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Climate resilient agriculture Program and Pipeline development

Georgetown (Guyana)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Georgetown (Guyana)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Environment
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Climate Change
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
  • Closing Date: 2019-09-17

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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

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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

The FAO country office is headed by an FAO Representative, and its main aim is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition. In Guyana, the office plays a major role in providing technical and other assistance towards the development of the agricultural sector. Under the Green Climate Fund Readiness and preparatory support project the foundation is being set for strategic climate change interventions in the Agricultural Sector.

Reporting Lines

The Climate resilient agriculture Program and Pipeline development consultant will report to Dr. Gillian Smith, FAO Representative. The Consultant will work under the technical supervision of the Lead Technical Officer (LTO) in the FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, supported by the Climate Change and Risk Management Officer in the Barbados Sub-regional Office, in close collaboration with and under the direct supervision of the FAO Country Representative and the National Designated Authority for the Green Climate Fund, Ministry of Presidency, Guyana and the national project coordinator.

Technical Focus

Development of a climate resilient, gender responsive agriculture (including fisheries and livestock) sector framework. Development and prioritization of a pipeline of project ideas. Development of project concept notes from the prioritized agriculture sector pipeline

Tasks and responsibilities
  1. Conduct a Desk Review of the existing situation regarding climate change in Guyana guided by recent reports and documents made available by the Office of Climate Change and FAO to identify national priorities and the most recent developments and plans in the sector (including existing pipeline).
  2. Develop in consultation with all concerned agro-environmental bodies and supported by the gender specialist a priority climate resilient, gender responsive agriculture (including fisheries and livestock) sector framework that should include\:
  • Gender responsive analysis of institutional, governance, knowledge management and technical capacity needs considerations in the agriculture sector (including fisheries and livestock) taking into account FAOs strategic objectives and regional initiative in the LAC region as adopted by member countries and the national priorities and strategies (e.g. the Green State Development Strategy and others);
  • Identification of adaptation and mitigation measures for the agricultural sector (including fisheries and livestock and related land use, soil and water and biodiversity management). Taking into account in particular the vulnerability of smallholders and rural communities. These measures need to be prioritized according to criteria that need to be established by the consultant for feasibility and sustainability.
  • The consultations should be led by the consultant, in collaboration with the FAO National Project Coordinator and the gender specialist. Consultations will be limited to Georgetown, and would include at least\: Office of Climate Change (OCC), Department of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and associated institutions (e.g. NAREI), and the National Climate Change Committee.
  • A preliminary desk review was done by the University of Guyana in collaboration with CIAT in 2018. The work of the consultant will build upon this report and the consultations that were realized.
  • Develop a format for project pipeline ideas (2 page document) and the criteria that will be used to prioritize and rank the project ideas. The criteria should take into consideration national priorities and the sector framework developed under task 2, as well as GCF criteria for project proposals.
  • Develop in consultation with all concerned agro-environmental bodies and supported by the gender specialist a pipeline list of project ideas (2 page document as designed under task 3) The consultation will entail\:
    • At least 4 participatory engagements (In Regions 2, 4, 9,10)
  • The consultant will prioritize and rank the project ideas developed under task 4, and submit a report of the results for approval to the FAO and the NDA. The output is the prioritization of 6 project ideas, using the criteria and scoring matrix developed under task 3 that will be taken into consideration in the following task.
  • Conduct three (3) participatory training workshops in Georgetown of eight (8) hours each for the participation of Forty (40) persons total from the agricultural agencies (HYDROMET, NAREI, GLDA, NDIA, MMA-ADA, Fisheries Department) and the NCCC to facilitate the development and writing of six (6) draft climate finance project concept notes (using the GCF template).The purpose will be for the agencies whose project ideas have been selected to actively engage in writing their Concept Notes.
  • Task 7 should be conducted at least 3 months after task 6, giving the entities the time to further prepare and write the 6 concept notes. Organize and lead 3 peer review, participatory process sessions with the NCCC and Ministries of Agriculture and Finance to strengthen the 6 draft project concept notes into finalized concept notes. These sessions will be led by the consultant, and the output should be 6 draft Concept Notes that are aligned to the sector framework and GCF criteria.
  • Work with the national project coordinator and the capacity development specialist on technical backstopping and on planning, logistical and budgetary arrangements for the various consultations with national and regional stakeholders and concept note development.
  • Conduct any other assigned tasks related to successful implementation of the project;
  • CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
    Minimum Requirements
    • Advanced University degree in agriculture, natural resources management or climate change.
    • Minimum 12 years of relevant professional experience in climate smart agriculture projects.
    • Working knowledge of English. 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

    Technical/Functional Skills

    • Work experience in more than one location or area of work
    • Extent and relevance of experience in GCF, climate change, climate smart agriculture projects, agriculture project planning and development.
    • Demonstrated capacity to understand government organization structure, capacity, limitations, roles and stakeholders.
    • Knowledge of GCF project preparation proposals and other climate finance instruments, Climate Change, Agriculture Project planning and development Strong analytical skills
    • Demonstrated ability to work with national and international organizations, Government authorities, academia, farmers and civil society organizations.
    • Good command of MS Office tools and use of on-line information systems.
    • Demonstrated ability to work with national and international organizations, Government authorities, academia, farmers and civil society organizations.
    Selection Criteria
    • Selection Criteria 1\: Education\: Level completed, relevancy and quality.
    • Selection Criteria 2\: Previous Work Experience\: Amount, relevancy and quality
    • Selection Criteria 3\: Communication\: Written, oral and interpersonal.
    • Selection Criteria 4\: Availability\: Possesses or can timely obtain necessary Visa and travel permits.
    • Selection Criteria 5\: Knowledge\: GCF, Climate Change, climate smart agriculture projects, Agriculture Project planning and development

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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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