FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS Terms of Reference for Consultant Job Title:
Economist, Value Chain Specialist
FAO Investment Centre Division (TCI)
FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa (RNE), Cairo, Egypt
Expected Start Date of Assignment:
As soon as possible
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF TASK(S) AND OBJECTIVES TO BE ACHIEVED Background: The FAO Investment Centre Division (TCI) promotes investment in agriculture and rural development in developing countries and countries in transition, assisting governments, international financing institutions (IFIs) and other development partners with the strategic planning and implementation of their investments to achieve growth, poverty alleviation, food security and nutrition goals. Objectives: The consultant will contribute to the definition of IFI and country strategies and policies, design and supervision of investment operations, with a special although not exclusive focus on value chain development and agribusiness, and provide support to the development of national capacity for investment formulation and evaluation in FAO member countries. Tasks: Under the overall supervision of the Chief, Europe, Central Asia, Near East, North Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean Service (TCIC) and in close collaboration with the Head of the FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa (RNE), the consultant, as member or leader of multidisciplinary teams, will be responsible for the following tasks:
perform the analysis of selected agricultural sectors/food chains, including food security and food safety issues and assess the feasibility of agribusiness investment projects and programmes; analyse the constraints and opportunities related to agribusiness investment options with emphasis on the functionality of markets, support services, trade policies, market institutions and organizations, risk management systems, food safety control systems and private sector engagement; identify and analyse agribusiness investment-related policy issues; organise and facilitate discussions on agribusiness investment-related policy issues involving representatives of the private and public sector, with a view to reach consensus on improved policies; formulate and deliver capacity development activities and programmes in favour of private and public stakeholders in the areas of agribusiness, marketing and food chain development; promote the conditions for private sector involvement in food and agriculture supply and value chains, producer organizations, civil society, and pro-poor public-private and public-private-community partnerships; prepare clear and concise reports in line with the requirements of governments and partner IFIs/donors; participate in, and eventually lead, the development and updating of FAO’s Country Programming Framework (CPF) and the formulation of Technical Cooperation Projects (TCPs); Assist in the application by Governments for global funding such as the Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme (GAFSP); advise on technical inputs in the above areas and ensure quality outputs to the RNE multidisciplinary team; perform other related duties as required.
Advanced University degree in economics, agricultural economics, agribusiness management or a closely related field; Seven years of relevant experience in conducting agricultural/rural sector/subsector analytical studies, and/or in planning, design, supervision of agricultural and rural investment operations, including elaboration of agribusiness investment feasibility studies/food chain analyses/agricultural market studies in developing countries and/or countries in transition; Working knowledge of English and French. Arabic is an asset.
HOW TO APPLY Interested applicants are required to create an online Personal Profile form (PPF) in iRecruitment. To create the PPF, please follow the instructions available at: http://www.fao.org/employment/irecruitment-access/en/. If you need help, or have queries, please contact: [email protected]
The PPF should be sent via email to: [email protected]
Please write as subject: “Economist, Value Chain Specialist”. Deadline for applications: 19 June 2014 Applications received after the closing date will not be given consideration. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. V2 09/10