Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

International Consultant (Technical Advisor/Team Leader)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Job Description

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The main aim of the FAO project offices in Countries with no official FAO Representation, which are headed by the Regional Programme Leader (RPL), is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

Project Background This Project seeks to generate empirical evidence that supports policy dialogue between the European Union and Ukraine on issues related to smallholder farming, including forestry and fisheries, through the piloting of tools and processes. It has three components: The first one concerns fisheries, with support to improved policy and decision-making, improved governance towards sustainability, including legislative advancements, improved monitoring and control and improved capacity in data collection and scientific advice. The second component will strengthen the enabling environment for the Forestry Sector, to help secure the long-term sustainability of Forest Management and to improve evidence-based policymaking in the sector. The third and largest component will develop and implement matching grants and complementary technical assistance for strengthening smallholder farmer integration to selected agricultural value chains, including through improved Access to Finance, inputs and services and inclusive business models and linkages with other value chain actors Reporting Lines

Under the overall administrative leadership and supervision of the FAO Representative to Ukraine at the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia in Budapest (FAO REU) and the direct supervision of the Head of FAO Office in Ukraine (FAOUA), and with the technical guidance of the Lead Technical Officer (LTO) at FAO REU, the International Consultant - Chief Technical Advisor/Team Leader (TA/TL) will provide technical orientation, advise and backup in order to ensure the delivery of Project outputs to a high standard and in a cost effective manner, taking into account national and international best practices and research results, and in accordance with FAO, the Government of Ukraine and EU norms. The TA/TL will also work in close consultation with the Budget Holder (BH) and the Project Task Force (PTF) members, in close collaboration with other relevant technical divisions at FAO Headquarters, and will manage Project staff and all the international and national technical consultants of the Project.

Technical Focus:

The TA/TL will be responsible for managing the implementation of Project GCP/UKR/012/EC (the Project), ensuring that its outputs and targets are met as per project framework, that activities are carried out as planned, within budget and time schedule and that reporting, monitoring and evaluation functions are carried out as per project requirements. She/he will also plan and implement project activities in close collaboration with the Government of Ukraine and the European Union Delegation (EUD), and other relevant state and non-state stakeholders to ensure successful implementation of the project. The TA/TL is expected to have a strong background on policy dialogue and value chain microfinance. In particular, the incumbent will perform the following tasks.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Planning, implementation and management of Project activities.

  • Provide overall guidance to, and supervision of, the Project to identify, plan, design implement and monitor the progress of delivery of activities as itemized in the results-based work plan;
  • Provide day-to-day administrative and management inputs to the project team assuring smooth implementation of the project;
  • Help identify Technical Specialist/Consultant and work with the LTO/LTU, supporting Units in Kiev office and the BH to ensure their timely recruitment;
  • Maintain communication and coordinate with other institutions in order to identify and realize opportunities for complementarity and synergies, including monitoring and oversight of co-financing commitments;
  • Ensure a results-based approach to project implementation, including maintaining a focus on project results and impact as defined by the project results framework indicators;
  • Regularly promote the project and its outputs and findings on a national, and where appropriate, regional stage;
  • Lead interactions with stakeholders and liaise with government agencies and EUD and communicate, regularly advocate and engage in policy dialogue;
  • Facilitate interdisciplinary inputs from partner institutions and agencies.
Human and Material Resources Coordination.

  • Assist in the recruitment and coordination of the Project team (staff and consultants) ensuring the right skills and expertise to implement the project activities and achieve its outputs and outcomes;
  • Provide administrative and coordination support to long and short term Technical Specialists/Consultants to ensure timely delivery and quality of tasks and outputs;
  • Ensure that the project team follows up on the adoption/ implementation of the recommendations/inputs provided by Technical Consultants;
  • Support the procurement process in accordance with FAO rules and procedures.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting.

  • Oversee preparation and implementation of project M&E plan, project communication and knowledge management plan;
  • Hold periodic Project meetings and other events to ensure that project is on track;
  • Act as the Secretary to the Project Steering Committee, organize and coordinate its meetings, the preparation of agendas and the drafting of minutes;
  • Provide administrative and coordination support to FAO Project monitoring missions, donor missions and project evaluators;
  • Prepare results based regular reports, annual reports, donor reports and briefs and be responsible for the elaboration of FAO purchase orders and Letters of Agreement;
  • Facilitate the submission of timely project implementation reviews and progress reports (narrative and financial) to the FAO Country Offices against the Programme M&E framework;
  • Facilitate and support the Mid-Term Review (MTR) and Project Terminal Evaluation (PTE) and conduct annual project reviews and annual audits (if any);
  • Organize the Inception Workshop and prepare/finalize project Inception Report with the support from Forestry, Fishery and Value Chain components’ team
  • Undertake field visits to monitor Project activities;
  • Facilitate effective communication of project progress to the Project Steering Committee related to the project.
Undertake any other tasks assigned or relevant in support of efficient implementation of the project.

  • Support the Budget Holder for the Project’s operations and management in the areas of finance, Administration, budget monitoring, reporting and human resources;
  • Provide support to the Budget Holder in overseeing the budget management of the Project, including proposed budget revisions and financial reporting, as well as the update of the Project ‘s information;
  • In coordination with the project team, facilitates contacts with FAO technical units in both the Regional Office and Headquarters as required for the implementation of the project including the timely identification and deployment of expertise, and coordinates technical input of national and international consultants from different projects and finds synergies amongst the different projects under the FAO Project;
  • Ensure the strategic fit of the FAO Project in the corporate FAO country plans, including the Country programming Framework (CPF), FAO strategic Programme and FAO REU Regional Initiatives, as well as supports resource mobilization, partnership and South South and triangular cooperation activities, as relevant for the scope of the Project;
  • Coordinate and ensure proper functioning of Field Offices and field based personnel;
  • Ensure communication of results and project visibility, as required.
  • Perform any other duties as required by FAO.

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced studies in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Rural Development or closely related fields.
  • At least seven years of relevant professional experience, including at least 3 years of field work experience with the UN, preferably in complex environments.
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other official languages of the Organization: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish.
FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Team Work
  • Communication
  • Building effective relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in more than one location, particularly in field positions is desirable.
  • Extensive knowledge and work experience in policy dialogue, value chain development, inclusive business models and matching grant schemes desirable.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to carry out several tasks in a timely fashion and under tight deadlines, with minimum supervision;
  • Relevant experience and skills in programme or project formulation, analysis, planning and implementation at country level;
  • Good understanding of the purpose and functions of technical programmes, UN’s guidelines, and project / programme management procedures.
  • Systematic and efficient approach to work assignments, good judgment and analytical ability.
  • Direct project implementation experience is an asset.
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