Wednesday, April 25, 2012


EMPLOYMENT: FAO Assistant Director-General, Economic and Social Development Department

The Economic and Social Development Department (ES) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) aspires to be the foremost global centre of excellence in providing analytical and policy relevant information and support on the economic and social dimensions of hunger, food security and agricultural and rural development. The department analyses trends and policy issues related to food and agriculture and keeps member countries and the global community up to date about the latest economic and social developments related to food and agriculture and their policy implications. It directs the organization’s work on Agricultural Policies and Economic Development, Gender, Equity and Rural Employment, Statistics, and Trade and Markets. It leads the organization’s efforts to achieve its strategic objectives in particular creating an enabling environment for markets to improve livelihoods and rural development, and gender equity in access to resources, goods, services and decision-making in the rural areas. It supports FAO’s role as the foremost authoritative source of standards and methods as well as timely and reliable data and statistics on hunger, food and agriculture. It is responsible for monitoring global progress in reducing hunger, producing a number of FAO’s flagship publications, and serves as secretariat for the Committee on World Food Security.

As head of this department, the Assistant Director-General provides leadership and strategic guidance to ensure full delivery on all results within its mandate at headquarters and decentralized levels. As part of FAO’s senior management team, the ADG helps to ensure the coherence and quality of FAO’s policies, messages and work across organizational units and ensures consistency with corporate goals and programmes. He/she sets an example for a positive, innovative and productive work culture within the Department and within the organization. The ADG serves on corporate teams to advance the organization’s objectives and facilitates strategic partnerships with external organizations.

More information (pdf).

Deadline: May 7, 2012

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