Liaison Officer

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Mar-28-2017
  • Posted
    Mar 03

Position description

The Liaison Office with the United Nations in New York (LON) leads the development and implementation of FAO’s policies and decisions concerning enhanced FAO cooperation and partnerships with the UN system and with other international organizations and institutions located in New York.

The Liaison Office with the United Nations in New York (LON) advises and assists in the development and implementation of FAO policies and decisions concerning enhanced FAO cooperation and partnerships with the United Nations system, including in the inter-agency mechanisms such as the CEB, HLCP and UNDG and with other international organizations, non-state actors and institutions located in New York. It also engages in dialogue with member states providing assistance and support in their discussions at different UN fora on matters related to the mandate of FAO. The Office promotes, advocates and raises awareness towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the achievement of the SDGs, in particular Goal n.2.

It also has the responsibility to establish regular contacts with the following countries that do not have a Permanent Representation in Rome through their Missions in New York: Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru and Palau.

Reporting Lines

The Liaison Officer reports to the Director, Liaison Office

Technical Focus

The development and implementation of FAO’s policies and decisions concerning enhanced FAO cooperation and partnerships with the UN system and with other international organizations and institutions located in New York.

Key Results

Provide strategic policy and political analytical support to the Director, LON.

Key Functions 

  • Builds network of collaboration with governmental and organizational counterparts to facilitate programme coordination and promotion;
  • Monitors and identifies critical programme issues where FAO inputs/involvement is needed, organize information flows from external collaborators to programme units;
  • Identifies opportunities for FAO to project organizational capacities and priorities into agendas and activities at the UN Common System level and with counterparts; assesses FAO participation in interagency forums, identifies areas to improve effectiveness of FAO communication strategies and approaches;
  • Builds awareness within FAO of the perspective and priorities of collaborators, assists FAO programme unit with networking with external counterparts;
  • Promotes FAO positions and capacities in collaborative activities with external counterparts;
  • Represents FAO in receiving visitors and facilitates replies to institutional and public inquiries on subjects falling within the competence of FAO;
  • Facilitates mobilization of resources for partnerships in support of agriculture and food security to support countries of mutual interest;
  • Carries out programming, budgetary and administrative work in support of the Office activities;
  • Performs other duties as required. 

Qualifications

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in Agriculture, Social or Political Sciences, Economics, Public Administration, International Relations or a related field relevant to the work of the Organization;
  • Seven years of relevant experience in development work and/or designing and managing projects, interacting with social partners and with governments, international organisations, research institutions, civil society and the private sector;
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other official languages of the Organization (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

Competencies 

  • Results Focus;
  • Team Work;
  • Communication;
  • Building effective relationships;
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement. 

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in a field relevant to the work of the Organization and development work and/or designing and managing projects, interacting with social partners and with governments, international organisations, research institutions, civil society and the private sector;
  • Depth of knowledge of FAO's programmes and priorities is considered a strong asset;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in policy development, policy coordination and project planning.

Application instructions

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