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Community Development Expert
 Vacancy No: VA.023.013.FSD
 Grade Level: SB3
 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 Technical Advisor, 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 key role in mobilizing communities  participation and ownership of the project activities, 
  • Be aware and mindful of project deadlines including reporting, 
  • Generate a sense of urgency when needed, and know how to motivate community leaders, women groups, and youth while focusing on building cohesion and facilitating collaboration.
  • Empower communities and use community knowledge and wisdom to maintain an enabling environment for project implementation, 
  • Power relation between the project and community members are constantly negotiated, 
  • 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

  • Promote and facilitate community participation and consultations during the implementation of various activities of the project including training, workshops, and community negotiations on a variety of issues pertaining to project outputs. 
  • Promotion inclusivity among beneficiary communities and stakeholders, advocate the use of project tools and practices to create awareness among all key project stakeholders and target communities. 
  • Support and participate in the process of developing community action plans and community priority needs in all the target localities.
  • Support the process of conducting socio-economic baseline and mapping exercises on land resources and governance of tenure in project target localities. 
  • Facilitate the effective collection and dissemination of project information among key stakeholders: state line ministries, locality authorities, native administrations, communities, and civil society organizations.
  • Led the establishment and or the revival of community peace negotiation platforms that usually lead in dispute resolutions on land and natural resource issues at project localities.
  • Establish an in-depth understanding of drivers of conflicts by documenting incidence/cases of disputes/conflicts and outcomes of the negotiated peace agreement as a result of project intervention; 
  • Support the development of relevant project documentation such as training material, reports, briefs, community stories, and others;
  • Monitor the project’s community development activities and provide timely feedback and reports on project performance.
  • Closely coordinate with other project stakeholders at the locality level;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

  • An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in community development, land management, earth sciences, natural resources management, political science, social science, public administration, or a related field is required. 
  • A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Five (5) years of relevant work experience on community development in Sub-Saharan counties; 
  • hands-on experience in designing community development, monitoring and evaluation of short-medium term projects; 
  • Working knowledge of English and Arabic.
  • Knowledge of work procedures and United Nations Minimum Operating Security Standards (UN MOSS) requirements; 
  • Availability to work overtime when required.

 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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