Junior Emergency Management Support Specialist


Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is committed to supporting Member Countries and Partners in preparing for and responding to disasters and crises that threaten agriculture, food and nutrition security or food safety. FAO's work in emergencies focuses on reducing people's vulnerability to these hazards, including animal and plant diseases, before, during and after disasters through good emergency management practices, including risk assessment, risk reduction, emergency preparedness and response, and rehabilitation.

The Emergency Management Centre (EMC), established in 2006 is FAO's rapid response mechanism to animal disease emergencies. Within FAO Headquarters, the Emergency Management now operates as a joint platform between the Office of Emergencies and Resilience (OER) and Divisions within the Natural Resource and Sustainable Production Stream, especially Animal Production and Health (NSA) and Plant Production and Protection Division (NSP), plus in close collaboration with the Joint FAO/WHO Centre (CJW). The NSA supports countries to strengthen the contribution of the livestock sector towards the reduction of hunger and poverty. NSP supports countries in the transition to sustainable crop production systems. OER leads FAO's humanitarian efforts in supporting countries to more effectively prepare for and respond to food and agricultural threats and crises and to strengthen the resilience of agricultural livelihoods. The EMC fits squarely within Better Life - Emergency and Resilience and Better Production- One Health, programme priority areas (PPA).

The tasks envisaged are to be carried out within the Emergency Management Centre (EMC). The EMC is expanding its platform to assist FAO Members beyond the deployment of emergency response missions and embrace fully all stages of emergency management.

Reporting Lines

The Junior Emergency Management Support consultant reports to the EMC Manager and works under the direct supervision of various EMC project coordinators in preparedness and response activities, the administrative and operational guidance of the Office of Emergencies and Resilience and in close collaboration and liaison with the Animal Production and Health, the Plant Production and Protection as well as other FAO technical departments and International Organizations.

Technical Focus

Emergency management and incident coordination.

Tasks and responsibilities

\xe2\x80\xa2    Support the organization of knowledge sharing activities, focusing on the development and finalization of tools (also web-based);platforms, training materials and the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs);\xe2\x80\xa2    Support the development and implementation of a coordination mechanism strategy applicable at the regional and global level;\xe2\x80\xa2    Support the development and implementation of working groups and webinars;\xe2\x80\xa2    Support the roll-out activities of the Progressive Pathway for Emergency Preparedness (PPEP);\xe2\x80\xa2    Support the planning of preparedness and response missions;\xe2\x80\xa2    Attend and support meetings, conferences, workshops related to emergency management to share information and lessons learned, and network with other emergency management specialists;\xe2\x80\xa2    Undertake travel and field missions as needed;\xe2\x80\xa2    Perform other related duties, as requested.


Minimum Requirements

\xe2\x80\xa2    University degree (Bachelor's or equivalent) in political sciences, agricultural economics, development economics, rural sociology, food security, nutrition, sustainable agriculture (including livestock, forestry and fisheries) or related to the work of the Organization;\xe2\x80\xa2    At least 1 year (category C) of professional experience in either information management, animal health or emergency preparedness and response programming/operations, systems, and tools with a focus on strengthening team and individual capacities to prepare to respond to emergencies;\xe2\x80\xa2    Working knowledge (level C) of English and/or French.  

FAO Core Competencies

\xe2\x80\xa2    Results Focus\xe2\x80\xa2    Teamwork\xe2\x80\xa2    Communication\xe2\x80\xa2    Building Effective Relationships\xe2\x80\xa2    Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

\xe2\x80\xa2    Strong communication and presentation skills;\xe2\x80\xa2    Strong research and analytical, synthesis and writing skills;\xe2\x80\xa2    Ability to work both with minimal supervision and as part of a team;\xe2\x80\xa2    Ability to deliver outputs by agreed deadlines, sometimes at very short notice;\xe2\x80\xa2    Ability to establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds;\xe2\x80\xa2    Familiarity with the humanitarian architecture and the areas of mandate of FAO;\xe2\x80\xa2    Work experience with an international humanitarian or development organization;\xe2\x80\xa2    Experience designing and delivering field programmes is desirable.