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AGRIBUSINESS INVESTMENT SUPPORT SPECIALIST

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 Investment Centre Division (TCI) promotes investment in food security, nutrition, agriculture and rural development (FSNARD), sustainable natural resource management (NRM) and climate change mitigation and/or adaptation (CCM/A) in developing countries and countries in transition, assisting governments and country stakeholders, main development partners, in particular international financing institutions with the strategic planning and implementation of their investments to achieve growth, poverty alleviation, food security and nutrition goals.
 
TCI is a multidisciplinary division composed of three regionally-focused services, namely the Africa Service, the Asia and Pacific Service, and the Europe, Central Asia, Near East, North Africa, Latin America and Caribbean Service, as well as FAO’s coordination unit for the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
In Europe, Central Asia and North Africa, TCI cooperates closely with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The cooperation programme is managed by the TCIC Service and focuses on enabling responsible private sector investment in the agricultural sector. It contributes to the implementation of FAO’s Strategic Programme 4, supporting the emergence of more efficient and inclusive agriculture and food systems.
 
FAO International Consultants and Call purpose
The purpose of this call is to identify qualified candidates that can contribute to the successful implementation of the FAO/EBRD cooperation, with the range of technical and operational profiles/ specializations indicated below. Proposed assignments can be home-based and entail field missions.
 
Requested Profiles (or Job Titles)\:
 
  • Economist – Agricultural Economist
  • Policy and Institutional Development Specialist
  • Programme/Project Support Specialist
  • Agribusiness and Value Chain Specialist
  • Natural Resources (Land and Water) Specialist
  • Food Safety and Quality Specialist
  • Knowledge Development Specialist
 
Reporting Lines
The Investment Operations Expert will work under the overall technical supervision of the Service Chief, TCIC, and the direct supervision of the Senior Economist in charge of the FAO/EBRD cooperation or TCIC Officers in charge of specific FAO/EBRD assignments, in close collaboration with the FAO Representation in the relevant country of assignment.
 
Technical Focus
Provision of technical assistance in support to responsible private agricultural investment in EBRD’s countries of operation, including (i) in-depth analysis of value chains; (ii) policy facilitation fostering improved public private interactions in specific value chains; (iii) targeted technical inputs to enhance quality standards and promote a more efficient use of resources in agrifood value chains; and (iv) operational backstopping of investment support assignments, in accordance with the FAO Strategic Framework.
 
Specific functions
  • Lead, participate in or provide technical and operational backstopping to multidisciplinary teams involved in the formulation and implementation of investment support projects under the FAO/EBRD cooperation;
  • Lead or participate in investment support projects aiming at the facilitation of public-private policy dialogue in agrifood value chains, including interactions with government officials, development partners and private sector stakeholders, to promote the emergence of enabling investment conditions;
  • Lead or participate in the review of agrifood value chains or/and national agricultural sectors at large, involving interactions with producers, their organizations, other private sector actors, civil society organizations and government representatives, and advise on the development of inclusive and sustainable supply chains;
  • Lead or participate in investment support projects related to the development of value chain institutions (sector associations, inter-professional associations, working groups, agencies, etc) to address developmental constraints in selected value chains;
  • Lead or participate in investment support projects related to the development of the capacities of value chain actors, both from the public and private sectors;
  • Lead or participate in the formulation and implementation of investment support project related to food safety and quality in agrifood value chains, including crop and animal diseases and the development of origin-based labels;
  • Lead or participate in the formulation and implementation of investment support projects related to the sustainable use of natural resources (land, water and other resources) in agrifood value chains, as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation, in the context of the FAO/EBRD cooperation;
  • Perform the overall planning and monitoring of activities under the FAO/EBRD cooperation, including the preparation of contractual arrangements, timely submission of monitoring reports to TCI management and EBRD counterparts, and budget monitoring;
  • Promote exchanges of knowledge and lessons learned in connection with activities under the FAO/EBRD cooperation programme, and more generally with the development of efficient and inclusive value chains;
  • Perform other related duties as required.
 
                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                 

 
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
 
 
Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced university degree (for consultants) or university degree (for PSA) in economics, agricultural economics, agribusiness, natural resources management, engineering, social sciences, international relations, institutional development, accounting, project management or a related field as appropriate for the specific profile
  • At least one year of relevant experience in conducting value chain/agricultural sector analysis and/or supporting the planning, design, implementation of agricultural investment operations, including facilitation of policy dialogue, operational backstopping and knowledge dissemination, in developing countries and/or countries in transition 
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian (for consultants). Working knowledge of English, French, Spanish, Arabic or Russian (for PSAs).

 
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
 
Technical/Functional Skills
  • Extent and relevance of experience in carrying out agricultural investment support activities, including formulation and implementation of technical assistance projects supporting the investment activities of FAO’s main financial institutions partners, in particular the EBRD;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in leading, or participating in, multidisciplinary teams involved in agricultural investment support projects;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in conducting analytical studies and formulating technical assistance projects in line with EBRD requirements;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in providing operational backstopping to agricultural investment operations;
  • Demonstrated experience in dealing with government officials, development partners and private sector stakeholders;
  • Relevance of experience in different geographical areas, in particular those where EBRD operates;
  • Advanced technical writing skills in official UN languages;
  • Ability to work under pressure and willingness to travel frequently to developing or transition countries.
 
 
Terms and Conditions
  • Language certificates should be submitted as attachments as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted.
  • Applicants unable to provide the above mentioned certificates will be tested through online assessments.  
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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 meeting, processing).
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help, or have queries, please contact\: iRecruitment@fao.org
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
  • 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/


HOW TO APPLY

To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.

Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile.

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

FAO IS A NON-SMOKING ENVIRONMENT
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:
    • Banking and Finance
    • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Closing Date: 2018-11-15

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