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  • Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.

    Our three main goals are: the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.
     
    International consultant on project formulation sensitive to nutrition and food security, Abuja, Nigéria

    International consultant on project formulation sensitive to nutrition and food security

     

    GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF TASK(S) AND OBJECTIVES TO BE ACHIEVED
    The implementation of the ECOWAP requires that emerging issues related to nutrition, food security and resilience of vulnerable populations are taken into account. Moreover, challenges related to agro-food processing, the change in diets and nutrition, the implementation of the ECOWAP becomes essential, especially in a context marked by increasing urbanization of the ECOWAS region. The integration of these emerging issues in the strategies, policies and projects implemented though the ECOWAP is not only the responsibility of public authorities. Views of other stakeholders need to be taken into account. Disseminated of experiences through a network of actors can also enhance achievement of ECOWAS major objectives of nutrition and food security. In order to support the ECOWAS Directorate of Agriculture and Rural Development in the implementation of the ECOWAP, FAO recruits an international consultant in the area of agricultural investment project formulation sensitive to nutrition and food security within the framework of the project «building Capacity of ECOWAS for the implementation of the ECOWAP'. This project is funded by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and implemented by FAO.

    Duties and Responsibilities
    The incumbent will contribute to the achievement of project objectives including the formulation of agricultural investment projects sensitive to nutrition, food security and resilience to mobilize resources. In particular, he or she will be responsible for carrying out the following activities

    • Identify and define the priorities required in nutrition and food security in the context of the implementation of the ECOWAP / CAADP interventions;
    • Facilitate and lead the process of dialogue with countries including those who have requested support for the formulation of investment projects on food security and nutrition;
    • Provide technical support and guidance to ECOWAS on issues related to food security, nutrition and resilience in the context of ECOWAP implementation;
    • Organize seminars /workshops to strengthen the analytical capacities and methodological understanding of national experts from member countries of ECOWAS and those of West African Regional Organizations.
    • Draft clear and concise terms for Consultants to assist in formulation of detailed investment plans for the operationalization of the Regional Agriculture Investment Programs;
    • Participate in the analysis of policies, strategies and institutional framework within which national and regional projects for Agricultural investments will set up and prepare recommendations, taking into account food security, nutrition and resilience in the implementation of the ECOWAP;
    • Participate as a member of the multidisciplinary team in the design of detailed regional investment projects;
    • Organize workshops for methodological discussion and analysis and review of investment projects formulated to solicit contributions from partners;
    • Facilitate a network of knowledge sharing, best practices and sharing of experiences on food security and nutrition through the development and dissemination of briefings focused on food security, nutrition and resilience of vulnerable populations;
    • Perform any other activities related to the project objectives and the overall mission of the nutrition and food security expert in ECOWAS. The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Coordinator of the project 'Capacity building of ECOWAS for the implementation of the ECOWAP' based in Lomé (Togo). S/He will work closely with the ECOWAS Director of Agriculture and Rural Development.

    KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

    Expected Outputs

    • Seminars /workshops organized
    • Draft clear and concise terms for Consultants
    • Formulation of investment project documents on food security, nutrition and resilience

    Required Completion Date: 2016

    REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

    • University degree in nutrition, social sciences or other related discipline;
    • Five (5) years minimum experience in the design, analysis and implementation of investment projects in the agricultural sector projects;
    • Excellent knowledge of the agricultural projects and issues related to food and nutrition security and its impact on agriculture in West Africa;
    • Familiar with institutional environment of West African regional organizations (ECOWAS, UEMOA, CILSS);
    • Familiar with the regional processes on food security, nutrition and resilience (AGIR, SUN, Sahel Strategy, zero hunger, RPCA);
    • Good ability to handle unexpected situations and adjust priorities accordingly;
    • Sense of teamwork in a critical and constructive way;
    • Perfect command of one of the two official languages of the United Nations (French and English) and be able to work comfortably in the other language

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    International consultant in adaptation of Agriculture to climate change

     

    GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF TASK(S) AND OBJECTIVES TO BE ACHIEVED
    In West Africa, agriculture remains highly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change and variability as it is mainly rainfed. The implementation of ECOWAP requires that emerging issues related to the resilience of vulnerable populations and adaptation of agriculture to climate change are taken into account. The integration of these emerging issues in policies, strategies and projects implemented under ECOWAP requires the involvement of all stakeholders. Project formulation and dissemination and sharing of experiences of these actors and lessons learned are ECOWAS priorities.

    In order to support the ECOWAS Directorate of Agriculture and Rural Development to address issues of adaptation of agriculture to climate change, FAO recruits a climate change expert within the framework of the project 'Building capacity of ECOWAS for the implementation of ECOWAP'. This project is funded by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and implemented by FAO.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    The incumbent will contribute to the achievement of project goals and provide support to improve the quality of products and services to be delivered under the project.

    In particular, s/he will support the execution of the tasks below

    • Identify and define the priorities required on climate change within the framework of the implementation of ECOWAP / CAADP interventions;
    • Facilitate technical dialogue with countries requesting support for the formulation of investment projects related to the adaptation of agriculture to climate change;
    • Provide technical support and advice to the ECOWAS Director of Agriculture and Rural Development on the challenges and programming of actions related to climate change in the implementation of ECOWAP.
    • Organize and conduct seminars / workshops to enhance analytical and methodological capacities of national experts from the member countries of ECOWAS and the West African regional organizations capabilities. This activity will be conducted in collaboration with other FAO initiatives working on climate change.
    • Strengthen the capacity of national and regional experts in estimating costs and prioritizing adaptation options in agriculture to climate change. This activity will be conducted in collaboration with other FAO initiatives working on climate change and the formulation of investment agricultural projects.
    • Drafting of detailed terms of reference for Consultants to be mobilized for the formulation of investment projects for the operationalization of the ECOWAP.
    • Participate in the review of the policy and institutional environment for the implementation of regional and national investment's project for Agriculture adaptation to climate change.
    • Prepare guidance and recommendations to taking into account climate change in the implementation of ECOWAP
    • Participate as a member of the multidisciplinary team in the preparation of detailed regional investment projects;
    • Organize and facilitate sessions of methodological discussion, analysis, evaluation and validation of investment project documents formulated for the mobilization of resources from technical and financial partners;
    • Facilitate a network of knowledge sharing, best practices and sharing of experiences on adaptation of agriculture to climate change through the development and dissemination of briefings focused on climate change.
    • Strengthen the coordination of FAO programs on climate change.
    • Perform any other activities related to the project objectives and mission of the adaptation agriculture to climate change Expert in ECOWAS.

    The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Coordinator of GCP/RAF/461/SPA 'capacity of ECOWAS for the implementation of the ECOWAP' project based in Lomé (Togo). He will work closely with the ECOWAS Director of Agriculture and Rural Development. He or she will support the strengthening of activities and synergies between ECOWAS departments working on environment and agriculture.

    KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

    Expected Outputs

    • Seminars /workshops organized and conducted
    • Drafting of detailed terms of reference
    • Project goals achieved
    • Improvement of the quality of products and services delivered under the project Required Completion Date: 2016 REQUIRED COMPETENCIES
    • Master degree in agricultural economics, climate science or any other related field;
    • Have five (5) years minimum experience in the field of agriculture and climate change in the West African context
    • Be familiar with institutional environment of West African regional organizations (ECOWAS, UEMOA, CILSS, CCRE, ECREEE, etc.);
    • Have excellent knowledge on the agricultural projects and issues concerning climate change and its impact on agriculture in West Africa and the process of implementation of ECOWAP Have knowledge of design, formulation and analysis of investment projects in the agricultural sector;
    • Have a good knowledge of the tools and methods for environmental assessment and plan development of climate change adaptation;
    • Be familiar with the National Action Programs for Adaptation (NAPA);
    • Have a good ability to handle unexpected situations and adjust priorities accordingly;
    • Have a sense of teamwork and proven capacity for critical analysis;
    • Have a perfect command of one of the two official languages of the United Nations (French or English) and be able to work comfortably in the other language.

    Method of Application

    Interested and suitably qualified candidates should visit FAO's Career Page

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