GEF Task Coordinator, Panama City, Panama At FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Closing date: Friday, 22 September 2023


GEF Task Coordinator

Job Posting: 07/Sep/2023

Closure Date: 22/Sep/2023, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : SLM – Subregional Office for Mesoamerica

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Panama-Panama City

Duration : 11 meses con posibilidad de extensión

Post Number : N/A

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  •  Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply;
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  •  All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
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Organizational Setting

The FAO Subregional Office for Mesoamerica (SLM) assists ten countries in the subregion. In response to the implementation of the strategic framework of the Organization, three Regional Initiatives are the main mechanism for delivering results and by which the technical assistance areas of FAO for Latin America and the Caribbean are organized, being the projects and programs under the Programs The main support instruments for countries and regional integration spaces are strategic. From the Regional Initiative 3 on SLM (sustainable use of Natural Resources, Risk Management and Climate Change), support is provided to identify and formulate project ideas at the request of the countries or subregional intergovernmental structures, as well as to evaluate their coherence with the priorities and strategic framework of FAO and Programmatic Frameworks of the countries.

Reporting Lines

Under the general supervision and guidance of the Programme Officer Environment and Climate Change and in close coordination with the Field Programme Unit in RLC and the GEF Coordination Unit in HQ- the FAO GEF RLC Project Task Manager (PTM) and under direct supervision of the SLM Agricultural Officer/SLM IR3 Focal Point, will be supporting the formulation and implementation of GEF projects in the region, with a particular focus on SLM countries, and in the day-to-day provision of GEF technical support to FAO country office and LTOs.

More specifically, the PTM will provide support in the following main tasks and responsibilities: Technical Focus

Within FAO’s framework, in which it promotes actions that support the transition towards sustainable development of the agricultural, fishing and forest sectors, from a socioeconomic and environmental perspective, strengthening food and nutritional security for the new Sustainable Development Goals, this consultancy will support the issues related to the GEF agenda at the SLM office.

Tasks and responsibilities

The consultant will act as GEF Task manager in the following functions: Identification & Formulation: Supporting Country Offices in identifying and formulating project ideas and entry-points for GEF funding as requested by governments, and assess coherence with FAO’s priorities and strategic framework, and Country Programme Framework (CPF) and donor guidelines. This includes:

  •  Providing support in identifying GEF-8 priorities in countries and prepare the documents for GEF-8.
  •  Providing substantive guidance to FAO Representations, sub-regional coordinators, and RLC on GEF 8 strategy for appropriate e identification and design of project proposals ensuring to address national priorities of recipient countries and alignment with FAO´s Strategic Objectives, programme priorities and operational procedures of FAO with GEF or other environmental and climatic funds i.e., GCF.
  •  Screening project ideas for GEF for FAO and donor eligibility, together with the LTOs and FAO GEF& GCF team in RLC, ensuring FAO standards, rules and procedures and the consistency and quality of project documents to be presented to the GEF Coordination Unit in HQ.
  •  Supporting country officers in the identification of appropriate national executing partners and, if needed, in the liaison with potential co-financing agencies and institutions and assist in identification of national organizations and other partners and specific roles.
  •  Identifying and sourcing of technical expertise; including the preparation of TORs, identification of consultants and evaluation of experts and reviewing reports.
  •  Assisting FAO Representations, LTOs and GEF focal point in RLC in ensuring the consistence and quality of the project documents being presented to the GEF Coordination Unit in HQ.
  •  Coordinating support to Sub-regions SLM, SLS and SLC in developing a GEF8 pipeline and strategy.
  •  Supporting the identification of synergies and complementarity with other environmental and climate change funding (i.e., GCF) including identifying relevant initiatives and possibilities for replication and scale-up.

Project Implementation Oversight and Support:

  •  Assisting in processes related to inception, contracting and start-up of projects including establishment of indicators, benchmarks, work plans and inception workshops.
  •  Assist LTOs in providing technical oversight and guidance on activities carried out by projects, ensuring coherence with FAO’s CPF and strategic framework and if requested coordinate technical inputs from LTOs.
  •  Assist LTOs and country offices in completing the annual Project Implementation Review (PIR) reports, based on the six-monthly project progress reports (PPR) and findings from supervision and technical backstopping missions,
  •  Supporting the preparation of management responses ensuing from evaluations and providing BH and LTOs oversight to their implementation.


Minimum Requirements

  •  Bachelor´s degree in Natural Resources Management or closely related subject or lawyer or international relations or Development.
  •  At least 3 years of professional work experience in project formulation and implementation with extensive GEF project design and implementation experience.
  •  Excellent/Working knowledge of Spanish and English (level C, written and oral).

FAO Core Competencies

  •  Results Focus
  •  Teamwork
  •  Communication
  •  Building Effective Relationships
  •  Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  •  Desirable: Experience with FAO or other UN institutions systems and procedures;
  •  GEF project implementation is an asset; Demonstrated experience in multi-disciplinary work in natural resources sectors.
  •  Demonstrated knowledge and experience in negotiations and development cooperation, multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs),
  •  Demonstrated experience in resource mobilization through environmental and climate change funds, GEF resource mobilization is an asset;
  •  Excellent planning skills and ability to manage multiple competing deadlines calming and effectively;
  •  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  •  Ability to take initiative and to work independently with good judgment.

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


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