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FAO recruiting Family Farming Policy Officer

Rome, Italy, 15 January 2014


To meet the demands posed by major global trends in agricultural development and challenges faced by member nations, FAO has identified key priorities on which it is best placed to intervene. A comprehensive review of the Organization’s comparative advantages was undertaken which enabled strategic objectives to be set, representing the main areas of work on which FAO will concentrate its efforts in striving to achieve its vision and global goals.

Duties and responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Director of the Office for Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development, the incumbent will serve as a Policy Officer, coordinating and leading family farming issues and actions, including the relationship with partner institutions. In particular, the incumbent will:

  • lead and manage the Organization’s work on Family Farming within each of its strategic objectives;

  • identify, develop, implement and monitor strategic partnerships with multiple stakeholders to promote family farming at global, regional and national level;

  • contribute to the understanding of the policies and institutional contexts that support family farming by region, including lessons learnt, and develop a data base on these policies and their impact;

  • serve as Focal Point for technical and decentralized units, as well as Family Farming organizations, for programmes and activities aimed at increasing capacity and institutional development in support of country policies;

  • promote the exchange of knowledge and information of Family Farming within the Organization, as well as with external stakeholders;

  • encourage policy dialogue on Family Farming at regional and country level;

  • coordinate the Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition as an advocacy platform on gender, family farming and right to food at the national, regional and global level;

  • establish links with different FAO entities, including the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and other relevant regional and national fora on policy discussions on Family Farming;

  • represent FAO, as required, in inter-agency, inter-divisional and other meetings, and provide support in organizing relevant technical meetings, training programmes and advocacy activities for the fight against hunger;

  • advocate and build awareness of Family Farming in the fight against hunger, and provide leadership to activities and programmes in support of the International Year of Family Farming ( IYFF);

  • perform other related duties as required.

Contract duration: 12 months.

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