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Major Programme 3.4: FAO Representatives

(all amounts in US$ 000)
  Programme 2004-05 Programme of Work ZRG 2006-07 Programme of Work ZNG 2006-07 Programme of Work RG 2006-07 Programme of Work Trust Fund
340 FAO Representatives 82,247 82,556 81,853 86,506 0
Total 82,247 82,556 81,853 86,506 0
Programme Change from 2004-05 Programme of Work at MP level 310 (394) 4,260  
Percent Change 0.4% (0.5%) 5.2%  

Substantive thrusts under ZRG conditions

442.     The FAO Representatives (FAORs) will continue to be focal points for contact with the respective host governments, civil society and the donor community in countries of accreditation. They help focus FAO’s expertise where and when it is most needed; monitor national developments relevant to food and agriculture; mobilise technical and policy advice; and channel and coordinate FAO’s technical cooperation activities and emergency operations. FAORs work under the overall supervision and oversight of OCD150 and with the support and functional guidance of technical, policy, operational and administrative units at headquarters, as well as in Regional and Subregional Offices.

443.     The upstream programming functions of FAORs are embedded in those of the UN Country Team within the Resident Coordinator System, involving participation in exercises such as the common country assessment (CCA), the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and poverty reduction strategies, as well as to support achievement of the World Food Summit and Millennium Development Goals. In emergency-affected countries, the upstream work of FAORs feeds into UN Consolidated or Flash Appeals contributing to needs assessments for emergency interventions. As recommended by the Independent Evaluation of FAO’s Decentralization, during the 2006-07 biennium the FAO’s country programming process will progressively be structured around national medium-term priority frameworks which will be intimately linked to the respective governments’ development plans.

444.     As donors delegate greater responsibility for project approvals to the country level, FAORs play a critical role in the development of the field programme, assisting with the identification, formulation and appraisal of projects, and mobilising resources from local donor representations. FAORs have operational responsibility for national technical cooperation projects and support regional projects with activities in their countries, and they are making increasingly significant contributions, under TCE’s151 overall responsibility, to the implementation of emergency projects.

445.     FAORs communicate FAO’s messages and policies at country level, liaise with the media and organise advocacy activities such as World Food Day and TeleFood events, as well as National Alliances Against Hunger. They also contribute to other UN advocacy activities, facilitate the transfer of information and knowledge between FAO and its partners at country level and ensure a two-way flow of data and information between the Organization and countries.

446.     The major programme has been allocated an additional US$ 2.5 million at ZRG, along with expected improved income recovery of US$ 1 million, to partially offset the severe impact on the operational capacity of the FAOR network stemming from a net reduction of US$ 5.2 million in the biennium 2004-05. As follow-up to the Independent Evaluation of FAO's Decentralization, measures will be taken, within the available budget, to improve the cost effective delivery of FAO services and strengthen capacities of the FAOR Network, such as through the conversion of International Administrative Officer posts to National Administrative Officer (NAO) posts. The increased resource allocation for the FAOR network is not apparent in the tables as a transfer of US$ 3.4 million in security resources was made to the proposed Chapter 9: Security Expenditure Facility.

Real Growth Scenario

447.     RG would further restore the responsiveness and capacity for service delivery by FAO Representations at a more sustainable level. It would allow to accommodate measures in follow-up to the evaluation of decentralization through, inter alia: enhancing FAO’s country programming process using National Medium-term Priority Frameworks and strengthening FAO’s participation in UN Country Team activities (e.g. CCA/UNDAF, PRSPs, MDGs152).

Zero Nominal Growth Impact

448.     Major Programme 3.4 has been protected under the ZNG scenario to maintain the capacity of the FAOR network and to allow it to respond to the evaluation of decentralization.

150 Office for Coordination of Normative, Operational and Decentralized Activities

151 Emergency Operations and Rehabilitation Division

152 Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs); Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

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