Deadline: 08 December, 2020

Location: Damaturu, Nigeria

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Emergency Programme Specialist.

FAO is a specialised agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.


  • Coordinate and ensure the implementation of emergency and rehabilitation operations related to agriculture, livestock, forestry, fisheries and natural resource management activities and other areas of FAO’s mandate in Yobe and Adamawa
  • Support the FAO Nigeria country team in the design of concept notes, project proposals and the formulation of progress and terminal reports for submission to donors and UN programmes
  • Provide programmatic support and analysis to ensure that key areas, e.g., civil society, gender and youth, are appropriately reflected in emergency projects
  • Strengthen partnerships with state governments – including key state ministries; State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs), Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative (PCNI) – national and international non-governmental organisations, potential implementing partners, donors and other UN agencies
  • Supervise and strengthen the capacity of national programme personnel and field assistants in Yobe and Adamawa and conduct periodic quality assessment of personnel in the field to inform contract renewals/extensions
  • Contribute to raising awareness of FAO’s mandate and interventions/activities implemented in northeast Nigeria
  • Support the collection and analysis of information on livelihoods and agricultural production needs in northeast Nigeria
  • Support the definition of FAO’s strategic positioning in relation to its emergency and resilience response in northeast Nigeria
  • Assist with interagency coordination and liaison with other UN agencies and partners (NGOs, national authorities, donor community, etc.) involved in relief and rehabilitation activities, promoting the FAO mandate, roles and competence
  • Participate in emergency response programming and recovery/rehabilitation planning including through interagency coordination platforms
  • Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation performance monitoring plan and strategy
  • Contribute to the coordinating functions of the food security sector
  • Participate in internal meetings, facilitate information sharing, assist in planning and coordination of internal activities, and assist in monitoring the timely implementation of decisions taken
  • Produce quality and timely reports on interventions in the area of operation
  • Ensure that reports/notes-for-file are prepared for all meetings and missions which should be cleared and uploaded to the relevant folder of the FAONG shared space


  • Advanced university degree in Development Studies, Economics, International Relations, Agricultural/Natural Sciences, or a related field
  • Five years, minimum, of experience performing similar functions, particularly in leading a field office and in project/programme management
  • Working knowledge of English, both verbal and written, and limited knowledge of French or of one of the other FAO official languages
  • Experience in emergency relief and rehabilitation operations, particularly in the food security and agriculture sector and in interagency coordination
  • Demonstrated experience working in complex environments and/or field level in developing countries
  • Demonstrated ability to analyse complex emergency situations
  • Familiarity with the UN system in general and FAO in particular
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work in a team
  • Ability to travel across northeast Nigeria

To apply and for more information, click here.

Photo source: International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre


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