Project support specialist, Nouakchott, Mauritania At Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO )

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Organizational framework

FAO works in partnership with governments and other development actors at global, regional and national levels to develop favorable policies and institutional environments. FAO is helping to build the capacity of countries to translate their political commitment into concrete measures to eradicate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition worldwide.

The FAO Representation in Mauritania supports the government in several agricultural and rural development initiatives by working together to make agriculture, more productive and sustainable forestry and fishing by adopting inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems and by increasing the resilience of livelihoods in the face of climate threats and crises.

In particular, it also works to promote responsible investment in agriculture and food systems allowing sustainable and inclusive agricultural and rural development, with particular emphasis on investment ecosystems for young people. Through the « project Stimulate responsible investment in agriculture and the food systems of young agri-entrepreneurs for the promotion of territorial development and the strengthening of the » ( FMM / GLO / sectors/179 / MUL ), FAO provides training for politicians and coaching assistants to young agri-entrepreneurs, and facilitates the establishment of a national roadmap.

Hierarchical position

The program holder will work under the general supervision of the FAO Representative in Mauritania, under the direct supervision of the Program Officer and the technical supervision of the main technical official of the FMM / GLO / 179 / MUL project.

Area of specialization

Business management, economics, or political science or related fields.

Tasks and responsibilities

In close coordination with project working groups at FAO level and with the FAO Representation in Mauritania for country-specific activities, the/the Project Support Specialist will carry out the following activities :

  •  Participate in the development, implementation and monitoring of program and project action plans;
  •  Support the Program in preparatory activities for the organization of workshops and seminars required by projects;
  •  Facilitate periodic project meetings and provide technical or administrative support to Mauritanian consultants and resource persons from the various Ministries and agencies supporting the FMM / GLO / 179 / project/MUL ( meetings with the stakeholders concerned and support missions in the field ) and ensure the evaluation of progress on a day-to-day basis;
  •  Support the Program in the logistical arrangements of field missions ( security clearance, security escort request, mission order etc … );
  •  Monitor current contracts, consultants and service providers; participate in the publication, selection and evaluation process of consultants ;
  •  Accompany in the selection process of implementing partners ( Contracts, Memoranda of Agreement );
  •  Ensure the documentation of projects ( FPMIS ), the archiving and updating of program files;
  •  Identify the risks and possible problems and formulate corrective responses / measures necessary for the proper functioning of projects, if necessary.
  •  Provide project support in the implementation of toolkits at local and national levels, as well as support for new trainers to ensure an effective transfer of this assistance to national institutions ;
  •  Perform any other tasks requested by the hierarchy.


Minimum conditions to be fulfilled

  •  Diplôme universitaire en gestion d’entreprise, économie, ou en sciences politiques ou dans des domaines connexes ;
  •  Avoir au moins 03 ans d’expérience dans le domaine développement de projets / gestion de programmes ;
  •  Connaissance courante (niveau C) du Français, la connaissance pratique (niveau B) de l’Arabe et des langues nationales serait un atout ;
  •  Avoir nationalité mauritanienne.

Compétences de base exigées par la FAO

  •  Attention portée aux résultats
  •  Avoir l’esprit d’équipe
  •  Sens de la communication
  •  Établissement de relations constructives
  •  Partage des connaissances et amélioration continue

Critère de sélection

  •  Bonne capacité de rédaction de rapports
  •  Bonne maîtrise de l’outil informatique (en particulier Word, Excel, MS Project, etc.);


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Please note that all candidates must adhere to the values of FAO – commitment to the Organization, respect for everyone, integrity and transparency.


  •  To apply, please complete the online form on the FAO recruitment website, Jobs at FAO. Incomplete application files will not be examined.
  •  Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.
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