National Program Implementation Coordinator (NPIC, SB6-Level B) – Syrian Arab Republic

Organizational framework

The main objective of the FAO country office in Syria is to support the government in developing policies, programs and projects aimed at ensuring food security and reducing hunger and malnutrition, developing the sectors of agricultural fishing and forestry and to make optimal use of their environmental and natural resources. responsibly and sustainably.

The FAO Representation in Syria is organized around three main units: Programme, Operations and Administration. The current portfolio of projects in Syria includes activities related to crop production and protection, animal health and animal production, water for production, environment and climate change, gender and social inclusion, and is implemented with humanitarian, transitional and development funding.

Reporting lines

The National Program Implementation Coordinator (NPIC) will work under the general supervision of the FAO Representative in Syria, the direct supervision of the Project Manager Building Local Resilience in Syria (BLRS), in close collaboration with staff program technical support, relevant field staff at the governorate, operational and administrative unit levels, and in consultation with the relevant technical units at FAO Headquarters, RNE and the Technical Officer (LTO).

  • Technical Guidance Contribute as the national focal point for the initiation of all planning actions required for the early start of the BLRS project in Syria, in close collaboration with the BLRS project manager, including the fulfillment of FAO administrative tasks for the project. initiation of the project and the necessary follow-up in order to deal with all the formalities requiring the approval of the Syrian government;
  • Contribute to the preparation of necessary studies, technical design of the project in coordination with the technical team and stakeholders;
  • Participate in the coordination function of the Project Management Unit (PMU) and ensure full collaboration to achieve the overall project objectives and provide regular updates to the BLRS Project Manager;
  • Represent the Project Management Unit (PMU) by liaising with FAO operations, procurement, logistics, administration and finance units in Syria to ensure timely receipt of support and goods and services provided;
  • Support the preparation, consolidation and review of all project documentation for information sharing and reporting purposes.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Facilitate, in coordination with FAO technical teams and BLRS project stakeholders, the required community consultations and rapid assessment process, leading to the design of BLRS intervention components/activities;
  • Provide support for the timely implementation of planned activities in the areas targeted by the project;
  • Coordinate with the BLRS Project Manager and relevant Technical Officers to ensure proper planning and execution of each planned component of the project; including the design of technical specifications for the inputs needed for the planned interventions;
  • Develop, adapt/improve and implement relevant planning and monitoring tools (in close collaboration with the operations unit) relating to: budgeting; Field activities, including workshops, assessments and trainings; Supply and inventory; Project endowment; Monthly/periodic reports; and work planning;
  • Carefully monitor the implementation of the project work plan to ensure timely implementation of each planned activity in consultation with the BLRS Manager and M&E team, and oversee and contribute to the preparation of reporting documents and their submission to the donor as required in the agreement;
  • Attend regular program and operations meetings providing updates as required;
  • Ensure good coordination with the technical staff of the Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform (MAAR), the Ministry of Water Resources Management (WRM) and the Ministry of Local Administration, and other relevant ministries, service directorates and local authorities to ensure the implementation of project components;
  • Lead with the BLRS Project Manager, and in full consultation with the Procurement Unit, the process of selecting implementing partners (under the contractual modality of Letters of Agreement (LoA)), including the development ( and review of submissions) during the Expression of Interest and Call for Proposal Stages. Take the initiative to prepare relevant Letters of Agreement (LOA) with Implementing Partners (IPs), including schedule of activities, expected results and monitor their implementation.
  • Monitor the implementation of contracts and Letters of Agreement (LoA) with implementing partners and provide operational support, advice and guidance to suppliers of goods/services;
  • Collaborate with the Communications Specialist to disseminate project-specific reports and products and assist with visibility;
  • Organize and/or support trainings and workshops and capacity building activities with government and key stakeholders;
  • Undertake travel to project sites for planning, evaluation and monitoring purposes;
  • Ensure that cross-cutting issues such as gender, youth and disability considerations are well integrated into the implementation of all activities in consultation with the technical program team;
  • Ensure close collaboration and coordination with the FAO Gender team (gender expert in RNE, gender expert in Damascus and responsible for community engagement and gender in Homs), and ensure a solid integration of the main activities of the project BLRS with pilot VAWG activities, in relevant locations;
  • Liaise closely with relevant units (M&E, reporting and communication, gender) to document the factual impact of FAO interventions in the field;
  • Perform any other tasks requested.


Minimum requirements

  • The candidate must have at least a university degree in agricultural economics, development economics, rural sociology, food security, nutrition, sustainable agriculture (including livestock, forestry and fisheries) or a related field;
  • Seven years of relevant experience in managing field projects/activities related to technical cooperation activities related to policy advice and analysis related to food and nutrition security, agriculture-based livelihoods, agriculture and rural development, fisheries, forestry, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programs;
  • Excellent oral and written command of English and Arabic;
  • Citizen of Syria.

FAO Core Competencies

  • Focus on results
  • Team work
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement

Technical/functional skills

  • Relevance and extent of experience in the implementation of programme/project related activities, policy advice and analysis relating to food and nutrition security, agriculture and rural development, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programs and / or providing technical support and advice on the institutional capacity building process.
  • Relevance and extent of experience in establishing and maintaining partnerships with UN agencies, NGOs as well as donors and government institutions and agencies in working with intergovernmental bodies and multidisciplinary teams
  • Proven experience with UN regulations and procedures will be an added advantage.
  • Experience in rural livelihood development would be an asset, including field work and data collection.
  • Work experience in more than one location or area of ​​work, especially in field positions, is essential.
  • Good interpersonal, collaboration and networking skills.
  • Good communication, analytical, presentation and reporting skills and excellent team spirit.
  • Communication skills and ability to work under pressure.
  • Hands-on experience supporting farmer and agribusiness development, including demonstrating an understanding of agricultural value chains and market linkages.

How to register

To apply, go to the recruitment site at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile and complete your online profile. Only applications received via iRecruitment will be considered.

Applicants are requested to attach a cover letter to the online profile.

Vacancies will be removed from iRecruitment at 11:59 p.m. Central European Time (CET) on the application deadline. We encourage applicants to submit their application well before the deadline.

Comments are closed.