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Social Protection Consultant (Economist) -

various locations

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: various locations
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Economics
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Social Affairs
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-28

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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

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization


Organizational Setting

The Inclusive Rural Transformation and Gender Equity (ESP) coordinates FAO’s work on social protection, gender equality, decent rural employment, rural institutions and people’s empowerment, and the right to food.

It is responsible for working with member countries and other partners to reduce rural poverty through strengthening social protection systems, diversifying rural employment opportunities, reducing gender gaps and other social inequalities in agriculture, strengthening producer organizations, improving the rural poor’s access to productive resources and rural services, and achieving the overall goal of realizing the human right to adequate food for all.

The Social Protection (SOCPRO) team is part of the ESP Division. The SOCPRO team provides overall guidance on FAO’s approach to social protection, and provides technical support to decentralized offices in four cores areas: (i) ensuring the expansion of coverage of social protection to rural areas; (ii) promoting policy and programmatic synergies between agriculture, natural resource management and social protection; (iii) promoting nutrition sensitive social protection systems; and (iii) the development of risk informed and shock responsive social protection.

FAO International Consultants and Call purpose

The Organization frequently engages experts to work on short-term projects as international consultants. The functions of a consultant are results-oriented and normally involve analysing complex issues, directing seminars or training courses, preparing documents for conferences and meetings, or writing reports on matters within their area of expertise. An international consultant is engaged by the Organization to provide expertise, skills or knowledge for the performance of a specific task or piece of work, which would be short-term by nature. The assignment may involve full-time or part-time functions similar to those of staff members. The assignment can be from 1 month up to 11 months on a When-Actually-Employed (WAE) basis. The possibility of extension is subject to satisfactory performance and depending on the resources and needs of the Organization.

The purpose of this Call is to attract qualified candidates for consultancies in the area of Social Protection to populate the divisional roster for this profile. Individuals who satisfactorily meet or exceed the requirements of the Call will be included in the divisional Roster of Social Protection Specialists. Candidates who are registered in the Roster will be considered for future contracts when relevant opportunities arise.

Reporting Lines

The Social Protection consultant reports to the Senior Economist Social Protection Team.

Technical Focus

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated technical skills in one or more of the following areas: the design and implementation of experimental and non-experimental impact evaluations; quasi-experimental analysis using national and sub-national panel survey datasets (LSMS-IHS or other); use and manipulation of spatially explicit climatological and/or socio-economic data in spatial econometric analysis; microsimulation analysis of agricultural and rural development interventions. Thematic expertise in the areas of social protection, resilience, and/or economic inclusion in the context of rural spaces is preferred.

Tasks and responsibilities

For C and B level Consultants and PSAs (HQ-based)

Under the supervisor of the Senior Economist in the Social Projection Team of the Inclusive Rural Transformation and Gender Equity team, the incumbent will:

  • Conduct empirical analyses on the mediating roles of social protection interventions on rural livelihoods in the context of climate risks;
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of experimental and non-experiential impact evaluation, including contributing to the design of survey instruments and rigorous sampling strategies in the context of complex programmatic interventions
  • Contribute to emerging areas of work on the relationships between social protection and economic inclusion, making use of existing nationally representative panel datasets;
  • Provide input to reports and briefs produced by the team
  • Contribute to other duties as required


Minimum Requirements:

  • Advanced degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Resource Economics, Development Economics, economic geography or related fields.
  • At least four years of relevant experience (two years with PhD) in topics listed above and performing similar functions as those listed in the terms of reference.
  • For Consultants: Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other official languages (Arabic, Chinese or Russian)
  • For PSA: Working knowledge of English

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

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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