Programme Officer (Global Environmental Facility Project)

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Rome, Italy
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Organizational Setting

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is one of the 18 Global Environment Facility (GEF) Agencies. GEF is a financing mechanism for five international environmental conventions: the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

FAO's GEF Coordination Unit (GCU), based in the Climate and Environment Division (CBC), assists member countries in developing and implementing projects for financing through the GEF Trust Fund, the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) the Least Developed Countries Fund (LCDF) and the Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) as part of the Paris Agreement.

Over the last years there has been a rapid growth of the FAO-GEF portfolio-currently comprised of over 190 projects- and the portfolio is still expanding. As GEF Agency, FAO is responsible to supervise and monitor the GEF, LDCF, SCCF and CBIT funded projects and undertake the mid-term reviews of these projects. The GCU provides critical support to this portfolio monitoring and review function, which includes the facilitating the Mid Term Review (MTR) function for each of the projects.

Reporting Lines

The Programme Officer reports to the Senior Coordinator of the GEF Coordinating Unit, CBC Division.

Technical Focus

Technical guidance for mid-term reviews of FAO-GEF projects; quality assurance; project evaluation methodology development; knowledge and lesson generation and sharing from MTRs.

Key Results

Develop, implement, monitor and evaluate assigned programme/projects.

Key Functions

  • 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;
  • Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of impact evaluation or equivalent studies, etc.;
  • Prepares various written outputs, e.g. drafts background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.;
  • Undertakes outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities;
  • Coordinates activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).

Specific Functions

  • Provides guidance to the budget holder/MTR Manager, as well as the selected MTR Team, on the MTR process and GEF evaluation and reporting requirements, including inputs to discussions on financial and other aspects to be assessed during the MTR.

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