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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

The Gender-responsive Climate-smart Agriculture and Food system in the Caribbean is a 4-year project featuring a collaboration between The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean (FAO) and The Global Affairs Canada (GAC). The project will be implemented by FAO in collaboration with the Ministries of Agriculture in eight Caribbean countries. The project aims to promote and encourage the use of climate-smart technologies in viable agricultural value chains in Belize, Grenada, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname. It focuses on addressing youth and gender constraints in value chains and building their capacity so that all value chain actors benefit from increased market access and improved livelihoods.

The activities under the project will prioritize the needs of youth, women and producer organizations, ensure equal access to capacity building and training activities, and develop knowledge products that will enhance learning using participatory methods. Climate smart tools and technologies will also be introduced to improve efficiencies in production, and agro-processing. Market linkages will be promoted through community-based events for farmers and processors connecting buyers both nationally and regionally.

The project’s approach is geared to foster country ownership and to bolster the linkages between farmers, agro-processors and existing public policies and/or interventions at national and regional levels.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of Sub-regional Coordinator and the direct supervision of the Lead Technical Project Coordinator (LTPC), and in close collaboration with the FAO technical implementation team, and national project teams, the incumbent will provide technical and operational support for the timely and efficient implementation of project activities in accordance with FAO rules and procedures.

Technical Focus

Provide technical support for activities in the following areas\:
• Gender-sensitive climate resilient value chain analysis and implementation of upgrading strategies.
• Agribusiness development and capacity building for producers and processors
• Producer group strengthening for improved and efficient participation in value chain development activities.
• Climate risk assessments using multi-hazard risk analysis at the community and value chain levels.

Tasks and responsibilities

• Gender-sensitive, climate resilient value chain analysis and development of upgrading strategic plans using FAO guides and tools for value chain and producer groups.
• Capacity building of women and youth in agri-business and financial planning, including coordination of business-to-business events featuring with local buyers, institutions, and/or other markets
• Development of technical policy briefs to influence national programmes to promote gender-responsive climate-resilient practices in production, agro-processing and marketing for selected value chains.
• Support the development of knowledge and visibility products featuring national initiatives implemented in the project country.
• Coordinate capacity building of women and youth in selected agriculture value chains/agribusinesses in the adoption of gender-responsive climate-smart technologies, innovations, and practices, including climate smart tools and technologies in production and agro-processing facilities, and agri-finance that will improve product quality, reduce loss and waste, increase energy efficiency and/or use renewable energy sources.
• Development of gender-sensitive investment proposals in consultation with producer organizations to strengthen and facilitate access to finance by women and youth.
• Coordination of the implementation of the use of multi-risk management tools within value chains to improve climate and disaster risk management along the value chain.
• Support project development and implementation of annual work plans and supporting operational plans including procurement, administration, and communication.
• Support project data collection, analysis and reporting for monitoring and evaluation of project actions at the national level.
• Support the development of knowledge products in collaboration with technical teams.
• Support operations and administrative functions in collaboration with FAO teams.
• Act as Secretariat for national project steering committee and support the regional project steering committee as required.

CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

Minimum Requirements

• University Degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Business development and administration, Project Management or closely related fields
• At least 5 years of relevant experience in value chain development, economic development and social development strategies for Caribbean countries
• Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish for Consultants; Working knowledge of English for PSA Subscribers.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

• Additional experience with value chain/agribusiness development, agri-finance in Caribbean countries will be considered an asset.
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work.
• Extent and relevance of experience in the agriculture sector in the English-speaking Caribbean
• Extent and relevance of experience in technical areas value chain development, cold chain management, post-harvest management, marketing and market access of fresh and value-added products, access to finance and finance literacy, alternative livelihoods, climate smart technologies and tools, climate change and disaster risk management tools and strategies in Caribbean countries
• Ability to plan and organize own work, results-based focused and meet deadlines.
• Ability to write clear and concise technical documents in English.
• Ability to effectively work with multi-disciplinary teams.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Familiarity with Monitoring, evaluation and learning tools and techniques in the Caribbean.
• Familiarity with MS Office tools, especially for project management

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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