Sub Regional Agro-food Systems Investment Support Specialist

Sub Regional Agro-food Systems Investment Support Specialist

Job Description
Sub Regional Agro-food Systems Investment Support Specialist – Harare
Closure Date: 20/Aug/2019, 1:59:00 AM
Organizational Unit: SFS
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)
Grade Level: N/A
Primary Location: Zimbabwe-Harare
Duration: 11 months
Post Number: N/A
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FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality
People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply
All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization
Organizational Setting
FAO’s Sub Regional Office for Southern Africa (SFS) is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing sub-regional food, agriculture and rural development priorities. It develops and maintains relations with sub-region-wide institutions including Regional Economic Communities (RECs). It assists the FAO Representations (FAORs) in the sub-region with addressing sub-regional food security, agriculture and rural development issues at country level. The Subregional Office is a subsidiary of FAO’s Regional Office for Southern Africa.
 Reporting Lines
The Agro-food Systems Investment Consultant reports to the Sub-regional Coordinator and maintains regular contact with FAO headquarters in Rome for functional guidance on matters relating to policy and governance support in the food and agricultural sectors.
Technical Focus
Supporting the Agriculture Investment Plans, AGRINVEST and resource mobilization at sub regional and country level.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Work with SADC Secretariat and Member States to prepare a Sub-Regional Programing Framework (SRPF) to be duly adopted and presented during the Africa Regional Conference in March 2020.
Prepare a joint plan for SFS-SADC to be duly adopted.
Support the SADC Secretariat to advance the implementation of the regional agriculture investment plan and the regional agriculture development fund.
Support AGRINVEST Initiatives in Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Angola and other Countries.
Develop Commodity Sector Development Agreement
Supervise the preparation of CAADP Investment Plans in Zambia, Eswatini, Namibia, Zimbabwe and other countries.
Provide technical assistance to Member States on policies related to agriculture and food security.
 Minimum Requirements
Advanced university degree in political sciences, agricultural economics, development economics, rural sociology, food security, nutrition, sustainable agriculture (including livestock, forestry and fisheries), geography, or related field.
Twelve years of relevant experience in policy advice and analysis relating to agribusiness, agriculture finance, value chain development and overall food and nutrition security.
At least 3 years of experience in working with regional economic communities and building partnerships.
Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Russian, Arabic or Chinese.
FAO Core Competencies
Results Focus
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 is desirable
Relevance and extent of experience in policy analysis and advise relating to food and nutrition security, sustainable agriculture, and rural development
Relevance and extent of experience in working with inter-governmental bodies and multi-disciplinary teams
Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Russian, Arabic or Chinese
Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency
FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)
Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list
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
Candidates should upload language certificate/s when submitting their application.
For more information, visit the FAO employment website
To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.
We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline
If you need help please contact: Careers@fao.org

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