Program Specialist

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Nairobi, Kenya 🇰🇪

Job Posting: 07/Feb/2023
Closure Date: 22/Feb/2023, 12:59:00 AM
Organizational Unit: FRKEN
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: Consultant
Grade Level: N/A
Primary Location: Kenya-Nairobi
Duration: 8 MONTHS
Post Number: N/A
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  • 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 person 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

Organizational Setting

The position is located within the FAO Representation in Kenya.

Reporting Lines

The Programme Specialist will work under overall guidance of the FAO Representative in Kenya and direct supervision of the Resilience Coordinator of the Resilience Team for Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya. He/she will work in close coordination with the RTEA Early Warning Early Action Preparedness and Response Advisor and MCF country teams.

Technical Focus 

The Programme Specialist will be responsible for providing technical support to RTEA and FAO Kenya and FAO Ethiopia country teams in the implementation and documentation of the MCF reprogramming project and initiate the process of developing a flagship programme on youth employment, resilience, and climate adaptation through improved feed & fodder.

Tasks and responsibilities

The programme specialist will perform the following key functions:

•    Identify existing challenges and bottlenecks in relation to private sector and youth opportunities in the feed & fodder sector, including around innovations and technologies, and linkage with research.
•    Document current activities and initiatives that address those challenges and identify proven solutions across the feed and fodder sector.
•    Formulate opportunities on how to scale those solutions, into a zero draft for a regional flagship programme on youth employment, resilience and climate adaptation (through feed & fodder). 
•    Technically support and advice FAO Kenya and FAO Ethiopia teams in the implementation of their activities. 
•    Support the overall coordination, documentation and reporting on the MCF reprogramming project, ensuring the early identification of challenges and course corrections (if needed). This includes supporting the coordination/oversight of the (still to be signed) Letter of Agreement on an in-depth study on the feed & fodder and BSF value chains.
•    Perform other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

•    Advanced university degree in climate/land/water/environment, agribusiness & youth employment, or equivalent.
•    Minimum of five years’ experience in implementing climate/land/water/environment, agribusiness and/or youth employment, in the international development sector.
•    Working knowledge (level C) of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge (level B) of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian. For PSA, working knowledge of English would suffice.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills 

•    Demonstrated work/advisory and research experience in international development, climate/land/water/environment, agri-business and/or youth employment.
•    Demonstrated experience in M&E, learning and capacity building in an international development context.
•    Demonstrated experience in project design and resource mobilization.
•    Proven familiarity with (challenges and opportunities in) agribusiness and youth employment in agriculture projects.
•    Proven knowledge on how to develop and/or assess (agri-) business plans.
•    Proven capacity to synthesize information and present this in a format suitable to different audiences. 
•    Previous working experience in Kenya with UN and/or international organizations will be an asset.

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


  • FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list
  • 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 
  • For more information, visit the FAO employment website
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
• Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
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