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FAO in Banjul, Gambia


National Project Coordinator

Job Posting: 16/Sep/2022

Closure Date: 07/Oct/2022, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FRGAM – FAO Representation in Gambia

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : NPP (National Project Personnel)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Gambia-Banjul

Duration : 12 months renewable

Post Number : N/A

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Organizational Setting

FAO Gambia and partners are implementing the Climate Fishery Initiative for Livelihood Improvement in the Gambia (PROREFISH Gambia) project. The Project aims to address increased resilience and enhanced livelihoods, health, well being, food and water security of the most vulnerable people, communities and regions. Expected results include resilience of ecosystems, ecosystem services, infrastructure and the built environment to climate change threats as well as reduced emissions from land use, reforestation, reduced deforestation through sustainable forest management and conservation of forest stocks.The project will scale up adaptation measures that have been proven in a number of countries in West Africa, and in similar contexts, with a particular focus on climate-proofing fisheries infrastructure and on value chain segments dominated by women (fish handling and processing). The project will promote the adoption of aquaculture technologies and support the strengthening of the enabling environment for Gambian fisheries and promote a stronger engagement of the private sector.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in The Gambia, the AFAOR-Programmes and the direct supervision of the Lead Technical Officer (LTO), the National Project Coordinator will act as the leader in the project implementation and will be responsible for leading, supervising and coordinating all activities aimed at the successful implementation of the project. The National Project Coordinator will be responsible for the overall and annual preparation of Work-plans and Budgets, preparation of contracts and agreements with Implementing Partners and consultants, participate in technical supervision of works under the project, manage contracts and ensure the overall daily management of the project.

Technical Focus

The Project Coordinator will work in consultation with the Project Steering Committee, the Technical Advisory Committee, the FAO Evaluation Office, the Lead Technical Officer (LTO) and FAO-OCB, the Coordinator to coordinate project activities and deliver transformational change sought by the PROREFISH Project.

Key Results

Leadership and technical expertise and project related services to support the delivery of the project objectives.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Coordinate and participate in the preparation of the Annual Work Plan and Budget.
  • Ensure technical compliance with project objectives, outcomes and outputs, and follow the monitoring and Evaluation Plan prepared by the Monitoring and Evaluation Expert.
  • Provide technical guidance to project partners in the implementation of the project.
  • Establish and foster an effective line of communication with project implementation partners’ to enhance project implementation.
  • Periodically conduct supervisory field visits and provide technical guidance to project technical personnel and implementing partners.
  • Ensure effective contract management; ensuring that deliverables are completed on time in line with standards, specifications and value for money.
  • Monitor risks according to the risk matrix (as stipulated in the project document) and ensure the implementation of mitigation measures.
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual reports as required for project progress reporting as well as project terminal report.


Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Fisheries, Natural Resources, Biological Sciences or related areas.
  • Minimum of ten years’ experience in the field of Fisheries, Natural Resources or related areas.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in management, coordination of development projects or components financed by international funding partners.
  • Working knowledge of English Language.
  • National of Gambia

Selection criteria

  • Experience in the coordination of multidisciplinary teams.
  • Knowledge and experience in results-based management, development and implementation of budgets, preparation of technical and financial reports, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Ability to prepare concise reports according to internationally acceptable standards.

  • Knowledge and use of participatory planning tools.
  • Extensive knowledge of the socioeconomic reality of The Gambia and gender mainstreaming.
  • Proven ability to lead a team and capacity for teamwork.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Availability to travel frequently to the project sites.

FAO Core Competencies

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


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