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National Technical Specialist
 Vacancy No: VA.023.011.FSD
 Grade Level: SB4
 No. of Post: 1
 Duty Station: Gadarief
 Closing Date: 19 March 2023


Organizational Setting


The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was born in 1945 in Quebec City, Canada, and temporarily designated Washington D.C. as its headquarters before moving to Rome in 1951 as its permanent headquarters. 


FAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Our goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active healthy lives. With 195 members - 194 countries and the European Union, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide.


Sudan is a FAO member country considered highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and continues to suffer protracted and new displacements due to recurring disasters caused by natural and manmade hazards. Enduring conflict and environmental degradation often interplay in the context of Sudan, with access to natural resources sparking disputes which lead to violence and displacement. In turn, conflict and displacement leave those affected less able to implement climate change adaptation and mitigation measures in the long term. 


The overall objective of the project “Strengthening the Security-Climate Nexus in Gedaref, Sudan” is a joint project implemented by IOM and FAO to contribute to enhancing peace and stability through disaster risk reduction and resilience-building strategies. The project aims to strengthen local understanding of drivers of fragility and conflict through a community-based inclusive process and analysis of local hazards and vulnerabilities as related to disasters. The project will work in parallel on two levels: the first will focus on strengthening local conflict resolution mechanisms and local resource management capacities to mitigate risks of conflict, and the second will focus on a) the implementation of renewable/alternative energy solutions and improved access to resources and b) implementation of disaster risk reduction capacities to support the rehabilitation and restoration of the environment to improve resilience.

 Duties and responsibilities:

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative for Sudan, the direct technical supervision of the project manager, and in close collaboration with the project LTO and other project staff and national project partners, the incumbent is expected to technical manage the project and deliver its expected results. 


Technical Focus 

  • Play a leadership role both in implementing on tasks and managing project personnel, 
  • Be aware and mindful of project deadlines including reporting, 
  • Generate a sense of urgency when needed, know how to motivate teams individually, build cohesion and facilitate collaboration. 
  • The National Technical Officer will focus on managing the project in coordination with IOM, stakeholders, and implementing partners. The incumbent will manage the communication of both technical and non-technical aspects of the project to stakeholders, 
  • Play an important role in leading the project through initiation, planning, execution, monitoring, controlling and completion.
  • Be proactive rather than reactive whenever possible by preventing or mitigating risks that have the potential to impact the desired outcomes of the project. 
  • Identify, analyze, evaluate, treat, monitor and review potential threats to the project’s success,

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Support the overall management of the project and the management of national human resources including organization and execution of daily works and activities; 
  • Support the daily implementation of the project and the introduction of amendments to the operational procedures of the project;
  • Participate in project baseline and impact assessment surveys and evaluation;
  • Ensure effective liaison with local and national authorities, key partners, and stakeholders on a regular basis;
  • Initiate the procurement process, ensure that procurement requests are raised in time, needed inputs and equipment meet the technical requirements in an optimal manner, technical specifications are accurate, etc.; 
  • Closely follow up program implementation at state, locality, community, and household levels and provide or organize appropriate methodological support if needed; 
  • Support the development of relevant documentation and communication materials;
  • Support the preparation of technical and training materials needed for the implementation of the project;
  • Support the preparation of project reports and briefs and review;
  • Preparing, monitoring, and revising work plans, guidelines and budgets; 
  • Each month file a Report of her/his activities under the project and outputs of the same. S/he will submit the Report to the budget holder via an e-mail for review and certification;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

  • University degree in Rural Development, climatology, agronomy, forestry, livestock, veterinary, social sciences or equivalent education and experience in monitoring of fieldwork;
  • Five (5) years of relevant experience at the national or international level; 
  • Hands-on experience in implementing, monitoring, and evaluation of short-medium term projects;
  • Five (5) years of professional experience in Project management; 
  • Experience in working with partners and divergent beneficiary groups; 
  • knowledge of work procedures and United Nations Minimum Operating Security Standards (UN MOSS) requirements; 
  • Good knowledge of Gedaref state and neighboring regions; 
  • Availability to work overtime when required. 
  • Working knowledge of English and Arabic and limited knowledge of French, Spanish, Chinese or, Russian

 To Apply:


 Download FAO Personal History Form from: http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/Employment/docs/Personal_History_Form.doc

Send your completed FAO Personal History form/ updated CV by email to:

SD-Recruitment@fao.org (Attachments are not to exceed 3 MB)

Applicant should clearly quote the vacancy number and the duty station in the subject title

This vacancy is open to Sudanese national male and female candidates. Applications from qualified women candidates are encouraged.




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