FAO Somalia Agriculture Inputs Officer Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Vacancy Announcement No: FAO/04/016

Position Title: Agriculture Inputs Officer
Grade Level: SC9
Contract Type: Service Contract
Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya

Organizational Unit: FAO Somalia

Duration: 3 months with possibility of extension 
Eligible Candidates: Kenyan nationals only
Anticipated start date: Immediately

General description of tasks and objectives to be achieved
Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Somalia and the Agriculture Sector Coordinator and the direct supervision of the Agriculture Emergency Programme Coordinator, the Emergency Agriculture Inputs Manager will be responsible for the following tasks:
  • Lead the agricultural inputs team under various agriculture projects;
  • Coordinate the work of the input distribution team (implementation, monitoring and reporting);
  • Lead in the selection process of implementing partners through various tendering process including document preparation, technical and commercial evaluation processes;
  • Participate in the preparation of project work plans, monitor progress and, where necessary, identify corrective measures to overcome operational constraints;
  • Support in the design of the agricultural package to be distributed to targeted each seasons and to each different livelihood zones;
  • Lead and coordinate the market survey and set voucher prices for each cropping season;
  • Initiate and support in the procurement process of agricultural inputs and other supporting goods/ services;
  • Lead in the LOA/ Contract preparation and the awarding of the Service Providers;
  • Coordinate the season based post distribution review process including facilitating field data collection and preparation of the analysis report;
  • Coordinate the season based Crop Yield Assessment including facilitating the field data collection and preparation of the analysis report;
  • Track record of achievements made by purchase orders, delivery orders  and letters of agreements against work plan;
  • Provide regular updates/reports on project implementation to by the Organization/donors in close collaboration with the information and monitoring officers;
  • Clear implementation reports submitted by Service Providers
  • Contribute to the preparation and/or assessment of new project proposals;
  • Reporting any challenges or constraints in a timely manner and ensure timely and effective response.
Minimum Requirements

Education: University degree in Agriculture, Economics, Project Management or Sciences.

Work Experience:

  • At least five years professional experience in project implementation particularly in agricultural projects.
  • Previous experience working with Somalia/Somali people is desirable;
Technical Competencies
  • At least five years professional experience in project implementation particularly in agricultural projects. Previous experience working with Somalia/Somali people is desirable.
  • Training in Project Management is desirable;
  • Previous work experience in the UN and NGO environment will be considered an advantage;
  • Experience in planning and organizing of operational support/activities within a unit/department;
  • Good communication and writing skills;
  • Ability to work effectively with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Good Knowledge of computers especially Microsoft office package;
Languages: Working knowledge (level C) of the FAO official language used for communication within the country (English, French or Spanish) and working knowledge of the local language(s) is required.

IT Skills:

  • Ability to effectively use standard office software, such as MS Office (Windows, Word, Outlook, Excel, Exchange) etc. 
  • Ability to use accounting software and other information systems and databases to insert data, make enquiries, retrieve/define ad hoc reports and analyses and edit results in appropriate format.
Office Management Skills:
  • Systematic, well-structured and efficient approach to work assignments. 
  • Analytical ability, accuracy and consistency. 
  • Exercise diligence and care in dealing with records and expenditures.
Interpersonal Communications and Teamwork Skills:
  • The incumbent must possess a cooperative spirit, flexibility and openness to work in an international environment. 
  • Tact and courtesy. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural background.  
How to Apply:

Interested applicants are required to submit (1) a covering letter, (2) detailed Curriculum Vitae and (3) Personal Profile form (PPF) from FAO iRecruitment. 

To create the PPF, please follow the instructions available at: http://www.fao.org/employment/irecruitment-access/en/ 
In order for your application to be properly evaluated, please ensure that all sections of the on-line profile are completed.

Please send your application to HR-Somalia@fao.org quoting the Position Title and Vacancy Announcement No. “Agriculture Inputs Officer FAO/04/2016” in the subject heading. 

Deadline for Application: 17 February 2016    

Applications received after the closing date and applications without all the specified/ required documents will not be given consideration. 
Only short listed candidates will be contacted. 
Female applicants are encouraged to apply.

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