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International Agribusiness and Marketing Consultant


  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Honiara
  • Grade: Consultancy - Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Sustainable Business Development
    • Marketing (Digital, Advertisement, Brand, Promotion)
  • Closing Date: Closed

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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 Members 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 FAO's values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination  
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO) Sub regional Office for the Pacific (SAP) covers Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. FAO SAP is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing sub regional agriculture, food, nutrition and rural development priorities. FAO SAP develops and maintains relations with sub region-wide institutions including the Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific (CROP). The Sub regional Office is a subsidiary of FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) in Bangkok.
Requested by the Government of Solomon Islands, FAO SAP developed the project “Strengthening local food systems (impacted by COVID-19) by promoting climate-resilient and sustainable urban and peri-urban agriculture value chains” to develop targeted technical assistance in collaboration with the Ministries of Agriculture and Livestock, Health and Medical Services, Education and Human Resources Development, Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology; and the Honiara City and Provincial Councils of selected islands.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Sub-Regional Coordinator for Pacific (SRC), direct supervision of the Lead Technical Officer (LTO), and in collaboration with the Assistant FAO Representative in Solomon Islands, the International Agribusiness and marketing consultant is expected to contribute to make the project successful and deliver the following activities:

Technical Focus

• Provide technical, capacity building and managerial support to the management of existing urban food markets in Honiara (work in synergy with Markets for Change (M4C) – UN Women & other on-going projects).
• Develop agribusiness and marketing training strategy and training materials. Provide feedback on the content of workshops, and work with National Agriculture Consultant to finalise all necessary documents for the planned trainings course to ensure successful delivery and learning outcomes.

Tasks and responsibilities

• Understand the project proposal and develop a time bound workplan in consultations with the LTO, National Agriculture Consultant and other stakeholders to include technical support to national staff and partners to implement project activities apart from direct delivery of tasks and training courses expected of you.

• Build capacity of the Honiara Women Market Vendor Association (HWMVA) and selected farmers on Contract Farming. Prepare appropriate Contract Farming models to support the mobile marketing initiative. Assist HWMVA and selected farmers in the preparation of contractual agreements.

• Develop and deliver training events to provide technical support to market vendors on business management and food safety. Training course should target both trainers (ToTs) and the direct beneficiaries.

• Provide technical support to the government “Mobile Marketing vehicle” initiative

• Conduct at least two agribusiness, two ToT and one Contract Farming training events in consultation with the national stakeholders.

• Liaise with the relevant government ministries and Non-Government Organizations to understand the capacity needs for specific trainings.

• Maintain very active email communications with the National Agriculture Consultant and LTO on the delivery of this assignment and share periodic progress reports.

• Compile the Final Training Reports and recommendations for sustainable impact


Minimum Requirements

• University degree in Agri-business, Agricultural Marketing, Agricultural Economics or any other relevant field
• 7 years of relevant experience in Agri-business, Agricultural Marketing, Agricultural Economics or any other relevant field
• Working knowledge (level C) of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge (level B) of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian. For PSA only one language level C is required.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

• Work experience in more than one location or area of work

Selection Criteria

• Pacific islanders are encouraged to apply.

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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