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  • Posted: Apr 17, 2020
    Deadline: Apr 22, 2020
  • The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is an agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.
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    Data Analyst / Economist

    Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.

    People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

    Organizational Setting

    The position is located in the FAO Representation in Kenya. The African Sustainable Livestock 2050 (ASL-2050) is the policy arm of the Emerging Pandemic Threats phase 2 (EPT-2) programme funded by USAID and implemented through the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD). In the last two years, it has collaborated with three governments in Eastern Africa, including Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, to formulate long-term (2050) livestock scenarios that point to a number of public health threats associated with the anticipated growth and transformation of the livestock sector. In the next 8 months, ASL2050 will collaborate with national government to support the identification and implementation of policy instruments that, by operationalizing the current policy framework, will reduce some of the identified public health threats along the livestock value chain. The ultimate objective is to develop and implement a scalable methodology assisting countries to successfully operationalize existing policies, both in the livestock sector and in other agricultural domains.

    The methodology includes three major outputs:

    1. A report on public health threats along the livestock value chain: stakeholders’ behaviour vs good practices The ECTAD team will examine stakeholders’ compliance with known good practices to identify public health threats at the major nodes of the livestock value chain (e.g. production; trading; marketing; etc.).
    2. A report on public health threats along the livestock value chain: a constraint analysis For the selected node of the livestock value chain / public health threat, the ECTAD team will further examine the behaviour of private actors, of public actors (livestock, public health, and environment) and their relationships, with the objective to identify the constraints that prevent them to comply with / follow good practices.
    3. Report on reducing public health threats along the livestock value chain: actionable instruments The ECTAD team will use policy analysis methods to identify actionable instruments addressing the constraints identified.

    Reporting Lines The consultant will work under the overall supervision of the ECTAD country team leader and in close consultation with the ASL2050 focal point. Tasks and responsibilities

    • Assist the ECTAD team in drafting and disseminating the three major reports mentioned above (Stakeholders’ behaviour and good practices; Constraint analysis; Actionable instruments);
    • Contribute to analysis of the current institutional structure and public budget allocated for prevention and control of Emerging Zoonotic Diseases (EZDs) and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR);
    • Support the implementation of existing One Health policies, plans and strategies;
    • Support other activities of the ECTAD team and the FAO country office as necessary



    Minimum Requirements

    • University Degree with technical specialization in economics, statistics, development studies, social science, business administration, information or related field
    • 2 to 4 years of relevant experience in the relevant field
    • Excellent knowledge of statistical software (e.g. Stata, R)
    • Past experience with survey design / data collection will be considered an asset
    • Working knowledge of English
    • National of Kenya.

    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)
    • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help please contact: [email protected]
    • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
    • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications


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    Geographical Information Systems (Gis) Specialist


    Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization

    Organizational Settings

    The Sub-regional Resilience Team for Eastern Africa (RTEA), based in Nairobi, and in close coordination with Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), is providing strategic, programmatic and technical guidance to FAO and member country programmes on the resilience agenda. Recognizing its complementary function to enhance country-level efforts in the resilience agenda, the sub-regional resilience team contributes to increasing the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises in Eastern Africa through the achievement of the following four outcomes:

    • Outcome 1: Countries adopted or implemented legal, policy and institutional systems and frameworks for risk reduction and crisis management;
    • Outcome 2: Countries made use of regular information and early warning against potential, known and emerging threats;
    • Outcome 3: Countries reduced risk and vulnerability at household and community level; and
    • Outcome 4: Countries prepared for and managed effective responses to disasters and crises.

    Reporting Lines The Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Specialist reports to the Resilience Coordinator of the Resilience Team for Eastern Africa (RTEA), under the overall guidance of FAO Representative in Kenya. Technical Focus Support the implementation of FAO-RTEA’s four strategic focus areas on building resilience in Eastern Africa through the provision of GIS and information management skills and services. The Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Specialist will specifically support the implementation of two projects:

    • the Dutch-funded Food and Nutrition Security Resilience Programme (FNS-REPRO, GCP/GLO/997/NET)
    • the Swedish-funded Early Warning Tools for Increased Resilience of Livelihoods in IGAD Region (OSRO/INT/001/SWE)

    Tasks and responsibilities

    • Provide technical support and guidance to FAO RTEA and country project teams in the use of GIS based technologies for GCP/GLO/997/NET and OSRO/INT/001/SWE project delivery;
    • Assist in building national and regional GIS capacity for the roll-out of livestock early warning tools across Eastern Africa, including the following: Predictive Livestock Early Warning System (PLEWS), Animal Feed Balance Sheet (AFBS) and Pictorial Evaluation Tool (PET);
    • Support the testing and setup of national GIS/information portals and develop user guidance materials on livestock early warning tools;
    • Support the generation of regular PLEWS products across the Eastern Africa region;
    • Provide GIS technical guidance during the review of existing predictive food security models, and support the development of related early warning-early action tools and dashboards;
    • Participate in relevant GCP/GLO/997/NET project assessments;
    • In collaboration with the MEAL expert, put in place a spatial system tailored to the RTEA programme of work for regular spatial country/field data collection exercises;
    • Develop training resources on geographical information systems and on scenario development tools and deliver trainings, as needed;
    • Provide GIS support and cartographic services to RTEA and stakeholders, including donors, government counterparts and implementing partners, including map-making, data analysis and the development of location-based communication products for proposal development and advocacy; and
    • Performs other duties as required.


    • University degree in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, or other relevant field;
    • 3 years of relevant experience in applications of GIS and information technology for agriculture, natural resources and land-use suitability evaluation and socio-agricultural scenario development.
    • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian), preferably Arabic for COF.REG.
    • Working knowledge of English for PSA.SBS. The working knowledge of Arabic would be an asset.

    FAO Core Competencies

    • Results Focus
    • Teamwork
    • Communication
    • Building Effective Relationships
    • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

    Technical/Functional Skills

    • Experience with one or more of the following disciplines: GIS, remote sensing, information systems development and management, early warning tools for livestock and/or food security;
    • Familiarity in HTML and principles of internet web design and maintenance;
    • Understanding of FAO policies, programmes and tools is considered a strong asset, in particular relating to PLEWS, AFBS PET, and/or early warning early action.
    • Ability to analyze data, synthesize complex technical information, and communicate it clearly and concisely through written technical reports;
    • Ability to present information and data in understandable tables and graphs;
    • Strong oral communications skills;
    • Excellent strategic visioning, creative thinking and problem solving skills;
    • High level of integrity and accountability, commitment, and flexible approaches to work;
    • Ability to work under pressure and within multidisciplinary teams of different cultural backgrounds; and
    • Work experience in East Africa is desirable
    • Experience in environmental modelling with knowledge of data handling and processing, database and web pages administration as well as applications of statistical and modelling methods (e.g. soil, crop, hydrological, or meteorological statistics and probability analysis);
    • Expertise in map compilation using ArcGIS, or other GIS based software
    • Expertise in using mobile platforms in data collection and dissemination

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    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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