National Economist, Yerevan, Armenia

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

Country: Armenia

City: Yerevan, Armenia

Office: FAO Yerevan, Armenia

Closing date: Monday, 14 June 2021


National Economist

Job Posting: 31/May/2021

Closure Date: 14/Jun/2021, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FEARM

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Armenia-Yerevan

Duration : 132 days over 6 months on WAE bases

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.

FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background, and culture

Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member nations, and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply

Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct and to uphold our values. FAO has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and FAO, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination

All selected candidates, therefore, will undergo rigorous reference and background checks

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization

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), poverty, and food security information and analysis in support of national policies. Given the substantial increase in the number of international migrants worldwide and the role that remittances play in the economy of the principal migrant regions -Sub-Saharan Africa, Central America and the Caribbean, and Central Asia and the Caucasus-, the ESA has been leading evidence-based processes to harness the potential benefits of migration in the most affected countries. Under this approach, the ESA developed a pilot programme supporting the establishment of small- and medium-sized agricultural business through a matching grant scheme -where the programme complements every dollar that beneficiaries invest from remittances-. As the programme has proven to be attractive and beneficial to migrants, with the potential to direct sizeable remittance inflows towards the creation and expansion of micro, small and medium enterprises; the FAO aims to replicate the program in Armenia .

Reporting Lines

The consultancy aims to facilitate through technical and political support the implementation of the activities related to the project "Harnessing the Development Potential of Remittances - Multidisciplinary Fund MDF 2020-2021". Under the supervision of the Assistant FAOR in Armenia and National Programme Manager and in close coordination with the ESA Project Coordinator the consultant will specifically implement below tasks.

Tasks and responsibilities

Support technically and administratively the negotiations with the service provider that will conduct the feasibility study.

Monitor; provide technical and policy related inputs; support the technical revision of the output materials to be delivered according to the Letter of Agreement (LoA).

Ensure: a) fluent communication between the parties involved in the Letter of Agreement; b) that the service provider timely delivers all expected outputs for review by FAO.

Facilitate communication and timely interaction with the government and other key stakeholders through political advocacy.

Conduct a desk study to: a) identify suitable agribusiness investments; b) propose an agribusiness investment portfolio; and c) develop an investment analysis of the key identified investments.

Based on the outputs of the Letter of Agreement (LoA), develop a Concept Note on possible FAO intervention aimed at both household and local community development projects, as well as develop relevant Logical Results Framework (Theory of Change) proposal for the implementation of a remittance matching grant program for the development of agribusinesses with the migrant population of Armenia.

Conduct other relevant duties.


Minimum Requirements

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Advanced university degree in economics, agricultural economics, natural resources economics, agribusiness management or a closely related field;
Three to five years of relevant experience in the practical application of economic analysis to development issues, including analytical studies, and/or in the formulation and implementation of agriculture, rural development, natural resource management and agro-processing investment operations in developing countries and/or countries in transition;
Minimum five years of relevant experience, preferably with international and national organizations;
Fluency in Armenian and English, Knowledge of Russian is an asset;
National of Armenia or resident in the country with a regular work permit.

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

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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