National Professional Officer (Programme)
Pakistan Islamabad
4d ago

Organizational Setting

The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

The position is located in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Reporting Lines

The National Professional Officer will report to Assistant FAO Representative (Programme).

Technical Focus

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

Key Results

Effective and efficient coordination and provision of the technical and operational support of the programme and project activities

Key Functions

  • Assists in liaising and cooperating with government authorities and national and international institutions in the areas of FAO's activities in the country and in liaising with other UN agencies;
  • Provides support to promoting the image of FAO through advocacy of the Organization's mandate, programmes, national priorities and activities including development and maintenance of communication tools (e.
  • g. website, press releases and publications) and supports the implementation of FAO's regulatory frameworks (e.g. Codex Alimentarius and Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries) in the country;
  • Collects, consolidates and maintains country data on food, crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries including information on external aid in FAO's corporate systems and participates in monitoring changes in national policies affecting the agricultural sector;
  • Assists with the production of technical, economic and policy studies and assists in the development of country level development frameworks such as the Country Programming Framework (CPF) and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF);
  • Assists in the identification, formulation and preparation of programme and project proposals and monitors and reviews the status of programme / project implementation to ensure that all operational activities are carried out in line with the work plan and the project document;
  • when necessary, proposes corrective measures to overcome operational constraints;
  • 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.

  • National of Pakistan;
  • Advanced university degree in agriculture, agricultural economics, forestry, fisheries, or any other field related to the work of the Organization;
  • One year 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 (if not Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish).
  • 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;
  • Understanding of the purpose and functions of technical programmes, operational guidelines and programme / project management procedures, preferably those adopted by the United Nations or FAO;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in the area of policy analysis relating to food and nutrition security, agriculture and rural development, or extent and relevance of experience related to 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.
  • Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


  • Staff members in this category are recruited locally and paid according to a local salary scale. Salary scales are reviewed periodically on the basis of comprehensive surveys of the best prevailing conditions of employment in the locality.
  • FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.

    A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link :

    FAO encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes :

  • elements of family-friendly policies
  • flexible working arrangements
  • standards of conduct
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