Food and Agriculture Organization

  • Accra
  • Food and Agriculture Organization
Job Description:

  • The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through FAO’s Strategic Framework 2022-31 by supporting the transformation to More efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri- food systems, for Better production, Better nutrition, a Better environment and a Better life, leaving no one behind.

    The FAO Representation in Ghana is the body in charge of ensuring liaison between FAO and the Government of Ghana and is the first port of call for analysing and appraising government assistance requests; identifying, formulating, implementing and monitoring all FAO programmes and projects; managing all phases of the project cycle for national projects for which operational and budget holder responsibilities have been assigned by the Technical Cooperation Department; identifying opportunities for collaboration, and mobilizing technical and operational support from the Regional Office, Headquarters and other funding sources as appropriate.

    Global challenges to ending hunger, food insecurity and all forms of malnutrition remain, and have been worsened by climate change while the combined effects of the COVID 19-pandemic, Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, and other factors are deepening the plights of households in many countries, including West Africa and Ghana. In Ghana, from the November 2022 Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), an approximately 19\% of the analyzed population were found to either be under pressure, in crises or in emergency food insecurity situation. Overall, 6.2\% of the population were identified to be vulnerable (food insecure) with smallholder farm households having been the hardest hit given their economic vulnerability.

    Climate change could cause yield losses to most rainfed cereals, especially maize, up to 16 to 21 percent in 2050, compared to a baseline without climate change. Yields decrease due to climate change are also expected other crops like sorgum, millet, groundnut and vegetables while increase in the share of livestock affected by droughts is expected from 13 to 39 percent. Weak resilience to climate impacts lack of resources to acquire productive inputs are some of the causes of low productivity, and therefore low income and low availability of nutrient dense diverse foods at the household level.

    As a response to the current situation and foreseeable future food security crisis, The Government of Ghana and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations with funding support of the European Union (EU) is implementing EU Food Security Response in Northern Ghana (GCP/GHA/040/EC) project (2023-2026) targeting at least 10000 households. The project is being implemented over three agricultural seasons to increase crop and livestock production, including 6 000 maize farmers who will be supported to produce 18 000 Mt of maize over three years in targeted districts; 2 400 millet farmers who will be supported to produce 5,184 Mt of millet; and 4 200 sorghum farmers to produce 8 517 Mt of sorghum over the three years in the targeted districts. In addition, farmers, especially women and youth, and value chain actors will be supported with capacity and access to post-harvest technologies along the groundnut, soybean and vegetable (tomato) value chains with farmers’ capacity on climate change adaptation among others enhanced.

    An integrated approach to sustainable food production and the resilience of food systems has become all-time important than ever. The project will promote crop-specific, agro-ecological systems and approaches and support the sustainable development of maize, millet, sorghum, soyabean, groundnut, vegetables (tomato), poultry, piggery value chains. In selected project locations, direct agricultural inputs provision, accompanied by support to climate-adapted agricultural practices, provision of improved grain storage technologies, training on post-harvest practices, promotion of organic fertilizer use, provision of solar powered irrigation solutions and application of other climate sensitive and sustainable agri-techniques, promotion of integrated pests and diseases management approaches and facilitation of access to market as well as value addition for crops produced will help in resolving some of the production and post-harvest bottlenecks and contribute to achieving food security, and enhanced resilience to future shocks and disasters.

    Reporting Lines

    The Field Office Specialist will work under the overall supervision and guidance of the FAO Representative to Ghana, the technical supervision of the Technical Adviser, the direct supervision of the Assistant FAOR (Head of Programmes) and in close collaboration with the National Project Coordinator and Technical Committee.

    Technical Focus

    Coordinate the implementation of field activities and support the implementation of Ghana’s Country Programming Framework (CPF).

    Tasks And Responsibilities

    • In close coordination with the Technical Adviser, oversee FAO’s activities and office in Northern Ghana
    • Coordinate the daily operations of the field office and ensure the safety, security and maintenance of FAO assets including vehicles and office equipment.
    • Coordinate the implementation of field activities, monitor and review their status and suggest corrective actions in compliance with the respective project’s monitoring and evaluation requirements.
    • Ensure effective coordination with the representatives of local authorities in Northern Ghana for the implementation of FAO activities, as well as with the relevant UN agencies, NGOs and other civil society institutions operating in the region.
    • Prepare written outputs, including analytical reports on project performances, draft interim and final narrative reports.
    • Liaise with FAO’s Communication Officer to ensure visibility of FAO’s activities and the dissemination of appropriate visibility items/materials in compliance with donor and FAO requirements.
    • Support the implementation of Ghana’s Country Programming Framework (CPF) Priorities such as on “Sustainable Natural Resource Management for a Safe, Secure and Productive Environment” and CPF Priority 3: Resilient Livelihoods for reduced Vulnerability and Rural Poverty.
    • Perform any other duties as may be required.

    CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

    Minimum Requirements

    • University degree in project management, business or public administration or related field
    • Minimum 7 years of experience in project management especially in the agricultural sector
    • Working knowledge of English (level C)
    • National of Ghana

    FAO Core Competencies

    • 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 office/programme/project management, in the management/operation of small-, medium and/or large-scale offices or projects at country and community levels, including in-depth knowledge of related administrative, operational and financial procedures.
    • Extent and relevance of experience and skills in project identification, programme and project implementation, analysis, planning and implementation.
    • Understanding of FAO policies and programmes is considered a strong asset.
    • Knowledge of field programme issues in the region is considered a strong asset.
    • Experience working with the community under the UN, NGOs and/or farmer groups is a plus.

    Additional Information

    • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
    • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
    • 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 additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/
    • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
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