Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

National Farmer Field School Coordinators

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Job Description

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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, in close collaboration with the relevant international and national consultants of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) and FAO service providers in the field, and in co-operation with national counterparts (mainly the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation (MoALR) and SAIL Project staff at the governorate, district and community levels), the Farmer Field School Co-ordinator will be responsible for the below mentioned tasks.

Technical Focus:

  • Project cycle management (PCM), donor and government compliance and alignment of project actions to FAO’s PCM
  • guidelines.
  • Field project development, implementation and quality assurance.
  • Leadership and co-ordination of the PIU and supervision and guidance of FAO operational work.
  • Technical Support and supervision of the mobilisation, implementation and monitoring of FFSs for the testing, adaptation and replication of sustainable CSA and NRM practices and technologies by smallholder men and women farmers.
Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Review and familiarise with the FAO methodology for the mobilisation, implementation and monitoring of FFSs for the promotion of appropriate CSA and NRM practices and technologies.
  • Identify village-level FFS facilitator candidates (from government extension workers, NGO social mobilisers, community leaders and lead farmers) for final selection by the FAO Project Manager/FFS Specialist.
  • In collaboration with the FFS facilitators and farmers’ and community leaders, assist FAO’s PIU to select the climate-smart crop and livestock production and PHM practices and technologies to be tested, adapted and replicated by FFS participants.
  • Undergo training and on-the-job coaching in the climate-smart crop and livestock production and PHM practices and technologies selected for the agro-ecologies of the concerned governorates (provided by FAO climate-smart agronomy, livestock and PHM specialists).
  • Co-ordinate and participate in the training of FFS facilitators in the FFS methodology and selected climate-smart crop and livestock production and PHM practices and technologies (conducted by the Project’s master trainers).
  • Co-ordinate and oversee the FFS co-ordinators in the mobilisation of groups of smallholder men and women farmers and rural households to establish and participate in FFSs.
  • Co-ordinate and oversee the FFS co-ordinators in guiding the implementation and monitoring of FFSs for the testing, adaptation and replication of innovative and improved climate-smart crop and livestock production and PHM practices and technologies.
  • Provide coaching sessions and prepare specifications for climate-smart crop and livestock production and PHM input packages/kits for the establishment of group-based study plots/ventures and on-farm/site experimental plots/ventures (procured by FAO-Egypt) and ensure their time delivery to FFS leaders and distribution among FFS participants.
  • Monitor the performance of the FFS participants and the FFS facilitators throughout the duration of the FFSs in order to analyse and reflect critically on their experiences, and plan for future goals and activities, ensuring the upkeep of FFS diaries reporting on regular meetings, problems encountered, decisions made, demonstration events, lessons learned and persons visiting (e.g. master trainers, project staff, extension officers, local and national officials, commercial agents and dignitaries and other farmers).
  • Evaluate the impact of the FFSs on the participants’ adoption of the climate-smart crop and livestock production and PHM practices and technologies tested and adapted and report to FAO’s Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist accordingly.
  • Assist The Project Manager , and coordinate with FAO’s M&E Specialist to create a governorate-level database of FFSs established and implemented or failed, including a feedback mechanism that enables the regular and needs-base exchange of information between FFS facilitators, master trainers, project managers, as well as MoALR extension directors and officers, researchers and policy makers.
  • Undertake duty travel and perform other related tasks as required by the Project Manager/FFS Specialist.
  • Prepare an end of assignment report for approval of the Project Manager/FFS Specialist and FAOR.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

Minimum Requirements

  • A university degree in Natural Sciences, agriculture, agricultural extension or related discipline.
  • Ten years of relevant experience in agricultural extension with a focus on smallholder/family farming.
  • Three years of experience in the testing, adaptation, replication and upscaling of innovative and improved crop production, livestock production and/or PHM practices and technologies through group-based adaptive research and participatory learning approaches (e.g. FFSs).
  • Working knowledge of English and fluency in Arabic.
  • National of Egypt
FAO Core Competencies

  • Results focus
  • Multi-disciplinary and multi-national team work
  • 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 throughout Egypt.
  • Extent and relevance of experience in the field of applied research and participatory extension, with time spent working on donor-funded agricultural and rural Development Projects targeting smallholder farmers and resource-poor rural households considered a strong asset.
  • Extent and relevance of experience in the FFS approach to testing, adapting, replicating and upscaling innovative and improved crop production, livestock production and/or PHM practices and technologies
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help please contact: Careers@fao.org
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications
FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.
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