Partnerships Officer (Family Farming)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location
    Rome, Italy
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Oct 04

Position description

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) supports the transformation to More efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems, for Better production, Better nutrition, a Better environment and a Better life, leaving no one behind.

The Partnerships and UN Collaboration Division (PSU) is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the identification, strengthening and stewardship of strategic partnerships with UN agencies and non-state actors (NSAs) including civil society, academia and research institutions, family farmers' and indigenous peoples' organizations and parliamentarians. The Division leads FAO's engagement in the UN Development System repositioning, develops capacities, fosters dialogues, scales up programmes and advocates for FAO's corporate positions in support of FAO's new Strategic Framework and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It ensures that multi-stakeholder processes and strategic interventions globally and locally are an integral part of FAO's work and provides targeted support for successful collaboration with NSAs and UN agencies.

The Division has the lead responsibility for the promotion of the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (CFS RAI) and the implementation of the Food Coalition, the UN Decade of Family Farming (2019-2028) and the FAO Policy on Indigenous Peoples. It is also in charge of FAO's e-learning programmes and access to scientific and technical data through knowledge platforms and enhanced information policies and standards, promotes and facilitates knowledge sharing on sustainable food security and nutrition among various stakeholders.

Reporting Lines

The Partnerships Officer reports to the senior Partnerships Officer, Coordinator under guidance of the PSU Director.

Technical Focus

Contribution of Family Farming to FAO's Four Betters and to the SDGs.

Key Results

Support the development of partnerships in Headquarters and Decentralized Offices in support of the strategic objectives of the Organization.

Key Functions

  • Identifies, assess and develops, with the appropriate technical divisions, possible collaborations and partnerships with private sector entities for the fulfilment of the Strategic Objectives, both at Headquarters (HQ) and decentralized levels;
  • Provides guidance and support to staff at Headquarters (HQ) and in Decentralized Offices (DOs) on the use of corporate requirements related to partnerships with the private sector;
  • Elaborates an annual work plan with the priorities and main activities of private sector entities, which will be aligned with FAO's Strategic Objectives and programmes;
  • Coordinates and monitors all operations and activities related to the Multi-Donor Trust Fund in support of mobilization of resources from the private sector;
  • Establishes links with different FAO entities and governing bodies, including the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and other relevant regional and national fora on policy discussions to strengthen partnerships with private sector entities;
  • Identifies and develops fundraising proposals in collaboration with key stakeholders both at HQ and decentralized offices in support of FAO's strategic objectives and country programming frameworks;
  • Develops tools for capacity building among staff in HQ and DO to strengthen FAO's capacity of partnering with the private sector;
  • Contributes to the elaboration and execution of the Monitoring and Evaluation system of FAO's partnerships;
  • Participates on multi-disciplinary teams, and/or leads working groups/teams collaborates with other divisions and agencies on work groups and committees and promotes best practices.

Specific Functions

  • Contributes to structuring and conducting policy dialogues, trainings, and seminars on inclusive integrated and innovative public policy processes for the support of family farming;
  • Participates in multi-disciplinary, inter-divisional and inter-regional teams and collaborates with other UN agencies to promote the exchange of knowledge and policy solutions for the support of family farming;
  • Supports technical and institutional innovations to strengthen family farming through the engagement of FAO staff and other actors;
  • Engages and promotes partnerships with family farmers' organizations;
  • Supports continuous liaison with global and regional family farmers' organizations to ensure their involvement and continuous participation in the implementation of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF);
  • Carries out capacity development activities (online and offline) to strengthen producer organizations, CSOs, and other relevant actors, with a focus on young farmers' and women's needs;
  • Supports project planning and implementation in the framework of the UNDFF; prepares relevant documents and reports; and liaises with donors and other relevant parties;
  • Drafts various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analyses, substantial sections of reports, inputs to publications; training/learning programs, including the management of e-consultations;
  • Contributes to the organization and delivery of UNDFF-related consultations, meetings, conferences at global, regional and national levels, including proposals for agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations;
  • Prepares documents and background materials related to the UNDFF International Steering Committee meetings, and supports organizational matters as needed;
  • Supports continuous liaison with IFAD to assist the implementation of the UNDFF, to develop fundraising proposals and to support processes leading to the UN General Assembly;
  • Supports Senior Management's outreach and advocacy efforts related to the UNDFF;
  • Represents the Unit at external and interagency meetings as required.

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in international relations, economics, agricultural sciences, social sciences, or any other discipline relevant to the work of the Organization;
  • Five years of relevant experience in strategic partnerships, engagement with state and non-state actors, facilitation of multi-actor collaboration, quantitative and qualitative analysis of data and information of family farming, food and agricultural and food systems-relevant issues;
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).


  • Results Focus;
  • Teamwork;
  • 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;
  • Extensive knowledge of food systems, food security and nutrition, sustainable development, and generational sustainability of family farming;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in building alliances, partnerships and networks for sustainable food systems;
  • Deep understanding of the governance of the UN Decade of Family Farming and related UN Procedures;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in drafting reports and strategic plans and in evidence based agri-food policy assessments;
  • Experience in organizing meetings, seminars and capacity development activities.

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