Assistant FAO Representative (Programme)
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Close on 21 Jul 2020
Location: Seoul (South Korea)
Grade: NPO (National Professional Officer)
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Job Description

Organizational Setting

The post is  located in the FAO Partnership and Liaison Office in Seoul, Republic of Korea

Reporting Lines

The Assistant FAO Representative (Programme) reports to the Head of the Partnership and Liaison Office/FAO Representative (FAOR).


Technical Focus

Programme development and management, coordination and operational support based on the knowledge of the local conditions, culture, language and institutions of the country of assignment.


Key Results

Effective and efficient management and coordination of the technical and operational support of the programme and project activities of the FAO Representation.


Key Functions

  • Advises and liaises with government authorities, local, national and international institutions in the areas of FAO's activities and other UN agencies. Represents FAO at interagency meetings;
  • Promotes the image of FAO through advocacy of the Organization's mandate, programmes, national priorities and activities including the coordination of development and maintenance of communication tools such as website, press releases and publications; provides FAO's information, knowledge and resources to government, NGOs, the private sector and other local entities on food, nutrition and agriculture situations; and supports the implementation of FAO's regulatory frameworks (Codex Alimentarius, Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, Safe Use of Pesticides, etc.) in the country;
  • Coordinates and manages the maintenance of country data on food, crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries including information on external aid in FAO's corporate systems and monitor and communicate changes in national policies affecting the agricultural sector;
  •  Produces technical, economic and policy studies as required and participates in the development of country level development frameworks such as the Country Programming Framework (CPF) and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF);
  •  Identifies, formulates and prepares programme and project proposals, monitors and reviews the status of the programme/project implementation to ensure that all operational activities are carried out in line with the work plan and the project document; identifies inconsistencies and delays and submits proposals to the FAOR on how to improve results and increase efficiency;
  • Briefs, trains and supervises lower grade level programme staff regarding all aspects of the job.
  • Ensures adherence to procedures and work requirements and accuracy and diligence of the work provided.
  • Performs other duties as required

Specific Functions

  • Supports and advises  in coordinating and building effective partnership with key stakeholders and produce necessary information materials for various purposes: newsletters, information note, briefs and other documents, as required;
  • Promotes the visibility of the Office and advocates its work, leads communication and outreach-related activities and the work of FAO within the country;
  • Provides advice on critical partnership/programme issues and business development opportunities, as well as priorities and directions of the Office, in collaboration with government counterparts, other international organizations, research institutions, civil society and private sectors;
  • Drafts speaking points for the Head of Office for important events and occasions.



Minimum Requirements

  • National of the Republic of Korea
  •  Advanced university degree in agriculture, agricultural economics, forestry, fisheries, or any other field related to the work of the Organization
  •  Five years of relevant experience in agricultural development and/or project implementation in an area of FAO's activities in the country
  • Working knowledge (Level C) of English
  • Working knowledge of the local language (Korean


  • Results Focus
  • Team Work
  • 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 programme/project development and management
  • Demonstrated understanding of the purpose and functions of the technical programme, operational guidelines and project/programme management procedures, preferably those adopted by the United Nations or FAO
  • Extent and relevance of  experience in the field of policy analysis relating to food and nutrition security, agriculture and rural development OR extent and relevance of  experience in the collection of country data on food, crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries
  • Extent and relevance of experience in the identification, formulation and preparation of programme and project proposals as well as programme/project implementation, monitoring and review
  • Working experience and knowledge of the UN system or other similar inter-government organizations;



About FAO

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. 

FAO aims 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 over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide.

"We believe that everyone can play a part in ending hunger."