Job Posting: 30/May/2019
Closure Date: 13/Jun/2019, 10:59:00 PM
Organizational Unit: SFE
Job Type: Staff position
Type of Requisition: APO (Associate Professional Programme)
Grade Level: P-2
Primary Location: Ethiopia-Addis Ababa
Duration: Fixed term
Post Number: TBD
CCOG Code: 1H01

Organizational Setting 

FAO’s Subregional Office for Eastern Africa, (SFE) is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing subregional food, agriculture and rural development priorities. It develops and maintains relations with subregion-wide institutions including Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs). It assists the FAO Representations (FAORs) in the subregion with addressing subregional food security, agriculture and rural development issues at country level. The Subregional Office is a subsidiary of FAO’s Regional Office for Africa (RAF). The post is located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and is funded by the Netherlands  

Reporting Lines: The Associate Professional Officer (Food Loss Reduction) will work under the overall guidance of a Senior Food Systems Officer (post-production) in Headquarters (Nutrition and Food Systems Division, ESN) and the direct supervision of the Agribusiness Officer, SFE.

Technical Focus: Provide technical support and advice on main issues related to reducing food losses.

Key Results: Collection, analysis and review of information, data and statistics, and project/meeting services to support projects, publications, and services.

Key Functions

• Collects, reviews/cross checks and/or analyses relevant agricultural, economic, trade, market, social, environmental, nutrition/food composition and/or gender related data, statistics and information to support delivery of programme projects, products, publications and services;
• Undertakes analysis, provides technical input for plans and reports and edits/revises technical documents and/or publications;
• Participates in the development of training materials and the organization of workshops/seminars etc.;
• Participates in the organization, conduct and follow-up of meetings, consultations and conferences, the development/production of required materials and the provision of information and assistance to partners;
• Participates in the development of improved tools and methodologies;
• Participates on multi-disciplinary project/work teams;
• Contributes to the enrichment and updating of regional databases and web pages.

Specific Functions

 • Supports member countries in the sub region to enhance awareness and responds to non-complex technical enquiries and needs related to addressing food losses;
• Contributes to the design and implementation of activities, programmes and projects related to food loss and waste reduction within the emerging regional strategy on food loss reduction and its linkages to climate change and nutrition;
• Contributes to the development of advocacy and normative products on food loss and waste reduction designed to enhance regional knowledge and understanding about the issues and actions for food loss reduction;
• Develops and sustains liaison with key professionals in the Government, UN Country Team and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the private sector engaged in work on Food Loss;
• Supports fund raising activities through networking, proposal and concept development (as necessary) for food loss interventions, including within GEF/GCF;
• Reviews applicable reports (including FAO projects) and documents on food loss and provides support to  consultative meetings with key stakeholders and informants;
• Contributes to the drafting of information and awareness raising materials and prepares periodic reports on the progress of operational Food Loss and Waste Reduction (FLW) projects in the subregion;
• Contributes to the development of food loss elements within programmes and projects on climate change and nutrition sensitive agriculture in the subregion;
• Liaises with colleagues working on Strategic Development Goals (SDG) 12.3 related methodologies and approaches.
• Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Requirements 

• This position is only open for nationals of eligible countries as indicated by the Dutch Government:
http://www.nedworcfoundation.nl/pdf/List of eligible countries November 2018.pdf (Except Nationals of the country of assignment, Ethiopia)
• Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in food technology/science, agro-food engineering, post-harvest management, agro food value addition, agribusiness or a related field
• Part of the candidates’ academic training must have taken place in a developing country that appears on the following list of eligible countries of the Dutch JPO Programme: http://www.nedworcfoundation.nl/pdf/List of eligible countries November 2018.pdf 
• Three years (and maximum four years) of relevant experience working in the area of food loss and waste reduction 
• Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian


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

Technical/Functional Skills

 • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable;
• Extent and relevance of experience in programme/project analysis, formulation and implementation;
• Extent and relevance of experience in collecting and analysing technical information and data;  
• Extent and relevance of experience in major technical fields related to post-harvest management, agro-industry, value addition/ processing and value chain analysis;
• Extent and relevance of knowledge of the UN system in the field is an asset;
• Demonstrated ability to draft technical reports and briefs;

• All candidates should possess computer/word processing skills
• FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment or to make an appointment at a lower grade

A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link:  http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/salaries_allowances/salary.htm
FAO encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes:  
• elements of family-friendly policies
• flexible working arrangements
• standards of conduct

• 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;
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided on your online profile;
• Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list;
• 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; 
• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered;
• We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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