Programme Officer

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The GCU delivers a suite of essential functions, some of which are specific to vertical climate and environment financing, to manage and maintain FAO’s relationship with the GEF and the broader GEF Partnership of 17 other GEF Agencies. Internally, the Unit provides expert advice to Project Task Forces, corporate units and Decentralized Offices, serving the programmatic needs of the fast-growing global FAO-GEF portfolio. It shepherds every FAO GEF project across its life cycle from identification to closure and provides key support to Countries in the programming and monitoring of their GEF resources. Within the corporate and administrative leadership, the Unit is responsible for the monitoring, reporting and management of the FAO-GEF portfolio, while the single Budget Holder remains accountable for single FAO-GEF projects. The Unit provides critical services across FAO for the central cash management of GEF project grants and agency fees (including the GEF fee allocation system for all FAO stakeholders).

The post is located in the GEF Team of OCB at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Reporting Lines

The Programme Officer reports to the Senior Coordinator, GEF Unit.

Technical Focus

  • GEF project and fee cash management, monitoring and reporting.
  • Guidance and capacity building to the FAO-GEF community on financial management of GEF resources.

Key Results

  • Develop, implement, monitor and evaluate assigned programmes/projects.

Key Functions

  • Carries out basic research on selected aspects of programmes, operations and other activities; collects, analyses and presents statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources.
  • Provides substantive support for policy coordination and evaluation functions, including the review and analysis of emerging development issues and trends, participation in impact evaluation or equivalent studies.
  • Participates in survey initiatives; issues data collection tools, reviews, analyses and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares preliminary conclusions.
  • Contributes to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications.
  • Undertakes outreach activities; participates in the development of training workshops, seminars; participates in and makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
  • Participates in field missions, including provision of substantive and administrative support, data collection, etc.
  • Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements) and preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget.), as necessary.

Specific Functions

  • Serves as the focal point and resource person in the OCB GEF Team on GEF financial matters.
  • Supports the GEF Senior Coordinator in liaising with FAO corporate units and with the GEF Secretariat, GEF trustee and other GEF Agencies on resource-related matters.
  • Assists the GEF Coordinator in managing the project grant and fees cash flow, including grant and fees allocation as part of the FAO corporate activities of the GCU and in adherence with the Financial Procedures Agreement with the GEF Trustee.
  • Prepares regular analytical internal reports on the use/delivery of GEF project resources use in the portfolio, flags at risk situations and engages with technical Funding Liaison Officers and Project Task Force for appropriate follow up actions.
  • Reviews and analyses emerging trends in FAO-GEF portfolio resource flows and supports the Senior Coordinator to seek solutions.
  • Contributes to and participates in capacity development activities, training workshops and development of guidelines on FAO’s fee management guidelines and procedures. 
  • Liaises with GEF fee account Budget Holders to facilitate completion of budget revisions and ensure compliance with GEF fee use policy.
  • Supports the GEF Coordinator in preparing periodic GEF Trustee reports, calls for funds and monitors these activities.
  • Serves as Funding Liaison Officer between FAO Finance and GEF Trustee on portfolio financial issues and procedures, resource (fee and grant) flows and reporting.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in business administration, public administration, international studies, economics, or a related field. 
  • Three years of relevant experience in project or programme management, administration or related area.
  • Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate – level B) of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).





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