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    Environment Officer


    Grade Level: SC8
    Contract Type: Service Contract – NPP
    Duty Station: Tanariver, Turkana, Samburu, Marsabit, Baringo,Nandi, Westpokot and Laikipia Counties
    Duration: 6 months with possibility of extension
    Start Date: February 2017
    Eligibility: Kenyan National Only

    Reporting Line

    Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Kenya, the direct technical supervision of the Head of Sector Natural Resource Management, guidance from Lead Technical Officer (LTO) and in close collaboration with other sectors in FAO Kenya office, the National NRM and Environment Officer shall undertake the following duties:

    Responsibilities for the National NRM & Environment Officer Job

    • Support the overall execution and management of the land programme;
    • Support the identification and analysis of the major components and status of land and natural resources in the counties;
    • Ensure the identification of capacity development needs of various stakeholder groups to sustainably manage natural resources;
    • Ensure effective liaison with local and national authorities, key partners, and stakeholders on a regular basis;
    • Mainstreaming of climate change agenda and disaster risk reduction in the land programme;
    • Ensure the integration of indigenous knowledge and systems in land management;
    • Development and review of work plans, budgets and procurement plans;
    • Support the preparation of technical and training materials needed for the land programme or related projects;
    • Support the preparation of programme periodic project reports and briefs and reviews;
    • Preparing, monitoring and revising work plans, guidelines and budgets;
    • Support resource mobilisation and creating linkages with related programmes at county and national level;
    • Preparing operational project documents and reports;
    • Represent FAO in relevant meetings and undertake any other duty as may be assigned from time to time.

    National NRM & Environment Officer Job Requirements

    • Advanced degree in natural resource management, water, environment or related field
    • 5 years of professional experience in natural resource management or environmental issues.
    • 5 years of relevant experience in project management, design, monitoring and evaluation
    • Experience in the ASAL development and climate change adaptation or mitigation
    • Good communication and reporting skills

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    Technical Officer - 8 positions


    Grade Level: SC8
    Contract Type: Service Contract – NPP
    Duty Station: Tanariver, Turkana, Samburu, Marsabit, Baringo,Nandi, Westpokot and Laikipia Counties
    Duration: 6 months with possibility of extension
    Start Date: February 2017
    Eligibility: Kenyan National Only

    Reporting Line

    Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Kenya and the technical guidance of the Sector Head and in close collaboration with the Programme Manager, the Land Technical Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

    Key Function

    The Land Technical Officer shall represent FAO to other stakeholders and be responsible for the implementation of activities in one of the following eight counties: Tana River, Turkana, Samburu, Marsabit, Baringo, Nandi, West Pokot and Laikipia.

    Responsibilities for the Land Technical Officer Job

    • In close coordination with the Programme Manager, act as a County Programme Officer (CPO) for the full implementation of scheduled activities on the land programme.
    • Plan and report (in the web-based database) all county activities on a monthly basis in collaboration with county programme and administrative officers and in consultation with sector heads.
    • Provide the first level of line management to county programme officers and support their engagement with the relevant county ministries under guidance of the programme manager, provide technical support for the establishment and trainings of partner institutions in the County.
    • Guide and provide technical advice on the identification of existing policies, institutional and legal gaps/conflicts for sustainable governance of community lands and natural resources in alignment of the FAO county programme with the CPF and the CIDP.
    • With support from the Programme Manager, provide methodological recommendations for inclusive and negotiated Land Use Planning with the County Government.
    • Promote and technically support county government and community groups trained on Voluntary Guidelines and other related FAO tools, e.g. Participatory Land Delimitation (PLD) methodology, Improving Gender Equality in Territorial Issues (IGETI), etc. for monitoring efficiency and transparency in community land administration and management and training on provisions of the new legal frameworks for land governance.
    • In the absence of a Head of County, the Land Technical officer shall represent FAO in holding regular meetings with senior county government officials and being the prime point of contact between the County Governor and FAO Kenya.
    • Monitor the progress and execution of activities as per the work plan, and perform other duties as required

    Land Technical Officer Job Requirements

    • University degree in Natural Resource Management, Land Management, Land Administration, Surveying, or Legal studies required.
    • At least 4 years of experience in natural resource management programmes at national level.
    • Excellent understanding of the Kenya policy context in relation to land and natural resource management and climate change
    • Familiarity with FAO modus operandi and other UN programming approaches or previous experience in working for INGOs and/or NGOs
    • Knowledge of FAO methodologies and other relevant studies to perform this work.
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
    • Excellent strategic visioning, creative thinking and problem solving skills.
    • Competence in Result Based Management and Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation tools.
    • Excellent working knowledge of computer applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and GIS).
    • High level of integrity and accountability, flexible approaches to work and commitment.
    • Ability to perform multiple tasks and work under pressure with a wide range of individuals and institutions

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    Programme Manager


    Grade Level: SC10
    Contract Type: Service Contract Duty Station: Nairobi
    Duration: 12 months with possibility

    Reporting Line

    Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Kenya, the guidance and technical supervision of the NRMSector Head and the LTO/LTU, in full collaboration with officials from Ministry of Lands and NLC, the land programme manager shall be responsible for the management of the Kenya Land programme as part of the Natural Resource Management (NRM) sector activities as below;

    Key Function

    The Land Programme Manager shall represent FAO to other stakeholders and be responsible for the implementation of activities at the national level.

    Responsibilities for the Land Programme Manager Job

    • Provide overall managerial leadership of the Land programme, in all its aspects (technical, financial, operational)
    • Ensure that programme activities are implemented in coherence with technical guidance and standards, as set by FAO Representation in Kenya
    • Support the formulation and harmonization of Policy, institutional and legal framework for sustainable governance of community lands and natural resources
    • Liaise with donors and Government institutions counterparts from the land sector to promote the programme and enhance overall attention to land issues
    • Promote and technically support national institutions, county government and community groups on the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forest in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) and land tenure and natural resource use mapping and develop recommendations for an inclusive and negotiated land use planning in target counties
    • Ensure effective liaison with National authorities, key partners, and stakeholders on a regular basis; to identify and flag implementation bottlenecks and proactively propose specific solutions to address them; follow up on resolution of bottlenecks until resolved.
    • Guide and support the assessment and baseline studies to set up the monitoring and evaluation system of progress and impact on community land
    • Provide the Programme Support Team (PST) and the Corporate Support Services, with all necessary planning (e.g. work plans HR plan, procurement plan, etc.) including all the technical information required;
    • Leads field missions including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties;
    • Have full knowledge of the legal framework on land and natural resources and capacity to train respond or represent FAO on policy land issues.

    Land Programme Manager Job Requirements

    • Advanced university degree in Agronomy, Forestry, Natural Resources Management or equivalent sciences.
    • 5 years of relevant experience in management of multi-million projects/programmes implemented in strong collaboration with National Institutions.
    • Proven experience in working with Government Institutions in joint programme/project implementation.
    • Proven experience in donor and other stakeholder liaison.
    • Working knowledge of English and Kiswahili.
    • Extent of knowledge of agricultural and environmental policies and its relation to rural livelihoods and
      environmental services, in East Africa
    • Extent of relevant stakeholders network in the region and experience engaging with key stakeholders in research,national authorities and private sector

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    Socio-economic and Multi-stakeholder Dialogue Specialist


    Duty Station: Tanariver, Samburu, Marsabit, Baringo, Nandi, Westpokot

    Responsibilities for the Dialogue Specialist Job


    • Support the FAO Representation in Kenya for multi-stakeholder consultations
    • Support the FAO Representation in Kenya in the preparation of the multi-stakeholder consultations (described below)
    • Inception workshop to introduce the project to stakeholders at the national level, agree on project sites selection criteria and preliminary list of sites and review proposed project preparation activities, review and assess other current initiatives relevant to this project, identify other potential co-financing and endorse the project preparation approach.
    • Individual consultations with related initiatives to explore coordination arrangements.
    • Terminal workshop hold a terminal workshop to review and verify/endorse the project design, secure cofinancing commitments, finalise implementation arrangements and proposed project budget.
    • Support proper local consultations (together with the FAO Representation and the FLR specialist) with local stakeholders both at national/regional level and project sites to obtain their perspectives on project activities and ensure that the project will meet their needs.
    • For the activities above, in consultation with the FAO representation, define the list of participants and the consultation methodology (to be approved before the meeting by the LTO and the national team). Play a facilitation role when need be.
    • Define a plan for participatory consultations activities (including budget) during the life of the project.


    Socio-economic assessment of FLR activities and alternative initiatives


    • Collect and analyse socio-economic information for multi-stakeholders involvement in Forest and Landscape
    • Restoration planning and implementation
    • Through meetings and interviews, site assessments and reviews of national socioeconomic statistics (social surveys, population censuses, livelihood activities, etc.), collect baseline socioeconomic information at project sites and elaborat proposals for multi-stakeholders involvement, gender mainstreaming and participation in project activities. Specific activities will include the following:
    • Identify and enumerate project stakeholders and beneficiaries at target sites (including enumeration by gender/ ethnicity). Assess current vulnerabilities and livelihood activities, and analyse how they contribute to meeting basic socioeconomic needs (income, food, water, shelter, energy, health, education). Based on this assessment, identify the most urgent needs that may be affected or addressed by the project.
    • Assess the strength of existing local stakeholders’ platforms and make proposal on how they could be strengthened through the project for forest and landscape restoration.
    • Identify partners who could help in participatory forest and landscape restoration planning and implementation.
    • Discuss with local community members what they perceive as the potential impacts of the project and identify ways in which the project might contribute to local development needs. Identify any potential negative impacts and risks that may occur and discuss mitigating actions or other measures that should be incorporated into the project design.
    • Based on the above consultations and analysis, develop recommendations for gender mainstreaming and active participation of other vulnerable groups in the project.
    • Support the FLR Policy and Implementation Specialist to define the most appropriate FLR options through local participatory consultations.
    • Assessment of possible economic alternatives and complementary sustainable land management programs lowering the pressure on natural resources
    • Assess possible alternative economic activities and complementary sustainable land management programs, which could be developed to lower the pressure on natural resources (such as sustainable agriculture, community forestry, alternative livelihood options, value chain development).
    • Evaluate the potential for Non-Timber Forest Products or other products value chain development.
    • Identify potential partners to develop these economic alternatives and complementary sustainable land management programs.
    • For these activities, the Market Analysis & Development methodology could be used.
    • Liaison with the International Design Consultant and support for the development of the final project document for GEF The consultant will also be responsible to answer any queries from the International design Consultant related to socioeconomics, gender and participatory multi-stakeholders dialogue in order to satisfy the quality of documents needed by the GEF.


    Dialogue Specialist Job Requirements


    • Degree in socio-economy, gender, forestry, natural resources management or related discipline
    • At least 10 years of work experience in socio-economy & forestry/land restoration on assessment and alternative socio-economic activities development
    • Experience and thorough familiarity with the socio-economic context and forestry sector in Kenya
    • Experience in gender mainstreaming
    • Fluency in English and good writing skills

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    Junior Consultant


    Duty Station: Tanariver, Samburu, Marsabit, Baringo, Nandi, Westpokot

    Responsibilities for the Junior Consultant Job

    • Undertake a systematic literature research using SCOPUS or similar search engines to collect compositional data on Kenyan foods
    • Analyse data sources based on set criteria to evaluate their inclusion or exclusion for further compilation
    • Work with selected entity in the preparation, measuring, calculation and data entry of the Kenyan recipes activities
    • Support compilation of compositional data into the INFOODS compilation tool following international standards and guidelines
    • Support food composition data processing and management into the archival database during calculations estimation and imputation of data in the reference data base
    • Support the project coordinator in arranging for relevant meetings and recording the minutes for the meetings
    • Support the project coordinator in preparation of project reports

    Junior Consultant Job Requirements

    • University Degree in Food Science and Technology, Food and Nutrition, Nutrition and Dietetics or related field.
    • At least one year experience in food composition related activities which includes completion of e-learning course on INFOODS Food composition tables; food sampling training and activities in the counties, data collection and compilation
    • Working knowledge of English
    • Competency in the use of Computer Applications

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    IPC Regional Trainer and Data Analyst


    Duty Station: Tanariver, Samburu, Marsabit, Baringo, Nandi, Westpokot

    Responsibilities for the IPC Regional Trainer and Data Analyst

    In particular, the incumbent will undertake the following:

    • Act as the IPC Trainer and Technical Support person to Countries in the region, coordinating and facilitation Level 1 and Level 2 Trainings, ISS trainings and data analysis and data preparation trainings.
    • Support the roll out of IPC Acute and Chronic in countries in close collaboration with the RC, GSU and the country level IPC stakeholders.
    • Work pro-actively with IPC Country Working Groups to ensure ownership and capacity building
    • Support data collection, preparation and organization into ISS at country level
    • Support training and workshops preparation and organization on Chronic IPC
    • Support the development of IPC analyses products, including the communication template
    • Support the documentation of lessons learnt
    • Work pro-actively with IPC Country Working Groups to ensure ownership and capacity building
    • Support data preparation and organization into ISS at country level
    • Support training and workshops preparation and organization on ISS on Acute IPC
    • Support the development of IPC analyses products, including the communication template
    • Support the documentation of lessons learnt
    • Support the IPC Regional Coordinator (RC) with information and data necessary for the organization, and implementation of regional meetings and workshops, (including the FSNWG IPC Regional Technical Working Group).
    • Support the Regional IPC Certification Campaign and IPC Certification Targets, facilitate and track the process for Level 1 and 2 certification and registration among countries within the region and among regional partners.
    • Prepare and maintain a database for IPC activities and their progress in the countries.
    • Support the IPC Regional Coordinator (RC) in the organization, awareness raising mission in the countries in close collaboration with the IPC GSU and IPC Country TWG through the IPC national coordinator/focal point.
    • Support the RC and GSU technical staff with the coordination of the real time and retroactive quality and compliance review of IPC products and strategic engagement plans.
    • Support the RC in the coordination, organization, consolidation and dissemination of IPC lessons learned from incountry IPC activities in collaboration with the Country TWG, the IPC Regional Support Team, and the GSU.
    • Support the RC in the coordination and the implementation of the Strategic Engagement Plan developed by GSU for selected countries.
    • Participate in IPC GSU and FAO meetings and workshops, as needed.
    • Regularly update the IPC Regional Coordinator on work plan progress, informally and formally, briefing on relevant issues and discussions that may arise, seeking guidance and decisions.
    • Undertake other activities, as required and/or requested

    IPC Regional Trainer and Data Analyst Requirements

    • Master’s degree in Agriculture, Economics, Statistics, Social Science or relevant field
    • 5 years of relevant experience in food security information and analysis (agriculture, nutrition, livelihoods, etc.) in East and Central Africa, with sufficient knowledge on IPC Acute and Chronic.
    • At least 5 years work experience with statistical analysis; proficient of statistics packages such as SPSS or STATA.
    • Experience in analyzing food security related primary data from field surveys and knowledge of regional and national food security information and monitoring systems highly desirable.
    • Proven ability to lead technical training and capacity building initiatives.
    • Ability to work well within multi-sector and multi-agency working groups, strong interpersonal and communication skills, writing ability, and oral presentation skills.
    • Fluent in French and working knowledge of English.
    • Proficiency in quantitative methods

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    Driver - 6 positions


    Reporting Line

    Under the overall supervision of the Assistant FAOR (Administration) and the direct supervision of the Head of Logistics the incumbent performs the following:

    Responsibilities for the Driver Job

    • Drive and transport FAO personnel/missions to various meetings and other location in the country
    • Maintains updated records of vehicle movement logs, vehicle fuel consumption service and repair records
    • Ensure assigned vehicle is always clean serviced and repaired as per the specified schedule and in good working conditions at all times
    • Perform minor vehicle repairs.
    • Organize for security escort services for all FAO missions involved in
    • Maintain Monthly log book records and fuel records including collection of invoices and submission to Nairobi office
    • Facilitate planning of all local travel
    • Day to day maintenance of FAO vehicle, ensure vehicle assigned is in good working condition at all times, report defects or damages on time
    • Provide transportation and mobility of FAO staff and visitors
    • Trip planning during missions
    • Ensuring security of FAO staff and property while driving as well as reporting to radio room as required while on mission
    • Offer Logistical support and perform other clerical duties as may be assigned

    Driver Job Requirements

    • Secondary school education.
    • Minimum five years accident free driving experience in an office environment.
    • Motor vehicle mechanical repair a distinct advantage.
    • Working experience with UN agencies is an added advantage.
    • Fluent in both written and spoken English and Kiswahili.
    • Valid Driving Licence and certificate of good conduct.
    • Tact, politeness, courtesy and ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with people of different national and cultural background.
    • Ability to operate modern PC-based electronic communications systems.

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    Assistant Operations Officer


    Responsibilities for the Assistant Operations Officer Job

    • Immediately after project operationalization, plan with Responsible Officers and Project Mangers the services to be provided under MS 507 and MS 502, taking account of timing, linkages and consider the appropriateness of each manual section
    • Support project managers to develop procurement requests, request for quotations and bid documents which comply with FAO regulations and are of sufficient quality to clear initial QA by the sector head.
    • Track all procurement requests and follow up where necessary in order to ensure timely delivery to the field.
    • Maintain a register of where all assets procured by the projects are, ensure proper hand over of assets, and liaise with Finance Unit for recording into the FAO corporate assets register.
    • In collaboration with other sector officers, compile a list of technical specifications for commonly procured items
    • Insert all project, commitment and planned commitment into excel allotment forms and appraise project managers and sector heads of delivery on a monthly basis
    • Maintain an up to date register of all sector contracts and LOAs on the Shared Drive (Contract / LOA no., PO n.,Service Provider, Project, Dates of Signature by FAO and SP, Date of Closure, Reporting Deadlines, Report Clearance dates, Payment dates, Amendments) and Contacts of SP: Signatory, Technical Responsible and Financial Officer .
    • Review the adequacy of the Financial Reports submitted from service providers and (in collaboration with the PMU and CSU) request additional info where appropriate
    • Submit financial and narrative reports (from service providers) to CSU for payment once cleared by sector head
    • Perform other related duties and activities upon instructions received from sector head

    Assistant Operations Officer Job Requirements

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Social science, Education, Community Development, Programme Management or related Fields.
    • Minimum 3 years’ experience working in a similar position; more specifically experience in programme design and project cycle management.
    • Must have fluency in English.
    • Good communication, analytical, presentation and reporting skills and a team player.
    • Competency in the use of Computer Applications MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint.
    • Proven experience with UN regulations and procedures will be an added advantage.

    Method of Application

    Candidates are requested to submit their application by email to vacancy-kenya@fao.org quoting the position title and vacancy announcement number. A duly completed Personal Profile Form (PPF) generated from FAO’s iRecruitment portal as a PDF-file is to be submitted by email together with a cover letter.

    Please note that attached resumes or CV’s in place of the PPF will not be accepted. In order to prepare a Personal Profile Form, you must first register on the FAO iRecruitment site by clicking on the following link to register.

    In order for your application to be properly evaluated, please ensure that all sections of the on-line profile are completed. Applications received after the closing date will not be given consideration. Only short listed candidates will be contacted. This vacancy is open to both male and female candidates. Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

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