FAO recruits 01 District Coordinator

FAO recruits 01 District Coordinator


Karonga, Malawi
Humanitaire (ONG, Associations, …), Projet/programme de développement

Job Description:  2201923

District Coordinator – Karonga

Closure Date: 26/Jul/2022, 11:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: FRMLW

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)

Grade Level: N/A

Primary Location: Malawi

Duration: 12 Months (with possibility of extension)

Post Number: N/A

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device

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 assists governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to address hunger and malnutrition, and provides technical support for the sustainable development of their agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors and to respond to cries. FAO in collaboration with the Government of Malawi and with support of multiple development partners is implementing a wide range of activities to improve livelihoods of small-scale farmers as well as assisting a more inclusive and sustainable development in the country.  FAO Malawi is currently supporting the Government to strengthen community-based resilience in vulnerable rural areas, facilitate a more sustainable management of natural resources and supporting nutrition-sensitive agriculture.  Likewise, FAO provides and mobilizes technical assistance required by the country in areas related with agriculture production, agriculture economics and other areas relevant.

Reporting Lines

The District Coordinator will be under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative, and the technical supervision of the Deputy FAOR and the Head, Coordination Section.

Technical Focus:

The District Coordinator will be the overall focal person for FAO’s work at the district level. Carrying out managerial, programmatic, coordination and administrative responsibilities on behalf of the Organization’s management. The District Coordinator will interact extensively with all colleagues within the Section and extensively with stakeholders such as the District Council Members, District Agriculture Development Officers, District Nutrition Coordination Committee (DNCC) members, District Agriculture Extension Coordination Committee, Agriculture/ Health District Staff and Extension Officers/Frontline Workers, Community members, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and Community-Based Organizations in each of the districts selected. The District Coordinator will be responsible to backstop the different FAO activities taking place within the district, facilitating a coordinated relation with Government authorities, relevant stakeholders and communities. The District Coordinator will also be responsible for facilitating technical engagements required by different projects implemented in the district and ensure that all activities planned in the different projects and programmes implemented by FAO are coherent and addressing community’ needs as well as supporting the Government of Malawi policies, plans and strategies. Likewise, the District Coordinator will be accountable for the management of assets facilitated for the implementation of the project activities as well as support management of FAO staff deployed in the district.

Tasks and responsibilities

The incumbent will more specifically:

Lead specific technical work under his/her responsibility and lead or coordinate FAO’s other field obligations/initiatives;

Be responsible for the day-to-day management of the FAO projects in the respective Field Office. Specifically, he/she coordinates the planning, implementation and supervision of activities to ensure efficient provision of both administrative and technical support services at district level;

Foster strategic coherence of FAO’s interventions and services at district;

Represent FAO in ALL fora at district level within the mandate of the Organization e.g. Food Security, Climate/DRR/Resilience, statistics, extension, nutrition etc. and provide feedback to FAO Country Management in Lilongwe.

Actively participate in all initiatives together with the district technical personnel (where available).

Proactively create awareness amongst district stakeholders on FAO’s strategic priorities (CPF), programmes and other relevant FAO interests (in relation to the SDG, UNSDCF, MGDS, NAIP).

Provide on-the-job support to government counterparts, particularly to DNCC, District Health Office (DHO) and District Agriculture Development Office (DADO) staff;

Ensure sound dissemination and programmatic use of project-related information harnessing the tools provided by FAO Malawi for such purpose as infograms, dashboards, fact-sheets, bulletins, etc.

Facilitate the exchange of information between Agriculture SMS, Agriculture Extension, Nutrition Extension Government teams at district level  and with other implementing partners as well;

Produce monthly, quarterly and annual reports as per FAO requirements;


Minimum Requirements   

Advanced University Degree in Agricultural Economics, Agriculture (including forestry and fisheries), Veterinary Sciences/Animal Production, Human Nutrition; Natural Resources Management or related fields.

At least 7 years of work experience in development, management and monitoring of projects and programmes in agriculture, food security, nutrition-sensitive agriculture and/or rural development;

Working knowledge (level C) of English and limited knowledge (level B) of one of the other FAO languages.

National of Malawi.

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Extent and relevance of experience in programme management;

Extent and relevance of experience and innovativeness in the field of policy and practice in community level (with emphasis in Agriculture Production, Natural Resource Management, Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture, Livestock, etc);

Good knowledge of Government systems, NGOs and the UN will be an asset

Capacity in effective relationship and partnership building;

Capacity in communication and team building.

Experience in managing complex projects involving many partners is an asset;

Proven ability to work as a member of a team with diverse backgrounds;

Ability to pay attention to detail;

Computer literacy, especially using standard and analytical software and other information, communication and technology equipment.

Ability to be multi-tasked and to handle large volumes of work in an effective and timely manner.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.


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Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted

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 Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. 

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


• 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

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• 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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