23 Mar 2022

National Project Personnel – Environment and Climate Change Specialist at Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

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Job Description

Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) supports governments and regional bodies to address their needs and priorities in achieving food security, reducing hunger and malnutrition, developing agricultural, fishery and forestry sectors, and ensuring the sustainable use of environmental and natural resources. FAO is currently implementing Global Environnent Facility (GEF) -7 Dryland Sustainable Landscape Forest Management Impact Program (DSL/SFM IP) in Tanzania, the project titled, “Integrated Landscape Management in the Dry Miombo Woodlands of Tanzania”. FAO is seeking to recruit a National Project Support Specialist to provide technical support in the monitoring and implementation of this GEF-7 project, The National Project Support Specialist will also provide technical support on various projects in area of Environment and climate change, particularly in relation supporting formulation/designing, monitoring, and implementation of projects.

The post is located in FAO Representation in Tanzania, with the incumbent also working with other units in an integrated and cross-sectoral approach.

Reporting Lines

The National Project Support Specialist will work under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative in Tanzania, and that of the direct technical supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative (Programme), and guidance from other technical officers at the FAO Headquarter, Regional and Sub regional offices, and working in close collaboration with other relevant officers at the country office…

Technical Focus

The National Project Support Specialist will provide technical support on various project in area of natural resource management, Environment, climate change, and programme/project management support particularly in relation to formulation/designing, monitoring, and implementation.

Tasks and responsibilities

The National Project Support Specialist (Environment and Climate Change) will undertake the following tasks:

Provide day to day project delivery support to the Operational Partners (OPs), Project Management Unit (PMU) and support the monitoring and implementation of OPs Risk Mitigation Plans.
Support execution of the DSL-IP child project for Tanzania and other related projects on Environment and Climate Change
Support project start-up and inception phase.
Ensure coordination support to the Project Management Unit for coherent delivery of the project in the context of complex implementation arrangements including numerous executing and sub executing agencies.
Support the OP in the actualization and harmonization of relevant reporting frameworks in line with FAO and GEF standards.
Support the OPs in the preparation of work plans and budgets ensuring compliance with FAO rules/regulations as specified under the signed OPAs.
Coordinate and follow up contracting of spot checks and audits through external audit firm in line with the assurance activities plan provisioned in the Operational Partnership Agreement.
Support in the streamlining of Monitoring &Evaluation roles and responsibilities across the numerous executing and sub-executing agencies.
Collect, research, analyses, and synthesize information for preparation of projects targeting the Green Climate Fund, GEF-LDCF, and National Forest Monitoring and Assessment II project (NAFORMA II).
Support engagement and communicate regularly with stakeholders at national, regional, and district levels, and these include government ministries/institutions, CSOs, NGOs and private entities, to obtain their inputs to inform design and delivery of projects; and
Perform any other duties as specified by the supervisor, in support and furtherance of the FAO mission, goals and strategic framework.


Minimum Requirements

Advanced University degree in Environment, climate change, conservation/climate-smart agriculture, community development, natural resources management (NRM), forestry and/or related fields.
5 years ‘experience working with international/regional organizations, government and national institutions dealing with environment/climate change, forestry, NRM, land management.
Working knowledge of English.
Nationality of Tanzania.

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus
Building Effective Relationships
Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Relevant experience Project/Programme development, Project analysis, coordination, management and implementation.
Proven work experience in international, or regional and national organizations.
Good skills in facilitation of workshops, meetings, training and or similar events, and excellent ability to conduct consultations with diverse stakeholders.
Experience in managing and coordinating programmes in Natural Resources, Climate change and Environment.
Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and to plan, organize the work elements in a complex, dynamic and difficult environment.
Excellent interpersonal relations and communications skills.
Good communication and computer literacy.
Ability to gather, organize and analyse information.
Capacity to interact professionally with a wide variety of stakeholders.
Ability to organize workshops, meetings, travel and other project development logistical issues.
Willingness to work extended hours and respond to strict deadlines.
Ability to work with multi-disciplinary teams.


FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help please contact: [email protected]
Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/
For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/
Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required. Vaccination status will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

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Closing Date : 10th April, 2022.

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