Economist (Resilience Measurement), Rome, Italy

Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Country: Italy

City: Rome, Italy

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Tuesday, 24 November 2020


Economist (Resilience Measurement)

Job Posting: 10/Nov/2020

Closure Date: 24/Nov/2020, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : ESA

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : 11 months

Post Number : N/A

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Organizational Setting

The Agrifood Economics Division (ESA) conducts economic research and policy analysis related to all five of the Organization’s strategic objectives (food security and nutrition, sustainable agriculture, poverty reduction, inclusive food systems and resilient livelihoods). ESA provides evidence-based analytical support to national, regional and global policy processes and initiatives related to food security and nutrition and sustainable agriculture; and leads the production of two FAO flagship publications: The State of Food and Agriculture and The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World. ESA also leads large programmes at country level on agricultural and food policy monitoring, climate smart agriculture (CSA), agribusiness and food value chains, rural poverty, and food security information and analysis in support of national policies.

Launched at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit by the European Union, FAO and WFP, the Global Network Against Food Crises (GNAFC) is a growing alliance of humanitarian and development actors united by the commitment to tackle the root causes of food crises and promote sustainable solutions through shared analysis and knowledge, strengthened coordination in evidence-based responses and collective efforts across the Humanitarian, Development and Peace (HDP) nexus.

Within this partnership, FAO, principally through its Office of Emergency and Resilience (OER) has a key role in the operationalization of the Global Network at global, regional, and country level with an emphasis on analytical work around food crises to inform decision-making (e.g. Global Report on Food Crises), the identification of innovative approaches to tackle root causes of food crises in a sustainable manner, and then furthering support at the country level for HDP programming and improved coordination.

The Organization frequently engages experts to work on short-term activities and projects as international consultants or under personal service agreements (PSA.SBS) at various levels of experience (see minimum requirement below). The assignments may involve full-time or part-time functions, with duration ranging from 1 month up to 11 months. The possibility of extension is subject to satisfactory performance and dependant on the availability of resources and the needs of the Organization. Assignments can require travel, mission and/or appointment to field locations. Individuals who meet or exceed the requirements of the Call determined through an interview process will be included in the ESA divisional roster that will be used to resource future vacancies within the technical requirements covered by the Call.

The role will be located within the Resilience Measurement and Analysis team (ESA-OER)

Reporting Lines

The Economist reports to the Team Leader of Resilience Measurement and Analysis team.

Technical Focus

The Economist will conduct and coordinate economic analysis on a broad range of issues pertaining to resilience in support of food security and nutrition monitoring systems through the application of sound methodologies, as well as contributing to the further development and harmonization of resilience estimation concepts and methodologies.

This will be instrumental in building the body of evidence for decision making and programming for investments along the HDP nexus.

and reinforcing related capacities of national stakeholders, with the long-term objective of reducing dependence of country information systems from external funding.

Tasks and responsibilities

Support the management and dissemination of datasets to improve quality of food security, resilience, and risk data and analysis, including data clean up, harmonization, anonymization, as well as, developing of supporting documentation to facilitate the public understanding and use of the datasets.

Support GNAFC Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning activities, with respect to evidence generation on impact of country-level resilience building investments under the Global Network. This can include support to HQ and decentralized teams in the design of data collection instruments and methodologies, support to analysis and interpretation of findings, and elaboration of key messages.

Support the analysis of household resilience aiming to identity key resilience components of household living in various geographical areas, relying on different livelihoods and exposed to different shocks and stressors. This can include data analysis, elaboration of findings and contribution to relevant publications.

Provide support to key corporate initiatives such as FAO’s support to the African Union in monitoring progress on indicator #6 of the Malabo Declaration, including support to coordination of relevant FAO decentralized offices, and capacity development activities with external partners (e.g. CAADP, AUC).

Perform other related duties, as required.


Minimum Requirements

University degree in Economics, Development Economics, Statistics, Econometrics.

Consultant level B and C -University degree is required, and advanced university degree is preferred.

PSA.SBS - University degree.

Relevant experience in data analysis, especially resilience and food security analysis using econometric models; quantitative impact evaluation:

Consultant level B - at least 5 years of relevant experience

Tags agribusiness capacity development climate smart climate smart agriculture continuous improvement data analysis data collection econometric models econometrics economic analysis economic research economist food policy food security impact evaluation information systems knowledge sharing poverty reduction rural poverty sustainable agriculture transparency value chain

Consultant level C and PSA.SBS - at least 1 year of relevant experience

Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian.

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Work experience in more than one location or area of work

Extent and relevance of experience in food security and resilience econometric analysis

Ability to plan and organize own work, deliver results and meet deadlines, within a multi-disciplinary team

Ability to write clear and concise technical documents

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


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