Farmer Field School (FFS) Specialists
Angola (United States of America)
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FAO's work in Angola is focused on three medium-term priority areas for technical support\: - strengthening smallholder production and productivity to improve food security and nutrition; - enabling farmers to apply improved production techniques through Farmer Field Schools; enhancing commercialization and value chaine approach family farmer capacity, strengthening sustainable management of natural resources; - increasing resilience of rural livelihoods to climatic shock and climate change, through the development and application of an integrated Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan.
In the context of the activities implemented with Farmer Field Schools (FFS), the FAO experience in Angola started in 2005 with FAO’s Special Programme for Food Security (SPFS). The positive SPFS impact led the FFS approach to be recognized by the MINAGRIF as the preferred capacity building methodology for Family Farmers. FAO is currently the agency of reference in rural development and FFS recognized by public institutions, development partners and civil society organizations.
The FFS approach has been scaled up by several Projects such as\: the IFAD-funded Market Oriented Smallholder Agriculture Project (MOSAP I); the United States funded Disaster risk reduction/management to support agro-pastoral communities affected by recurrent droughts and other natural disasters in southern Angola and northern Namibia (PIRAN) and the GEF-funded Land Rehabilitation and Rangelands Management in Small Holders Agro-pastoral Production Systems in Southwestern Angola (RETESA). Those projects better defined FFS in the context of southern Angola, incorporating livestock related issues (pastures management, animal health, herbs managements, etc.) as a key resilience-enabling factor for communities.
Currently, an increasing number of projects are going to be included in the portfolio of the country. The main objective of these projects is to strengthen and to consolidate the FFS long-term interventions, which has been developed in Angola along these last years.
Under these premises, FAO Angola plans to receive expressions of interest to fulfil its roster of Farmer Field Schools (FFS) Experts
The FFS Specialist will be responsible for the development of FFS training cycles and for the operational planning, management and monitoring of all FFS activities. He/she will provide technical support and ensure a good implementation of the activities in line with the national FFS methodology, in line with project work plan and approved budget.
Tasks and responsibilities
Technical guidance of Farmers Field Schools implementation\:
Other related tasks\:
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
FAO Core Competencies
Additional Selection Criteria
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