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National Project Coordinator

Asmara (Eritrea)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Asmara (Eritrea)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-10-28

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Organizational Setting

FAO's office for Eritrea is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing countrywide food, agriculture and rural development priorities under CPF 2017-2021. It develops and maintains relations with the relevant Ministries at country level.

The Research and Extension Unit (AGDR) based at FAO Headquarters in Rome provides advisory, technical and policy support to FAO Member countries to develop or strengthen agricultural innovation systems, including advisory and extension services. AGDR is the implementation unit of the project Developing capacities in agricultural innovation systems\: scaling up the Tropical Agriculture Platform Framework, funded by the European Union under the DeSIRA initiative in support of the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP). The project is implemented in Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Colombia, Eritrea, Laos, Malawi, Pakistan, Rwanda, and Senegal from August 2019 to July 2024. The expected outcome of the project is “strengthened capacity to innovate in national agricultural innovation systems”. To achieve this, the project will deliver four outputs\: 1) TAP governance strengthened and TAP Secretariat operational (global level); 2) Countries’ agricultural innovation systems are assessed, capacity development needs are identified and AIS strengthened (national level); 3) TAP tools and approaches are integrated into regional research and extension organizations in Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean and 4) Increased awareness and knowledge on using the TAP Common Framework on capacity development for AIS, through information and communication platforms).

FAO Eritrea will implement the national project component in close partnership with relevant Ministries at country level. The activities will focus specifically on delivering on Output 2 and Output 4 as mentioned above. The project will be implemented over a 3 to 3.5-year period, starting from October 2019.

Reporting Lines

The National Project Coordinator will report to the Assistant FAOR (Programmes).

Tasks and responsibilities

Under the overall administrative supervision of the FAO Representative in Eritrea, the direct supervision of the Assistant FAOR (Programmes), the technical guidance of the lead technical officer (LTO) at AGDR, FAO Headquarters in Rome, and in close collaboration with the national project coordinator (NPC), the National Project Coordinator is responsible of the overall management and implementation of the project activities.

More specifically, the National Project Coordinator will perform the following tasks\:

  • Manage the assigned programme of work of the project, ensuring its alignment and consistency with the global project;
  • Provide support, information and assistance to the National Project Coordinator, for effective implementation of the project, including liaison with the European Union Delegation in Eritrea;
  • Identify, plan, design, implement and monitor the project activities in close collaboration with the National Project Coordinator, and national stakeholders and partners, and the project implementation unit (AGDR), in accordance with the global project’s logical framework;
  • Contribute to the design of capacity development activities and provide technical support during implementation in close collaboration with consultants and services providers,
  • Lead the organization (technical, logistical, administrative, etc.) of all project events in accordance with FAO’s rules and procedures, and contribute to facilitate events in close collaboration the National Project Coordinator and the project implementation unit (AGDR) in Rome, and project staff at national level (e.g. consultants);
  • Draft terms of reference and concept notes for recruitment of consultants, preparation of letters of agreement, and outgoing correspondences;
  • Contribute to the identification and selection of capacity development experts and services providers; and provide technical support, monitor and supervise their work to ensure effective implementation of activities and timely delivery and reporting on results;
  • Lead, contribute and facilitate interactions with stakeholders and liaise with government through the national project coordinator;
  • Act as the secretary (ex-officio) to the country project team, including preparation of meetings, agendas and minutes
  • Prepare progress and annual reports in line with the project reporting and monitoring, evaluation and learning system requirements;
  • Contribute to knowledge management and communication activities and monitoring, evaluation and learning of the project (output 4);
  • Perform any other related duty as may be requested
Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced degree (at least MSc) in agriculture, agricultural education, agricultural extension, rural development studies, agricultural economics or other relevant discipline. Innovation system studies would be an asset;
  • At least five years of proven experience in project management; Experience working with FAO is an asset;
  • Excellent project management, team-working, planning, facilitation and communication skills;
  • Familiarity and good knowledge of agricultural innovation system concept and approach, agricultural innovation system actors and issues in Eritrea;
  • National of Eritrea.
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Technical/Functional skills
  • Extent and relevance of experience on project management and implementation using result-based management; including directing the formulation of detailed work plan, setting objectives and priorities;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in supporting and facilitating multi-stakeholders processes including interacting with policy- and decision makers at various levels;
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills within team and with external stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate in English, concisely in writing and verbally

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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