Specialist strategic planning and risk management, Managua, Nicaragua At Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO )


Strategic planning and risk management specialist

Job advertisement : Apr 27/2023

Publication cancellation date : May 11, 2023, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: FLNIC

Job type : Temporary work

Requirement Type: PSA ( Personal Service Agreements )

Grade Level: N / A

Main location : Nicaragua-Managua

Duration: 90 days distributed in 6 months

Position Number: N / A

_ FAO seeks to ensure gender, geographic and linguistic diversity among its staff and its international consultants, in order to serve the Member States of the Organization in the best possible way in all regions.


  •  FAO is committed to achieving diversity in its workforce in terms of sex, nationality, origin and culture.
  •  Women, nationals of under-represented or under-represented Member States and persons with disabilities with the necessary qualifications are encouraged to submit their applications.
  •  All persons working for FAO must comply with the highest standards of professional integrity and conduct and uphold FAO’s values.
  •  FAO, as a specialized agency of the United Nations, applies a zero tolerance policy for conduct incompatible with its statute, objectives and mandate, in particular sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.
  •  All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
  •  All requests will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

Organizational framework

The main objective of FAO offices, led by an FAO Representative, is to help governments formulate policies, programs and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and use its environmental and natural resources in a sustainable way.

Hierarchical dependency

The Specialist will work under the general supervision of the FAO Representative in Nicaragua, the National Program Officer and the direct supervision of the Specialist.

Field of specialization

Coordinate and facilitate all the actions required for the review and updating of the INTA Institutional Strategic Plan, as well as the construction of the institutional risk matrix and preparation of its INTA Risk Mitigation or Treatment Plan, based on the current institutional context.

Tasks and responsibilities

Under the general supervision of the FAO Representative in Nicaragua and the National Program Officer, the direct supervision of the Agricultural Specialist, the Specialist will carry out the following tasks:

  •  Prepare a methodology for the development of the consultancy that includes the scope / milestones / phases / analysis instruments / work plan that guarantees the fulfillment of the objectives, and agree with the FAO and INTA teams.
  •  Identify and carry out an evaluation of the risks that may affect INTA activities in one way or another.
  •  Make a PowerPoint presentation for the socialization of the risks identified for the elaboration of the Risk Matrix and the Risk Mitigation or Treatment Plan.
  •  Prepare an institutional risk matrix for INTA.
  •  Prepare a Risk Mitigation or Treatment Plan, containing mitigation measures for each of the identified risks
  •  Present a strategy for the periodic review of the Risk Mitigation or Treatment Plan
  •  Alineación del Plan Estrategia en el contexto actual (considerando el Plan Nacional de Lucha contra la Pobreza y para el Desarrollo Humano 2022-2026), así mismo deberá reflejar un alineamiento entre los objetivos estratégicos y los objetivos operativos de la institución.
  •  Realizar un análisis del entorno tanto internacional como nacional de la investigación y transferencia de tecnologías, para la revisión de la visión estratégica y el establecimiento de las estrategias, objetivos, metas e indicadores estratégicos del INTA para el periodo 2021-2025, mediante la aplicación de las herramientas metodológicas pertinentes.
  •  Realizar un análisis del contexto productivo actual como insumo para la actualización del plan estratégico.
  •  Carry out an analysis of the progress of the strategic plan, and update it ( with the framework of strategic objectives, strategic actions, performance indicators and products, baseline and corresponding time goals ).
  •  Present the results of the update of the INTA Strategic Plan.
  •  Review the instrument that INTA has for the monitoring and evaluation of the Strategic Plan and propose improvements to it to make it efficient and effective.
  •  Update result and product indicator sheets.
  •  Entrenar al equipo de Planificación, Proyectos, Direcciones y Áreas de Apoyo, y Delegaciones Departamentales del INTA, para la difusión del Plan Estratégico, de acuerdo a actualización del mismo, así como para la divulgación de la Matriz de Riesgos Institucional y Plan de Mitigación o Tratamiento de los Riesgos que contenga las medidas de mitigación para cada uno de los riesgos.
  •  Elaborar el Informe final de la consultoría incorporando todas las actividades y productos acordados en la presente consultoría.
  •  El/la especialista deberá estar presto/a para colaborar en otras actividades no contempladas en los términos de referencia, y que se identifiquen como esenciales para alcanzar los objetivos de la consultoría. Su sede de trabajo será su casa de habitación.


Requisitos mínimos

  •  Licenciatura en economía, agronomía, recursos naturales, desarrollo rural, o áreas relacionadas.
  •  Posgrado, maestría y/o doctorado en temas relacionados a la planificación estratégica.
  •  Experiencia laboral general demostrada en desarrollo de procesos de planificación estratégica y gestión de riesgos, de mínimo de cinco (5) años.
  •  Tres (3) años en gestión de procesos de planificación en instituciones agropecuarias. Tres (3) años en coordinación con grupos de trabajo multidisciplinarios para elaborar, revisar y mejorar documentos institucionales estratégicos.
  •  Conocimiento limitado (nivel C) del inglés.
  •  Nacionalidad nicaragüense o residente en el País con permiso de trabajo regular.

Competencias fundamentales de la FAO

  •  Enfoque basado en los resultados
  •  Trabajo en equipo
  •  Comunicación
  •  Establecimiento de relaciones eficaces
  •  Knowledge exchange and continuous improvement

Technical / functional skills

  •  Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, obtain specific short-term results, and meet agreed dates.
  •  Aptitude to carry out analysis of complex contexts at the territorial level incorporating environmental, productive and social variables.
  •  Competence in the use of computer tools such as word processors, spreadsheets and presentation programs.
  •  Leadership ability to work with multidisciplinary groups.
  •  Ability to relate and carry out adequate inter-institutional coordination.

It is noted that all candidates should adhere to the Organization’s values of commitment to FAO, respect for all and integrity and transparency.


  •  FAO does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process ( application, interview, processing ).
  •  Incomplete applications will not be taken into account. If you need help or have questions, contact: Careers@fao.org
  •  Applications received after the expiration of the application deadline will not be accepted.
  •  We inform you that FAO will only consider academic degrees or credentials obtained from a teaching institution included in the World Database on Higher Education, which is a list maintained by the International Association of Universities ( IAU ) / UNESCO. The list can be consulted at: www.whed.net/
  •  For any other questions visit the FAO website on employment: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/es/.

HOW TO APPLY Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline. If you need help, or have queries, please contact: Careers@fao.org




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