Project Coordinator

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Food and Agriculture Organization




The current portfolio of activities of the FAO Representation in Somalia includes a wide scope of technical support interventions ranging from policy support through livestock and crop production, to natural resource management, Nutrition, value chain, food security analysis and water and land information management. FAO is also implementing several emergency, resilience-building, and development interventions, with the support of its five field offices and close to 400 staff in partnership with the Federal and State line ministries.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Overall implementation of the Joint Project ensuring objectives are achieved within timeline and budget resources.
  • Provide overall technical and administrative leadership to the FAO component of the project ensuring activities are carried out in line with FAO guidance and international best practice in fisheries.
  • Monitor activities of Participating United Nation Organizations (PUNOs) as contributors to the overall project objectives
  • Establish and maintain close collaboration and working arrangements with national and international staff, specialists and support personnel and provide day to day supervision and guidance as needed.
  • Prepare detailed work plans and budgets for project implementation.
  • Maintain strong and effective partnership with donor partner, in this case the members of the Somali Joint Fund.
  • Ensure strong relationship established and maintained with Somali Government authorities at both federal and State levels for implementation of the BlueInvest Project.
  • Supervise and monitor work of the Project team including international and national staff and Consultants taking corrective action when required.
  • Lead the preparation of Requests for Proposals (RfP) for specific technical works and studies required during project implementation.
  • In liaison with the Operations Unit and Procurement Sections of FAO Somalia, oversee the procurement of goods and services for the project following FAO Manuals and processes.
  • Ensure FAO’s Environmental and Social Framework is integrated into planning and implementation of activities under the project, as well as other donor partner requirements.
  • Lead both internal and external project meetings as and when required, with particular attention to the periodic Project Steering Committees.
  • Review Letters of Agreement and Letters of Understanding between FAO and partners for implementation of selected activities.
  • Contribute to and/or prepare Inception Report and Annual or Quarterly progress reports as per the project documents and signed agreements. 
  • Conduct regular missions to state capitals to monitor and ensure smooth implementation of project activities and maintain relationships with partners.
  • Establish linkages with private sector operators bringing them into project implementation as much as possible and based on their competencies and skills.
  • Liaise with M & E Teams and FAO Compliance Officer in FAO and Government bodies regarding the planning, implementation and reporting of project progress and ensure that the M&E and compliance systems and rules are in place as per the goals and objectives of the project.
  • Ensure visibility of project activities and achievements in close collaboration with the Reporting and Communications Teams and development partners. 
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Requirements 

  • Advanced University degree in marine sciences, natural resource management, fisheries, or a related field.
  • At least Ten years of international experience in the implementation of long-term, large scale, multi-stakeholder livelihood or value chain projects with proven track record of full project cycle management including More than 5 years of experience working with UN or FAO
  • Professional experience in more than one country outside country of nationality
  • Working knowledge (level C) of English, knowledge of a second FAO language is an asset

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Proficiency in marine sciences or management, preferably with experience in fisheries
  • Strong knowledge of fisheries
  • Effective project management skills.
  • Problem-solving and analytical abilities.
  • Excellent communication, presentation and report drafting skills.
  • Knowledge of environmental and safety regulations and compliance.
  • Ability to effectively use standard MS Office software
  • An understanding of UN/FAO operating procedures
  • Excellent managerial and coordination skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively and to prepare complete and concise proposals/ reports.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with public and other project stakeholders





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