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), technical guidance of the FAO Lead Technical Officer (LTO), 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 at Headquarters in Rome, 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), the Project Manager/Farmer Field School (FFS) Specialist 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:

  • Participate in consultative meetings with local stakeholders, including representative of community organisations, community development associations, agricultural co-operatives, farmers’ associations and other relevant community-based organisations, relevant non-government and private sector organisations providing support services to smallholder farmers, local agricultural extension departments and local authorities to discuss the findings and recommendations of baseline surveys and farming system and institutional analyses, present the FFS approach to applied research and participatory extension in the context of the farming systems present, and seek collaboration and participation and identify the specific geographical focus of FFS implementation.
  • Oversee the development, management, implementation and Administration of all project activities, including relevant work plans and budgets (e.g. operations, procurement, recruitment and travel) and co-ordination and relationships with implementing partners, service providers and suppliers while ensuring adherence with FAO policies and procedures.
  • Supervise the work of PIU members and coordinate their performance in line with FAO policy and procedures.
  • Establish and maintain professional relationships and communication lines with relevant government offices and representatives, non-government organisations and other United Nations’ agencies, liaising closely with relevant project stakeholders, managing communications and organising and facilitating meetings as needed.
  • Oversee the development of technical specifications, terms of references, letters of agreement and memoranda of understanding required for the procurement, implementation and delivery of required services and goods through suppliers, service providers and implementing partners.
  • Liaise and co-ordinate with the MoALR’s designated National Project Director and National Focal Points and relevant counterparts to ensure the timely planning and implementation of project activities, including (but not limited to) baseline surveys, analyses and assessments, curriculum development, training of master trainers and FFS facilitators and the mobilisation, implementation, monitoring and networking of FFSs.
  • Assist the FAO Representation in Egypt to organise and report Project Inception, Mid-term Review and (any) Evaluation Missions, including field visits and stakeholder workshops.
  • Oversee the organisation and reporting of technical and operational workshops, seminars and consultative meetings initiated by PIU members.
  • Work closely with technical and operational members of PIU to ensure the timely planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of project activities in the field.
  • Guide and provide quality assurance to inputs from other PIU members and collate, prepare and submit regular progress reports to the FAO Representation in Egypt for onward transmission to FAO’s RNE and Headquarters for approval and final submission the Government of Egypt and IFAD.
  • Oversee the identification of: (i) a cadre of capable and willing governorate-level male and female CSA and NRM subject matter specialists to perform as master trainers; and (ii) a team of local FFS facilitators to guide participating smallholder farmers through the establishment and implementation of FFSs.
  • Oversee the development of curriculum and design of training schedules for the training of master trainers and FFS facilitators and the implementation of FFSs.
  • Oversee the mobilisation, implementation, monitoring and networking of FFSs for the testing, adaptation and replication of sustainable CSA and NRM practices and technologies by smallholder men and women farmers – including technical support and supervision of FAO’s FFS Co-ordinators.
  • Work closely with the FAO’s Communication Specialist for the development of project briefs, brochures, infographics, case studies and other visibility, outreach and communication materials, ensuring adherence to FAO, IFAD and Government of Egypt requirements.
  • Co-ordinate and support project-related field missions and visits of representatives from the Government of Egypt, its development and resource partners (including IFAD) and FAO and other United Nations’ agencies.
  • Ensure FAO commitments to Accountability to Affected Populations and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse are fulfilled and mainstreamed throughout the project cycle.
  • Support the dissemination of FAO’s work and good practices both internally and amongst key stakeholders and the wider community.
  • Act as ex officio member of the Project Steering Committee with responsibility for meeting organisation, information sharing and minute taking.
  • Undertake regular duty travel as needed and perform other related duties as required by the FAOR and LTO.
  • Prepare an end of assignment report for approval of the FAOR and FAO’s Lead Technical Officer for the Project.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in Agricultural Economics, agricultural extension, business administration, public administration, social science, political science or a related field.
  • 10 years of relevant experience in project management in agricultural or rural development with a focus on technology transfer and agricultural extension for smallholder men and women farmers and rural livelihoods.
  • Spoken and written fluency in English and Arabic languages.
  • National of Egypt.
FAO Core Competencies

  • Results focus
  • Teamwork
  • 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 formulation, Analysis, planning and management of projects related to sustainable development of smallholder agriculture.
  • Extent and relevance of experience in the field of the group-based, market-led and participatory approach to agricultural extension and adult learning, i.e. “FFS methodology for adaptive research and participatory learning”.
  • Understanding of FAO policies and programmes is considered a strong asset.
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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