The GEF Integrated Approach Pilot (IAP) Strategy comprises three programmes that were agreed as part of the sixth replenishment of the GEF Fostering Sustainability and Resilience for Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa , Sustainable Cities , and Taking Deforestation out of Commodity Supply Chains .
The Food Security Integrated Programme (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 Programme 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 which emphasizes the importance of natural capital and ecosystem services.
The intention of the FS-IAP is to demonstrate how these principles can be applied in practice across a range of contexts in SSA, with a focus on identifying proven multi-benefit practices, which can be scaled up; while promoting an enabling environment for scaling up via engagement of key decision makers at various scales. The FS-IAP consists of 12 individual country projects (being implemented in Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Swaziland, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, Ethiopia, Burundi) and an overarching regional project to support the country projects.
The Regional FS-IAP Project Has Three Components As Follows
1: Create and/or strengthen integrated institutional frameworks and mechanisms for scaling up proven multi-benefit approaches
2: Scaling up integrated approaches and practices
3: Monitoring and assessment of global environmental benefits and agro-ecosystem resilience
The consultant will work under the supervision of the Project Budget Holder and the FAO Lead Technical Officer (LTO) together with designated Project Task Force members. In close consultation with UN Environment Focal person for Component 1, and the other members of the FS-IAP Programme Coordination Unit (PCU) based at World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the consultant will lead the establishment and implementation of a 'Science and Policy Interface' (SPI). He will facilitate liaison between the Programme Coordination Unit based at ICRAF, FAO and UNEP.
The overall objective of the SPI is to identify and document best practices of:
The SPI will function as a multi-stakeholder knowledge exchange mechanism between IAP 12 countries and existing and relevant scientific and policy platforms and initiatives in the region that support innovation for sustainability and resilience of agricultural ecosystems at country and regional levels. In addition, the SPI will support countries participating in the FS-IAP on specific topics on a needs-basis, or by request of and funding by the country (child) projects.
Tasks And Responsibilities
The international consultant will be responsible for the implementation of the first component of the regional project, jointly co-managed by FAO and UN Environment in partnership with a range of other actors. The component will help to address institutional and policy barriers that prevent the inclusion of ecosystem services-aware approaches into policies and investments for food security, improved and sustainable smallholder agriculture and food value chains.
Specifically, the international consultant will undertake the following duties and responsibilities:
Coordination And Implementation Activities
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
FAO Core Competencies
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