Junior Agronomy and Extension Specialist, Tbilisi, Georgia
Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
City: Tbilisi, Georgia
Closing date: Friday, 20 November 2020
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Junior Agronomy and Extension Specialist
Job Posting: 06/Nov/2020
Closure Date: 20/Nov/2020, 10:59:00 PM
Organizational Unit : FEGEO
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition : Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)
Grade Level : N/A
Primary Location: Georgia-Tbilisi
Duration : 11 months renewable, with a probation period of 3 months
Post Number : N/A
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People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply
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The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization
The position is located at the FAO Representation in Georgia. The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by the FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.
The Junior Agronomy and Extension Specialist shall operate under the overall guidance and responsibility of the FAO Representative in Georgia; direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator, technical supervision of the International Agronomist & Capacity Building Specialist, and in collaboration with other international and national consultants .
The Junior Agronomy and Extension Specialist will provide technical support to the extension activities linked in several projects in Abkhazia and in the rest of Georgia.
Tasks and responsibilities
Provide technical guidance to the local teams (both in Abkhazia and in the rest of Georgia) in the implementation of demonstration plots for extension purposes, including GAPs, CSA and IPM.
Provide general technical support in agronomy related to the technical evaluation of individual and municipal investments for ENPARD III and other programs
Support to design and follow the Annual Workplan of projects on Agronomic related Outputs, and further revise performance of Agriculture activities on a monthly and quarterly basis
Revise weekly workplans of Agronomists to be in alignment with project targets
Support Agronomy and Extension Specialists on specific problems with pests and diseases in vegetables and fruit trees
Support in the development of training material for farmers and extension providers focusing on brochures on irrigation, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) and Good Agriculture Practices.
Participate in the Internship Program annual plan and selection process. Interact with Agronomy Interns in the field to build their technical capacities.
Provide technical support, organize and participate in the different activities of extension and capacity development, including the implementation of Farmer Field Schools
Collaborate with Monitoring of staff to plan and organize monitoring activities. Support M&E with information requested.
Support the activities of the project EUIPSC 013 on technical assistance to nurseries, with the focus on planting material certification process
Provide technical support to agriculture projects in Abkhazia specially on the implementation of at least 18 Farmer Field Schools, supporting the project staff, FFS Facilitators and farmers
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Participate actively in Farmer Field Days where extension activities are being developed in Georgia proper and Abkhazia
Other duties as required.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
A university degree in Agronomy or Veterinary
2 years of relevant experience in agronomy, including direct field work with farmers
Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of Russian.
FAO Core Competencies
Building Effective Relationships
Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Good written, oral, and analytical skills;
Ability to work as an effective team member;
Self-initiative, self investigation of solution to technical problems
Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency
FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)
Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list If you are in possession of language certificate/s from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT), please attach the certificate/s when submitting the application.
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HOW TO APPLY
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