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  • Full Time
  • Basra, Al-Basra Governorate, Iraq
  • TBD USD / Year

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Organizational Setting

FAO’s office for Iraq is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing countrywide food, agriculture and rural development priorities in Iraq. It develops and maintains relations with the relevant Ministries at country level. The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Iraq, further guidance from the Deputy FAOR and the direct supervision of the Senior Resilience Specialist, the incumbent will be primarily responsible to assist the project team with the implementation of FAO Iraq country programme.

Technical Focus

Programme developmnet, planning, coordination. Implementation and monitoring

Tasks And Responsibilities

  • Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, etc.; monitors and analyses programme/project development and implementation;
  • Reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions;
  • Supports the timely preparation of the project work plan, procurement plan, logistics, HR and all other related aspects of projects;
  • Develops and maintain liaison with the relevant stakeholders including governmental focal persons;
  • Supports the identification of potential project target areas, beneficiary selection and prioritization of field activities and scheduling based on ground priorities,
  • Prepares regular updates on work plan implementation status and project reports based on FAO and donor requirements;
  • Monitors and reviews the project technical and financial progress and share with the supervisor and proposes budget revisions when and if required in close coordination of Operation;
  • Prepares various written outputs, e.g. drafts background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.;
  • Undertakes outreach and communication activities; contribute to the development of learning materials; support training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities;
  • Participates in field missions and prepare mission summaries;
  • Assists in activities related to programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc. and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
  • Supports the closure of the project technically and financially, prepares, and submits the final project report after seeking clearances;
  • Participates in relevant coordination groups, Task Forces, working groups as required;
  • Performs any other related duties as assigned by the supervisor.


Minimum Requirements

  • University degree, preferably in humanities, social sciences, political sciences or any related area;
  • Working knowledge (Level C) of English and limited knowledge (Level B) of another FAO official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).
  • Extensive work experience (at least 5 years) in programme development and management with demonstrated experience in writing project documents, resource mobilization, staff supervision and management;

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Ability to work with and forge networks with both Government and grassroots organisations,
  • Good understanding of national and regional social-political context;
  • Knowledge of UN system and essential UN documents, including FAO and UNV programmes, activities and main partners in the country;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Good management skills, and ability to multi-task and prioritise workload;
  • Computer literacy;
  • Working knowledge of local languages an asset;
  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions.
  • Extent and relevance of experience in the field of policy support on sustainable production and natural resources and/or related fields.
  • Extent and relevance of experience in programme/project formulation, analysis, planning and implementation.
  • Extent of experience in working with UN or other international or regional bodies and familiarity with global processes and governing bodies.
  • Understanding of FAO policies and programmes is considered a strong asset.

Call For Expressions Of Interest – Vacancy Announcement

Job Posting


Closure Date

08/Jan/2024, 5:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit

FNIRQ – FAO Representation in Iraq

Job Type

Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition


Grade Level


Primary Location



11 months

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  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply;
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