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FAO recruiting Emergency Needs Assessment Consultant


Various duty stations, 03 November 2017

Organizational Setting

The Emergency and Rehabilitation Division is responsible for ensuring FAO’s efforts to support countries and partners in preparing for and effectively responding to food and agricultural threats and crises. It is responsible for coordinating the development and maintenance of corporate tools and standards to enable Decentralized Offices to assist member countries to prepare for, and respond to emergencies. TCE ensures humanitarian policy coordination and knowledge, liaison with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee as well as with humanitarian resource partners, co-leadership with World Food Programme of the global Food Security Cluster, organizational preparedness, surge capacity and response to large-scale emergencies. TCE supports food and nutrition security assessment and early warning activities related to emergency and humanitarian analysis and responses. TCE plays a major role in the development and leadership of the Organization’s programme to increase the resilience of livelihoods to food and agriculture threats and crises (SO5)”.

Technical Focus

Support to implementation of FAO’s resilience agenda at global, regional, subregional and/or country level.

Tasks and responsibilities

The Emergency Needs Assessment Specialist will support all stages of the humanitarian programme cycle, including emergency preparedness, strategic response plan formulation, resource mobilization and the monitoring and evaluation of implementation of the strategic response plan; he/she will support assessment activities to help ensure that needs in the agriculture sector (including crops, livestock, fishery and forestry) and of the crisis affected population (in terms of food security, nutrition and livelihoods) are assessed and reported in an accurate and timely manner. Specifically, he/she will:

  • Provide technical advice, inputs and support to the formulation, coordination, implementation, data analysis and reporting for various assessment processes concerned with agriculture and food security in emergency and recovery settings. This will include but not be restricted to: rapid agricultural livelihood assessments; market assessments; seed security assessments and other sector specific assessments for livestock and fisheries and; in depth assessments for livelihood recovery including Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) and Recovery and Peace Building Assessment (RPBA);

  • Lead and deliver trainings to newly recruited Needs Assessment officers in order to build capacity within FAO and partner organisations in the field of agricultural and food security assessments;

  • Co-lead in inter-agency and Food Security Cluster discussions regarding coordinated assessment processes;

  • Undertake travel, if needed, on short notice, in support of decentralized FAO offices.

  • Perform other related duties as required.

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