FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS

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FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS

CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

National Project Personnel: Agronomy Expert
Contract Duration: 11 Months (with the possibility of extension)
Deadline for Application: 02 March 2018
Duty Station: Maiduguri, Borno State

Task and Responsibilities:
BACKGROUND
The crisis in Nigeria, located mainly around the Lake Chad Basin, is a complex emergency characterized by food insecurity, violence and displacement. This area is one of the poorest in the world. Subsistence based livelihoods are impacted upon by climate-induced desertification, drought, receding lake/water stress. Compounding the situation is the high incidence of violence from None-State Armed Groups (NSAG) since 2013. FAO’s strategy 2017-2019 includes ensuring sustainable and equitable access to resources and services as well as sustainable growth of livelihood opportunities are therefore critical priorities. Strengthening resilience by linking emergency interventions to lasting recovery will facilitate immediate efforts to address food insecurity and reduce negating coping strategies, while mitigating the impact of the root causes of the conflict and instability in the region. FAO continues to play a key part in the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan lead by the Presidential Committee for the Northeast Initiative (PCNI), the State Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) that coordinate the humanitarian response, in coordination with humanitarian partners.

FAO in collaboration with UNWOMEN and WFP has received support from the European Development Fund (EDF) under the EU Support to Response, Recovery and Resilience in Borno State, to implement a 3 year programme to restore and improve sustainable agriculture-based livelihoods for food security, employment, and nutrition improvement in Borno State. FAO’s interventions include supporting small holder farmers (men, women and youth) to have diversified food source and income through reinforcing crops production, and support the rehabilitation and expansion of small scale irrigation schemes for dry season farming amongst others. For effective field management of project implementation, FAO will engage an Agronomy Expert. In particular he/she will be responsible for ensuring the technical soundness and timeliness of activities in his field of competencies in the design, planning, and supervision of the implementation and monitoring phases of crops related activities.

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TERMS OF REFERENCE:
Under the overall supervision and guidance of the FAO Representative for Nigeria through the FAOR in Maiduguri, and with direct supervision of the Project Coordinator, the functional guidance of the Lead Technical Officer (RAF) and in collaboration with national and international consultants in the project team, the incumbent will undertake the following activities.
• Participate in the assessments to establish the baseline and food security assessments to monitor the improvement of beneficiaries household food consumption, resilience, business development, markets enhancement, etc.
• From the data collected, analyze critical challenges and threats t sustainable crop production intensification and identify appropriate entry points to support the adoption of food agriculture practices through the FFS/APFS approach, nutrition sensitive agriculture, and how to effectively reinforce crops production and diversification through the provision of quality agri-inputs (irrigated and rain fed), amongst other interventions outlined in the project document.
• Provide technical guidance/recommendations of approach/strategies for horticulture/agriculture crop production interventions in order to improve livelihoods diversify diets and strengthen resilience to external shocks.
• Contribute to the designed, content and delivery of the training packages of the Farmer Field School trainings planned under the project.
• Contribute to the procurement process of horticulture/agriculture inputs i.e. preparation of the technical specifications of inputs i.e. vegetable seed, fruit saplings, hand tools, composting chemicals, along with detail distribution plan to the identified beneficiaries in the targeted area.
• Assist Extension/NGO staff in distribution of inputs and training groups of women farmers in improved fruit and vegetable production technologies (using recognized participatory and group-based extension techniques).
• Maintain and engage in networks of collaboration amongst the stakeholders to gather information, promote awareness of technical issues and support capacity building programmes.
• Prepare case studies, guidelines, reports, publication of presentations in support of programme delivery.
• Perform any other related duties as required.

Key Performance Indicators
Expected Outputs:
• The agriculture component of FAO/UNWOMEN/WFP Joint Project in Borno State programming, implementation, operational, information management, reporting and monitoring/evaluation capacities are carried out;
• Timely project cycle operational implementation activities ensured (project planning, procurement planning, site selection, beneficiary targeting, IP contracting, MDAs liaison, input distribution, monitoring, reporting, field assessment);
• Information related to the Joint Project Sites in particular and FAO emergency programme in the sub-region in general is timely collected, organized and made available in the appropriate format.
• Deliverables (indicators).
• The work and monitoring /evaluation plan of the project is effectively implemented based on the project log frame and M&E framework.
• Planned activities and for intervention in the agriculture sector (number, type and quality of the documents).
• Crops component technical and material inputs and support services are delivered to the beneficiaries for achievement of project results and objectives.
• Training modules and relevant trainings of the FAO component delivered.
• Participation of stakeholders in the field implementation activities and meetings (number of meetings, number of participants, profile of the participants).
• Reports of project implementation including resources utilized under the FAO component.
Required Completion Date: Duration of Contract – per the details of activities in the Project Work plan.

Candidates should meet the following requirements:
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
• Masters or Higher Degree in Agriculture or Horticulture with specialization in crop improvement, production systems, integrated crop management or farming systems
• Seven years (post MSc. Or 5 years post Ph.D.) relevant experience related to agricultural or horticultural development with emphasis on vegetables and other short-cycle horticulture crops.
Competencies
• Adequate competence in communication, planning and reporting in English and mother language.
• Knowledge of computer skills (MS Office package: word, excel and power point).
• Experience with similar internationally funded development projects will be an added advantage.
• Experience and competencies with working with women and youths groups will be an advantage.

Technical/Functional Skills
• Excellent interpersonal skills and Team spirit
• Experience of projects involving multiple and diverse stakeholders including Governments, private sector, civil society and end users.
• Working knowledge of the local language in Borno State.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
• FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.
• All candidates should adhere to FAO values of commitment to , Respect for All integrity and Transparency.

HOW TO APPLY
All applications are to be made through FAO’s iRecruitmentsystem. Click on the link below to access iRecruitment. Complete your profile and apply for this call for Expression of Interest.
http://www.fao.org/employment/irecruitmen-access/en/
In order for your application to be properly evaluated, please ensure that all sections of your iRecruitment account are completed.
Incomplete applications will not be evaluated.
If you need help, or have queries, please contact: [email protected]

Kindly complete the online FAO personal profile form in iRecruitment which can be accessed from any internet connection. Please scan the completed form and send along with your application and credentials electronically via e-mail to [email protected] on or before close of business on Friday 01 March 2018. Application should be addressed to:

The FAO Representative in Nigeria
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Old Central Bank Building
No.4 Zaria Street, Off LadokeAkintola Boulevard
Garki II, Abuja.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN