Information Technology Officer (Agro-Informatics)

FAO

Organizational Setting\nThe Digitalization and Informatics Division (CSI) is responsible for information technology (IT) activities within the Organization. CSI performs on behalf of the Organization the following critical roles: defining FAO IT policies and providing strategic advice on IT architecture and standards, governance, policy and operational matters while monitoring organizational compliance; defining the mechanisms for managing FAO\'s information and data; protecting FAO\'s information assets and ensuring confidentiality, integrity and availability; ensuring provision of IT services that are core for the Organization\'s global operations and supporting the information and business processes; coordinating organization-wide IT activities in order to reduce duplication and fragmentation and to increase integration of information data, systems and platforms, mobilizing IT resources from across the Organization.\nThe Information Technology Officer (Agro-Informatics) will work in the Agro-Informatics team which is responsible for leading the development of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solutions and services for food and agriculture that promote digitalization and modernization through digital innovation for the four betters (better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life) and to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).\nThe post is located in the Digital for Programmes Unit (CSIDP) in the Digitalization and Informatics Division (CSI) at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.

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Reporting Lines\nThe Information Technology Officer (Agro-Informatics) reports to the Senior Information Technology Officer (Agro-Informatics).

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Technical Focus\nThe Information Technology Officer is responsible for the delivery and management of digital solutions, services and digital public goods that support the Organization in accomplishing the technical programme at the global and country level. The incumbent will act as project manager and technical lead for the initiatives related to, but not limited to, data production and statistical applications, working closely with IT management and FAO business units to ensure consistency of project execution with the Organization\'s strategic vision and enterprise IT architecture, and ensuring that it meets the Organization\'s priorities. He/She will:\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Act as a project manager and a technical leader in IT application projects;\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Manage software development teams and contractors working remotely from locations around the world;\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Implement mechanisms to monitor, manage and provide progress on software development activities;\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Lead the development of data production algorithms for essential datasets in food and agriculture;\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Contribute to data governance and data policy;\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Contribute to the Organizational IT Application Development Strategy.

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Key Results.\nPlanning, management and delivery of projects and activities to ensure that the Organization\'s requirements for Information Systems (IS) and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) are effectively met.

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Key Functions\n\xe2\x80\xa2  Manages the assigned programme of work, ensuring that it is consistent with the overall strategic vision and enterprise architecture, that it meets the Organization\'s priorities, and that issues resulting from interdependencies/gaps are addressed and resolved as needed.\n\xe2\x80\xa2  Negotiates Service Level Agreements for provision of IT products and/or services.\n\xe2\x80\xa2 Promotes service improvement programmes and initiatives to ensure that the Division is well placed to address  the existing business needs and introduces changes to create improvement opportunities.\n\xe2\x80\xa2 Monitors, audits and reports on service performance to foresee, identify and address areas of risk, and ensures compliance with agreed service level expectations.\n\xe2\x80\xa2 Manages the complete ICT product, technology, system or application life cycle: (a) business needs; (b) requirements definition; (c) ICT solution options (business case and project proposal); (d) IT solution design; (e) implementation and testing; (f) deployment; (g) documentation; (h) support and maintenance, according to CSI\'s policy, standards and procedures.\n\xe2\x80\xa2 Identifies, assesses and manages ICT operational risks, proposing mitigation activities and submitting ICT risk information.\n\xe2\x80\xa2 Identifies areas for beneficial cross-area sharing and collaboration on information systems, information technology or IT products and services by working with the CSI core teams and other Information Technology Officers;\n\xe2\x80\xa2 Identifies resource requirements, develops budgets and work plans, and advocates for additional human resources.

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Specific Functions

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\xe2\x80\xa2  Leads technical teams for IT application development related to, but not limited to,  data production and statistical applications.\n\xe2\x80\xa2 Establishes effective coordination, monitoring, information sharing and reporting systems to ensure that regular progress and financial reports are available to management and to the project board.\n\xe2\x80\xa2  Leads the development of data production algorithms for essential datasets in food and agriculture.\n\xe2\x80\xa2  Contributes to data governance and data policy.\n\xe2\x80\xa2  Contributes to the Organization\'s digitalization and modernization, specifically including artificial intelligence, data science and digital public goods.\n\xe2\x80\xa2  Contributes to the Organization cloud DevSecOps.\n______________________________________________________________________________________________________\nCANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

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Minimum Requirements.\n\xe2\x80\xa2 Advanced University Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Systems, Software Engineering, Electric or Electronic Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics or a related field.\n\xe2\x80\xa2  Seven years of relevant experience in delivering digital and information technology solutions and services.\n\xe2\x80\xa2 Working knowledge (proficient - level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate - level B) of another official FAO language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

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

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Technical/Functional Skills\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions. \n\xe2\x80\xa2    Extent and relevance of experience in developing complex business cases, benefit/cost analysis, project briefs and requirements documentation related to ICT solutions.\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Extent and relevance of experience in process mapping and business process reengineering in the area of corporate IT technology and solutions.\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Extent and relevance of experience in Software Engineering.\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Extent and relevance of experience in Statistical and Data IT application.\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Extent and relevance of experience in artificial intelligence and machine learning.\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Extent and relevance of experience in Data production algorithm development and data governance.\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Extent and relevance of experience in Data discovery and Interoperability standards.\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Extent and relevance of experience in Data engineering, data science and data visualization tools and technologies.\n\xe2\x80\xa2    Extent and relevance of experience in Cloud technologies and DevSecOps.

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