National Specialist Organic Agriculture, Hanoi, Viet Nam

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

Country: Viet Nam

City: Hanoi, Vietnam

Office: FAO Hanoi

Closing date: Wednesday, 24 March 2021


National Specialist Organic Agriculture

Job Posting: 10/Mar/2021

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

Organizational Unit : FAVIE

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Viet Nam-Hanoi

Duration : 35 working days

Post Number : N/A

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

Qualified female applicants and qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member countries are encouraged to apply.

Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Organizational Setting

On 11 January 2019, at the Programmatic Dialogue with FAO, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development officially requested support of FAO’s Technical Cooperation Programme on Organic Agriculture in combination with agro-ecotourism for biennium 2018-19. This project aims to increase and diversify rural income through development of small-scale organic farming system and agro-ecotourism operations in pilot areas; environmental protection and sustainable resources development; and reduction of rural-urban migration. Ca Mau was selected as a pilot to generate lessons for scale-up in Mekong Delta and other regions.

The project will support to convert into modern from conventional farming practices for rural poor and rural communities through participatory involvement, develop small-scale organic/plastic-free farming system and agro-ecotourism operation in pilot areas and protect environment and ecosystem. Through organic-ecotourism operation, the project also make rural areas more attractive to young generation, and increase the retention of rural population in their location of origin. The success of the pilot will be a good model for further widely promote and application of agro-ecotourism in Viet Nam.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative (Programme) and the National Programme Officer on Food Systems at FAO Representation in Viet Nam , and technical supervision by the Lead Technical Officer, the Team Leader - National Consultant will lead the consultant team and be responsible for sector analysis, synthesis of the report. Under his leadership, the Organic Agriculture Specialist will participate in the study, contribute to technical analysis of and provide inputs for organic agriculture production aspect.

Technical Focus

The status of organic agriculture production and agro-ecotourism in Mekong Delta with special focus on Ca Mau province, which include comprehensive analysis of potential (production and market), comparative advantages, disadvantages, challenges of organic production, eco-tourism and integration of the two sectors;
The implementation and gaps of the provincial organic agriculture production plan; and the roles and participation of private sector, farmers, research institutions and government in promotion of organic production and agro-ecotourism;
Recommendations for the provincial tourism development plan, which is planned to be developed in 2021;
Recommendations for promotion and development of organic agriculture (including gap filling to the provincial plan and implementation);
Recommendations for scale-up and replication in other regions of Vietnam as a strategic measures for sustainable production and consumption in circular economy perspective.

Tasks and responsibilities

Take part in development of methodology, field survey plan and protocol;
Conduct literature review and field survey;
Take part in draft and finalize the report.


Minimum Requirements

Post-graduate degree in agricultural science;
Knowledge and experience in organic agriculture production, standards and certification systems;
Nationality of Vietnam or resident in the country with a regular work permit.

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Tags circular economy comparative advantage continuous improvement data analysis environmental protection field research knowledge sharing market analysis organic agriculture organic farming participatory rural areas rural communities rural development rural population rural urban migration technical cooperation tourism development transparency viet nam

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Work experience with the Government of Viet Nam

Extent and relevance of experience in agro-ecotourism and organic agriculture

Proven experience in research design, data analysis, report writing, presentation is a must;
Knowledge and experience in consumer behaviour and market analysis;
Good written and spoken language skills (both English and Vietnamese).

Selection Criteria:

Relevant academic background;
Relevant knowledge and experience in on organic agriculture production, standards and certification systems;
Extent of experience in research design, leading field research, data analysis, report writing, presentation;
Knowledge and experience in consumer behavior and market analysis;
English skills

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