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Senior Economist (Poverty Analysis)

Multiple locations (Various)

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FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants

in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

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Qualified female applicants and qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member countries

are encouraged to apply.

Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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 Organizational Setting
 
The Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA) is the focal point for FAO's economic analysis and policy support on issues related to food security, agricultural and rural development, food systems and value chains as well as sustainable natural resource management. ESA examines underlying causes of poverty and food insecurity under changing social and economic conditions, and analyses the effectiveness and impact of agricultural, rural development and environmental policies and programmes on food security, poverty reduction and sustainable development. The Division leads the Organization’s work on global perspectives for food and agriculture and flagship publications\: the “State of Food and Agriculture”, the “State of Food Insecurity in the World” and the “Future of Food and Agriculture”.  The Division also produces a number of other publications (working papers, technical studies and policy briefs); makes extensive use of networks with research centers, academic institutions and other partners; and provides support to policy processes at country level.
ESA is redoubling efforts to better understand the underlying causes of rural poverty and the effectiveness and impact of poverty reduction policies in support of the work of the Organization, particularly that under the Strategic Programme 3 (Reduce Rural Poverty). There are also a number of initiatives in place across FAO seeking to enhance the use of poverty analysis in the work of the Organization, including, inter alia, a series of studies and internal discussions to assess FAO’s reach to the extreme poor expected to lead to the launch of FAO’s Framework on Extreme Poverty, on one hand, and the establishment of FAO’s Poverty Analysis and Policy Technical Network, on the other.
FAO’s Poverty Analysis and Policy Technical Network will be jointly coordinated by ESA, the Statistics Division (ESS) and the Rural Poverty Reduction Programme (SP3), and will be formed mainly by (but not limited to) FAO staff of the different divisions and decentralized offices that will be working on poverty analysis and policies in the 2018-2019 biennium. Under the framework of this network, members will collectively generate common approaches and narratives on a number of thematic areas to support FAO’s positioning in poverty reduction efforts, the delivery of regional initiatives, as well as the country programming (including both country programme frameworks, or CPFs, and project design).  Members will also enhance FAO’s internal capacity for undertaking poverty analysis of rural areas as well as to providing policy support in relation to poverty reduction at country level, including through the ongoing activities and new ones.
 
FAO International Consultants and Call purpose
 
The Organization frequently engages experts to work on short-term activities and projects as international consultants or under personal service agreements (PSA) at various levels of experience (see minimum requirements below). International consultants or PSAs are engaged by the Organization to provide expertise, skills or knowledge for the performance of a specific task or piece of work, which is short-term by nature. The assignment may involve full-time or part-time functions. The assignment can be from 1 month up to 11 months. The possibility of extension is subject to satisfactory performance and depending on the availability of resources and needs of the Organization.
 
Individuals meeting or exceeding the requirements of the Call will be included in the ESA Divisional Roster. Experts who are registered in the Roster are available for consideration whenever relevant opportunities arise matching the required profiles. 
 
Contracts will be based at FAO Headquarters with field missions where required.
 
Reporting Lines
 
The Senior Economist (Policy Analysis) will work under the overall guidance of the Division Director and the direct supervision of the Deputy Director in ESA. He/she will be working in close collaboration with the Strategic Programme 3 on Poverty Reduction, other FAO Divisions, the other Strategic Programmes and other FAO and external partners as required.
 
Technical Focus
 
Poverty analysis; vulnerability analysis; livelihoods analysis; data analysis; impact evaluation of social and/or agricultural policies and programmes.
 
Tasks and responsibilities
 
The Economist (Poverty Analysis) will undertake the following main activities\:
  • Lead FAO’s Poverty Analysis and Policy Technical Network, providing direction to the Organization (technical divisions, decentralized offices) on the use of methodologies and tools for assessing rural poverty trends and related issues, and aligning ongoing research and data analysis initiatives across FAO on rural poverty and extreme poverty;
  • Develop guidelines for incorporating the use of poverty analysis in the technical areas of the organization (fisheries, forestry, livestock, crop, climate, and so forth) as well as at programme (e.g. Country Programming Framework preparation) and project levels (poverty mapping techniques), taking stock of relevant existing methodologies and tools;
  • Develop guidelines for incorporating up-to-date rural poverty trends and innovative policy solutions for rural poverty reduction, in FAO global and regional flagships;
  • Support the development of rural poverty indicators and the development of methodologies for the classification of rural poverty, including differentiation/identification of the extreme poor in collaboration with ESS,
  • Enhance the link/synergy between research, policy, programmes and investment in relation to poverty reduction.
  • Support and promote the implementation of capacity development activities on the use of poverty analysis, rural poverty in general, and microsimulation for policy guidance in particular, among others.
  • Support the finalization and writing of FAO’s Framework on Extreme Poverty based on the summary of main findings, background papers and internal discussions on the work of FAO on extreme poverty.

 
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
 
 
Minimum Requirements
  • Formal education in development economics, agricultural economics, environmental economics, social/political science, international development or a related field. Advanced university degree is required.
    • Consultant level B and C – advanced university degree
    • PSA.SBS – university degree
  • Relevant experience in economic analysis of rural poverty and rural development.
    • Consultant level B (Expert) – at least 5 years relevant experience;
    • Consultant level C/PSA.SBS – at least 1 year of relevant experience;
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, or Russian. In the case of PSAs, the requirement is for working knowledge in one of the FAO official languages.
 
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 field positions is desirable
  • Extent and relevance of experience in (rural) poverty analysis
  • Extent and relevance of experience in economic analysis of agricultural transformative processes and rural development
  • Familiarity with quantitative methods (econometrics and statistics) and survey data for poverty and policy analysis
  • Excellent English writing skills and experience of drafting documentation for a variety of purposes.
  • Sound planning, organizational and coordination skills.
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 Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO,

Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency 

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing).
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognised in the IAU/UNESCO list.
  • 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.
  • For other issues, visit the FAO employment website\: http\://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/
  • For further information on categories, contract duration and honoraria, please refer to the Conditions page.
 
HOW TO APPLY
 
To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.
 
Vacancies will be removed from the recruitment portal at 23\:59 Central European Time (CET) on the deadline for applications date. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.
 
If you need help, or have queries, please contact\: iRecruitment@fao.org
 

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  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Multiple locations (Various)
  • Grade: N/A - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Economics
    • Poverty Reduction
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-18

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