Job Description

  FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions. Qualified female applicants and qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member countries are encouraged to apply.

Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Organizational Setting:

The main aim of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO’s) Representation in Egypt, which is headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist the Government of Egypt to develop policies, programmes and projects to improve Food Security and nutrition, promote sustainable Agricultural Development, reduce rural poverty, develop inclusive agri-Food Systems and strengthen livelihood resilience – in line with the Organization’s Strategic Objectives and United Nations’ global and Government of Egypt’s national Sustainable Development Goals.

FAO has been requested by the Government to provide technical assistance to the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD)-funded project, ‘Sustainable Agriculture Investments and Livelihoods (SAIL)’ through a 30-month project titled ‘Enhancing Crop and Livestock Production and Productivity in New Lands of Kafr El-Sheikh, Bani Sweif, Minya and Aswan Governorates through the Adoption of Innovative Climate-Resilient Agricultural Practices and Technologies’. The objective of the FAO-implemented project is to “improve the impact of farmer field schools (FFSs) established and implemented across the New Lands of Egypt” in supporting “3,000 men and women smallholder farmers to adopt sustainable climate-smart agricultural (CSA) and natural resources management (NRM) practices and technologies”.

Reporting Lines:

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Egypt (FAOR), direct supervision of the FAO Project Manager/FFS Specialist and in close collaboration with the relevant operations, finance and administrative units in FAO’s Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa (RNE) in Cairo and international and national consultants of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU), National Consultant will be responsible for the below mentioned tasks: Technical Focus:

Supporting FAO’s Representation to conduct climate smart crop production related interventions applied to Farmer Field School including the training of trainers in the various topics as detailed in the tasks mentioned below and that will ensure proper implementation of the related activities.

Tasks and responsibilities:

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Egypt (FAOR), direct supervision of the FAO Project Manager/FFS Specialist, in close collaboration with the relevant technical and programme units in FAO’s Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa (RNE) in Cairo and international and national consultants of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) and in co-operation with national counterparts (mainly the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation (MoALR) and SAIL Project Management Unit at national and governorate levels):
  • Promote sustainable innovative and improved climate-smart crop production and efficient irrigation water management practices and technologies among smallholder men and women farmers across the New Lands of Egypt
  • Development of FFS curriculum in climate-smart crop production and efficient irrigation water management practices and technologies to support group-based FFS study plots and on-farm experimental plots.
  • Preparation of relative training and extension materials,
  • Training of master trainers and FFS facilitators and Design of agronomic input packages to support group-based FFS study plots and on-farm experimental plots.
  • Provide technical backstopping to the Project’s master trainers, FFS Co-ordinators and FFS facilitators and provide follow-up coaching and mentoring where necessary. and advise them on any corrective measures required, including participation in open days to demonstrate any improvements
  • Regularly review the progress of FFS implementation and farmers’ experience and adoption of the selected innovative and improved climate-smart crop production and efficient irrigation water management
  • Prepare all relative technical reports needed by project Manager.
  • Undertake duty travel and perform other related tasks as required by the Project Manager.
  • Prepare and deliver progress and final reports for approval of the Project Manager, FAOR and FAO’s Lead Technical Officer for the Project.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in agriculture, agricultural crop science, agronomy, agricultural extension or related discipline.
  • Ten years of relevant experience in agricultural development and efficient irrigation water management and familiar with FFS approaches specially for Crop production with a focus on smallholder/family farming..
  • Working knowledge of English and fluency in Arabic.
  • National of Egypt 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 in project operations whereby Financial Management, human resources management, public Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions throughout Egypt.
  • Training ,and Participatory interactive learning skills “Learning by doing”
  • Familiarity with new land communities is considered a strong asset
  • Documentation & Reporting skills
  • Understanding of FAO policies and programmes is considered a strong asset
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