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  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Angola
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Statistics
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Closing Date: 2019-07-25

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Farmer Field School (FFS) Data Analyst

Angola (United States of America)

IMPORTANT NOTICE\: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device

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FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization

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Organizational Setting

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; 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) Data Analysis Experts.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the Chief Technical Adviser (CTA), FAOR-Programme and the corresponding lead technical Unit (LTU) in SFS and/or the HQ Division, the FFS Expert will be responsible for the overall Monitoring of FFS in the assigned project.

Technical Focus

Under the supervision and advice of the CTA, the FFS expert will lead planning and implementation of FFS monitoring system, in regular coordination with the provincial counterpart.. He/she will be responsible to technically advice and support the government counterpart’s monitoring and evaluation of the FFS program. He/she will also ensure capacity building of M&E national staff.

Tasks and responsibilities

Technical guidance of Farmers Field Schools data collection, systematization and analysis\:

  • Contribute to the design and implementation of a monitoring and evaluation system of the FFS for the assigned project. This includes ensuring up to date progress aligning the FFS indicators to that of the LogFrame.
  • Provide regular support to the government counterpart in defining and implementing the FFS monitoring baseline, and improved monitoring methodologies for measurement and monitoring of FFS groups establishment and follow up
  • Directly responsible for designing and implementing methodologies and tools for data collection and analysis (household surveys, community and key informants interviews, focus group discussions, etc);
  • Directly responsible for development of work plans for external and internal assessments, monitoring and evaluation exercises;
  • Ensure completeness and regular update of FAO Monitoring and Evaluation tools from the National Office in Luanda.
  • Identify monitoring and evaluation capacity building needs for government and other stakeholders of the project at provincial and district levels, regarding FFS;
  • Provide training and supervision of M&E staff such as enumerators, data processors, analysts, etc. and ensures data quality control at provincial, district and camp levels involved in monitoring and evaluation;
  • Lead preparation of regular/periodic implementation progress reports, development of information products to support decision making during project progress review exercise and contribute to preparation of advocacy material under the project;
  • Liaise with M&E Expert in Luanda ensure timely data analysis and reporting of results;
  • Ensure that FFS M&E findings are effectively disseminated to all staff and all relevant stakeholders to ensure fine-tuning of project implementation;
  • Ensure knowledge sharing and capacity development for colleagues and other stakeholders (government and other institutions contracted under the project) at provincial, district and agricultural camp levels involved in monitoring and evaluation of the activities of the project;
  • Contribute to periodic reports on the progress of the project. This includes participation and contribution to the project knowledge management activities
  • Undertake any other duties as may be assigned by management from time to time
Other related tasks\:
  • Support creation of synergies with other FAO projects linked with FFSs.
  • Support the identification, documentation and dissemination of good practices at different levels
  • Provide technical advice and assistance to the mid-term and final evaluations of the project I the component of FFS curriculum implementation
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced university degree in a field related to agronomy sciences, rural development, food sciences, economy, statistics, natural resources management, environment management, economics, mathematics, international relations and cooperation, development analysis and/or other relevant fields;
  • At least 5 years of experience (for Category B) and 10 years of experience (for Category A) in international cooperation, rural development projects, with local communities and/or in the agricultural sector
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian).
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Selection Criteria
  • Extent and relevance of experience in monitoring project
  • Extent and relevance of experience in project management and in particular results-based management
  • Demonstrated previous experience working with farmers field schools or similar extension approach
  • Familiarity with FAO strategic objectives and their alignment with SDGs
  • Knowledge of FAO’s project management systems is an asset.

Additional Selection Criteria

  • Knowledge of Portuguese is strongly recommended
  • Experience in more than one location and, in particular, in Portuguese speaking countries, including Angola, will be an 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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