Programme Support (Budget), Accra, At FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


Programme Support (Budget)

Job Posting: 26/Apr/2024

Closure Date: 10/May/2024, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : RAF – Regional Office for Africa (Accra)

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Ghana-Accra

Duration : 11 months

Post Number : N/A

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

  •  FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
  •  Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  •  Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
  •  FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
  •  All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  •  All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
  •  FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through the FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind. The Regional Office for RAF is responsible for leading FAO’s response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO’s priority activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the Region and, in collaboration with offices and divisions at Headquarters, develops, promotes, and oversees FAO’s strategic response to regional priorities. RAF also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization’s Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the region, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies. RAF develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs). The Regional Office supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture, and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture, and rural development in the region.

Reporting Lines

The Programme Support (Budget) reports to the Strategy and Planning Officer. He/she acts independently in routine matters, showing a high degree of initiative and independent judgment in performing a broad range of programme, planning and budgeting activities requiring in-depth analysis and interpretation of relevant policies, procedures and best practices and works in close collaboration with managers and staff in the regional and decentralized offices.

Technical Focus

Extent of trainings in project management support and programme operations support; Communication and documentation management; Administrative procedures and policies.

Tasks and responsibilities

  •  Coordinate the preparation, submission, revision and follow-up of the Programme of Work and Budget (PWB), and the monitoring and provision of information on the implementation of the PWB:
  •  Coordinate, review, and analyze the Periodic Budgetary Reports for final submission to the Office of Strategic Planning.
  •  Assemble and synthesize data from corporate data bases to facilitate the analysis of programmes, projects, or activities, and to draft periodic or ad hoc management reports.
  •  Monitor projects and ensure the maintenance and retrieval of programming reference material, documentation, data, and information.
  •  Consolidate and monitor various reports on human resources planning and expenditures, the use of non-staff resources, the office communication and publishing plans, IT plans, and travel schedules.
  •  Screen incoming correspondence to identify issues requiring further attention and draft related correspondence.
  •  Support knowledge building and knowledge sharing across the office through training of staff and briefing of budget holders on administrative/budgetary/planning/programming/financial procedures and processes.
  •  Review current processes and make recommendations to improve programme/projects administration procedures.
  •  Perform other functions as required.


Minimum Requirements

  •  University degree in Management, Accounting, Finance, or related fields.
  •  Five (5) years of relevant experience in administrative/ financial/ planning/ programming/ budgeting activities.
  •  Working knowledge (Level C) of English.
  •  National of Ghana.

FAO Core Competencies

  •  Results Focus
  •  Teamwork
  •  Communication eLOdWGI BIpnb
  •  Building Effective Relationships
  •  Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  •  Work experience in more than one location or area of work.
  •  Extent and relevance of experience in budgeting and planning for both Regular Programme and Projects.
  •  Knowledge of French level C is considered an asset.
  •  Familiarity with FAO and/or UN field programme management procedures and guidelines.
  •  Excellent communications skill, both orally and in writing, on technical materials for audiences at different levels of technical expertise.
  •  Extent of knowledge of corporate information systems Oracle, FAO COIN (Country Office Information System) and FAO FPMIS (Field Programme Management Information System) is considered an asset.
  •  Excellent knowledge of the MS Office applications, Internet, and office technology equipment.

Selection Criteria

  •  Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a technical / competency-based interview.

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


  •  FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).
  •  Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help or have queries, please contact: [email protected]
  •  Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
  •  Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
  •  For other issues, visit the FAO employment website:
  •  Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


  •  To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
  •  Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
  •  Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
  •  Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
  •  Incomplete applications will not be considered
  •  Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
  •  Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
  •  Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
  •  We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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