The selected candidate will provide high level support to the land and water team in development of new water quality and health related projects and programs and also implementation of the ongoing ones.
International Public Health, Socio-Behavioural and Environment Specialist will work under the direct supervision of the SEC Land and Water Officer and overall supervision of the FAO Sub-regional Coordinator for Central Asia and FAO Representative in Turkey (SEC/SRC) and FAO Uzbekistan.
Supporting the formulation, drafting, development, submission and implementation of the assigned environment, water quality and health related projects through the provision of relevant expertise.
This assignment also includes leading the project design and/or prepare the full Project Documents and supporting materials for submission to the relevant donors or providing technical backstopping for the project implementation, as required.
Tasks and responsibilities
The incumbent will contribute to and if required lead the project development and carry out general tasks, including:
• Coordinate inputs, such as detailed development of project framework, and potential operational arrangements including coordination with key stakeholders and beneficiaries;
• Coordinate analytical studies of water quality and health nexus in the agri-food sector within the region, and proposing recommendations for improved policy
• Assist in identifying different elements of a sustainable one health initiative (in relation with water quality and pollution sources in agriculture and health impacts) structure in the region and propose a fit for purpose management framework based on FAO guidelines
• Contribute to the overall project implementation to ensure effective integration of environmental and public health considerations in all project activities.
• Analyse the collected health/socioeconomical/biophysical data and correlate it with pollutants exposure.
• Participate in the hotspots mapping and risk assessment activities in relation with human health/pollutants/socio-economical status/food security.
• Provide expert advice on mitigating health risks and promoting public health in relation to pollutants in agriculture (e.g. untreated wastewater, agrochemicals, etc).
• Take part in a Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices (KAP) study in collaboration with the national team
• Collaborate in analysing survey results and propose behavioural change strategies, in coordination with the rest of the team.
• Participate in and facilitate consultative, inception and validation workshops, meetings, providing clarifications and presentations as necessary, and ensure documentation of relevant meetings
• Reconfirm/update the baseline scenario and associated baseline activities/projects
• Review and, if necessary, revise/comment on the proposed project actions plans with a brief description of expected outcomes and components of the project, and articulate the project’s theory of change based on FAO priorities and county focus areas;
• If/where applicable, outline how the project can best address socioeconomic issues such as gender and indigenous communities’ issues/ concerns;
• Review identified risks that might prevent the project objectives from being achieved, and propose measures that address these risks in the project’s design;
• Ensure that management/implementation arrangements are secured and agreed upon by relevant stakeholders
• Provide support in developing the most fit for purpose methodological framework for different water projects/programs
• Provide support in implementation process of the water quality and health related projects in different countries
• Coordinate reviewing the institutional aspects of transboundary water resources in the region, and define risks and opportunities for enhancing transboundary cooperation;
• Consult with national experts and different project task force team on effective water quality strategies and suggest policy changes based on identified opportunities and challenges;
• Assist in preparation of relevant water quality/food security/social determinants of health related training materials and delivery of ToT and other Trainings within the Projects;
• Lead the completion of project reports and relevant water quality related FAO publications.
• Conduct any other relevant task.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
• University degree in health related disciplines, Epidemiology, Economics, social science, development studies, environmental/water/agricultural sciences and engineering, or a related appropriate field
• 5 years of relevant experience in health/water quality/food security related project/programme planning and monitoring, including practical experience in project formulation, appraisal, implementation, monitoring and planning.
• Working knowledge (level C) of English. Knowledge of Russian or other local languages of Central Asia may be considered an advantage.
• National of Uzbekistan or a legal resident in the country.
FAO Core Competencies
• Results Focus
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work
• Extent and relevance of experience in project/programme formulation
• Extent and relevance of experience in results monitoring and reporting
• Familiarity with integrated water resource management principals in particular in agriculture