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Senior Agricultural Officer

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Job deadline: October 12, 2020
Job title / Position title: Senior Agricultural Officer
Duration of contract : 2 years with possibility of extension
Contract type: Full-time
Location / City: Cairo
Languages: Arabic and English
Job grade / Post level: P5
Salary estimation: P5: 98,000 USD – 128,000 USD / Year
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Job ID: 2002134
Vacancy number: 2002085

Section: Introduction

Organizational Setting
The Regional Office for RNE is responsible for leading FAO’s response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO’s priority activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the Region and, in collaboration with departments and divisions at Headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO’s strategic response to regional priorities.  RNE also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization’s Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the region, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies.  RNE develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs).
The Regional Office supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region.
Reporting Lines
The Senior Agricultural Officer reports to .Regional Programme Leader.
Technical Focus
Plant protection; pest and disease control policies and legislation; pesticides and their regulations; implementation of the standards for phytosanitary measures and crop related international Conventions/Agreements; biological and agro-ecological control methods; responses to pest and disease outbreaks and plant health emergencies.
Key Results
Leadership and technical policy expertise for the planning, development and implementation of Regional Programmes of work, projects, products, services in accordance with Region objectives FAO Strategic Objectives and in alignment with the Organization’s Gender Policy. 

Section: Responsibilities / Duties

Key Functions
• Plans, manages, or leads highly specialized or multi-disciplinary teams, leads, coordinates, and/or participates in Regional committees, project teams, and working groups, and/or provides technical leadership/secretariat services on technical networks and/or international technical policy and standard setting bodies;
• Analyzes global and country specific requirements and relevant technical issues to provide critical input into the FAO Strategic Objectives, Programme of Work, work plans and the supporting budgets and/or resourcing strategies;
• Implements and monitors programmes of work involving the development of the approach, evidence based strategies, and related tools, methodologies and the supporting system/database, monitoring and reporting frameworks;
• Conducts, designs and oversees research and analysis  activities to support the development of technical standards, international instruments, innovation, technical reports, publications and/or on-going programme development as well as the provision of technical and/or policy advisory services;
• Provides technical and policy advice to Member countries and technical support to decentralized offices in the development and implementation of their programmes;
• Leads and/or collaborates in, provides technical backstopping to and ensures the quality / effectiveness of capacity development and knowledge sharing activities within member countries such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning, on-line tools;
• Represents the Organization at international meetings and conferences, identifies and implements strategic partnerships, advocates best practices and increased policy dialogue and develops and negotiates effective working relationships/consensus and agreements with international and national stakeholders;
• Leads and/or participates in resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate strategy.
Specific Functions
• Contributes to the development of regional strategies and approaches with FAO’s global policies, strategies and initiatives, and support countries in the region to promote sustainable agricultural production systems and integrated approaches to agricultural development from the perspective of crop protection;
• Advises FAO member countries in the region in identification, design, operation and evaluation of activities on sustainable plant pest management, phytosanitary issues, pesticide life cycle management and integrated pest management programmes;
• Promotes and leads the implementation of the international agreements and instruments related to plant protection including, the International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management, the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and the Rotterdam Convention, in the countries of the region; and engages and contributes to the normative and standard setting work and governing bodies meetings of the Conventions as appropriate;   
• Leads the development of phytosanitary and pest management capacities of member countries, including the national and regional systems/programmes for pest risk assessment, pest surveillance, early warning and rapid response to transboundary plant pests and diseases;  
• Maintains close collaboration and coordination with the FAO’s Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP) and the IPPC Secretariat at the FAO Headquarters in the development and implementation of activities related to pest and pesticide management and phytosanitary issues;
• Maintains regular collaboration and coordination with officers/experts at regional, sub-regional and country levels for technical support and sharing information on early warning, and knowledge on control of transboundary plant pests and diseases;
• Liaises with the National and Regional Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs, RPPOs) and other relevant stakeholders for addressing the plant health and transboundary emerging pests issues;
• Establishes and maintains partnership with relevant national, regional and international academic and research institutions for knowledge and expertise sharing, and developing and introducing of innovative pest detection, diagnosis, surveillance, early waring and management tools and methods to member countries;   
• Provides technical advice and project backstopping services to member countries and for field projects in the region as Lead Technical Officer or part of the Project Task Force;
• Leads the development of viable responses to plant health emergencies and pest and disease outbreaks in the region; and long term solutions including natural sources of resistance and biodiversity;
• Oversees the collection of data and evidence to promote the development of agroecological plant protection alternatives and other modern technologies and to support climate smart actions in agriculture

Section: Requirements: Education / Experience / Languages / other requirements:

Minimum Requirements
• Advanced University degree in Agronomy, Plant Science with specialization in entomology, plant pathology, plant protection, pest and disease control or related fields.
• Ten years of relevant experience In plant protection, and pest and disease control with public or private sector institutions, international organizations, including related policies in developing countries.
• Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish)
• Results Focus
• Leading, Engaging and Empowering
• Communication
• Partnering and Advocating
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Strategic Thinking
Technical/Functional Skills
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is essential
• Extent and relevance of experience in sustainable crop production and ecosystem management, including on plant protection;
• Demonstrated analytical, managerial, negotiating and advisory skills with good publication record
• Extent and relevance of experience in planning and implementation of programmes related to plant protection in development organizations and in the provision of technical and policy advice to countries
• Extent and relevance of experience in cooperating with officials in national governments, intergovernmental organizations and other institutions and in collaborative networks and joint programmes;
• Extent and relevance of experience in organizing international meetings, seminars and training courses
• Extent and relevance of knowledge in the implementation of international instruments related to plant protection
• Demonstrated ability to make effective oral presentations, write, and edit clear and concise technical reports.
• Working knowledge of English, Arabic or French will be considered a strong asset

Section: Extra information 

GENERAL  INFORMATION • FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment.
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   Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include: • Dependency allowances • Rental subsidy • Education grant for children • Home leave travel • 30 working days of  annual leave per year • Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund • International health insurance; optional life insurance • Disability protection
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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Section: Important application extra details

Job Posting

: 21/Sep/2020

Closure Date

: 12/Oct/2020, 11:59:00 PM
Organizational Unit: RNE

Job Type

: Staff position
Type of Requisition: Professional
Grade Level: P-5

Primary Location

: Egypt-Cairo
Duration: Fixed term: 2 years with possibility of extension
Post Number: 2002085
CCOG Code: 1H01
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