Job Description

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People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

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Organizational Setting

Zimbabwe is facing a growing humanitarian crisis due to a combination of underlying socio-economic constraints, as well as the impact of external factors such a climatic change and Covid-19. These issues are stretching the resilience of the Zimbabwean people to the limit. At the peak of the lean season (January-March 2020) 5.8 million people were considered severely food insecure (IPC3 and 4). A poor 2020 agricultural season coupled with even further economic hardship will see households requiring Emergency food assistance rising to 8.5 Million by the end of 2020 and into the ’lean season’ (WFP July 2020).

In response to the above, FAO and UNICEF will be implementing the project “Enhanced Resilience for Vulnerable Households in Zimbabwe” (ERVHIZ). The ERVHIZ will achieve its goal by adopting principles of agro-ecology, improving access to local markets, increased nutrition awareness and community WASH interventions that are adapted to the local context and will offer sustainable pathways to resilient livelihoods. The ERVHIZ is a multi-sectoral project addressing both early and mid-term recovery needs for Agriculture livelihoods. In addition, there will be strong gender component to this project which will enhance the inclusion and livelihoods of women.

The position is located in the FAO Zimbabwe Office, but stationed in the project Field Office in Matebeleland North. The position will provide the overall delivery of ERHVIZ project results/outputs, the day- to-day management, organisation and Coordination of all project activities in close collaboration with partner organisations working in the same geographical area and ‘resilience space’.

Reporting Lines

The Project Coordinator will report to the FAO Zimbabwe Head of the Programme Unit, with further reporting and guidance from the relevant FAO Lead Technical Officer of the project, Regional Office for Africa and technical divisions at HQ (NSP) Technical Focus

Management and coordination of the project “Enhanced Resilience for Vulnerable Households in Zimbabwe” (ERVHIZ). In addition, there will be an emphasis on partnership building and coordination.

Key Results
  • Provide the overall leadership, management oversight and direction on all aspects of the project implementation to achieve the project Outputs and Outcomes ‘Rural households resilience to food crises and Climate Change is increased’
Tasks and responsibilities

Working under the overall supervision of the Head of the Programme Unit and with technical guidance from the FAO Lead Technical Officer, the Project Coordinator will provide expert guidance and Technical Support to the project. In particular, the incumbent will:
  • Coordinate the project through work planning, budget management, monitoring and evaluation and follow-up with the implementing partners to ensure all activities are implemented in accordance to the project logframe;
  • Provide technical backstopping for the smooth implementation of the project and ensure consistency among the various components of the project and related activities, as foreseen in the project document and log-frame;
  • Lead the procurement of all goods and services for the project and ensure contractual compliance for contractual work.
  • Prepare Terms of Reference and oversee the work of consultants and project staff – ensuring quality control and relevance of consultancy
  • Ensure regular communication with all project stakeholders and in particular with the MLAWCRR and UNICEF (for the WASH component)
  • Chair and organize the Project Management Committee meetings
  • Manage the human, material and Financial Resources allocated to the project for efficient and timely project implementation and delivery.
  • Organize and supervise the production of all required project reports in line with donor requirements and guidelines maintaining quality control.
  • Provide substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.;
  • Initiate and coordinate outreach activities; conduct training workshops, seminars, etc.; make presentations on assigned topics/activities;
  • Lead and/or participate in large, complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.;
  • Perform any other related duties as may be required.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in Agricultural, Rural Development or a related field
  • 10 years of relevant experience in managing ‘agricultural and rural Development Projects
  • Working knowledge of English and Ndebele
  • Nationality of Zimbabwe.
FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in the Matabeleland
  • Extent and relevance of experience in rangeland management
  • Extent and relevance of experience in irrigated crop production
  • Familiarity with project management
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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