Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Junior National Consultant (National Bioeconomy Strategy)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Job Description

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is currently implementing a Global project, “Towards Sustainable Bioeconomy Guidelines” (GCP/GLO/724/GER). The project’s objective is to support member countries develop a coherent Bioeconomy Programme, including strategy development and implementation, towards a more sustainable bioeconomy, given the importance of their agricultural sector and the use of biomass to produce energy, in addition to food, feed and fiber. In Namibia FAO is collaborating with the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) to support with the development of a National Bioeconomy Strategy. The overall work entails stocktaking and Analysis to establish the baseline of bioeconomy landscape in Namibia, stakeholder engagement and workshop organization, and finally drafting of the National Bioeconomy Strategy. Bioeconomy is defined as the production, utilization and conservation of biological resources, including related knowledge, science, technology, and innovation, to provide information, products, processes and services across all economic sectors aiming towards a sustainable economy. Bioeconomy has the potential to solve several social, environmental and economic challenges in Namibia, its use cuts across many sectors, which fall under national priorities. In Namibia’s Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5), poverty reduction and increased health are among the key ‘basic enablers. Similarly, agriculture and Manufacturing are the key economic priority areas. Namibia will only be able to realize the above if it optimizes the use of biological resources, including related knowledge, science, technology, and innovation, in health, agriculture and manufacturing industries. The Bioeconomy Strategy, to be developed, is envisaged to be implemented from 2021 to 2025 and will set the scene for implementing programmes and initiatives that will help Namibia take advantage of innovation in the Bioeconomy sector. This is expected to lead to improved quality of life of communities and Economic Growth through research and development of cutting-edge technologies to solve socio economic issues in Namibia. It is a conviction that the strategy will promote the use of Bioeconomy and address critical gaps in industries by interventions at early stage of product and commercial development. Reporting Lines The work will be under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Namibia and the under direct direction and supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative (Programme), the Lead Technical Officer at FAO Headquarters, reinforced with advice and guidance from FAO Bioeconomy team at FAO Headquarters and the NCRST team in Namibia. Within the above-mentioned reporting lines, the Junior Consultant will report to a Senior Consultant. Technical Focus To develop a Bioeconomy Strategy for Namibia, the first step is to identify relevant documents, conduct a stocktaking and analysis of the national bioeconomy landscape in Namibia; stakeholder engagement and workshop organization; and finally drafting of the National Bioeconomy Strategy. Tasks and responsibilities The Junior consultant will perform the following tasks:
  1. Liase with regional authorities and other relevant actors for the stocktaking and analysis of the national Bioeconomy landscape. This baseline will include Mapping of policies, programmes and initiatives relevant for the development of a comprehensive Bioeconomy strategy. It will also identify major gaps, barriers, trade-offs and synergies within and between the different sectors pertaining to the bioeconomy.

  2. Carry out the stocktaking and analysis of the national Bioeconomy landscape.

  3. Draft the stocktaking analysis report of the national Bioeconomy landscape.

  4. Liaise with relevant stakeholders and focal points to organise the national inception Bioeconomy workshop, stakeholder engagement workshops, the national workshop and other meetings that may be required in relation to the project.

  5. Support with documenting all the inputs undertaken during meetings, workshops and engagements with stakeholders and focal points

  6. Perform any other tasks needed for effective implementation of this project as appropriate

  7. Support with the draft document of the final National Bioeconomy Strategy

  8. Carryout any other activities that may assigned by the Senior Consultant deemed relevant and/or in line with the project objectives.

  • Advanced university degree/ University degree in Natural Sciences, especially biological sciences such as biology and Biotechnology, natural resources management or related field

  • 3 years of relevant experience in natural resources related field

  • Working knowledge of English, knowledge of other languages used in Namibia desirable

  • National of Namibia or resident in the country with a regular work permit.

  FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus

  • Teamwork

  • Communication

  • Building Effective Relationships

  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

  Technical/Functional Skills
  • Extent and relevance of experience of natural sciences and economics.

  • Familiarity with Namibia’s policy landscape in Agriculture, Environment, Health and Energy, and Science Technology and Innovation.

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