Climate and Environment Programme Specialist

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Organizational Setting
The Climate and Environment Division (CBC) assists member countries in policy development, planning and responses towards the challenge of climate change. It provides a coordination role in FAO on climate change and related climate smart agriculture issues as well as disaster risk reduction and climate risk management and climate finance as well as bioenergy.
Reporting Lines
The Climate and Environment Programme Consultant will work under the overall supervision of the CBC Director, CBC Team Leader and/or the direct supervision of a relevant Officer.
Tasks and responsibilities
  • Participate in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, of assigned programmes and projects, and provide technical or operational support, identify problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions, liaise with relevant parties, identify and track follow-up actions;
  • Contribute to planning, monitoring and reporting on results achieved and engage in capacity development activities;
  • Review, backstop and provide substantial inputs for the formulation of M&E systems at the project, programme or portfolio level and provide inputs to management at the country, sub-regional, regional and HQ levels with the view of enhancing the delivery and impact of CBC’s investments;
  • Coordinate, facilitate and/or support the use of corporate tools to collect information;
  • Coordinate or support activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, fee management) and prepare related documents/reports;
  • Provide operational support in the organization of meetings, workshops, webinars, and other requests that may arise;
  • Provide website content development and management and ensure updated and accurate database management and analysis;
  • Coordinate, facilitate or support the use of corporate tools and provide support in the production of dissemination and advocacy materials, outreach activities and contribute to the production of analytical tools, background papers, analysis, or concept notes;
  • Undertake field missions as and when required;
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced university degree (for Consultants)  or University degree (for PSAs) in social science, economics, natural resource management,  development studies, political science, international relations, business administration and finance, management, information systems, communication or related fields
  • One to fifteen years of relevant experience in results-based project/programme planning, monitoring and analysis, including practical experience in project formulation, appraisal, implementation, monitoring, communication and/or in financial and budget planning
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian  (for PSA it can be required only one language)
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Selection Criteria
  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable
  • Extent and relevance of experience and knowledge of FAO policies, procedures, project cycle and operational activities
  • Extent and relevance of experience and knowledge of CBC’s main resource partners policies, procedures, project cycle and results based monitoring and reporting
  • Extent and relevance of experience in programme/project formulation, monitoring and implementation support
  • Ability to promote effective partnerships and to work independently and as team player
  • Ability to give clear and concise guidance to colleagues and project partners
  • Familiarity with UN system, procedures and operational activities
  • FAO does not charge a 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 recognised in the IAU/UNESCO list.
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
  • Candidates with acceptable language certificate/s should upload them when submitting their application. For details, visit
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  • For further information on categories, contract duration and honoraria, please refer to the Conditions page.
To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.
Vacancies will be removed from the recruitment portal at 23:59 Central European Time (CET) on the deadline for applications date. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.
If you need help, or have queries, please contact: [email protected]