Job Description

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  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member nations, and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
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  • The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization
Organizational Setting The FAO Regional office for Asia and The Pacific support member countries in the development of knowledge products, Capacity Development and implementation of programmes and projects in food security, Agriculture, rural development, natural Resource Management and agro-processing in developing countries and countries in transition, assisting governments and country stakeholders, main development partners, regional and national institutions with the policy and strategic planning to achieve food security and nutrition, make agriculture, forestry and fisheries more sustainable and productive, reduce rural poverty, make food value chains more efficient and inclusive and promote Climate Change adaptation and/or mitigation.

The purpose of this call is to provide the FAO Regional office for Asia Pacific in the region with a list of qualified candidates for a number of profiles with different technical specializations as indicated below. The contract can be home based with required travel for field missions.

Requested Profiles (or Job Titles): Food Loss/Waste Specialist Geographic Indications/Territorial Development Specialist (capacity development and legal) Micro, Small and Medium Agro Food Enterprise Development Specialist Value addition and post-harvest management Specialist Value Chain, Agribusiness and Financing Specialist Reporting Lines The Technical Specialist will work under the overall technical supervision of the FAO Regional Representative and the direct supervision of a RAP Officer, in close collaboration with the FAO Representation in the relevant country of assignment.

Technical Focus Provision of technical advice or expertise and capacity development for (i) provision of policy advice to member countries in collaboration with IFI partners; (ii) the design of investment operations, in collaboration with country stakeholders and cooperating partners, to mobilize resources for food security, nutrition, agriculture, rural development, natural resource management and climate change adaptation and/or mitigation; and (ii) implementation support and evaluation of investment operations, in accordance with the FAO Strategic Framework.

Tasks and responsibilities
  • Lead, or participate in, multidisciplinary teams to assist governments in the identification, assessment and preparation of investment operations in the fields of food security, nutrition, agriculture, rural development, agribusiness, natural resource management and climate change adaptation and/or mitigation, and participate in pre-appraisal and appraisal missions.
  • Lead, or participate in, multidisciplinary teams for the implementation support and the preparation of final evaluation of investment operations.
  • Advise governments, or provide technical expertise, in the preparation of food security, nutrition, agriculture, rural development, agribusiness, natural resource management and climate change adaptation and/or mitigation studies and strategies, and in the formulation of national sector and/or sub-sector investment plans and programmes. (only for Consultants)
  • Advise on developing, or support the development, of inclusive and sustainable Food Systems, involving producers, their organizations, other private sector actors, Civil Society Organizations and government.
  • Lead the formulation, or formulate, and delivers monitoring and evaluation, communication and capacity development strategies and activities in the areas of food security, nutrition, agriculture, rural development, agribusiness, natural resource management and climate change adaptation and/or mitigation, investment support to government staff, and non-state actors and private sector organizations.
  • Prepare reports in accordance with government and financing partners’ requirements.
  • Promote international cooperation and collaboration leading to new investment opportunities and cooperative agreements, advocates best practices and effective policy dialogue and provides technical expertise at international meetings.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING Minimum Requirements
  • University degree in food science/technology, economics, Agricultural Economics, agricultural sciences, agribusiness management, international relations or a related field as appropriate for the specific profile
  • From one to fifteen years of relevant experience in analytical studies, and/or in planning, design, supervision of agricultural and rural projects and programmes, including in developing countries and/or countries in transition
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian (for consultants). Working knowledge of English, French, Spanish, Arabic or Russian (for PSAs).
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Technical/Functional Skills
  • Extent and relevance of experience in the preparation of strategies and sector studies as well as formulation, implementation support or evaluation of food security, nutrition, agriculture, rural development, natural resource management and climate change adaptation and/or mitigation activities
  • Extent and relevance of experience in food security, nutrition, agriculture, rural development, natural resource management and climate change adaptation and/or mitigation analytical studies and project implementation
  • Extent and relevance of experience in development of technical knowledge products, project design and implementation
  • Extent and relevance of experience in capacity development for the design and implementation of food security, nutrition, agriculture, rural development, natural resource management and climate change adaptation and/or mitigation investments
  • Demonstrated experience in dealing with government officials, development partners and other country level stakeholders;
  • Relevance of experience in different geographical areas.
Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency
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