FAO-Somalia Agriculture Inputs Distribution Manager Job in Nairobi Kenya

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Vacancy Announcement No:
Issued on: 22nd June 2012   
Deadline for Application: 13th July 2012   

Position Title: Agriculture Inputs Distribution Manager     

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 attached. 
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:

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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