FAO Somalia Coordination Officer Job in Nairobi Kenya

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Vacancy Announcement No:
Deadline for Application: 22nd June 2012    

Position Title: Coordination Officer    

Grade Level: KP-3
Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travel to Somalia

Organizational Unit: FAO-Somalia

Duration: 1 year with possible extension 

Eligible Candidates: Somali Speaking Only    
Anticipated Start Date: August 2012

Under the overall supervision of the Officer in Charge (O.I.C.) FAO Somalia and the direct supervision of the Head – Emergency Coordination and Monitoring Unit, the Coordination Officer will Support the coordination activities of the emergency response implemented by FAO thematic sectors in Somalia; 

In particular he/she will:
  • Facilitates the organization of bi-weekly meetings for sector heads on implementation and related issues; organizes follow-up work, including internal meetings to support resolution to issues that need addressing, advocacy and decision-making on important issues.
  • Compile bi-weekly updates for senior management.
  • Liaise with relevant staff/units/sectors to facilitate linkages and coordination between units.
  • Through the monitoring unit liaise with the field monitors on issues relevant for the sectors and provide feedback to sector heads.
  • Keep up to date on humanitarian developments, disaster relief management or emergency situations relevant to FAO activities.
  • Reviews and provides advice on policy issues related to FAO implementation activities and ensuring the effective delivery of assistance.
  • Liaise closely with the sectors to assist in the planning activities and help ensure that latest findings, lessons learned, policy guidelines, etc. are incorporated into these activities, including gender-related considerations. and report on current situation.
  • Participates in various coordination structures and assist in the coordination of FAO sectors/units and in ensuring the necessary support; assist in the drafting of country specific situation reports relevant to FAO activities, apprising of situation to date and specifying unmet requirements when necessary.
  • Maintains an overview of country/area coordination structures and advises appropriate FAO sectors/units on maintaining effective coordination. 
  • Undertakes and provides support to technical assistance and other field missions, e.g. participates in field trips to undertake in-depth reviews of specific country coordination mechanisms.
  • Contributes to the preparation of various written reports, documents and communications, e.g. drafts sections of studies, background papers, policy guidelines, parliamentary documents, briefings, case studies, presentations, correspondence, etc.
  • Assists in the production of appeals for international assistance; advises on and monitors the proper use and spending of donor contributions channelled through FAO.
  • Provide guidance to new/junior staff.
  • Perform any other duties that may be assigned by the OIC or the immediate supervisor.
Minimum Requirements


  • Advanced University degree in International Relations, Business Management or Arts.
Work Experience:
  • At least seven years of professional experience in the planning and coordination of agricultural development / emergency programmes, including monitoring of projects.
  • Working knowledge (level C) of English and fluency in Somali language is a requirement.
Selection Criteria
  • Relevance and level of academic qualifications;.
  • Extent of experience in coordination of emergency activities.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems expeditiously and pragmatically;
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with the UN system;
To Apply:

Candidates are requested to submit a covering letter quoting the Position Title and Vacancy Announcement No. FAO/19/2012 along with their current/detailed Curriculum Vitae and FAO Personal History (PH) form (available at http://www.fao.org/VA/adm11e.dot – see following page for guidelines on how to fill it out).  

E-mail is the preferred means of receipt and the application should be sent to HR-Somalia@fao.org.  
The subject line of the e-mail message should read CONFIDENTIAL – FAO/19/2012. 
If making a hard copy submission, the envelope should be clearly marked CONFIDENTIAL – FAO/19/2012 and sent to the following address:

UN-Somalia Ngecha Road Complex
Corner Lower Kabete Road/Ngecha Road
P.O. Box 30470-00100
Nairobi, Kenya.
Applications must be received by the deadline.  

Late applications will not be considered. 
Only short listed candidates meeting all essential qualifications will be contacted.

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