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National Project Personnel - Field Specialist in Kharkiv

Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)
  • Grade: NPP - National Project Personnel - Local Contractors Agreement - All levels
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-14

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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

FAO Ukraine is a project management Office headed by the Regional Programme Leader (RPL) under the operational responsibility of the Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia. The Office provides support to Ukraine in promoting restoration of degraded landscapes in the forest-steppe and steppe zones of Ukraine through upscaling of integrated natural resources management (INRM) practices.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of FAO Regional Programme Leader for Europe and Central Asia and Project’s Lead Technical Officer, the direct supervision of the Programme Officer in Ukraine and the technical supervision of the GEF Project Coordinator, the Field Specialist will work in the close coordination with relevant partners, experts and the rest of the FAO team within the framework of project GCP/UKR/004/GEF.

Technical Focus

The Field Specialist will work in the close coordination with relevant partners, experts and the rest of the FAO team within the framework of project GCP/UKR/004/GEF. The NPP will responsible to perform the following tasks:

Tasks and responsibilities

• The Field Specialist provides and channel guidance to local governments and to local communities at demonstration sites.
• Liaise regularly with the local governments, local communities in Kharkiv, and nearest oblasts and with other project coordination units.
• Support in the arrangement of training on conservation agriculture (CA), agroforestry, and integrated pest management in accordance with FAO procedures.
• Support in launching public events toward the awareness-raising on project activities.
• Support in cooperation with project stakeholders based in Kharkiv.
• Cooperate with the relevant project experts and field officers in terms of:
(i) identifying farmers’ capacity and analyse their production systems in Kharkiv oblast;
(ii) project networking through the involving agriculture producers and relative service providers into the cooperation;
(iii) collecting the best case of CA practices and shelterbelt establishing and maintain;
• Oversee the preparation of participatory land-use plans and their implementation in the Kharkiv oblast.
• Regular monitoring of the field activity conducting under the project in the Kharkiv oblast with further reporting.
• Lead field-based M&E, together with local communities, of project environmental and socio-economic impacts.
• Provide regular feedback and warning on conflicts and assist with conflict resolution.
• Provide regular support performing the COVID 19 Exit Survey.
• Contribute to the preparation and implementation of the M&E framework.
• Contribute to the coordination project interventions with other ongoing activities.
• Perform other duties as requested, including support technical and administrative actions to ensure smooth project operation.


Minimum Requirements

• Master’s o doctorate degree in the fields of technical and/or environmental and/or agriculture science.
• A profound understanding of Field Farms School methodology under the FAO approach.
• Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience within one or more of the following areas: natural resource management, agriculture, agroforestry, environmental sciences.
• Excellent command of written and spoken knowledge of Ukrainian and/or Russian.
• Advanced level of English would be an asset.
• National of Ukraine.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

• Knowledge on internationally accepted best practice and relevant agreements on agronomy, farming and natural resources management;
• Ability to develop and implement training events at national level;
• Good communication skills for ease of dialogue with farmers and stakeholder;
• Excellent communication skills and ability work with the team, analytical abilities and ability to synthesize outcomes

Selection Criteria

• Candidates to be called for interviews will be screened against the Minimum Requirements.


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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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