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  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture.
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply;
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination  
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting

FAO Azerbaijan has on-going and pipeline projects under Natural Resources Management portfolio that includes environmental and climate change mitigation/adaptation related projects.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of FAOR, the programmatic supervision of Assistant FAOR and the technical supervision of Lead Technical Officers, and in consultation with relevant government departments, non-government organizations and other national and international organizations concerned, and in close cooperation with FAO country teams, Project Task Force.

Technical Focus

Deployment of the relevant methodologies, tools, approaches and the best international experiences related to the sustainable natural resource management, including biodiversity conservation, protected areas management, pesticides management and so on.

Tasks and responsibilities

• In collaboration with the International Expert on Rural Employment and Market Research, develop a final report which details proposed agrifood interventions for each of the identified value chains, which aim to increase the employment of vulnerable groups
• Attend stakeholder consultation meetings and validation workshop
• Provide technical feedback on value chain related documents as required
• Prepare presentations on proposed agri-food interventions for each of the value chains for stakeholder meetings
• Perform other related tasks and duty travel as required

CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

Minimum Requirements

• Advanced university degree (master’s or higher) in a relevant discipline such as agricultural management, agribusiness, agricultural economics, marketing, business administration or another relevant field
• At least three years of relevant experience in value chain analysis, value chain development, rural businesses, livelihood diversification or related areas in agri-food sector
• Working knowledge (level C) of English

FAO Core Competencies

• Results Focus
• Teamwork
• Communication
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

• Solid experience in developing investment plans and project proposals with government institutions and private sector is highly desirable.
• Experience working in UN agencies is desired and experience in the private sector working at different stages of the agrifood value chain is a plus.
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and partners developing effective working relationships; and
• Experience working in Azerbaijan/the South Caucuses region highly regarded.
• Knowledge in Russian, Azerbaijani or Turkish will be considered as additional asset.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • 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
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http\://www.whed.net/
  • For more information, visit the FAO employment website
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

HOW TO APPLY

• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
• Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
• Incomplete applications will not be considered
• Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
• We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

If you need help or have queries, please create a one-time registration with FAO’s client support team for further assistance\: https\://fao.service-now.com/csp

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