member countries of the subregion, and ensures effective collaboration with subregional economic integration organizations, UN-system entities at the subregional and national levels, and other subregional institutions and media. He/she provides functional guidance to FAO Representatives (FAORs) in the subregion, in their capacity as MDT members.
In particular, he/she will:
- Lead the MDT in the Subregional Office (SRO) in serving as the first port of call for the countries in the subregion in providing technical support, relevant policy advice and necessary guidance;
- Develop and maintain regular contacts and partnership with subregional organizations, stakeholders, civil society and private sector representatives;
- Support FAO’s collaboration with its member countries and institutional partners in the subregion, in accordance with agreed priorities, approved programme/workplans/budgets, strategic objectives and corporate policies;
- Advise and collaborate with RNE and internal partners to raise awareness of subregional priorities and needs, and ensure that they are reflected in corporate and regional policies;
- In the countries of the subregion where there is no FAO Representative accredited, develop and maintain regular contacts and partnership with relevant government counterparts;
- Support the subregional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, sustainable management of natural resources, climate change and rural development issues, support related capacity building and resource mobilization efforts, and facilitate subregional partnerships;
- Support the food security, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, sustainable management of natural resources, climate change and rural development aspects of aid coordination and joint UN strategy, as well as programme development at subregional level;
- Lead the contribution of the SRO and its MDT to FAO’s programme and budget process;
- Lead the MDT in developing and implementing the Field Programme in support of subregional organizations and of countries in the subregion;
- Monitor and report on implementation of FAO’s subregional programmes and projects;
- Manage and administer the Organization’s resources and staff allocated to the Subregional Office and to those Country Offices that are under his/her responsibility in line with corporate policies and administrative procedures;
- Lead subregional mobilization of extra-budgetary resources, making maximum use of the expertise available in the decentralized offices;
- Promote the sharing and exchange of knowledge and best practices on food security, agriculture, fisheries, forestry and rural development between countries and subregions;
- Manage all matters related to the security and safety of FAO personnel and their eligible dependents and ensure full adherence to the UN Security Policy, rules and regulations as well as to security-related instructions issued by FAO.
- Advanced university degree or equivalent professional experience in Economics or related field;
- Extensive managerial and professional experience in fields related to the mandate of FAO;
- Demonstrated professional competence, proven leadership capability and effective management skills;
- Ability to lead and work effectively with a diverse team of people of different national and cultural backgrounds in an international setting;
- Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other languages of the Organization (i.e. French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or Russian).
- Results focus: Takes accountability for the delivery of agreed results in service of FAO’s strategic framework;
- Leading, engaging and empowering others: Coordinates, directs, facilitates and recognizes team efforts; creates an enabling environment and assists others to realize and develop their potential;
- Communication: Encourages and contributes to clear and open communication;
- Partnering and Advocating: Promotes ideas and develops partnerships to advance the Organization’s work;
- Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement: Continually seeks to improve the knowledge, skills and work processes of oneself and others;
- Strategic thinking: Makes informed and coherent decisions aligned with broader goals and strategies.
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