Deputy FAO Representative in Malawi

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • Location
    Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 09

Position description

Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through its Strategic Framework by supporting 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 main aim of the FAO Country Office, which is headed by an FAO Representative (FAOR), is to assist the host country government to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to develop the agriculture, fisheries, and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

The FAO Representation in Malawi is developing and implementing field programmes and projects based on the FAO Country Programming Framework (CPF) in Malawi. The four priorities of the CPF are: 1) Conducive agricultural policy and investment environment; 2) Food and nutrition security and livelihoods; 3) Governance of the environment, natural resources and ecosystems; and 4) Resilience to climate change and climate variations.

The position is located in the FAO Representation in Malawi (FRMLW).

Technical Focus

Planning, organizing, coordinating and reporting to the FAO Representative on programme development, implementation, resource mobilization, as well as office management in line with FAO rules, regulations and procedures.

Key Results

Leadership and technical expertise in coordinating the planning, implementation and reporting of the Country Programming Framework (CPF) focusing on key results in line with the results matrix of the CPF in accordance with and derived from the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) process and related FAO programmes and projects.

Key Functions

  • As delegated by the FAOR, represents FAO and liaises with senior government officials, UN agencies, humanitarian and development partners and beneficiaries on country programme implementation and delivery;
  • Coordinates the identification of policy implications and monitors relevant policy environment issues for the implementation of FAO's agricultural disaster-preparedness, response, transition and development strategies;
  • Promotes effective integration of developmental and emergency and rehabilitation programmes into a comprehensive country programme;
  • Facilitates and supports the development of (i) the FAO CPF and (ii) FAO's contributions to the UNSDCF, UN joint programmes and Country Common Analysis (CCA); and (iii) the FAO country field programme from design through delivery, ensuring their alignment with the country's development priorities, FAO's Strategic Framework, UNSDCF and programming assistance and other development partners and recipients;
  • Provides leadership in developing and introducing risk reduction policies and practices in agriculture, forestry and fisheries in disaster-prone countries;
  • Coordinates timely needs assessments for effective livelihood responses to food security crises in the case of human-induced disasters or disasters induced by natural hazards, including participation in food security cluster;
  • Develops and promotes resource mobilization strategy for the country and contributes to fund mobilization efforts through liaison with the donor community in the country;
  • Coordinates the preparation of briefs and comprehensive reports on FAO priorities and the field programme in the country and ensures the timely dissemination of information to the Government, donor community, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs);
  • Facilitates the effective collection and dissemination of information, in the framework of the knowledge management activities of the Organization and contributes to the development and delivery of effective communication, advocacy and partnership strategies;
  • Supports the FAOR in management of Country Office's human and financial resources, including the implementation of field security and safety policies for staff;
  • Performs other duties, as required.

Specific Functions

  • Supports the FAOR in Country Office management in line with FAO rules, regulations and procedures, including supervision of field and project offices subordinate to the Country Office;
  • Coordinates internal and external resources mobilization; provides guidance and coordination for updating, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the FAO CPF;
  • Supports the FAOR in collaborating with the UN Country Team (UNCT), relevant government counterparts and other development partners in the agriculture and food cluster;
  • Acts as the Country Office focal point in disaster risk management, emergency response and humanitarian assistance; coordinates the collaboration with the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT);
  • Supports the FAOR in collaborating with the UNCT Security Management Team (SMT) and Crisis Management Team (CMT), and in Country Office security management in line with FAO and UNCT policies; coordinates the formulation and implementation of the Country Office Business Continuity Plan (BCP);
  • Coordinates preparation and submission of regular and ad hoc county office reporting regarding CPF implementation and Country Office operation;
  • Coordinates formulation and implementation of Country Office communication plan and knowledge management;
  • Performs other tasks assigned by the FAOR.

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in an area related to the activities of the Organization, e.g. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishery, Rural development, etc.;
  • Seven years of relevant experience in planning, formulating, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of field programmes;
  • 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;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in developing and managing country field programmes from design to delivery (programme/project identification, formulation, analysis, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation);
  • Extent and relevance of experience in the coordination and/or management of technical cooperation projects and programmes, including emergency, recovery and rehabilitation related programmes;
  • Demonstrated experience in resource mobilization;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in negotiating and cooperating with national governments, inter-governmental organizations and other institutions and in designing collaborative networks and joint programmes;
  • Working knowledge of other FAO languages is considered a strong asset.

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