Technical Adviser (Food Security and Agriculture Cluster Coordinator), P4

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 29 January 2020
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 18 February 2020

The Food Security Cluster in Afghanistan is looking for a Technical Adviser, Cluster Coordinator.

The contract will be with FAO.

Job Posting: 28/Jan/2020

Closure Date: 18/Feb/2020, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: FAO Representation in Afghanistan, FAAFG

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition: Professional Project

Grade Level: P-4

Primary Location: Afghanistan-Kabul

Duration: Fixed-term: one year with possibility of extension

Post Number: 2005385

CCOG Code: 1A11

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The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments

• FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality
• People with disabilities are protected from any type of discrimination during any stage of employment, including the recruitment phase
• 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
The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

Reporting Lines
The Technical Adviser (Food Security - Agriculture Cluster Coordinator/FSAC Coordinator) reports to FAO Representative in Afghanistan and World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director. He/she will lead the overall coordination of emergency relief activities in food security and agriculture sector in Afghanistan.

Technical Focus
FSAC members are provided with systematic support at national and subnational levels on coordination, analysis, response planning, monitoring and reporting.

Key Results
Comprehensive technical and policy expertise to support the planning, development and implementation of departmental/divisional programmes, projects, products and services in accordance with departmental/divisional objectives and FAO Strategic Objectives

Key Functions
• Provides technical leadership assistance on the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects; assists in the review of relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities, liaises with relevant parties; identifies follow-up actions;
• Coordinates programme-related activities and reviews the assessments of issues and trends for the implementation of programmes and projects and the preparation of impact evaluation or equivalent studies;
• Supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications;
• Contributes to consultative and other meetings, conferences, including proposals for agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations;
• Participates in activities such as structuring of training workshops, seminars; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities;
• Leads field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties;
• Provides advice regarding the development of policies and strategies, as well as national protocols and guidelines for projects with specific domains related to FAO's work.

Specific Functions
• Leads effective coordination for emergency preparedness, assessment, response and resilience building;
• Maintains effective FSAC coordination mechanisms, including working groups, at national and subnational levels;
• Strengthens inter-cluster linkages through the Inter-Cluster Coordination Mechanism;
• Supports stakeholders in strategic response to emergency food security needs assessments, response analysis and monitoring;
• Improves the efficiency of FSAC information management systems (contact list database, reporting tools, 3Ws/4Ws, maps);
• Ensures regular dissemination of FSAC information products (dashboard, newsletter, maps, etc.);
• Develops appeals documents (HRP, ad hoc appeals) and strategic response strategies;
• Promotes the effective implementation of the Country-based Pool Fund (CBPF)/Common Humanitarian Fund and chair the review boards (strategic, technical);
• Enhances quality programming for food security and agriculture interventions (emergency preparedness and response, DRR/resilience, promoting right-based approaches and standards);
• Maintains technical working groups (with a focus on DRR);
• Develops training curricula and capacities of NGOs;
• Implements the referral system for protection in collaboration with the Protection Cluster;
• Supports NGOs in developing beneficiary complaint and feedback mechanisms;
• Reinforces collaboration with Nutrition, WASH and Health Clusters in common surveillance systems and encouragement of joint response strategies;
• Implements a joint and national Seasonal Food Security Assessment/Emergency Food Security Assessment;
• Leads the recruitment of staff and consultants; conducts meetings with FSAC partners and other stakeholders, prepares methodology and tools, and coordinates the work of NGOs in various areas;
• Conducts training for the enumerators;
• Recommends national NGOs to cover areas that other NGOs are not able to cover (due to security or lack of presence) and provides administrative support as needed;
• Supports data analysis and reporting.


Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in political sciences, agricultural economics, development economics, rural sociology, food security, nutrition, sustainable agriculture (including livestock, forestry and fisheries), or a related field;
• Seven years of relevant experience in technical cooperation's related activities, policy advice and analysis relating to food and nutrition security, agriculture and rural development, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes;
• Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

• Results Focus
• Team Work
• Communication
• 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;
• Extent and relevance of experience in technical cooperation's related activities, policy advice and analysis relating to food and nutrition security, agriculture and rural development, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes;
• Extent and relevance of experience in working with intergovernmental bodies and multidisciplinary teams;
• Extent and relevance of experience in humanitarian response at a mid- or senior level with preference for the food security sector;
• Demonstrated ability to work and plan at strategic as well as operational levels;
• Demonstrated experience of high level coordination and chairing of meetings; ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders and develop consensus and joint work plans;
• Demonstrated experience in drafting technical documents/reports and delivering presentations in English;
• Good knowledge and experience on the international humanitarian response architecture, including coordination mechanisms, humanitarian reform and action, and funding mechanisms (e.g. Consolidated Appeals Process, Central Emergency Response Fund and Flash Appeals) is considered strong asset.

This vacancy is archived.

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