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Food Security and Social Protection Specialist (FIRST Programme)

Lilongwe (Malawi)

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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
 
Food and Nutrition Security Impact, Resilience, Sustainability and Transformation (FIRST) is an FAO and the European Union partnership programme with the purpose of providing a policy assistance facility for improved food security and nutrition and sustainable agriculture. FIRST is designed to strengthen the enabling environment for food security and nutrition and sustainable agriculture (FNSSA) in a number of selected priority countries. FIRST is embedded within the FAO’s programme management and coordination structure. It contributes directly to the food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture policy and governance related results envisioned under FAO Strategic Objectives 1 and 2.
 
The Specialist works under the direct supervision of the FAO Representative, under the overall technical guidance of the FIRST Programme Manager (FAO/Rome), in close collaboration with the EU Delegation, relevant government ministries/institutions, in particular with the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning, and Development (MoFEP&D), Director of Poverty Reduction and Social Protection; and the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Water Development (MoAIWD). He or she also works in collaboration with key development partners as well as other government line ministries for sustainable agriculture, food and nutrition security and social protection.
 
Reporting Lines
 
The Specialist (FIRST Programme) reports to the FAO Representative in Malawi, under the overall technical guidance of the FIRST Programme Manager (FAO/Rome).
 
Technical Focus
 
Development and implementation of coherent, integrated and effective policy advice, capacity development and governance for achieving food and nutrition security, sustainable agriculture and poverty reduction  in accordance with the FAO Strategic Framework and in response to policy assistance needs and demands at country and sub regional levels.
 
Key Deliverables
 
The following are the expected key deliverables of the Specialist\:
 
  • Implementation mechanisms and operational modalities of the Malawi National Social Support Programme II (MNSSP II) and the National Agricultural Investment Plan (NAIP) are agreed to with stakeholders at national and sub-national levels and conducive to improving food and nutrition security among the most vulnerable;  
 
  • Multi-stakeholder consensus at national and sub-national levels on the mechanisms, modalities, instruments and responsibilities for monitoring resource flows to, and implementation of, the MNSSP II and NAIP and their contribution to improving food and nutrition security among the most vulnerable;   
  • Multi-stakeholder consensus on a national capacity needs assessment and development plan for improving capacities at national and sub-national level to coordinate and monitor the implementation of NAIP and MNSSP II and their impacts on food and nutrition security;        
  • Report assessing the relevance and realism of existing policy frameworks including adequacy of resource allocation and implementation capacities within selected sectors is available and consensus among major stakeholders on the findings; and
  • Report describing operational options for establishing linkages between existing EU and FAO programmes in order to improve impacts on nutrition and resilience.
 
 
Key Functions
  • Technically support the MoFEP&D and MoAIWD in identifying different options of implementation mechanisms and operational modalities of the MNSSP II and NAIP that are conducive to reaching the most vulnerable and improving their food and nutrition security;
 
  • Technically support stakeholders at national and sub-national levels in identifying different options for monitoring resource flows to, and implementation of, the MNSSP II and NAIP;
 
  • Facilitate a process for developing a national plan to develop capacities to coordinate and monitor the implementation of NAIP and MNSSP II   and to assess impacts of these on food and nutrition security among the most vulnerable; 
 
  • Conduct a consensus-based assessment of the relevance and realism of existing policy frameworks in addressing existing and emerging challenges to food and nutrition security, including adequacy of resource allocation and implementation capacities within the agricultural sector;
  • Facilitate a process for identifying operational options for establishing linkages between existing EU and FAO programmes in order to improve impacts on nutrition and resilience.
 
  • Prepare reports to FAO, European Union and Government on progress achieved and issues related to FIRST implementation and recommendations;
 
  • Work with other key partners in the country to promote Food and Nutrition Security advocacy and policy dialogue; and
 
  • Lead and/or participate in resource mobilization activities for continued technical support to the government after the FIRST programme on food and nutrition security, sustainable agricultural intensification and poverty reduction.
 
 
 
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
 
 
Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced university degree in food and nutrition security, sustainable agricultural development, development economics, poverty analysis or related field;
  • Relevant experience in policy analysis, providing policy assistance and capacity development support  and investment planning related to poverty reduction, social protection, food and nutrition security, and/or sustainable agriculture policy;
    • Consultant level B - at least 7 years of relevant experience
    • Consultant level A - at least 12 years of relevant experience
  • Working knowledge of English, and limited knowledge of one of the other official UN languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, or Russian) 
 
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
 
Selection Criteria
  • Work experience in more than one location or areas of work, particularly in field positions is desirable;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in the field of policy analysis and advice and investment planning in the areas of food and nutrition security, social protection, poverty reduction, and/or sustainable agriculture
  • Extent and relevance of experience in facilitating policy dialogue and capacity development around food security, nutrition, social protection, and sustainable agriculture among a wide variety of stakeholders;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in resource mobilization
  • Extent and relevance of experience in the Sub Saharan Africa is considered a strong asset.
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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.
  • Candidates with acceptable language certificate/s should upload them when submitting their application. For details, visit http\://www.fao.org/3/I8446EN/i8446en.pdf
  • 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: Lilongwe (Malawi)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Social Affairs
    • Nutrition
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Civil Society and Local governance
  • Closing Date: 2018-10-05

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