Agriculture Value Chain Officer
Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nations
Terms of Reference
Agriculture Value Chain Officer
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under the general supervision of the FAO representative and the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) of “Enhancement of Food Security and Resilient Livelihoods Programme (EFRLP)” and the direct supervision of the National programme Coordinator, the agricultural officer will assist in the planning, design, implementation and monitoring/evaluation of crop related value chain programme. He/she will perform the following specific activities:
- Review the existing crop value chains in the country including market trends, technological and infrastructure status, market demand and supply, primary actors and their roles and linkages, post-harvest handling, business support service needs (including capacity building), and regulatory and control mechanisms;
- Assess the major constraints affecting crop value chains, and identify potential development opportunities and approaches to overcome these constraints in line with FAO Country Programming Framework (CPF);
- Identify opportunities to upgrade the competitiveness of crop value chain(s) through opportunities in the local and distant markets, and develop strategic approaches to exploit those opportunities;
- Identify areas of intervention for improving production and productivity and increase competitiveness of the small-scale producers and agro-food enterprises engaged in the value chain;
- Involve in development and implementation of capacity building and innovative training approaches (e.g. Farmer Field Schools) for the promotion of value chains;
- Review the legal and regulatory environment of specific crops value chains with a focus on policies, incentives, export promotion mechanisms, training, quality promotion, certification, standardization, and partnerships, and propose needed harmonization of the legislative and regulatory framework for value chains;
- Prepare a complete value chain map showing the chain actors, stakeholders, supporters and influencers, their number, size, values and volumes handled; disaggregated by gender;
- Assist in preparing specifications of inputs, supplies and equipment, envisaged in project document and assist in their procurement and distribution to beneficiaries;
- Assess the potentials for integration of small producers in the value chain and identification of possible improvements that can lead to significant increases in employment and income, particularly for women and youth;
- Assist in providing support in all aspects of crop production and protection including seed use, production practices, plant protection, preservation and marketing;
- Prepare plans and progress report as per the FAO and EU reporting format;
- Perform any other tasks requested by immediate supervisor.
- Advanced university degree in agriculture, plant sciences, agronomy, or related fields of study;
- At least five years of experience in crop value chain and marketing and FFS programs;
- Ability to work within a team of professional staff from diverse technical and cultural backgrounds.
- Demonstrated capacity to plan, advice and guide planning processes on value chain and marketing related issues;
- Demonstrated ability to implement a variety of analytical methodologies and techniques;
- Demonstrated ability to liaise with multiple agencies, effectively building an understanding and partnership with other UN bodies, NGOs, and governmental agencies;
- Ability to plan, organize, implement and report;
- Excellent communication, writing and presentation skills in English.
- All applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and the JOB TITLE & LOCATION need to be mentioned in the email subject field.
- This is a Project-based post.
- There will be a 6 months probationary period for the selected candidate.