International FFS monitoring expert
Angola (United States of America)
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In the context of the ongoing activities implemented with Farmer Field Schools (FFS) in Angola, FAO will provide a technical assistance to the Government of Angola, in the context of the project: UTF / ANG / 059 / ANG “Smallholder Agriculture Development and Commercialization Project (SADCP) of Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MINAGRIP) in Bié, Malange and Huambo provinces. The target expected is to achieve 4.000 FFS (120.000 farmers).
The project was declared effective in December 2016 and recently received a non-cost extension until December 31st, 2021. The Project Development Objective is to increase smallholder agriculture productivity, production and marketing for selected crops and targeted beneficiaries in the project area of Bié, Huambo and Malanje and aims to scale-up the FFS approach to rural extension methodology in the central highlands of Angola.
The MOSAP II project (FAO Component) is implementing partner to scale up the extension services provided to farmers through the Farmers Field School (FFS) approach. The FFS component is including (1) training of master trainers, (2) elaboration of an enhanced training curriculum, and (3) setting up new FFS in the project area. FAO is implementing partner for the predecessor programme of the MOSAP II, developing the capacity to implement FFSs in the 3 provinces. FAO is training 105 Master trainers, developing an updated training curriculum that will include new topics of relevance such as climate change adaptation, soil health management and social topics; and is supporting the follow up of existing 690 and creation of 4.000 new FFSs with participation of 142.000 farmers. The FFS activities will ensure that participation of women will be at least 50%, reflecting their responsibilities in family farming
Under these premises, FAO Angola plans to recruit an International FFS monitoring expert.
The international consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Chief Technical Adviser (CTA), the overall supervision of the FAO Representation of Angola, the technical supervision of the FAO Lead technical Officer (LTO) and in close collaboration with the other members of the project preparation team and report to the CTA/coordinator
Under the supervision and advice of the CTA, the FFS monitoring expert will lead planning and implementation of FFS monitoring system, in regular coordination with the provincial counterpart. He/she will be responsible to technically advice and support the government counterpart’s monitoring and evaluation of the FFS program. He/she will also ensure capacity building of M&E national staff.
Tasks and responsibilities
The International expert will be responsible, but not limited, to supporting the FFS implementation in the following tasks and duties:
- Collaborate with FFS Facilitators in conducting a community dialogue. The community dialogue will set the basis for the concepts and principles of FFS and it will help towards the selection of the community Facilitator in each area; the process is necessary to select the communities that will initiate the FFS process.
- Support the establishment of FFS and support the development of the community action plans. The expert will support the project team to select appropriate service providers from newly established or reinforced civil society organizations that will support FFS;
- Provide technical assistance and training to FAO’s implementing partners in the formulation, coordination, guidance, supervision and implementation of FFS;
- Prepare the curricula for the Training of Trainers and FFS, through a consultative process with all project stakeholders;
- Contribute to the design and implementation of a monitoring and evaluation system of the FFS for the assigned project. This includes ensuring up to date progress aligning the FFS indicators to that of the LogFrame.
- Directly be responsible for designing and implementing methodologies and tools for data collection and analysis (household surveys, community and key informants interviews, focus group discussions, etc);
- Identify monitoring and evaluation capacity building needs for government and other stakeholders of the project at provincial and district levels, regarding FFS
- Provide training and supervision of M&E staff such as enumerators, data processors, analysts, etc. and ensures data quality control at provincial, district and camp levels involved in monitoring and evaluation;
- Be directly responsible for development of work plans for external and internal assessments, monitoring and evaluation exercises;
- Lead preparation of regular/periodic implementation progress reports;
- Liaise with M&E Expert in Luanda ensure timely data analysis and reporting of results;
- Undertake any other duties as may be assigned by management from time to time
Other related tasks:
- Support creation of synergies with other FAO projects linked with FFSs.
- Support the identification, documentation and dissemination of good practices at different levels
- Provide technical advice and assistance to the mid-term and final evaluations of the project in the component of FFS curriculum implementation
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
- University degree in a field related to economy, social sciences, agronomy sciences, rural development, food sciences, environment management, international relations and cooperation, development and/or other relevant fields;
- At least 5 years of experience (for Category B) and 10 years of experience (for Category A) in international cooperation, rural development projects, with local communities and/or in the agricultural sector
- Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian).
FAO Core Competencies
- Results Focus
- Building Effective Relationships
- Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
- Extent and relevance of experience in FFS methodologic or similar extension approach
- Extent and relevance of experience in monitoring project
- Familiarity with FAO strategic objectives and their alignment with SDGs
- Knowledge of FAO’s project management systems is an asset.
Additional Selection Criteria
- Knowledge of Portuguese is strongly recommended
- Experience in more than one location and, in particular, in Portuguese speaking countries, including Angola, will be an asset.
Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency