Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Hiroyuki Konuma

FAO Regional Representative for Asia-Pacific



Hiroyuki Konuma
Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

delivered at the

Workshop on
Integration of Emergency and Development Activities in Asia

Bangkok, Thailand
9 to 11 May 2012


Dear colleagues,
Ladies and gentlemen,

This process on the integration of emergency and development activities” was initiated in November 2011  at the request of the DDG-O. The members of the Operational Arm strongly supported the vision of a new and flexible approach with the country office network delivering effectively and efficiently one integrated programme (emergency and development), under the single authority of Regional Representatives

Participants recognized a number of drivers underpinning the vision:

  1. It constitutes a critical pillar for the broader “OneFAO/Functioning as One”  vision;
  2. It ensures that FAO activities at the country-level are programmed and executed in a more coherent and less fragmented manner; and
  3. It establishes clear lines of accountability, responsibility and sight between country/subregional/regional/headquarters-levels.

At the Regional Conference for Asia, members endorsed the approach which had to be retained for the region, i.e.

  • The integrated programme management is required to ensure results and accountability in a coherent manner for all FAO’s programmes and projects at the country level.

Following this transfer, the role of the Emergency Operations and Rehabilitation Division will shift from operational management to one of policy development, global coordination, provision of upstream support, resource mobilization, monitoring and reporting of the emergency and rehabilitation activities of the decentralized offices. This requires the building of capacity in the field for delivering one integrated emergency, development and policy assistance programme under a single authority, together with the necessary operational and accountability framework.

It will do so by ensuring that decentralized offices are staffed with well trained and motivated individuals, with the skills mix and experience required to manage a complex programme.

To achieve coherence of FAO’s programmes at the country level all component parts of FAO must function as one under the overall leadership of the FAO Representative. In countries where there are substantial emergency operations, such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which require the services of a dedicated Emergency and Rehabilitation Coordinator, they will work under the authority of the FAO Representative. FAO Representatives will thus be the managers and budget holders of all national projects and programmes that will be formulated and implemented in the context of the CPF, thereby ensuring greater synergy and impact. Similarly, for regional or subregional emergency projects, the ADG/Regional Representative, RAP, and Subregional Coordinator, SAP, are expected to be the budget holder respectively and will act as the immediate supervisor of Regional and Subregional Emergency and Rehabilitation Coordinators.

During this workshop new arrangements will be discussed where:

  • Country Offices are responsible for the project cycle management, operational and budget holder responsibility, country cluster coordination, resource mobilization.
  • The Regional and/or Subregional Offices are in charge of the organization of immediate response, preparation of appeals, organization of logistics, operational backstopping, resource mobilization and Budget Holder responsibility for regional / subregional projects.
  • Functions requiring a corporate approach at global level are retained under TC leadership: liaison and humanitarian policy coordination, early warning coordination, crisis management, level 3 surge capacity, capacity assessment/strengthening/development, advocacy, contribution to strategic planning, support to programming, overall coordination and monitoring, quality control, humanitarian policy and interagency collaboration.

By the end of the workshop, I really expect that we will have a roadmap/work plan with timetable for a formal handing over of budget holder responsibility of both national and regional/sub regional emergency projects finalized for immediate implementation (or at the latest by the 31/05/12) for the 5 pilot countries and the regional/sub regional projects, and by 31/12/12 for the other remaining countries.

Thank you for your attention and for your strong commitment to this important exercise.