7 Aug 2023

Technical Adviser (Regional Coordinator) at FAO

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Job Description

Technical Adviser (Regional Coordinator)
Closure Date: 17/Aug/2023, 12:59:00 AM
Organizational Unit: Subregional Office for Southern Africa (SFS)
Job Type: Staff position
Type of Requisition: Professional Project
Grade Level: P-4
Primary Location: Mozambique-Maputo
Duration: Fixed-term: one year with possibility of extension
Post Number: 2009690
CCOG Code: 1A11
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device
The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments


• FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
• Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply
• Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
• FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
• All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
• All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
• FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through the FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

Organizational Setting

FAO’s Subregional Office for Southern Africa (SFS) is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing subregional food, agriculture and rural development priorities. It develops and maintains relations with subregion-wide institutions including Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs). The Subregional Office is a subsidiary of FAO’s Regional Office for Africa (RAF).

SFS has been assisting a number of interventions linked to the Southwest Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission (SWIOFC). One of the programmes linked to the SWIOFC is a Partnership between the SWIOFC and Nairobi Convention (NC) and its countries, collaboration between fisheries and environment sectors. The main focus of this programme (SWIOFC-NCPP) lies in improving the coordination between fisheries and environmental management for the overall system to produce actual results on the ground. At the same time, it is essential that there are improvements on both fisheries and environmental management, where they can reinforce each other mutually.

The programme has essentially the following main elements; including Ecosystem-based fisheries management interventions which’ in synergy with environment management interventions through cooperation and collaboration between fisheries and environment institutions, fisheries and environment policy dialogue promotion and assistance to policy frameworks, and knowledge sharing and generation.

The programme will be implemented by SWIOFC/FAO and the Nairobi Convention/United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in partnership with the governments of Kenya, Mozambique, the United Republic of Tanzania and other Members.

The position is located in SFS and based in Maputo, Mozambique.

Reporting Lines
The Technical Adviser (Regional Coordinator) reports to the Secretary of the SWIOFC under overall supervision of the Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa.

Technical Focus
Contributing to the technical and operational aspects of the implementation of the programme; technical competencies in fisheries and environmental development, management and policy support.

Key Results

Comprehensive technical and policy expertise to support technical cooperation-related programmes, projects, products and services in accordance with the FAO Strategic Framework.

Key Functions
• Leads the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned technical cooperation-related programmes/projects; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities, liaises with relevant parties; identifies follow-up actions.
• Coordinates technical cooperation activities and programme-related activities and reviews the assessments of issues and trends for their implementation and leads the preparation of impact evaluation or equivalent studies.
• Supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analyses, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications.
• Contributes to consultative and other meetings, conferences, including proposals for agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations.
• Participates in activities such as structuring of training workshops, seminars; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
• Leads field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties.
• Provides advice regarding the development of policies and strategies related to technical cooperation, as well as regional, subregional and national protocols and guidelines for projects with specific domains related to FAO’s work.

Specific Functions

• Leads and supports the work of the SWIOFC-NC programme team.
• Ensures the coordination and synergies between the activities under the responsibility of components of the programme.
• Promotes, supports and coordinates the exchange of knowledge and experience among the SIWOFC/FAO and NC/UNEP for the purposes of the programme.
• Prepares annual work plans and budgets.
• Supervises and assists with the preparation of Letters of Agreement and other contractual arrangements for implementation of programme activities.
• Ensures and controls the overall technical quality of all activities of the programme.
• Monitors the progress of work of the entire programme and ensures that stipulated reports are prepared and submitted on time.
• Monitors the expenditures,
• Plans and supervises communication and dissemination of programme results and achievements in the participating countries and throughout the region.
• Represents the programme in relevant technical meetings and conferences.
• Liaises with the funding partner and other programmes and projects, initiatives and organizations in the region for work planning and coordination.
• Organizes the Project Steering Committee meetings as well as other meetings that are to be delivered at regional level (linked to the SWIOFC and Nairobi Convention) and acts as Secretary of these meetings.
• Liaises with government authorities and review programme activities by making regular visits to the participating countries.
• Performs other related duties as required.


Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in a field relevant to fisheries.
• Seven years of professional experience in fisheries development, with a specialization in (or focus on) community-based fisheries management, livelihood improvement assistance, value-chain development, and environment management.
• Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate – level B) of another official FAO language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

• Results Focus
• Team Work
• Communication
• Building effective relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions.
• Extent and relevance of experience in fisheries development and related areas.
• Experience in preparation and management of projects and processes; an asset with Regional Fisheries Bodies or similar institutions.
• Capacity to work and establish working relationships with government and non-government representatives.
• Extent and relevance of knowledge and experience with UN, preferably FAO processes.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


• FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment
• Extension of fixed term appointments is based on certification of performance and availability of funds
• Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link: http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/salaries_allowances/salary.htm
Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:
• Dependency allowances
• Rental subsidy
• Education grant for children
• Home leave travel
• 30 working days of annual leave per year
• Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
• International health insurance; optional life insurance
• Disability protection

FAO encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes:
• elements of family-friendly policies
• flexible working arrangements
• standards of conduct


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Closing Date : 20th August, 2023.

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