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Social Policy Officer (Social Protection and Resilience)

, Social Policy Officer (Social Protection and Resilience)
Food and Agriculture  Organization (FAO) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Social Policy Officer (Social Protection and Resilience) in Ethiopia-Addis Ababa.
Organizational Unit: FAO Representation in Ethiopia, FRETH

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition: Professional Project
Grade Level: P-4.

Primary Location : Ethiopia-Addis Ababa

Duration: Fixed-term: one year with possibility of extension
Post Number: 2007426
CCOG Code: 1L

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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 FAO Representation Office in Ethiopia provides technical assistance to the Government of Ethiopia on agriculture, livestock, fishery, forestry, and crosscutting sectors such as nutrition, social protection, resilience, gender, among others. The Social Policy Officer will lead the social protection projects and contribute to developing the resilience portfolio in support of the Government of Ethiopia.

Reporting Lines
The Social Policy Officer reports to the FAO Representative in Ethiopia, under the functional guidance of the Social Protection Officer in the Regional Office for Africa (RAF).
Technical Focus
Formulation, implementation support of projects and programs in social protection and resilience, as well as strategic and policy work, with a focus on linking social protection, food, and nutrition security, resilience and disaster risk management.
Key Results
Comprehensive technical, statistical, analytical and/or policy analysis services and the development of specialized tools, methodologies, systems and/or databases to support the planning, implementation/delivery and monitoring of the programme of work and related products, projects, publications, and services and in alignment with the Organization’s Policy on Gender Equality.
Key Functions
• Plans and leads components of multidisciplinary teams and short-term work groups, leads and/or participates in division/departmental teams, participates in Organization-wide committees, project teams, and working groups and provides specialized expertise on international technical networks and or technical policy and standard setting bodies;
• Supports the integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment in FAO’s work, including the disaggregation of data by sex and age where appropriate, in accordance with FAO Policy on Gender Equality;
• Develops technical, statistical, analytical, monitoring and reporting frameworks, and related tools, methodologies, systems and databases to support the planning, implementation/delivery and monitoring of the programmes of work, products, projects and services;
• Designs and conducts research, data collection, validation, analysis and/or reporting activities, from a gender perspective,  to support the development of technical standards, international instruments, innovative cross-sector approaches, new tools, technologies, technical reports/publications, and/or policy proposals as well as the provision of technical/policy/specialist/advice and expertise;
• Responds to requests and provides technical/policy advice, assistance and solutions to Regional, Subregional, and Country Offices and provides technical backstopping to field projects;
• Promotes international cooperation and collaboration, advocates best practices and increased policy dialogue and provides technical expertise at international meetings and conferences;
• Collaborates in capacity development activities involving knowledge sharing, the organization of training workshops, seminars and meetings as well as the development of related materials and online tools and information kits;
• Participates in resource mobilization activities in accordance with corporate strategy and departmental plans.
Specific Functions
• Liaises with relevant stakeholders to identify FAO’s strategic position within the Productive Safety Nets Programme (PSNP) and resilience building;
• Represents and positions FAO Ethiopia in ongoing working groups of the PSNP, in particular, related to the joint Public Works-Livelihoods components, livelihood and nutrition delivery system, and graduation issues;
• Leads the development and supports the implementation of the FAO programme components and activities in synergy/collaboration with the PSNP, along with identified strategic lines (preventive and shock-responsive social protection piloting cash + with Integrated Food Security Phase Classification [IPC] triggers, resilient toolbox linked to PSNP public work, livestock/pastoralism, nutrition-sensitive agriculture and graduation issues);
• Liaises with FAO Ethiopia team to identify entry points and opportunities for linking current and future FAO programmes with PSNP and for FAO-Ethiopia engagement in social protection work and resilience building;
• Liaise with FAO Ethiopia, RAF and headquarters’ team to contribute to design and implement an Early Warning Early Action (EWEA) in line with PSNP risk financial mechanism, the local Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) system and the humanitarian response mechanisms;
• Regularly engages with representatives from the PSNP Donor group and key PSNP partners (in particular UNICEF, European Union, the United States, the World Bank and the World Food Programme (WFP) to support resource mobilization, collaboration on joint assessment and analytical work as well as pilot initiatives.
Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in political science, economics, governance, institutional development, social anthropology, gender or other relevant social sciences;
• Seven years of relevant experience in socio-economic analysis,  policy formulation, capacity building in relation to gender, social protection and resilience;
• Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian.
• 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 and knowledge related to food security and nutrition, resilience, agriculture,  rural development, rural poverty, gender, and other social equalities;
•  Extent and relevance of experience in quantitative socio-economic analysis;
•  Extent and relevance of experience in policy analysis, formulation, monitoring and evaluation in the fields of social protection and social policies, including experience with analyzing social or humanitarian interventions;
•  Extent and relevance of experience in the analysis and formulation of productive safety nets approach for sustainability improvement in agriculture and pastoral sector;
•  Demonstrated ability to mobilize resources.

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

• Candidates endorsed in the selection process for this vacancy announcement will be considered for the FAO Professional Employment Roster for a period of two years. The Roster is used to fill other similar positions at the same or lower grade, and in the same or another duty station;
• 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:
Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:
• Dependency allowances
• Rental subsidy
• Education grant for children
• Home leave travel
• 30 working days of annual leave per year
• Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
• International health insurance; optional life insurance
• Disability protection
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
• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications and language skills;
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile;
• Once your profile is completed, please apply and submit your application;
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided on your online profile;
• Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list;
• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications;
• Incomplete applications will not be considered;
• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered;
• We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.
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