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Programme Support and Technical Cooperation Department (PS)

Programme Support and Technical Cooperation Department (PS)

The Programme Support and Technical Cooperation Department (PS) coordinates FAO’s efforts towards the fulfilment of the Strategic Objectives through its Technical Cooperation Programme aiming at achieving the Agenda 2030. The Assistant-Director General, PS, leads the department’s divisions and offices operating in HQ in the following areas: Field programme oversight and monitoring and management of resources, establishment of partnerships focusing on fostering and strengthening global cooperation, South-South and Triangular Cooperation, emergency preparedness and response strategies, and management of FAO’s Technical Cooperation Programme.

Monitoring and Quality Support (PSDQ)

The PSDQ team manages the project cycle corporate guidance and, within this framework, provides policy guidance, practical solutions, arbitration and capacity development to units responsible for formulation and implementation of field projects. The team manages the appraisal and operational clearance processes for GLO and INT projects above USD 500 000, provides the quality assurance review that enables management to approve projects and designate Budget Holder responsibility, and manages project operational closure. The team monitors the adherence to corporate quality standards with a view to improving the impact and efficient delivery of projects, and supports managers at all levels to address identified challenges and weaknesses. Finally, the PSDQ team oversees and guides the use of the Technical Cooperation Programme.

New Operational Modalities (PSDN)

The NOM-team facilitates and supports the efficient and effective delivery of any field programme through new working methodologies. The latter being specifically tailored to respond to the needs of the clients (project teams, partner organizations and beneficiaries), to reflect the ever developing requirements and context in which work is carried out (resource partners, UN system, member countries), and to comply with best practices and standards developed.


Office of South-South and Triangular Cooperation (OSS)

The Office of South-South and Triangular Cooperation (OSS) leads FAO’s activities regarding South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) and oversees/coordinates it across the Organization, through facilitating the exchange of Southern development solutions, strengthening knowledge networks, providing policy support, and fostering enabling environment for effective SSTC. The Office serves as entry point with SSTC partners and facilitates SSTC partnerships across the Organization as an effective mechanism for implementing FAO’s Strategic Framework. In addition to the exchange of development solutions, the promotion of platforms for knowledge managements and networks, mobilization of upstream policy support and fostering enabling environment for effective SSTC among countries in the Global south and with triangular partners.


Emergency and Resilience Division (PSE)

The Emergency and Rehabilitation Division (PSE) is ultimately accountable for the overall effectiveness and coherence of FAO’s response to emergencies. It promotes corporate efforts to support countries and partners in preparing for and effectively responding to food and agricultural threats and crises. It is responsible for coordinating the development and maintenance of corporate tools and standards to enable Decentralized Offices to assist member countries in tackling emergencies. PSE ensures global humanitarian policy coordination and knowledge, liaises with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) as well as with humanitarian resource partners, co-leads the global Food Security Cluster (gFSC) alongside World Food Programme, and coordinates organizational preparedness, surge capacity and response to large-scale emergencies. PSE supports food and nutrition security assessment as well as early warning activities related to emergency and humanitarian analysis and responses. It also plays a major role in the development and leadership of the Organization’s programme to increase the resilience of livelihoods to food and agriculture threats and crises (SO5) and, as such, contributes to broader UN efforts to operationalize the humanitarian-development nexus.

Contact: TCE-Director


Business Development and Resource Mobilization Division (PSR)

The Business Development and Resource Mobilization Division (PSR) leads and coordinates the mobilization of voluntary contributions in support of FAO’s strategic priorities. To achieve this, PSR develops market intelligence and outreach for resource partners’ engagement, manages the Organization’s business development portfolio and oversees the negotiation of agreements in line with standard cooperation frameworks. PSR also coordinates and oversees results reporting to ensure accountability to resource partners.

Contact: PSR-Director


Partnerships Division (PSP)

The Partnerships Division (PSP) is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the identification, strengthening and stewardship of strategic partnerships with non-state actors in support of FAO’s objectives and the SDGs, including parliamentarians, civil society, private sector, academia and research institutions, family farmers’ and indigenous peoples’ organizations, through developing capacities, fostering dialogues, sharing knowledge, scaling up programmes and advocating for FAO’s corporate positions. It ensures that multi-stakeholder processes and engagements at global, regional and country level are an integral part of FAO’s work and provides targeted support to ensure secure tenure rights and capacity development (including through e-learning programmes) to contribute to the SDGs. It drives the development of FAO’s blended finance models, mobilizes resources from the private sector to advocate responsible agricultural investments and sustainable development to move the 2030 agenda forward, and promotes the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (CFS-RAI). The Division has the lead responsibility for the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT), the UN Decade of Family Farming (2019-2028), the FAO Policy on Indigenous Peoples and the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact.