Economist-Tb (Agricultural Economics)
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The Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA) conducts economic research and policy analysis related to all five of the Organization's strategic objectives (food security and nutrition, sustainable agriculture, poverty reduction, inclusive food systems and resilient livelihoods). ESA provides evidence-based analytical support to national, regional and global policy processes and initiatives related to food security and nutrition and sustainable agriculture; and leads the production of two FAO flagship publications\: The State of Food and Agriculture and The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World. ESA also leads large programmes at country level on agricultural and food policy monitoring, climate smart agriculture (CSA), agribusiness and food value chains, rural poverty, and food security information and analysis in support of national policies.
The post is located in the team that produces The State of Food and Agriculture report.
The Economist reports to the Senior Economist (Team Leader) of the State of Food and Agriculture.
The economist will conduct economic analysis on a broad range of issues pertaining to sustainable agricultural and rural development and food and nutrition security. The analysis will provide evidence-based support to and feed into the preparation of the annual FAO flagship publication The State of Food and Agriculture.
Research and analysis of information, data and statistics, and the maintenance and updating of related tools, methodologies, and/or databases to support the delivery of programme products, projects, publications, and services.
• Researches and analyses [agricultural, economic, trade, market, social, environmental, nutrition/food composition and/or gender related] data, statistics and information to provide technical, statistical and/or policy related information and analysis to support the delivery of economic and social development programmes work, products, projects, publications and services.
• Produces a variety of technical reports and input for technical documents, Departmental publications and/or web pages.
• Provides technical, statistical, and/or analytical services on various studies, projects, and/or assessments and provides technical backstopping to field projects.
• Participates in the development of improved/updated technical, statistical and/or analytical tools, methodologies, systems, databases, and/or key social/ economic/ environmental/ nutritional and/or early warning indicators, etc.
• Participates on multi-disciplinary teams, collaborates with other departments and agencies on work groups and committees and promotes best practices.
• Collaborates in capacity development activities involving the planning and organizing of training workshops, seminars, and major meetings and the preparation of related information, materials, on-line tools and information kits.
• Promotes knowledge sharing and best practices at international meetings and conferences and influences partners in stakeholder consultations.
• Participates in resource mobilization activities
• Supports the SOFA team leader in planning and managing the preparation of The State of Food and Agriculture.
• Contributes to the development of the evidence base that supports the preparation of the SOFA report.
• Prepares briefs relating to the themes addressed in the SOFA report and other issues pertaining to agricultural and rural development and food and nutrition security.
• Drafts journal articles and other written materials based on the SOFA report and underlying analysis and presents at professional conferences and in other relevant fora.
• Liaises with other FAO teams and external partners as necessary for the preparation of the SOFA.
• Supervises P2/P1 staff, consultants and interns as required.
• Performs other relevant tasks as required.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
• Advanced university degree in economics, agricultural economics or a related field.
• Five years of relevant experience in economic and quantitative analysis of food and agricultural issues, natural resources use, food demand or related areas.
• Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish)
• Results Focus
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable
• Extent and relevance of experience in formulating and implementing analytical and policy studies on global food policy, agricultural development, and natural resource - sustainability issues.
• Quality of both oral and written communication, including ability to write clearly and concisely for publications.
• Demonstrated ability to manage, analyse and present quantitative information clearly and effectively.
• Extent and relevance of written publication record, including high-profile consensus reports, working papers, journal articles and short publication for generalist audiences.