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  • Posted on: 14 March, 2019 Deadline: 28 March, 2019
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  • The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.
    Our goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide. We believe that everyone can play a part in ending hunger.

    Technical Adviser


    Organizational Setting

    The Regional Office for Africa (RAF) is responsible for leading FAO’s response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO’s priority activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the region and, in collaboration with departments and divisions at headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO’s strategic response to regional priorities. RAF also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization’s Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the region, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies. RAF develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs). The Regional Office supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region. The Technical Adviser provides technical leadership assistance to the Food Security Integrated Programme (FS-IAP). The FS-IAP targets agro-ecological systems in the drylands of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) where the need to enhance food security is directly linked to opportunities for generating local and global environmental benefits. The FS-IAP seeks to contribute to a paradigm shift in African agriculture in the context of policy debates about how to feed a rapidly expanding population, one that emphasizes the importance of natural capital and ecosystem services.

    Reporting Lines

    The Technical Adviser reports to the Chief Technical Adviser (Lead Technical Officer-LTO). He/she will facilitate liaison between the Programme Coordination Unit (PCU), FAO and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and will coordinate the Regional project activities in the countries in accordance with the t expected outcomes as stipulated in the project document.

    Key ResultsComprehensive technical and policy expertise to support the planning, development and implementation of departmental/divisional programmes, projects, products and services in accordance with departmental/divisional objectives and FAO Strategic Objectives.

    Key Functions

    • Provides technical leadership assistance on the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned Regional programmes/projects; assists in the review of relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities, liaises with relevant parties; identifies follow-up actions;
    • Assists in the coordination of programmes and reviews the assessments of issues and trends for the implementation of programmes and projects and the preparation of impact evaluation or equivalent studies;
    • Assists/supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications;
    • Contributes to consultative and other meetings, conferences, including proposals for agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations;
    • Participates in activities such as structuring of training workshops, seminars; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities;Leads field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties;
    • Provides advice to the Chief Technical Adviser regarding the development of policies and strategies, as well as national protocols and guidelines for projects with specific domains related to FAO’s work.

    Specific Functions

    • Provides scientific and technical leadership and backstopping to the project teams;Sets up partnerships with policy fora, research and practitioners initiatives in Africa to facilitate policy and science platforms on Integrated Natural Resources Management, land degradation and their nexus with food security and sustainable agriculture;
    • Provides technical inputs to the preparation of Component 1 flagship publications, regional workshops and training materials;
    • Reviews the needs analysis of the 12 countries, initially undertaken during the design phase to identify priority themes to be addressed;
    • Contributes to the development of terms of reference, letters of agreements, work plans in relation to the component implementation and supervises the management of the
    • Component budget in accordance with the agreed work plan and approved disbursal of project funds;
    • Prepares progress and final mission/terminal reports to the PCU and Project Steering Committee based on close consultations with all relevant partners;
    • Performs other duties as required.

    Local Innovation Facilitator


    The interregional Fall Armyworm coordination project, hosted by the Plant Production and Protection Division at FAO provides technical and organizational support to member countries on the sustainable management of the Fall Armyworm.
    International consultants represent an important source of expertise for FAO, making their specialist contributions across the globe towards the achievement of the Organization’s strategic objectives. For FAO to be able to attract and employ the best possible experts in the wide range of technical areas of its mandate, a competitive selection process has been introduced. This process is intended to create a pool of candidates which can be called upon when their expertise is required, ensuring a transparent and rigorous selection process.
    Reporting Lines
    The Consultant will work under the overall supervision of the AGP Divisional Director and the direct supervision of the Principal Technical Coordinator.
    Technical Focus
    The Consultant will work as part of a team to coordinate efforts, promote the collection of data as evidence base, publish and communicate results in line with FAO’s Strategic Framework
    Tasks and responsibilities
    In general, designated tasks and responsibilities will include:
    • Organize and participate in external events (including field missions) in support of the delivery of the project’s programme of work, including consultation, training, capacity building and technical assistance.
    • Identify farmers’ organizations, farmers’ groups, national researchers who are engaged in local innovations for sustainable FAW management.
    • Design with participants trials to test local innovations.
    • Develop work plans joining farmers’ groups with national research organizations.
    • Oversee trials, data collection and other documentation.
    • Compile results and work with participants to write results and lessons learned, document experiences via photos and videos, and work with the FAW Programme to develop a plan of communication of results.
    • Establish and manage relations with relevant institutions, networks and platforms that could help FAO leverage its messages and advance global dialogue on various issues related to sustainable FAW management.
    • Prepare and organize consultations and technical meetings
    Minimum Requirements
    • Advanced university degree in agriculture, entomology, plant protection, agronomy or other fields related to food security and nutrition, policies and development studies.
    • At least 15 years’ experience in one or more areas in the field of plant production, integrated pest management, local innovation and knowledge sharing facilitation.
    • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other languages of the Organization (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or Russian).
    FAO Core Competencies
    • Results Focus
    • Teamwork
    • Communication
    • Building Effective Relationships
    • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
    Technical/Functional Skills
    • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in the field is desirable
    • Extent and relevance of field experience in a technical area of assignment
    • Extent and relevance of experience in providing policy advice at local, national, and regional levels
    • Extent and relevance of knowledge in the implementation of international instruments related to pertinent field of expertise
    • Extent and relevance of experience in project/programme formulation and implementation of projects, programmes and studies in the pertinent field of expertise
    • Extent and relevance of knowledge and understanding of the work of international organizations, regional entities and national governments
    • Ability to support resource mobilization efforts
    • Ability to organize and conduct technical meetings, conferences and workshops when applicable

    Method of Application

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