8 Nov 2016

FAO Land Programme Manager 2016

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Position Title: Land Programme Manager

Grade Level: SC10

Contract Type: Service Contract – NPP

Duty Station: Nairobi

Organizational Unit: FAO Representation Office in Kenya

Duration: 12 months with possibility of extension

Eligible Candidates: Kenyan Nationals

Anticipated Start Date: January 2017

General Description of Tasks and Objectives to be achieved: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representation in Kenya seeks to fill in the position of Land Programme Manager for implementation of the EU-funded project Support to the attainment of Vision 2030 through Devolved Land Reforms in Kenya (GCP/KEN/085/EC).

Reporting Line: Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Kenya, the guidance and technical supervision of the NRM Sector Head and the LTO/LTU, in full collaboration with officials from Ministry of Lands and NLC, the land programme manager shall be responsible for the management of the Kenya Land programme as part of the Natural Resource Management (NRM) sector activities as below;

Key Function: The Land Programme Manager shall represent FAO to other stakeholders and be responsible for the implementation of activities at the national level.

Technical Functions

  • Provide overall managerial leadership of the Land programme, in all its aspects (technical, financial, operational)
  • Ensure that programme activities are implemented in coherence with technical guidance and standards, as set by FAO Representation in Kenya
  • Support the formulation and harmonization of Policy, institutional and legal framework for sustainable governance of community lands and natural resources
  • Liaise with donors and Government institutions counterparts from the land sector to promote the programme and enhance overall attention to land issues
  • Promote and technically support national institutions, county government and community groups on:
  1. the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forest in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT)
  2. land tenure and natural resource use mapping and develop recommendations for an inclusive and negotiated land use planning in target counties
  • Ensure effective liaison with National authorities, key partners, and stakeholders on a regular basis; to identify and flag implementation bottlenecks and proactively propose specific solutions to address them; follow up on resolution of bottlenecks until resolved
  • Guide and support the assessment and baseline studies to set up the monitoring and evaluation system of progress and impact on community land
  • Provide the Programme Support Team (PST) and the Corporate Support Services, with all necessary planning (e.g. work plans HR plan, procurement plan, etc.) including all the technical information required;
  • Leads field missions including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties;
  • Have full knowledge of the legal framework on land and natural resources and capacity to train respond or represent FAO on policy land issues.

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in Agronomy, Forestry, Natural Resources Management or equivalent sciences.
  • 5 years of relevant experience in management of multi-million projects/programmes implemented in strong collaboration with National Institutions.
  • Proven experience in working with Government Institutions in joint programme/project implementation.
  • Proven experience in donor and other stakeholder liaison.
  • Working knowledge of English and Kiswahili.

Selection criteria

  • Extent of knowledge of agricultural and environmental policies and its relation to rural livelihoods and environmental services, in East Africa
  • Extent of relevant stakeholders network in the region and experience engaging with key stakeholders in research, national authorities and private sector


How to Apply

Candidates are requested to submit their application by email to [email protected] quoting the position title and vacancy announcement number. A duly completed Personal Profile Form (PPF) generated from FAO’s iRecruitment portal as a PDF-file is to be submitted by email together with a cover letter. Please note that attached resumes or CV’s in place of the PPF will not be accepted. In order to prepare a Personal Profile Form, you must first register on the FAO iRecruitment site by clicking on the following link to register: http://www.fao.org/employment/irecruitment-access/en/ In order for your application to be properly evaluated, please ensure that all sections of the on-line profile are completed. Deadline for Application: 13 November 2016 Applications received after the closing date will not be given consideration. Only short listed candidates will be contacted. This vacancy is open to both male and female candidates. Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

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