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Associate Professional Officer (Gender and Accountability to Affected Populations/AAP) funded by The Netherlands, DAKAR

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Associate Professional Officer (Gender and Accountability to Affected Populations/AAP) Â- funded by The Netherlands, P-2.



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with possibility of extension up to 3 years

Department Description

This position is only open for nationals of eligible countries as indicated by the Dutch Government: http://www.nedworcfoundation.nl/pdf/List%20of%20eligible%20developing%20countries%20-%202015.pdf

Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.

Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Duties and Responsibilities

Organizational Setting

The Regional Office for Africa (RAF) is responsible for leading FAOÂ’s response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAOÂ’s priority activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the Region and, in collaboration with departments and divisions at Headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO’s strategic response to regional priorities. RAF also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the OrganizationÂ’s Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the region, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies. RAF develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs).

The Regional Office supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region.

The post is located in the Sub Resilience team for West Africa/Sahel (REOWA), in Dakar

Reporting Lines

The Associate Professional Officer reports to the Coordinator of the Subregional Resilience Team (REOWA).

Technical Focus

Humanitarian, agronomy, gender, accountability, resilience in crisis. Ensure the inclusion of the people-centred approaches in the programming, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of regional projects and programmes. This will be achieved by mainstreaming gender equality measures and accountability to affected populations approaches in FAOÂ’s humanitarian and resilience programme in West Africa, in line with FAOÂ’s Strategic Objective 5 Â’Increasing the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crisesÂ’ and the 3rd outcome, on Social Protection, of Strategic Objective 3 Â’Reducing rural povertyÂ’.

Key Results

Collection and analysis of information, data and statistics and project / meeting services to support programme projects,

products and services

Key Functions

  • Collects and analyzes relevant technical, social, economic, environmental, institutional and technology related information, data and/or statistics to support the delivery of programme projects, products and services
  • Undertakes analysis, provides technical input for plans and reports and edits/revises technical/scientific documents.
  • Participates in the development of improved work methods, tools and systems
  • Updates databases and web pages
  • Participates on multi-disciplinary project/work teams
  • Collaborates in the development of training tools and materials and the organization of workshops/seminars etc.
  • Participates in the organization, conduct and follow-up of meetings, consultations and conferences, the development/production of required materials and the provision of information and assistance to partners

Specific Functions

  1. Support programming to include gender and AAP

    Provides technical support to country offices during the design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation phases of projects, in consultation with affected communities to ensure their needs, challenges and opinions are adequately understood and taken into account and that these specific needs and priorities of men and women of different ages are adequately addressed; Reviews project documents and concept notes, providing advice on how gender and AAP issues can be at the centre of all stages of the project cycle: reports on gender and AAP specific successes and challenges, systematically and strategically; Assists national projects teams in defining a specific strategy to address, monitors and reports on gender equality and AAP related results and strengthen the capacity of national implementing partners and project staff in addressing these issues; Mainstreams issues related to gender equality and AAP in new project proposals for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), climate change adaptation and mitigation, and shock responsive social protection; Ensures that gender equality and AAP issues are mainstreaming in resource mobilization and in building strategic partnerships at different levels across sectors; Identifies and disseminates good and innovative practices for the promotion and communication on gender equality and AAP approaches.

  2. Support capacity development on gender and AAP

    Develops, in alignment with TCE, RAF and, REOWA processes, tools and guidance materials to enhance feedback and complaint mechanisms linked to AAP, Gender based violence and the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) across all FAO Programming in the Region; Organizes capacity development activities tailored to different target audiences to enhance their knowledge and skills on gender and AAP issues ; Supports policy dialogue and awareness raising processes on gender and AAP issues with relevant line Ministries, in close collaboration with major local and international partners, ensuring that they understand that gender and AAP are core to FAOÂ’s operations globally in its work for Zero Hunger; Provides technical support to country offices based on demand and need, especially in L3 situations to address gender and AAP issues; Contributes to the preparation of communications materials to support adequate mainstreaming of gender and AAP in project implementation and communications with all partners from women and men project participants to Governments and donors.

  3. Support to integrate gender and AAP into Monitoring and Evaluation processes and frameworks

    Provides technical guidance on how to collect and analyse sex- and age- disaggregated data to be used in gender-responsive programme formulation, planning and reporting; Works with the M&E officers at national and (sub-) regional levels to improve how monitoring and evaluation systems capture, analyses and use sex and age disaggregated data, to ensure they are used to improve the gender-responsive services being provided in ongoing and future projects; Ensures that specific indicators linked to gender and AAP are included and used in Results Assessment Frameworks; Develops practical and brief guidelines for mainstreaming gender and AAP issues into ongoing projects; Identifies and works with country teams to implement strategies for communicating rrelevant issues related to gender equality and AAP with and from target communities to improve their participation in the formulation, design and monitoring of projects; Reports on the progress in each country with guidance on planning, monitoring and evaluation of these activities, including the set of key performance indicators.

    Job Requirements


    Minimum Requirements

    Advanced university degree in agriculture, food security, social sciences, development, gender studies, or a related field Part of the candidateÂ’s academic training (either BA or MA) must have taken place in a developing country that appears on the following list of eligible countries of the Dutch JPO Programme: http://www.nedworcfoundation.nl/pdf/List%20of%20eligible%20developing%20countries%20-%202015.pdfThree years (and maximum 4 years) of relevant experience in food security, gender and AAP related fields in Africa Working knowledge of English and French.


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

    Technical/Functional Skills

    Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable Extent and relevance of experience in gender equality in crisis/resilience settings and AAP in the East Africa/Sahel context, including formulating, planning and implementing humanitarian and resilience projects Extent and relevance of knowledge of the UN system in the field is an asset

    Additional Details

    Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.

  • All candidates should possess computer/word processing skills.
  • Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your iRecruitment online profile (see Â’How to ApplyÂ’). We strongly recommend that you ensure that the information is accurate and complete including employment record, academic qualifications and language skills.
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognised in the IAU/UNESCO list.
  • Other similar positions may be filled from this vacancy notice and the endorsed candidates will be considered for the Employment Roster for a period of 2 years.
  • Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments.

Remuneration: A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, visit the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) website: http://icsc.un.org/rootindex.asp

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