National Specialist on Agronomy, Viet Nam

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

Country: Viet Nam

City: Hanoi, Vietnam

Office: FAO Hanoi

Closing date: Sunday, 4 July 2021


National Specialist on Agronomy

Job Posting: 17/Jun/2021

Closure Date: 04/Jul/2021, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FAVIE

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : NPP (National Project Personnel)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Viet Nam

Duration : 11 months with possible extension to 3 years

Post Number : N/A

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

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Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. With presently 194 member states, FAO works in more than 130 countries worldwide, including Vietnam where the Organization has operated since 1978. The current Country Programming Framework (CPF) for the period of 2017â‘2021 has four priority areas: (1) Increased food security with focus on alleviation of hunger, malnutrition and food safety concerns; (2) Sustainable development of the agriculture sectors, contributing to the national Green Growth and other strategies on improved natural resources management and environment protection; (3) New Rural Development and Sustainable Poverty Reduction; and (4) Enhancing resilience of communities to disasters and threats. The incumbent’s tasks will largely fall under the second priority area.

Reporting Lines

Overall supervision: Fenton Beed, Budget Holder, Senior Agricultural Officer

Direct supervision: Melvin Medina Navarro, Lead Technical Officer, Agricultural Officer

Technical Focus

Technical support to the implementation of the global project " GCP/GLO/071/ROK: Smart Farming for Future Generation" in Vietnam

Tasks and responsibilities

Organize and participate in the inception workshop of the project to discuss project objectives with stakeholders and develop a detailed work plan of the project;
Conduct a mid-term national workshop towards the end of the first year to present and review the project’s progress and share best practices;
Support organization of the field days and exchange visits for both men and women farmers to demonstrate greenhouse vegetable and seedling production;
Support the implementing partner in setting up the demonstration plots;
Support the implementing partner in the preparation of training and training materials, such as farmer-oriented brochures, posters and guidelines on greenhouse vegetable production;
Maintain close contact with the NSPLD and contracting parties for implementation of the project;
Contribute to the development of the national programme and action plan on vegetable greenhouse production;
Prepare monthly reports summarizing his/her findings, conclusions and recommendations;
Plan, organize, facilitate and report on project implementation mechanisms and events by participating in meetings and communication;
Assist in drafting letters of agreement (LoAs), contracts and other relevant documents in consultation with the operational team;
Be responsible for the overall management of the global project and timely delivery of its outputs, studies and training as well as other project activities;
Manage day-to-day project activities in the country, travel to ensure timely delivery and efficiency of implementation, and proposing corrective action if/when necessary;
Help international consultants to conduct data collection, carry out studies, analyze technical information and develop, update and/or finalize the technical documents, reports and policy briefs related to the management of protected cultivation systems;
Provide technical assistance, training and develop protocols for implementation of demonstration plots that are diversified, productive, profitable and affordable indicating the most suitable: designs, crop species and varieties; climate control methods; horticulture lighting; low cost energy efficiency systems; covering materials; production systems at different levels of sophistications including vertical gardening, hydroponics and soil-free/substrates; irrigation/fertigation systems; water management; sanitation and exclusion measures; trellising systems; seedling production including nursery management and grafting; record keeping; plant nutrition; integrated pest and diseases management and crop cultural practices;
Keep day-to-day contact with the Lead and Alternate Technical Officer and project team and provide advice and timely support when needed;
Help to prepare lists and the technical specifications of necessary equipment, materials and inputs to be purchased for the implementation and/or optimization of protected cultivation systems;
Support the whole implementation of the project including all activities related to identification of beneficiaries and facilities, trainings, field visits and workshops on protected cultivation systems;
Carry out capacity building initiatives through development and promotion of appropriate materials and curricula for training of farmers as well as agricultural and extension specialists;
Develop technical factsheets, bulletins, manuals and presentations related to the sustainable intensification of crops in protected cultivation systems;
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Develop and strengthen the networks relevant to protected cultivation systems;
Support the development of communication products and other publications to enhance exchange of information within and outside of FAO;
Facilitate communication between the relevant departments and ministries in the government, project staff (including consultants), stakeholders and beneficiaries to ensure coordination and collaboration required for effective project implementation;
Facilitate meetings with government personnel for backstopping missions;
Assist the NPC and the LTO in preparing the final report;
Carry out any other relevant duties as required to ensure smooth implementation of the project, including ensuring and monitoring women’s participation in project activities.


Minimum Requirements

University Degree in agronomy or horticulture

A minimum of five-year experience in greenhouse crop production

National of Vietnam

High Proficiency in English and Vietnamese - spoken and in writing;
FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Knowledge of and/or experience with the UN system;
In-depth knowledge of project management and strategic planning;
Excellent communication and net-working skills;
Ability to work effectively under pressure; and

Good computer literacy.


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