International Adaptation Fund Project Design Specialist

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)


Job Posting: 09/Feb/2023
Closure Date: 24/Feb/2023, 12:59:00 AM
Organizational Unit: FEALB
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)
Grade Level: N/A
Primary Location: Home-Based
Duration: 29 days until September 2023
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 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

The incumbent will work under the overall responsibility of the FAO Representative in Albania, the direct supervision of the Lead Technical Officer in the FAO Regional Office, and in close collaboration and consultation with the Technical Officer in the HQ Rome.

Technical Focus 

Responsible for the development of a project concept note on “Increasing climate resilience of ecosystems and the community of the wetlands and lagoons through an ecosystem-based adaptation” and of a project proposal for the Adaptation Fund (AF). The technical area of support will entail sustainable use of natural resources, biodiversity and ecosystem conservation, sustainable agriculture and fisheries management, and livelihoods of the community in the targeted area and developing the capacity of the MTE in the holistic ecosystem management.

Tasks and responsibilities

•    Carry out the formulation of the Project Concept for an FAO-Adaptation Fund national project focusing on potential adaptation programme. Ensure adequate analysis of existing documents, technical studies and any documentation needed for the definition of relevant components, paying particular attention to sustainable and community-centered characteristics of proposed solutions;
•    Provide methodological orientation and guidance to other experts in the team and to the Government focal person to ensure a harmonized approach to data collection and consultation with stakeholders;
•    Define potential areas of interventions for the development of a FAO-Adaptation Fund country project, in line with the national and the Organization’s programmes and initiatives (e.g. National Agriculture and Rural Development Strategy, etc.);
•    Support the project development team and collect relevant inputs in terms of technical design, human and financial resources, relevant project actors and management arrangement, and ensure that the inputs and proposed activities and implementation modalities are compliant with AF, FAO and national requirements;
•    Work closely with all technical experts in the team to formulate the logical framework, and ensure that the components are designed to address the main development and the cohesion across components; 
•    Ensure that the AF Project Concept reflects the project budget and cost properly;
•    In collaboration with team specialists, define overall institutional, operational and management modalities, assess the main probable causes of inefficiencies, and formulate actions to ensure that the overall objectives are achieved by the programme; 
•    Develop the project organigram, staffing requirements, task arrangement and HR financial resources aligned with the proposed actions;
•    Assess the fragility factors, political context, and overall project risks, and lead the process to develop mitigation measures through collaborative approach; 
•    Draft and finalize the project proposal by providing guidance and ensure the compliance of project proposal with AF policies and principles, FAO policies and national requirements;
•    Lead the responding to the comments during the AF review and reflect the necessary changes in the Project Concept as relevant; 
•    Work closely with its members, and actors on the ground, to ensure that the design is well positioned with relevant strategies and methodologies to strengthen the humanitarian and development nexus;
•    Define and arrange the meetings, supported by the Country Office staff and in consultation with team specialists and Government officials. This includes meetings with relevant stakeholders at the National and the Governorate level (to be organized through remote connections).
•    Perform any other duty, as needed.


Minimum Requirements

•    Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in development studies, environmental studies, social sciences or in a related discipline. A first-level university degree in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
•    Five years of progressively responsible experience in project design and development, project management, or related area 
•    For Consultant, 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 subscribers working level of English).

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

•    Good knowledge of sustainable ecosystem conservation, nature-based adaptation and related issues is desirable; 
•    Experience in working with local community, NGOs and Government institutions;
•    Computer skills, in particular applications of the MS Office package;
•    Capacity to work in autonomy.

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
• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
• Incomplete applications will not be considered
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• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
•  We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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