Job Description

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device FAOis committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply 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 Organization Setting: The FAO in Afghanistan assists the Government to develop policies, programmes and projects to address the root causes of hunger and malnutrition; to help the Government develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors and to use the environmental and natural resources in a suitable way. It participates in the development of FAO’s field projects in the country and implements it, including the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the damaged relevant sectors. FAO assistance in Afghanistan achieves its objectives through capacity development and direct project implementation in four specific areas of FAO’s technical expertise:
  • Better governance through improved capacity for policy planning, land reform, decentralization, and management of common natural resources;
  • Fostering expansion of irrigation and field water management;
  • Intensive agriculture for surplus commercialization, value chains development, and job creation;
  • Supporting vulnerable farmers for improved food & nutrition security, resilience, and emergency response to natural and man-made disasters and climate change.
The post is located in Kabul – Afghanistan and will have some travel missions inside country as required and subject to security permitting. Project Background: The project “Technical Assistance to GoIRA for strengthening institutional capacity in SDG2 Targets” TCP/AFG/3704 contributes towards creating enabling institutional and policy environment to set national priorities and targets to food insecurity and nutrition – in addition to improving technical capacity of government of counterpart in devising precise/extensive mechanism and technical set-up to set targets and indicators in reference to the global standards for the selected indicators of SDGs. Reporting Lines: The Costing Study Consultant will report directly to the FAO Representative in Afghanistan as his/her supervisor. On technical aspects, s/he should consult the Lead Technical Officers (LTO) and National Policy Analyst based at FAO Representative in Kabul – Afghanistan. Moreover, s/he will maintain close coordination and consultation with FAO projects team and FAO counterpart Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL); and carry out following task; Technical Focus: The Consultant will work directly with the project Lead Technical Officer (LTO) and National Policy Analyst. He/she will have overall responsible for review of existing reports, project documents, policies and strategies in the country which has stronger link with SDGs in more focus with SDG2. Further to this, the consultant will also prepare the end of assignment report containing findings, conclusions and recommendations for the future. Tasks and Responsibilities
  • Assists MAIL to develop and define prioritization approaches, better target setting and effective costing of programs in reference to the SDG2 selected targets;
  • Conduct simulative exercise for the MAIL technical team on target setting and effective program costing;
  • Develop costing study of SDG2 selected indicators for MAIL in line with Afghanistan Food Security and Nutrition Agenda (AFSeN), Comprehensive Agriculture Development – National Priority Program (CAD-NPP) and Zero Hunger Strategic Reviews and other national study and review reports – will be identified at the later stage;
  • Consult relevant entities during the mission to collect the information
  • In the analysis and consolidation of available data/evidence and findings of recent studies/reports of SDG2; take into the account the progress towards the set targets in the country and
  • Present the findings and initial result in the consultation meetings/workshops.
  • Carry out any other task within the framework of the objective of the ToRs.
  • University degree in International Development or Development Studies, Public Administration, social science, or closely related fields;
  • At least twelve (12) years of relevant practical experience in performing the tasks described above in effective programs costing, zero hunger strategy, analysis of data and implementation of development cooperation projects, resource mobilization, and other similar functions/duties.
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian) for consultants.
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, particularly in field positions;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in effective program costing and SDGs;
  • Good interpersonal communication, report writing and computing skills and must be fluent in English;
  • Experience with program and communication with United Nations, FAO or other international agencies;
  • Demonstrated inter-personal ability to work as an effective team member in complex multi-cultural environments.
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to deliver results within tight deadlines.
  • Work experience in Afghanistan or other hardship duty stations would be an asset;
  • Experience with staffing, administration and finance, and coping with pressure;
  • Ability to work productively in a pressurized environment and to maintain visibly high levels of morale in difficult circumstances;
  • Demonstrated ability to work and perform duties under security restricted conditions;
  • Experience in developing training materials and providing trainings/capacity building programs;
  • Familiarity with the UN Communications rules and procedures;
  • Previous working experience in the region and familiarity with the country situation will be highly desirable.
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