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FAO recruiting Expert for Economic And Policy Analysis

Rome, Italy, 24 September 2019

Organizational Setting

The Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA) conducts economic research and policy analysis related to all five of the Organization's strategic objectives (food security and nutrition, sustainable agriculture, poverty reduction, inclusive food systems and resilient livelihoods). ESA provides evidence-based analytical support to national, regional and global policy processes and initiatives related to food security and nutrition and sustainable agriculture; and leads the production of two FAO flagship publications: The State of Food and Agriculture and The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World. ESA also leads large programmes at country level on agricultural and food policy monitoring, climate smart agriculture (CSA), agribusiness and food value chains, rural poverty, and food security information and analysis in support of national policies.

FAO's second strategic objective is to make agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable. The Economic and Policy Analysis of Climate-Change (EPIC) team in ESA primarily contributes to this objective. This team works with governments, research centres, universities and other institutional partners to support the transition to sustainable food and agriculture. Its programme of work is aimed at identifying and harmonizing climate change adapted agricultural policies, analyzing impacts, effects, costs and benefits as well as incentives and barriers to the adoption of sustainable and climate-resilient practices. The ultimate objective of the programme is to support developing and in-transition countries to formulate policies and related investment proposals to increase countries' resilience to climate change and to promote sustainable agriculture.

Technical Focus

Support, in close collaboration with other relevant technical units, a programme of work on the economic and policy analysis of sustainable agriculture and food systems, with a focus on climate change and food security and nutrition. The work will utilize quantitative tools to generate evidence that can guide governments in the process of creating an enabling environment for sustainable, nutrition-sensitive and climate friendly agriculture and food systems. This is at the core of FAO Strategic Programme 2 (making agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable) but also contributes to FAO's Strategic Programme 1 (eliminating hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition) and Strategic Programme 3 (reducing rural poverty).

Key Results

Research and analysis of information, data and statistics, and the maintenance and updating of related tools, methodologies, and/or databases to support the delivery of programme products, projects, publications, and services.

Key Functions

  • Researches and analyses [agricultural, economic, trade, market, social, environmental, nutrition/food composition and/or gender related] data, statistics and information to provide technical, statistical and/or policy related information and analysis to support the delivery of economic and social development programmes work, products, projects, publications and services.

  • Produces a variety of technical reports and input for technical documents, Departmental publications and/or web pages.

  • Provides technical, statistical, and/or analytical services on various studies, projects, and/or assessments and provides technical backstopping to field projects.

  • Participates in the development of improved/updated technical, statistical and/or analytical tools, methodologies, systems, databases, and/or key social/ economic/ environmental/ nutritional and/or early warning indicators, etc.

  • Participates on multi-disciplinary teams, collaborates with other departments and agencies on work groups and committees and promotes best practices.

  • Collaborates in capacity development activities involving the planning and organizing of training workshops, seminars, and major meetings and the preparation of related information, materials, on-line tools and information kits.

  • Promotes knowledge sharing and best practices at international meetings and conferences and influences partners in stakeholder consultations.

  • Participates in resource mobilization activities

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