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Finance Specialist GEF


Type of requisition:


Consultant, PSA or NPP

Duty Station:

Chisinau, Moldova


1 year with possibility for extension (with 3 months of probation period)


Organizational Setting

FAO in partnership with the Government of Moldova is implementing the project “Enabling a policy environment for integrated natural resources management and implementation of an integrated approach to achieve land degradation neutrality in Moldova”.  The main project objective is to support and scale up the introduction of innovative climate-smart agriculture practices, and sustainable forest and land management to achieve land degradation neutrality.

Reporting Lines

Under the general supervision of the FAO Representative in Moldova, the direct and operational supervision of FAO assistant in close coordination with the Project Coordinator, and close collaboration with the project executing partners, the Financial Specialist will take the operational responsibility for timely delivery of the project outcomes and outputs.

Technical Focus

Administrative support in management of project finances and related aspects.

Tasks and responsibilities 


·         Ensure smooth and timely implementation of project activities in support of the results-based workplan, through operational and administrative procedures according to FAO rules and standards;

·         Coordinate the project operational arrangements through contractual agreements with key project partners;

·         Arrange the operations needed for signing and executing Letters of Agreement (LoA) and Government Cooperation Programme (GCP) agreement with relevant project partners;

·         Maintain inter-departmental linkages with FAO units for donor liaison, Finance, Human Resources, and other units as required;

·         Day-to-day manage the project budget, including the monitoring of cash availability, budget preparation and budget revisions to be reviewed by the Project Coordinator;

·         Ensure the accurate recording of all data relevant for operational, financial and results-based monitoring;

·         Ensure that relevant reports on expenditures, forecasts, progress against work plans, project closure, are prepared and submitted in accordance with FAO and GEF defined procedures and reporting formats, schedules and communications channels, as required;

·         Execute accurate and timely actions on all operational requirements for personnel-related matters, equipment and material procurement, and field disbursements;

·         Participate and represent the project in collaborative meetings with project partners and the Project Steering Committee, as required;

·         Undertake missions to monitor the outputs-based budget, and to resolve outstanding operational problems, as appropriate;

·         Be responsible for results achieved within her/his area of work and ensure issues affecting project delivery and success are brought to the attention of higher level authorities through the BH in a timely manner;

·         In consultation with the FAO Evaluation Office, the LTU, and the FAO-GEF Coordination Unit, support the organization of the mid-term and final evaluations, and provide inputs regarding project budgetary matters;

·         Undertake any other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

·         University Degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics, Business Administration, or related fields.

·         Five years of experience in project operation and management related to natural resources management, including field experience in developing countries.

·         Proven capacity to work and establish working relationships with government and non-government representatives.

·         Knowledge of FAO’s project management systems.

·         Minimum three years of experience in project administration and management, or any other related administrative field.

·         Familiarity with FAO or other donors’ administrative procedures, strong familiarity with computers and Microsoft Word, Excel;

·         Strong ability to work under pressure and against tight deadlines;

·         Strong drafting and interpersonal skills, honesty, orientation on achievements;

·         Fluency in oral and written English, Romanian and Russian.

 FAO Core Competencies

·         Results Focus

·         Teamwork

·         Communication

·         Building Effective Relationships

·         Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement





·         FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).

·         Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.

·         For other issues, visit the FAO employment website:




To apply, please send your CV with all relevant details to by 28 January 2021 inclusive.

Vacancies will be removed from the recruitment portal at 23:59 Central European Time (CET) on the deadline for applications date. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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