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FAO recruiting Early Warning Specialist

Rome, Italy, 16 November 2017


The Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA) conducts economic research and policy analysis related to all five of the Organization's strategic objectives (food security, sustainable agriculture, poverty reduction, inclusive food systems and resilient livelihoods).

Evidence shows that the frequency and intensity of climate-driven natural disasters and conflicts is increasing. Natural disasters are occurring nearly five times as often compared to 40 years ago, with great costs to local economies, livelihoods and lives. Due to expanding needs, competing priorities and scarce resources globally, there is growing recognition that new tools are needed to ensure smart, effective investments to help attenuate the impact of disasters before they occur.

FAO's Early Warning Early Action (EWEA) translates warnings into anticipatory – or early – actions to reduce the impact of disasters on vulnerable and food insecure communities. Acting early, before a disaster has actually happened, or reached its peak is critical: it can save lives and protect livelihoods from the immediate shocks and increasing the resilience of local communities over time. FAO EWEA is key element of FAO's Strategic Programme 5: 'Increase the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises'. FAO EWEA work includes global level (risk analysis, advocacy and partnerships) as well as country activities (implementation of country level EWEA systems).

FAO International Consultants and Call purpose

The Organization frequently engages experts to work on short-term activities and projects as international consultants or under personal service agreements (PSA.SBS) at various levels of experience (see minimum requirements below). International consultants or PSAs are engaged by the Organization to provide expertise, skills or knowledge for the performance of a specific task or piece of work, which is short-term by nature. The assignment may involve full-time or part-time functions, with duration ranging from 1 month up to 11 months. The possibility of extension is subject to satisfactory performance and dependant on the availability of resources and needs of the Organization. Assignments can require travel or missions/appointment to field locations.

Individuals meeting or exceeding the requirements of the Call, determined through an interview process, will be included in the ESA Divisional Roster. Experts who are registered in the Roster are available for consideration for a period of up to 48 months. ESA Division will use this roster as the primary mechanism to resource future vacancies within the technical requirements covered by the Call.

Tasks and responsibilities

The assigned tasks and responsibilities related to global level analytical work can include the following:

  • Lead or support the global risk analysis process and the production of quarterly Global EWEA Reports including liaising closely with relevant internal and external stakeholders and ensuring linkages with other analytical products;

  • Support external representation and advocacy of EWEA with donors, technical partners and UN Agencies;

  • Support the communication of EWEA work through tailored products and different means including web, social media, press releases and other

The assigned tasks and responsibilities related to supporting the implementation of EWEA at country level can include the following:

  • Support the development and implementation of an operational strategy for mainstreaming EWEA corporately through the revision of procedures, accountability frameworks and the development and delivery of trainings;

  • Support the operational implementation of Early Actions at country level including conducting field missions, advising on appropriate actions and operational arrangements as well as accessing the Early Action Fund;

  • Contribute to strategic thinking of the FAO EWEA area of work and its wider applicability in the context of national government and partner capacity building;

  • Analyse the Return on Investment (ROI) of Early Actions and support country offices in doing so

Duration: up to 11 months (with possibility of extension)

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