Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

FAO Gaza, occupied Palestinian territory


Field Operations Coordinator in the Gaza Strip

Job Posting: 11/Jul/2022

Closure Date: 22/Aug/2022, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FNPSE

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: WBGS-Gaza City

Duration : Up to 11 months, with possibility of extension

Post Number : N/A

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  • 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

Organizational Setting

FAO’s work in West Bank and Gaza Strip is guided by its Country Programming Framework for Palestine (CPF). The overall objective of the CPF is to contribute to the wellbeing of Palestinians – making the agrifood system more inclusive, sustainable and resilient. To this effect, the CPF adopts a nexus approach to bridge humanitarian and development interventions, recognizing the centrality of environmental sustainability and market led development and their dependence on the enabling environment put in place by the public sector policies and investment priorities. More specifically, the CPF sets out four priority areas for FAO partnership with the Palestinian Government for the period 2018-2022 in alignment with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as follows: Priority 1: Sustainably managed natural resources in the agrifood value chains. Priority 2: Increased competitiveness of the agrifood value chains. Priority 3: Enhanced protection and inclusion of highly vulnerable groups in agrifood value chains. Priority 4: Improved safety, quality, nutritional value and sustainability of food consumption.

FAO International Consultants and Call purpose:

The Organization frequently engages experts to work on short-term activities and projects as international consultants or under personal service agreements (PSA) at various levels of experience (see minimum requirements below). International consultants or PSAs are engaged by the Organization to provide expertise, skills or knowledge for the performance of a specific task or piece of work, which is short-term by nature. The assignment may involve full-time or part-time functions. The assignment can be from 1 month up to 11 months. The possibility of extension is subject to satisfactory performance and depending on the availability of resources and needs of the Organization. Individuals meeting or exceeding the requirements of the Call will be included in the RNE Divisional Roster. Experts who are registered in the Roster are available for consideration whenever relevant opportunities arise matching the required profiles. Contracts will be with possible travel.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAO West Bank and Gaza Strip (WBGS), the direct supervision of the FAO WBGS Operations Officer, and the technical guidance of the FAO WBGS Head of Programme, the incumbent will coordinate the FAO office and field operations in the Gaza Strip.

Technical Focus

Timeliness and quality of FAO delivery in the Gaza strip Smooth operations and compliance with security regulations of the Gaza office.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Ensures day-to-day coordination of the FAO Gaza Office including personnel, premises, assets and vehicle fleet;
  • Coordinates the implementation of FAO’s emergency and development activities in the Gaza Strip closely monitor projects workplans for GS activities;
  • Closely monitors projects workplans for GS activities
  • Assists the Project Manager in coordinating with IPs and other local partners;
  • Ensures timely delivery of services by consultants, suppliers and contractors engaged in projects implementation;
  • Ensures day-to-day coordination of project activities with relevant authorities and partners as needed to operate in GS (and in the ARA in particular) as well as liaison with relevant public and private stakeholders;
  • Ensures compliance with UNDSS requirements and participate in ASMT meetings for the GS.
  • Contributes to the drafting of projects reports and related project briefs or ad-hoc materials.
  • Facilitates movement of FAO personnel and project’s goods into the Gaza Strip liaising with the UN Access Coordination Unit and local authorities, as needed.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

  • University degree in Development Studies, Economics, International Relations, Agricultural/Natural/Social Sciences or other relevant field.
  • At least three years of experience in performing similar functions.
  • Working knowledge of English Language and limited knowledge of one of the other languages of the organization (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian). For PSA.SBS the working knowledge of only one language is required.

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication

  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Extent of experience in emergency relief and rehabilitation operations, particularly in the food security and agriculture sector and in interagency coordination.
  • Demonstrated experience working in complex environments and/or field level in developing countries.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyse complex emergency situations.
  • Familiarity with the UN system in general, and FAO in particular.
  • Demonstrated communication skills in English, both orally and in writing;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to travel across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
  • Extent of familiarity with the geographical region.

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 any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at (link)
  • For more information, 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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