National Programme Assistant (South Africa)

Johannesburg, Gauteng


National Programme Assistant (South Africa)

Job Posting: 10/Mar/2020
Closure Date: 24/Mar/2020, 5:59:00 PM
Organizational Unit: SFS
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)
Grade Level: N/A
Primary Location: South Africa-Johannesburg
Duration: Up to 8 months, with a possibility for extension
Post Number: N/A

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FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

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Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) leads international efforts to defeat hunger and to support development in member countries in the areas of agriculture, fisheries and forestry. FAO’s mandate is to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy.

FAO’s Resilience Hub (SFS-REOSA) is part of the FAO Subregional Office for Southern Africa (SFS). The principal function of the sub-regional Office is the overall identification, planning and implementation of FAO’s priority activities based on the needs of the member countries in the sub-region. The Resilience Hub was established in Johannesburg, South Africa to enhance resilience building to agriculture and food and nutrition security in the region. The work of the Resilience Hub is directly relevant to FAO’s Strategic Objective 5 – Increasing the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises, while also linking to the other four Strategic Objectives in addressing longer-term stresses in Southern Africa.

The office may also be called upon to provide emergency operations surge support to the countries in the subregion carrying out backstopping missions and working in close coordination and collaboration with the Emergency and Rehabilitation Division (PSE) and FAO Country Offices.

The assignment is in the FAO Sub-Regional (South Africa) Office.

Reporting Lines

The Programme Assistant reports to the Resilience Hub Coordinator for Southern Africa and will support resource mobilization efforts by Technical Officers in SFS-REOSA based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Technical Focus

The incumbent’s work impacts on the timely and efficient delivery of office support services and on the overall output of the work unit.
Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Support to Resource Mobilization
  • Support SFS-REOSA Technical Officers in the development of concept notes and proposals for resource mobilization
  • Conduct research on specific topics as requested by Technical Officers involved in the development of FAO’s Africa-wide programme on building climate resilience in agriculture
  • Assist in the preparation of meetings with donors, implementing partners and other stakeholders
  • Support the organization of sub-regional technical meetings for resource mobilization
  • Assist the SFS-REOSA Coordinator in the preparation of the FAO/UNESCO proposal for submission to the Adaptation Fund in July 2020
  • Assist in the compilation of a database on FAO resource partners in southern Africa
  • In liaison with the Regional Agronomist and Lead Technical Officer, support the organization of meetings, workshops and conferences for the Norad-funded Project on CA Coordination and Partnerships;
  • Working with Regional Agronomist, support communication with partners in the implementation of the Norad-funded Project on CA Coordination and Partnerships
  • Assist in the development of PowerPoint presentations and other materials for technical meetings
  • Support the production of reports on meetings, workshops and conferences as requested by Technical Officers
  • In close liaison with relevant Technical Officers, participate in technical meetings organized by the Food and Nutrition Security Working Group (FNSWG) and the Regional Inter-Agency Standing Committee for southern Africa ( RIASCO)
  • Perform any other duties, as required.

Minimum Requirements

  • University Education (Bachelors degree in Agriculture, Nutrition, Food Security; and related qualifications;
  • At least two year’s experience in a similar environment – experience in working with national governments, NGOs and other UN Agencies is desirable.
  • Working knowledge of English.
  • National of South Africa
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills
  • Thorough knowledge of the administrative and procurement regulations and procedures of any public or international entity or organization.
  • Very good knowledge of the MS Office package, Internet and office technology equipments
Additional Selection Criteria
  • Thorough knowledge of UN system procurement and administrative regulations, policies and procedures
  • Thorough knowledge of FAO’s administrative policies and procedures
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and conduct technical meetings, conferences and workshops when applicable
  • Advanced skills in PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Ability to focus and prioritize tasks.
  • Familiarity with the Climate Resilience in African Agriculture and adaptation funds Programme
  • Relevant experience in conducting trainings and collecting primary information at national level;
  • Ability to work in a team, establish and maintain effective working relations in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment with respect for diversity.


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  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
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Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile.
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