Plant Health Specialist, Home Based

Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Country: Home-based

Closing date: Wednesday, 24 February 2021


Plant Health Specialist

Job Posting: 10/Feb/2021

Closure Date: 24/Feb/2021, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : SFS

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Home-Based

Duration : 6 months

Post Number : N/A

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Organizational Setting

FAO’s Subregional Office for Southern Africa is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing subregional food, agriculture and rural development priorities. It develops and maintains relations with subregion-wide institutions including Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs). It assists the FAO Representations (FAORs) in the subregion with addressing subregional food security, agriculture and rural development issues at country level. The Subregional Office is a subsidiary of FAO’s Regional Office for Africa (RAF).

The position is located in the FAO Subregional Office for Southern Africa but stationed at the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Headquarters in Gaborone Botswana. The position will provide the overall management, organisation and coordination of the FAO/SADC project on all activities for the transboundary plant pests in component 2 at regional and national level in close consultation with the SADC Crops officer as well as with the respective partners in the relevant Ministries.

Reporting Lines

Under the supervision of the FAO Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa and under the guidance of the Director of the Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Directorate at SADC Secretariat, the Plant Health Specialist will work under the direct supervision of the Regional Project Coordinator and the technical supervision of FAO Plant Production and Protection Officer in the subregion.

Technical Focus

Plant Production and Protection with particular focus on plant health: providing the overall management and direction on all aspects of the project implementation on component 2 of the project namely; (ii) improving access to markets through implementation of plant pests management strategies at the regional level; and in SADC member states ensuring deadlines and milestones are achieved

Tasks and responsibilities

Support the development of harmonised regional management strategies for prevention/control/eradication of trans-boundary plant pests that are aligned to relevant regional and international strategies, standards and guidelines; working closely with the SADC Plant Protection Technical Committee and its sub committees in consultation with the National SPS Committees.

Organize and coordinate the validation and adoption of trans-boundary plant pests‘ management strategies at national and regional levels in line with international standards, guidelines and phytosanitary measures and the WTO - SPS agreement in accordance with international strategies and programmes, such as the international treaties like International Plant Protection Convention and the Rotterdam Convention.

Support and facilitate activities aimed at strengthening priority plant pests‘ management capacities, including the implementation of surveillance and early warning systems at the regional and national levels.

Support the development, testing and implementation of innovative approaches to risk management of trade related plant pests by developing appropriate regional guidelines and tools, organizing workshops, stakeholder consultations and seminars to obtain input from a cross section of stakeholders and experts.

Support and implement advocacy initiatives to promote uptake and acceptance of the developed innovative approaches to risk management of trade related plant pests at national, regional and international levels.

Ensure mainstreaming of cross cutting issues into the plant pests‘ section of the project, including‘ Gender, HIV/AIDS, Poverty, Governance, sustainability etc.

Facilitate the development and implementation of a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation framework for component 2 of the project with support from the key project stakeholders and target beneficiaries including ensuring timely reports production and clearance.

Monitor potential risks that could constrain project implementation and take timely mitigating action

Contribute to the visibility and communication of plant health-related project achievements at regional and national levels

Perform other related duties, as required .


Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree in Agriculture, Crop Science, Agriculture Economics, or related fields and educational background.

At least 10 years practical and active experience of working with International and Regional Institutions and implementing development projects of a regional nature in the fields of agriculture and plant health in developing countries. Experience of development work related to plant pests in Southern Africa will be an added advantage.

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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

Strong administrative and organisational skills,

Computer literacy

Good English technical report writing skills.

Ability to provide team leadership and motivation

Work experience in more than one location or area of work

Extent and relevance of experience in plant health

Extent and relevance of experience in project management

Familiarity with Southern Africa Region

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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