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Lusaka (Zambia)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Lusaka (Zambia)
  • Grade: NPP - National Project Personnel - Local Contractors Agreement - All levels
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-04

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  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member nations and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold our values. FAO has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and FAO, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
  • All selected candidates, therefore, will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • 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 Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger and malnutrition. The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist
governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.
Under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), FAO in Zambia will be partnering with the European Union, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) to implement a program on Sustainable Intensification of Smallholder Farming Systems in Zambia (SIFAZ). The project will focus on building demonstrable synergies between research and promotion of appropriate sustainable agriculture intensification practices.

Reporting Lines

The Program Specialist (Monitoring and Evaluation) works under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative in Zambia and directly reports to the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA). The incumbent will work in close collaboration with implementing partners from Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and relevant FAO technical units in headquarters and in Zambia

Technical focus:

The incumbent will play a pivotal role in development and implementation of the monitoring and evaluation strategy for the European Union Funded Sustainable Intensification of Smallholder Farming Systems in Zambia (SIFAZ) project implemented by FAO Zambia.

Tasks and responsibilities

• Contribute to the design and implementation of a monitoring and evaluating system of the project. This include ensuring up to date progress tracking of the project indicators as contained in the project log frame;
• Directly responsible for designing and implementing methodologies and tools for data collection and analysis (household surveys, community and key informants interviews, focus group discussions, etc);
• Directly responsible for development of work plans for external and internal assessments, monitoring and evaluation exercises;
• Ensure completeness and regular update of FAO Monitoring and Evaluation tools (Quality Assurance section of FPMIS) for the project;
• Identify monitoring and evaluation capacity building needs for government and other stakeholders of the project at provincial and district levels;
• 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;
• Lead preparation of regular/periodic implementation progress reports, development of information products to support decision making during project progress review exercise and contribute to preparation of advocacy material under the project;
• Liaise and provide guidance to the project data analyst to ensure timely data analysis and reporting of results;
• Liaise and maintains relationships with the project M&E Focal Point in MoA and ensure consistence with other ongoing and related interventions in MoA
• Ensure that M&E findings are effectively disseminated to all staff and all relevant stakeholders to ensure fine-tuning of project implementation;
• Ensure knowledge sharing and capacity development for colleagues and other stakeholders (government and other institutions contracted under the project) at provincial, district and agricultural camp levels involved in monitoring and evaluation of the activities of the project;
• Contribute to periodic reports on the progress of the project. This include participation and contribution to the project knowledge management activities
• Undertake any other duties as may be assigned by management from time to time


Minimum Requirements

• Advanced Degree in Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Science or related field,
• At least 5 years relevant experience in one or more of the following areas: value chain analysis and development, agribusiness and market development, agro-food processing, post-harvest handling, and agro-food industry technologies.
• Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Excel
• Working knowledge of the English language [ie. spoken and written]
• Should be a Zambian National

FAO Core Competencies

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


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  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications
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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.

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