FAO recruits 01 National Project Coordinator
National Project Coordinator
Closure Date: 19/Apr/2019, 10:59:00 PM
Organizational Unit: FAO Representation in Ethiopia
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)
Grade Level: N/A
Primary Location: Ethiopia-Addis Ababa
Duration: 12 Months with possibility of extension subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds
Post Number: N/A
FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.
Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.
People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.
All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is the specialized agency of the United Nations for food, nutrition, agriculture, and forestry. FAO’s global vision is for a world free from hunger and malnutrition where food and agriculture contribute to improving the living standards of all, especially the poorest, in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner. Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active and healthy lives.
The mission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is to work to eradicate hunger and promote global food security together with balanced and complete nutrition. Our mandate is to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy.
Our three main goals are: the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.
In Ethiopia, the current food composition table (FCT) is outdated, limiting the ability for the Ministries of Health, Agriculture and Livestock along with agriculture, nutrition, private sector and other development partners from adequately understanding what Ethiopians are eating, the quality of food being consumed, and most importantly, how to guide policy and programs on better diets for human health and nutrition. Ethiopia’s FCT was revised in 1997 and published in 1998 with FAO support. The 1998 version has many missing values in different food items, and some of the testing parameters which were used for the estimation of nutrient content of those food items are outdated and no longer used as officially recognized method of analysis. Further, the diet have changed over years in the country. The present project will be implemented, in terms of research aspects, by the Ethiopian Public Health Institute. Food sample collection, partial laboratory analysis when relevant and data review will be part of their tasks.
Under the general guidance of the FAO Representative (FAOR), technical guidance of the project’s senior consultant and food composition/INFOODS experts, in collaboration with the food composition experts in the Ethiopian Public Health Institute, and the direct supervision of the team leader – RI1/SO1, the national coordinator for the FCT project will support the technical implementation of the project “MTF/ETH/100/BMG – Support to the Government of Ethiopia for updating the national food composition table (FCT) and establishing a related database”.
Food composition data, nutrition policy and data management.
Tasks and responsibilities
He/she will coordinate the smooth implementation of the project through undertaking the following duties and responsibilities:
Manage the project through work planning, budget management, monitoring and evaluation, follow-up with the implementing partner (EPHI) and other partners to ensure all activities are timely and adequately held;
Provide technical backstopping to the smooth implementation of the project and ensure consistency among the various components of the project and related activities, as foreseen by the project document;
Support the organization of activities according to EPHI’s business/implementation plan;
Ensure regular communication between EPHI and Government counterparts, FAO team and the donor;
Prepare timely donor’s reports according to requirements;
Liaise with FAO sub regional, regional, HQ based nutrition officers and international INFOODS/Food Composition experts to ensure the project can benefit from and contribute to regional and global nutrition initiatives, and mobilize technical support from the regional office and HQ to support project implementation.
Perform other related duties as required.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
Advanced University degree in epidemiology, research, nutrition, food-related data management, or related field;
At least 7 years of relevant experience in food composition data management which includes data evaluation, compilation and management, and food matching along with relevant publications ;
Working language of English ;
National of Ethiopia.
FAO Core Competencies
Building Effective Relationships
Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Work experience related to food composition in more than one location or area of work ;
Extent and relevance of experience in food composition data management;
Extent and relevance of experience in project management ;
Familiarity with international standards for food composition data management & quality, and with INFOODS network;
Experience in & with international institutions and research centres is a strong asset;
Experience in project management in a multi-cultural context is a strong asset.
Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.
Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile.
Vacancies will be removed from the recruitment portal at 23:59 Central European Time (CET) on the deadline for applications date. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.
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