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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger and improve nutrition and food security. Its Latin motto, fiat panis, translates to “let there be bread”. It was founded on 16 October 1945.

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About FAO

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is an international organization that aims to achieve food security for all, combat hunger, improve nutrition, promote sustainable agriculture, and enhance rural livelihoods. FAO was established in 1945 and is headquartered in Rome, Italy.

FAO works in collaboration with governments, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to address global challenges related to food and agriculture. Its activities include providing policy advice, supporting countries in implementing effective agricultural practices, conducting research and analysis, promoting knowledge sharing, and facilitating international cooperation.

The organization focuses on key areas such as food production and productivity, sustainable natural resource management, rural development, resilience to climate change, and addressing food loss and waste. FAO also plays a crucial role in coordinating responses to food emergencies and supporting countries in building resilient agricultural systems.

FAO works towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 2, which aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.

Through its programs and initiatives, FAO plays a vital role in shaping global policies and strategies to address challenges in the food and agriculture sector, with the ultimate goal of eradicating hunger and ensuring sustainable development for present and future generations.

Why Work At FAO

  1. Meaningful Impact: FAO’s mission is to combat hunger, achieve food security, and promote sustainable agriculture. By working at FAO, you have the opportunity to contribute to addressing global challenges and making a positive impact on the lives of millions of people around the world.
  2. Global Reach: FAO operates in over 130 countries, providing a truly international working environment. You will have the chance to collaborate with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and cultures, gaining a global perspective and broadening your professional network.
  3. Professional Development: FAO offers a range of career development opportunities, including training programs, workshops, and access to specialized knowledge resources. You can enhance your skills and expertise in various areas related to food and agriculture, fostering personal growth and advancement in your career.
  4. Multidisciplinary Approach: FAO’s work spans multiple sectors, including agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and rural development. This multidisciplinary approach allows for cross-cutting collaboration and the opportunity to work on complex and interconnected issues.
  5. Innovation and Research: FAO promotes innovation and research in agriculture and food systems. As an employee, you can engage in cutting-edge research, leverage new technologies, and contribute to the development of innovative solutions to address global food and agricultural challenges.
  6. Collaborative Work Environment: FAO values teamwork and collaboration. You will have the chance to work with experts, policymakers, and stakeholders at various levels, fostering partnerships and collective efforts to achieve shared goals.
  7. Work-Life Balance: FAO promotes a healthy work-life balance, recognizing the importance of employee well-being. It offers flexible work arrangements and support for personal and family needs, contributing to a positive and supportive work environment.
  8. International Exposure: Working at FAO exposes you to a wide range of international platforms, conferences, and events. You may have opportunities to represent FAO at global forums, contribute to policy discussions, and engage with high-level decision-makers in the field of food and agriculture.

Position Title: National Project Coordinator
Application Deadline: May 15, 2024, 11:59:00 PM
Organizational Unit: FAO Representation in Mongolia (FAMON)
Employment Type: Non-staff opportunities
Requisition Type: NPP (National Project Personnel)
Grade Level: Not Applicable
Primary Location: Ulan Bator, Mongolia
Contract Duration: 12 months

Tasks and responsibilities

•    Participate in the identification, formulation, implementation and closure of baby projects under the FGVC (implemented by Letters of Agreement – LoA); monitors and reviews the status of baby project implementation to ensure that all operational activities are carried out in line with the defined work plan and key performance indicators; identifies inconsistencies and delays and, when necessary, proposes corrective measures to overcome operational constraints;
•    Assist with technical review of reports and deliverables submitted by FGVC Service Providers, as well as relevant assessments conducted by FGVC partners;
•    Provide on-demand technical support to the National Forest Agency, and other local or national government bodies as appropriate, in topical areas relevant to the FGVC such as forestry and/or green finance;
•    Participate actively in the Technical Working Group responsible for implementing the EU-Mongolia Forest Partnership;
•    Coordinate actively with TWG members and other resource partners and stakeholders relevant for FGVC implementation; 
•    Identifie partnership opportunities with private sector and financing institutions, in support of FGVC activities to secure sources of sustainable financing for communities and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises;
•    Lead processes for recruiting short-term consultants and experts to provide capacity building or mentoring support to FGVC beneficiaries, as agreed with the TWG, government partners and the Programme Manager;  
•    Contribute to FGVC progress and annual reporting, as requested by the Programme Manager;
•    Undertake duty travel within Mongolia as necessary to monitor and support the implementation of FGVC field activities and relevant FP actions;
•    Manage in-country budget issued via Field-based Authorizations, in accordance with FAO financial management procedures;
•    Identifie and develops synergies between the FGVC and other relevant forestry projects being implemented at the country level, such as the FAO-GIZ led STREAM+ project and other projects identified by the NFA;
•    Perform other duties as required


Minimum Requirements 
•    Advanced University degree in business, finance, forestry, natural resources management, or other fields related to the work of the Organization
•    Five years of relevant experience in green finance, forest economics and/or project implementation in an area of FAO’s activities in the country 
•    Working knowledge in  English and Mongolian languages
•    National of Mongolia

FAO Core Competencies

•    Results Focus
•    Teamwork
•    Communication
•    Building Effective Relationships
•    Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

•    Experience with project management and development;
•    Experience in working with international partners/organizations, government agencies, and the private sector; 
•    Experience in providing technical advice and support on business management and planning;
•    Experience working in the finance sector and channeling finance to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises;
•    Demonstrated understanding of operational guidelines and project/programme management procedures, preferably those adopted by the United Nations or FAO


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