Employer : FAO MALAWI
Job Title : Technical Adviser
Deadline : 29/04/2020
Job Location : Lilongwe, Malawi
The main aim of the FAO Country Offices is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to develop the agricultural fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.
The post is located in the FAO Representation in Malawi. The FAO Representation in Malawi is developing and implementing field programmes and projects based on the FAO Country Programming Framework (CPF) in Malawi. The four priorities of the CPF are: 1) Conducive agricultural policy and investment environment; 2) Food and nutrition security and livelihoods; 3) Governance of the environment, natural resources and ecosystems; 4) Resilience to climate change and climate variations.
The Technical Adviser reports to the Deputy FAO Representative in Malawi.
The Malawi Department of Fisheries, through the Global Environment Facility (GEF) financed Project on ‘Building Resilience of Fishing Communities to Climate Change’, benefits from FAO’s Technical Assistance Services. The Technical Adviser will be responsible for the implementation of important interventions in the field of fisheries development and management in the context of climate change.
Comprehensive technical and policy expertise to support the planning, development and implementation of departmental/divisional programmes, projects, products and services in accordance with departmental/divisional objectives and FAO’s Strategic Objectives.
• Provides technical leadership assistance on the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects; assists in the review of relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities, liaises with relevant parties; identifies follow-up actions;
• Coordinates programme-related activities and reviews the assessments of issues and trends for the implementation of programmes and projects and the preparation of impact evaluation or equivalent studies;
• Supervises preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications;
• Contributes to consultative and other meetings, conferences, including proposals for agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations;
• Participates in activities such as structuring of training workshops, seminars; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities;
• Leads field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties;
• Provides advice regarding the development of policies and strategies, as well as national protocols and guidelines for projects with specific domains related to FAO’s work.
• Supports the preparation of the Project Steering Committee Meetings;
• Prepares Terms of Reference (ToRs) for project staff; facilitates technical selection and performance appraisal;
• Prepares Letters of Agreement and other contractual arrangements for implementation of project activities;
• Guides the development of the project’s Monitoring and Evaluation (M-E) plan and corresponding M-E matrix, and oversees its implementation including the timely and accurate measuring of indicators, the analysis of the resulting information and its effective use as a support to adaptive management of the project;
• Monitors the progress of work of the entire project and supporting preparation of stipulated reports as per the donor and FAO guidelines;
• Monitors the project expenditures in close cooperation with the budget holder and ensures that the project delivery is on track as per the plan;
• Leads the technical formulation of key outputs, such as the Code of Conduct/Guidelines on Climate Resilient aquaculture, development of the policy influencing strategy, and other technical aspects as appropriate;
• Coordinates the improvement of the political and legal framework for fisheries and aquaculture management (including co-management) as per the results expected for the project;
• Coordinates and supervises field development activities (co-management mechanisms, aquaculture, enhanced fisheries, research and monitoring) in close coordination with the Department of Fisheries in Malawi;
• Leads the preparation and organization of training and specific studies on fisheries and aquaculture development and management;
• Liaises with other relevant fisheries and aquaculture projects, particularly for Lakes Malawi and Malombe, facilitating collaboration and partnership building;
• Represents the project at high-level meetings as well as Management Committee Meetings, and other fora if and when required;
• Prepares progress and final reports as required by FAO, the Directorate of Fisheries and GEF Secretariat;
• Advanced university degree in the area of natural resources management, fisheries management, fisheries science, aquaculture management, environmental sciences, or related fields;
• Seven years of relevant experience in technical cooperation’s related activities, policy advice and analysis relating to food and nutrition security, agriculture and rural development, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes;
• Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).
• Results Focus
• Team Work
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable;
• Extent and relevance of experience in working with inter-governmental bodies and multidisciplinary teams;
• Extent and relevance of experience in Africa, preferably in Southern Africa is considered an asset;
• Extent and relevance of experience in the management and implementation of large (development) projects, including the design and implementation of monitoring systems;
• Extent and relevance of experience with GEF projects is an advantage.
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