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National Safeguards and Gender Specialist

Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Social Affairs
  • Closing Date: 2020-05-19

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FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

Qualified female applicants and qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member countries are encouraged to apply.

Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Organizational Setting

The FAO led GEF LDCF (Global Environment Facility Least Developed Countries Fund) project “RICE-Adapt\: Promoting Climate-Resilient Livelihoods in Rice-Farming Communities in the lower Ayeyarwady and Sittaung River Basins” supports implementation of priorities identified in the NDC, NAP process and NAPA of Myanmar. Specifically it will contribute to enhance the resilience and adaptive capacities of vulnerable rice-producing communities in the lower Ayeyarwady and Sittaung River Basins in Myanmar through an ecosystem based and market driven approach.

Reporting Lines

The incumbent will perform under the general supervision of the FAO Representative in Myanmar, the direct technical supervision of the Lead Technical Officer (RAP), in collaboration with the RAP FAO GEF specialists, FAO GEF unit and day to day supervision of the Assistant FAOR (Programme) in Myanmar and will undertake the following tasks.

Technical Focus

The National Safeguards and Gender Specialist and GEF LDCF expert will be responsible for the development of the project document and associated annexes and will coordinate the implementation of the preparatory activities, collection of baseline information needed in consultation with stakeholders and leading to the development of the full project document.

Tasks and responsibilities
  • Review project concept note safeguards screening information and prepare a safeguards assessment and mitigation strategy for the PPG (Project Preparation Grant) phase of the project;
  • Guide the national consultants during their desk review work to collect sex–disaggregated data and key safeguards information about the project site and identify specific gaps and differences;
  • Collect baseline information to prepare necessary social safeguards assessments such as socio-economic and social impact information, cultural issues, gender, indigenous peoples, demographic indicators, division of labour, agricultural production, marketing channels (at household level), in close collaboration with FAO Safeguards Unit, FAO Indigenous People’s Unit and RAP Gender Team;
  • According to findings of the desk review and gender analysis, identify safeguard measures and prepare a gender and indigenous peoples action plan, including Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC), for the full-size project document to address critical issues faced by rural women and indigenous peoples groups;
  • Conduct stakeholder analysis.
  • In order to effectively represent the needs, experience and views of female farmers and indigenous peoples in the assessment, ensure the appropriate composition of stakeholders and NGOs involved in related meetings;
  • Prepare inputs on necessary safeguards planning and mitigation measures to be incorporated into the project design as required;
  • Organise participatory community consultations to review climate change adaptation options for the rice-based communities
  • Conduct short briefings on gender and indigenous peoples issues to stakeholders during national consultation/coordination meetings and conduct gender analysis at stakeholder level through these meetings;
  • Prepare a short report on gender, indigenous peoples and socio-economic analysis of the target sites;
  • Support drafting of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) report.
  • Guide project team in gender and indigenous peoples-related issues during project development;
  • Elaborate project’s gender mainstreaming strategy,
  • Perform other duties as required.
Minimum Requirements
  • University or specialized degree (for PSA) or advanced university degree (for Consultant) in either gender, natural or social sciences including in any of the following fields\: climate change adaptation, agricultural and agribusiness development or other fields related to climate change, natural resources and food systems.
  • Experience working with GEF and/or GCF (Green Climate Fund) project development
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in environmental project management and development, particularly with GEF LDCF and/or GCF projects
  • Myanmar National
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Selection Criteria
  • Proven capacity to conduct fieldwork and ability to work in teams and establish working relationships central and local government institutions and civil society organizations
  • Good command of computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Power point, Internet);
  • Good proficiency of English both in written and spoken;
  • Willingness and ability to travel to remote, rural locations, involving lengthy trips on rough roads, several hours at a time of exposure in harsh climates, and basic accommodations.


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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