Job Description: 2002691
National Project Personnel – (District Coordinator)
Closure Date: 04/Dec/2020, 11:59:00 PM
Organizational Unit: FRMLW
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)
Grade Level: N/A
Primary Location: Malawi-Neno
Duration: 12 Months (with possibility of extension)
Post Number: N/A
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FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.
Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.
People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.
All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.
FAO assists governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to address hunger and malnutrition, and provides technical support for the sustainable development of their agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors and to respond to crises. FAO in collaboration with the Government of Malawi and with the support of multiple development partners is implementing a wide range of activities to improve livelihoods of small-scale farmers as well as assisting a more inclusive and sustainable development in the country. FAO Malawi is currently supporting the Government to strengthen community-based resilience in vulnerable rural areas, facilitate a more sustainable management of natural resources and supporting nutrition-sensitive agriculture. Likewise, FAO provides and mobilizes technical assistance required by the country in areas related with agriculture production, agriculture economics and other areas relevant.
The District Coordinator will be under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Malawi and the technical supervision of the Deputy FAOR, the Assistant FAOR (P) and the Head, PPP and Coordination Sections, and under direct supervision of the Programme Officer-Planning, Programming and Partnership, the District Manager will act independently on routine matters. Supervision received is focused on technical leadership at the District level, ability to create and foster meaningful partnerships to achieve the programme objectives and the quality of the work performed.
The District Coordinator will be the overall focal person for FAO’s work in Mwanza and Neno districts. S/he will be carrying out managerial, programmatic, coordination and administrative responsibilities on behalf of the Organization’s management at district level. The District Coordinator will interact extensively with stakeholders such as members of the District Council, District Agriculture Development Officers, District Nutrition Coordination Committee (DNCC) members, District Agriculture Extension Coordination Committee, Agriculture/ Health District Staff and Extension Officers/Frontline Workers, Community members, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and Community-Based Organizations in Mwanza and Neno districts.
Tasks and responsibilities
The incumbent will work more specifically:
Lead specific technical work under his/her responsibility and lead or coordinate FAO’s other field obligations/initiatives;
Responsible for the day-to-day management of FAO projects in the respective Field Office. Specifically, he/she coordinates the planning, implementation and supervision of activities to ensure efficient provision of both administrative and technical support services to the districts;
Foster strategic coherence of FAO’s interventions and services in Mwanza and Neno districts;
Represent FAO in ALL fora at district level within the mandate of the Organization e.g. Food Security, Climate/DRR/Resilience, statistics, extension, nutrition etc. and provide feedback to FAO Country Management in Lilongwe.
Actively participate in all initiatives together with the district technical personnel (where available).
Proactively create awareness amongst district stakeholders on FAO’s strategic priorities as per the Country Programming Framework (CPF), programmes and other relevant FAO interests (in relation to the SDG, UNSDCF, MGDS, NAP and NAIP).
Provide on-the-job support to government counterparts, particularly to District Social Protection Committees (DSPC), District Civil Protection Committees (DCPC), District Environmental Sub-Committees (DESC), District Nutrition Coordination Committee (DNCC), District Health Office (DHO) and District Agriculture Development Office (DADO) staff;
Ensure sound dissemination and programmatic use of project-related information harnessing the tools provided by FAO Malawi for such purpose as infograms, dashboards, fact-sheets, bulletins, etc.
Facilitate the exchange of information between Agriculture SMS, Agriculture Extension, Nutrition Extension Government teams at district level and with other implementing partners as well;
Produce monthly, quarterly and annual reports as per FAO requirements;
Oversee management of finances, staff, equipment and assets at the Field Office level;
Prepare and submit monthly and quarterly travel plans for the staff and ensure compliance with FAO’s travel procedures;
Provide leadership on management of Organizational funds at district level, providing operational guidance to the District Council Staff, FAO Administrative Assistants and partners on FAO minimum requirements. In addition, supervise and manage the portfolio of subcontracts implemented within the district of responsibility;
Responsible for the preparation of bi-annual procurement plans as well as their revision in order to ensure smooth implementation of activities at district level.
Perform other related duties as required.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
Advanced University Degree in Agricultural Economics, Agriculture (including forestry and fisheries), Human Nutrition, Animal Production, Natural Resources Management or related fields
At least 7 years of work experience in development, management and monitoring of projects and programmes in agriculture, food security, nutrition-sensitive agriculture and/or rural development;
National of Malawi.
FAO Core Competencies
Building Effective Relationships
Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Extent and relevance of experience in programme management;
Experience in managing complex projects involving many partners is an asset;
Good knowledge of Government systems, NGOs and the UN will be an asset
Extent and relevance of experience and innovativeness in the field of policy and practice in community level (with emphasis in Agriculture Production, Natural Resource Management, Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture, Livestock, etc);
Proven ability to work as a member of a team with diverse backgrounds;
Ability to pay attention to detail;
Computer literacy, especially using standard and analytical software and other information, communication and technology equipment.
Ability to be multi-tasked and to handle large volumes of work in an effective and timely manner.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
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Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications
FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.
HOW TO APPLY
Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile.
We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.
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