FAO Agriculture Inputs Distribution Manager Job in Kenya

Agriculture Inputs Distribution Manager

Closing date:  13 Jul 2012


Food and Agriculture Organization

Grade Level: KP 3 
Contract Type: Service Contract (National Project Personnel) 
Duty Station: Nairobi 
Organizational Unit: Somalia 
Country Office: (FAO-Somalia) 
Duration: 11 months 
Eligible Candidates: Kenyan And Somali Nationalities 
Anticipated Start Date: 1st August

Under the overall supervision of the Officer in Charge (O.I.C.) FAO Somalia and the direct supervision of the Head of Inputs & knowledge Unit, the Agriculture Inputs Distribution Manager will provide support in the implementation of the field programme at the country office level. In particular to:
  • Lead agricultural inputs distribution team under various emergency projects. 
  • Organize and actively involved in consultation meetings with all key implementing partners of emergency agricultural inputs distribution on a regular basis. 
  • Participate in the tendering process for input distribution from short listing to tender documents preparation and evaluation of technical offers. 
  • Design the agricultural package to be distributed for different beneficiaries in different seasons and in different livelihood zones. 
  • Follow up on LOAs preparation for awarded Service Providers. 
  • Coordinate the work of the input distribution team (implementation, amendments and reporting). 
  • Follow up on the procurement process of agricultural input and transport. 
  • Follow up on the evolution of rains and markets. 
  • Track record of achievements made by purchase orders, delivery orders and letters of agreements against work plan. 
  • Provide regular updates on project implementation to HQ/donors in close collaboration with the information and monitoring officers 
  • Coordinate post distribution review and crop assessment at the end of each season. 
  •  Participate project task force meetings as required. 
  • Participate in the preparation of project work plans, monitor progress and, where necessary, identify corrective measures to overcome operational constraints. 
  • Reporting any challenges or constraints in a timely manner and ensure timely and effective response. 
  • Ensure timely preparation and submission of the Quarterly Project Implementation Reports and any other reports required by the Organization. 
  • Clear implementation reports submitted by Service Providers. 
  • Ensure preparation of analytical reports on project performances, as required. 
  • Coordinate action concerning the completion of field projects and arrange for timely and adequate reporting, including identification of project follow- up requirements. 
  • Contribute to the preparation and/or assessment of new project proposals. 
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Key Performance indicators 
  • Contribution to successful distribution of agric inputs in time and in right quantity and quality. 
  • All operational plans are in place. 
  • All LoAs, PRs and operational requests/actions were delivered. 
  • Timely reporting and feedback
Minimum requirements:
  • Advanced/Masters degree in agriculture or in public or business administration or International development. 
  • At least seven years of professional experience in the planning and implementation / management of development/emergency including administrative, operational matters and monitoring of projects. 
  • Working knowledge (level C) of English and working knowledge of the most widely used local language. Somalia language is an asset. Selection Criteria 
  • Relevance and level of academic qualifications; 
  • Extent of experience in programme/project management/implementation and administration; 
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing; 
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems expeditiously and pragmatically; 
  • Tact, initiative and sound judgement; 
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with the UN system; 
  • Written test
To Apply:

Send your application to:


Candidates are requested to submit a covering letter quoting the Position Title and Vacancy Announcement No. FAO/25/2012 along with their current/detailed Curriculum Vitae and FAO Personal History (PH) form http://fmt.faoso.net/documents/PH_form-Blank.docx
E-mail is the preferred means of receipt and the application should be sent to HR-Somalia@fao.org
The subject line of the e-mail message should read Confidential – FAO/25/2012. If making a hard copy submission, the envelope should be clearly marked Confidential – FAO/25/2012 and sent to the following address:

FAO-Somalia UN-Somalia Ngecha Road Complex Corner Lower Kabete Road/Ngecha Road P.O. Box 30470-00100 Nairobi, Kenya.

Applications may also be faxed, again clearly indicating CONFIDENTIAL – FAO/25/2012 in the subject line, to +254-20-4000333.

Applications must be received by the deadline. Late applications will not be considered.

Only short listed candidates meeting all essential qualifications will be contacted.


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