Job Description


The Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA) conducts economic research and policy Analysis related to all five of the Organization's strategic objectives (food security and nutrition, sustainable Agriculture, poverty reduction, inclusive Food Systems and resilient livelihoods). ESA provides evidence-based analytical support to national, regional and global policy processes and initiatives related to food security and nutrition and sustainable agriculture; and leads the production of two FAO flagship publications: The State of Food and Agriculture and The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World. ESA also leads large programmes at country level on agricultural and food policy monitoring, climate smart agriculture (CSA), agribusiness and food value chains, rural poverty, and food security information and analysis in support of national policies. This post is located in the Monitoring and Analysing Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) team of ESA. The MAFAP programme seeks to establish country owned and sustainable systems to monitor, analyse, and reform food and agricultural policies to enable more effective, efficient and inclusive policy frameworks in 14 developing and emerging economies. MAFAP works with government institutions, research organizations and other partners to create sustainable policy monitoring systems and carry out a consistent set of policy and public expenditure analyses across a wide range of agricultural value chains. MAFAP analyses are used to inform targeted food and agricultural policy reforms that will result in a more conducive environment for the transformation towards more sustainable agriculture and food systems. As such, MAFAP supports FAO's strategic objectives, in particular the one that enables inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems and helping eliminate poverty, hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition. Reporting Lines The Economist reports to the Senior Economist, Project Manager of the MAFAP programme. Technical Focus Within the framework of the MAFAP programme and based on government requests, the Economist will contribute to the identification, prioritization and analysis of agricultural policy reform options built on rigorous Economic Analysis. Through in-depth engagement with government counterparts and other actors, she/he will support the adoption and implementation of policy changes. Key Results Research and analysis of information, data and statistics, and the maintenance and updating of related tools, methodologies, and/or databases to support the delivery of programme products, projects, publications, and services. Key Functions • Researches and analyses [agricultural, economic, trade, market, social, environmental, nutrition/food composition and/or gender related] data, statistics and information to provide technical, statistical and/or policy related information and analysis to support the delivery of economic and social development programmes work, products, projects, publications and services.• Produces a variety of technical reports and input for technical documents, Departmental publications and/or web pages.• Provides technical, statistical, and/or analytical services on various studies, projects, and/or assessments and provides technical backstopping to field projects.• Participates in the development of improved/updated technical, statistical and/or analytical tools, methodologies, systems, databases, and/or key social/ economic/ environmental/ nutritional and/or early warning indicators, etc.• Participates on multi-disciplinary teams, collaborates with other departments and agencies on work groups and committees and promotes best practices.• Collaborates in Capacity Development activities involving the planning and organizing of training workshops, seminars, and major meetings and the preparation of related information, materials, on-line tools and information kits.• Promotes knowledge sharing and best practices at international meetings and conferences and influences partners in stakeholder consultations.• Participates in resource mobilization activities Specific Functions • Provides technical and policy advice to MAFAP partner countries related to agricultural and food policy reform options (ex ante and ex post analysis) and impact on development outcomes, such as poverty and food security;• Contributes to the development and enhancement of policy monitoring indicators and methodologies, in particular related to the measurement and analysis of public expenditure in support of food and agriculture;• Contributes to the development of technical products, using rigorous economic analysis, on key food and agricultural policy topics, with a focus on agricultural, input, trade, markets, and price policies, and prepares related policy recommendations;• Collaborates with governmental officers in the formulation and adoption of agricultural policy reforms and other relevant topics;• Contributes to the implementation of policy engagement strategies to promote the uptake of technical policy analyses in national policy processes and dialogues;• Participates in capacity development activities benefitting government counterparts and other selected national partners;• Supervises junior consultants within the MAFAP team;• Maintains close collaboration and Coordination with other FAO units, FAO Representations as well as relevant national and international institutions;• Contributes to the development of partnerships with non-government stakeholders, in particular with Civil Society Organizations, donors farmers' organizations and the private sector, around specific policy issues;• Contributes to the preparation of high-level policy meetings, roundtables or other events related to food and agricultural policy reform in developing countries.• Provides support to the policy support work of the ESA division, in particular in the framework of corporate initiatives. CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING Minimum Requirements • Advanced university degree in economics, Agricultural Economics, development studies, international relations or a related field.• Five years of relevant experience in policy and quantitative analysis of food and agricultural issues.• Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) 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 is desirable• Extent and relevance of experience in conducting macro and micro econometric analyses on topics related to the food and agricultural sector, such as trade, input subsidies, market policies and public expenditures;• Familiarity with relevant ex-ante economy-wide modelling techniques, preferably Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) models, and their potential contribution, data requirement and limitations in evaluating food and agricultural policies and their impact on development outcomes such as poverty and food security;• Extent and relevance of experience with policy advice on international development issues, and affinity with the topics of agriculture and food systems transformation, poverty and/or food security, preferably in sub-Saharan Africa and/or South Asia;• Extent and relevance of knowledge of the most important initiatives to analyse agricultural public expenditures in developing countries, and experience in conducting such analyses;• Demonstrated ability to analyse complex policy issues and supervise the work of technical experts;• Demonstrated experience in drafting technical reports and papers in English;• Working knowledge of French is considered a strong asset.
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