Vacancy Announcement

Published on 10 October 2018
Deadline for Application: 20 October 2018

The FAO Representation in Bangladesh is inviting applications from qualified national candidates to the following vacant position in Cox’s Bazar.

Programme Coordinator, Cox’s Bazar

FAO’s Technical Cooperation in Emergencies Unit (TCE) opened the Refugee Crisis Response programme in Cox’s Bazar (from now on CxB Programme) in early October 2017 and began serving both the refugee and host community populations with food and nutrition security programming. The programme has since grown in scope and FAO has taken on longer-term programming with partners from the Departments of Forestry, Fisheries, Livestock and Agricultural Extension, working in close collaboration with the FAO Country Office in Dhaka. In Cox’s Bazar, FAO is leading in several multi-sectoral projects and co-chairs the Food Security Sector, the Livelihoods Working Group and the Energy and Environment Technical Working Group.

Position Summary:
This is a senior level position requiring strong leadership capacity, communication skills and strategic thinking. Under the guidance of the Head of Sub-Office (HoSO) in Cox’s Bazar, the National Programme Coordinator will be responsible for supporting and overseeing  the ongoing Emergency Programme activities and working closely with the Country Office in the development and implementation of the longer-term Programme in Cox’s Bazar, to be based on a comprehensive Resilience Strategy (under development). The Coordinator will consult, liaise and collaborate with selected partners on the implementation of activities; facilitate relevant relationships with the Government and key civil society actors, prepare for and ensure adequate support to technical missions related to the Emergency Programme and longer-term programme; support the resource mobilization for programme implementation and further scale-up; and facilitate and support the dialogue between Cox’s Bazar Sub-office and the Country Office.

General Responsibilities:
Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Bangladesh and direct supervision of HoSO, the incumbent will support the development and implementation of FAO’s Programme in Cox’s Bazar. This includes guiding, overseeing and coordinating the ongoing Emergency Programme as well as supporting the development and implementation of the longer-term programme to enhance food and nutrition safety and security, and support environmental restoration and rehabilitation.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and oversee FAO’s work in Cox’s Bazar on emergency response and rehabilitation, resilience building and longer-term development programming;
  • Actively promote synergies across projects, working in consultation with government partners, UN Agencies, NGOs and donors;
  • Oversee the implementation of letters of agreement, development of technical specifications, procurement planning, staffing planning and development,
  • Ensure timely reporting on projects to resource partners and donors;
  • Develop and oversee technical inputs specifications, procurement and planning in coordination with technical and procurement staff from Cox’s Bazar, Dhaka, Bangkok and Rome offices;
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of effective advocacy and partnership strategies, as well as the dissemination of information and lessons learned, in the framework of the knowledge management of the organization;
  • Contribute to the preparation of programme briefs and comprehensive reports, including ad hoc reports, related to the programme in Cox’s Bazar, ensuring timely dissemination of information to key stakeholders;
  • Ensure adequate community consultation into program design and that Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) principles are adhered to and mainstreamed;
  • Establish and maintain professional relationships and communication lines with local government offices and in particular the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) in Cox’s Bazaar, Department of Forestry, Fisheries, Livestock and Agricultural Extension;
  • Clear travel authorizations and security clearances, ensuring maximum security for all staff;
  • Perform any other related tasks as assigned.

Qualifications, Skills and Attributes:

  • Advanced University degree in agriculture, rural development, disaster risk reduction, forestry, fisheries, natural resources management or other field related to the work of the Organization;
  • More than 10 years of relevant work experience including proven skills in programme management and coordination, ideally with experience in responding to humanitarian emergencies;
  • Experience with coordinating activities with the MoA and/or MoFE is required;
  • Professional experience in one or more of the thematic areas: agricultural extension, environment, forestry and/or livelihoods and is preferred;
  • Demonstrated innovative thinking and practical execution;
  • Ability to solve problems, use initiative, and manage work under limited supervision
  • Demonstrated team and programme management experience;
  • Applicant must have a working knowledge (proficiency/level C) of English (written and verbal).

Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building effective relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

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

Duty Station: Cox’s Bazar with in-country travel as required

Duration: 5 months (possible extension, subject to performance and funds availability)

Application Guidelines:
All applicants will send their General Profile Form (GPF) to the following address: by close of business on 20 October 2018.

GPF is available to this link:

Subject must refer: Application for the position of “Programme Coordinator
Candidates not possessing the requisite qualifications should not apply as their application will not be considered.
Any persuasion will disqualify the candidate; only short listed candidates will be invited for the interview

All recruitment to FAO posts are made on a competitive and transparent basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply directly to FAO and follow the instructions on this website. Please note that no intermediary is allowed to expedite or facilitate such process. All those who represent themselves as such are fraudulent and should be reported to FAO immediately.

Qualified female applicants and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply