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Agricultural Specialists (Various)

various locations

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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 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 assignments are in the FAO Regional (Ghana) and Sub-Regional (Ethiopia, Gabon, Senegal and Zimbabwe) Offices or Country Offices within the RAF region.
 
Global Call Purpose
 
The purpose of the Global Call is to attract global talent for “Consultant” and “Personal Services” assignments as they become available.  The Global Call will create a roster of applicants that will be used to identify candidates for these assignments.
 
The technical areas/profiles covered by the Roster are as follows\:
 
  • Agri-business and Value Chain
  • Crop Development
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Forest Management
  • Land and Water Resources Management
  • Animal Development
  
Duration
 
Depending on the task to be undertaken, the assignment will be on a short-term contract, lasting from several to 100 calendar days, or a long-term contract to 11 months, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and depending on the available financial resources and needs of the Office.
 
Reporting Lines
 
The specialist reports to a Team Leader of the assignment.
 
Tasks and Responsibilities
  • Support the design and implementation of policies, regulatory frameworks and institutional arrangements supportive of inclusive, equitable, effective, and efficient agricultural systems;
  • Promote the regular use of knowledge, information and early warning for evidence-based decision making and monitoring;
  • Support governments in establishment of enabling environments, including the development of conducive and effective policies, strategies and investment plans, programmes, governance and coordination mechanisms in a cross-sectoral, integrated and participatory way;
  • Enhance country public and private sector capacities and investments to design, implement and evaluate agricultural policies, strategies and programmes, including through international and regional instruments
  • Enable producers and vulnerable groups to become agents of change and innovators and to achieve sustainable increases in agricultural production and productivity;
  • Formulate and build capacities to implement regional and international standards, agreements and voluntary guidelines and legal, policy and institutional systems and frameworks
  • Support agro-industrial and agribusiness development strategies to promote food value chain efficiency and inclusiveness, and to create enabling environments for agricultural sector and rural development;
  • Support the identification, formulation and implementation of programmes in the promotion of sustainable crop production and diversification; sustainable fisheries and aquaculture development; sustainable livestock production, processing and marketing; and sustainable forest management for rural development, based on expressed priorities of governments;
  • Support the identification, formulation and implementation of programmes in the areas of sustainable land and water resources use, based on expressed priorities of governments;
  • Support the development of adapted varieties and the delivery of quality seeds and planting materials to growers
  • Support the analysis and development of pastoral systems in selected countries, with a particular view of drought preparedness and response, access to resources and integration of pastoral systems with market oriented development;
  • Conduct and maintain research on constraints and best practices related to technical area of expertise and contribute to the development of strategic documents in the respective area;
  • Provide technical backstopping to field projects in technical area of expertise;
  • Perform any other related duties as required;
 

CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
 
 
Minimum Requirements
  • For Consultants\: Advanced university degree (Master or its equivalent) in agriculture, plant science, animal science, veterinary science, fishery economics, forestry, agribusiness, food engineering, food technology, economics, agricultural economics, environment, hydrology, land and water resources development, land use management, natural resources management and any area related to the work of the Organization) 
For PSA\: University Degree in the above areas
 
  • For Consultants/PSA level C\: one to five years of relevant experience in one of the technical areas listed above
  • For Consultants/PSA level B\: at least  five years of relevant experience in one of the technical areas listed above
  • For Consultants/PSA level A\: at least  twelve/fifteen years of relevant experience in one of the technical areas listed above
  • For Consultants\: Depending on the country of assignment, working knowledge (Level C) of English, French or Arabic and limited knowledge (Level B) of the other (for consultants two languages are required)
For PSA\: Depending on the country of assignment, Working knowledge (Level C) of English, French or Arabic (for PSA only one language is required)

 
FAO Core Competencies
 
For Consultants/PSA  Level A\:
  • Results Focus
  • Leading, Engaging and Empowering
  • Communication
  • Partnering and Advocating
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
  • Strategic Thinking
 
For Consultants/PSA  Level B and C
  • 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 Africa region is desirable
  • Extent and relevance knowledge and field experience in a technical area of assignment listed
  • Extent and relevance of experience in providing policy advice at local, national, or 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, implementation and monitoring 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
 
 
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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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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: various locations
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-01

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