Economist (Agricultural Policy Analyst)
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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.
Among ESA’s core tasks is the provision of support to FAO member countries on policy matters, particularly through analyses that generate evidence and evaluation of impact of policies and programmes to inform decision-making. ESA also carries out policy intelligence to analyse the implications of emerging events on the different economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. In addition, ESA is engaged in supporting governments on the prioritization of policies and investments to strengthen poverty, food security and nutrition, develop inclusive and efficient food systems, and accelerate agricultural transformation. ESA’s policy support is provided mainly through the Policy Support Coordination Branch in the Policy Intelligence and Support Coordination Unit (PISCU).
Under the overall guidance of the Director, ESA, and the direct supervision of a Senior Economist, the consultant/PSA will be asked undertake policy analysis and/or carry out tasks related to the provision of food and agricultural policy support to governments. When activities are carried out in member countries, applicants will be required to work in close collaboration with the FAO Representation in the relevant country of assignment, as well as the relevant FAO regional and/or sub-regional office.
The Economist (Agricultural Policy Analyst) will support economic and policy analysis of a range of technical issues in developing countries. In particular, FAO is looking for candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas of expertise\:
She/he will work in close coordination with the other members of ESA’s policy support unit. She/he will be familiar with analytical methods and tools used for policy evaluation and ex-ante policy impact analysis with a focus on the food and agricultural sectors. She/he will be familiar with policy advice efforts in an international development setting, preferably on agricultural and/or food security policy issues. Candidates with a combination of quantitative and qualitative skills are strongly encouraged to apply.
Tasks and responsibilities
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FAO Core Competencies
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