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AGRICULTURE FOOD VALUE CHAIN SPECIALIST (FIELD)

Chipata (Zambia)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Chipata (Zambia)
  • Grade: NPP - National Project Personnel - Local Contractors Agreement - All levels
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Nutrition
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Logistics
    • Sustainable trade and development
    • Transport and Distribution
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-25

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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

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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. As nutrition starts with what we eat, the products of the food and agriculture sector; transforming our food systems, on the way we produce, collect, store, transport, transform and distribute foods can improve our diets.

FAO collaborates with Governments to strengthen food systems for healthier diets, to improve nutrition, health and our impact on natural resources. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide.

FAO is working with the Government of Zambia on a Technical Assistance to the Scaling Up Nutrition Programme in Zambia project under the SUN Phase II program. The program is jointly funded by UK-AID/FDCO, SIDA, KfW and the EU in 17 districts of Zambia through UNICEF. Leveraging complementary technical assistance from other UN agencies, UNICEF has a UN-to-UN cooperation agreement with FAO.

The SUN phase II FAO programme component will contribute to the reduction of malnutrition in pregnant and breast-feeding women and children under two (2) years of age through improvements in dietary diversity and quality. FAO’s project outcome is a Sustained demand, utilization and consumption of agriculture and forest foods.

More specifically, the project is structured around the delivery of four interconnected outputs:

• Output 1: Access to diversified, nutritious food improved
• Output 2: Sustainable production, processing, value addition and marketing of non-wood forest products for dietary diversity and income generation
• Output 3: Food safety and diet quality enhanced
• Output 4: Generation of nutrition information to monitor, prioritize and adapt interventions


Reporting Lines
Under the overall supervision of the FAOR, direct supervision of the National Coordinator – Nutrition and the technical guidance of the LTO and relevant technical units in FAO and in close collaboration with the Nutrition Specialist, National Project Coordinator (NPC) of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Forest food value Chain-Consultant will perform the following tasks:

Technical focus:
Nutrition education, nutrition sensitive agriculture and food systems, behaviour change communications, food security and food safety.

Tasks and responsibilities

The incumbent, through his/her work, will contribute to implementation of the project activities among which include:

FIELD RESPONSIBILITIES FOR EASTERN AND MUCHINGA PROVINCES :

• In collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, the Forestry Department and the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, provide technical support to the sector activities under the SUN II program in the 5 districts in the Eastern and Muchinga provinces
• Liaise with the local NGOs and the DNCC to ensure the implementation of nutrition sensitive agricultural activities relating to FAO technical support to SUN II in the two provinces
• In consultation with the SUN II Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, carry out monitoring and evaluation of SUN II activities in the assigned provinces
• In consultation with the Communications Specialist, collaborate with the district and provincial media organisations to communicate information relating to FAO technical support to SUN II
• Contribute to the organization of and/or participate in meetings, conferences, workshops, consultations and field visits as needed; contribute to building collaborations and partnerships;
• Represent FAO in district and provincial level SUNII partners meeting in the assigned provinces
• Write monthly progress reports relating to FAO technical support to SUN II in the two provinces
• Provide weekly updates on the project implementation during the SUN II team weekly meetings

TECHNICAL LEAD TO AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY FOOD VALUE CHAIN COMPONENT OF THE SUN II PROJECT

• Provide technical guidance and support project implementation specifically related to output 1 on agriculture production liaising with the Nutrition Specialist and the National Project Coordinator.
• Review information materials, and develop technical papers, and guidelines related to agricultural food value chain.
• Appraise capacity building needs related to the development, competitiveness, inclusiveness and improved impacts of agriculture value chain development; and develop training materials and play a leading role in training activities.
• Collect and disseminate relevant data and information related to food value chains and systems, including for example, trends and developments, approaches, impacts, lessons and good practices.
• Provide technical support to production and processing of fish and fish products such as Kapenta
• Provide technical support to production and management of short cycle small livestock e.g. Goats, sheep, rabbits.
• Provide guidance to the production and management of poultry such as Chickens, Quails, Ducks, Guinea Fowls, Eggs
• Support with food Safety and the aflatoxins reduction actions throughout the agriculture food value chain,
• Support the production of underutilized high nutrition crops through access to inputs for crops such as Soya beans, bambara nuts, ground nuts, beans, cowpeas, pigeon Pease, etc
• Promote sustainable production practices in food production (such as conservation agriculture, climate smart agriculture, sustainable intensification practices)

CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

Minimum Requirements
• An undergraduate degree or Master’s degree in Agriculture, Agricultural agribusiness, Livestock production or related field
• Five (5) relevant progressive experience working in Agriculture/Agricultural Business/Livestock Production. Demonstrate Knowledge and experience in the area of business development services (BDS) market development approach including value chain development (VCD).
• Knowledge of nutrition is an added advantage
• National of Zambia.

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

Technical/Functional Skills
• Ability to work independently and under minimum supervision and to cope with conflicting agendas;
• Result-oriented approach;
• Excellent analytical and synthesis capacities;
• Experience in capacity building and training, an asset

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help please contact: Careers@fao.org
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/
  • For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/

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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