District Field Technicians, Mozambique

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

Country: Mozambique

City: Maputo

Office: FAO Representation in Mozambique

Closing date: Monday, 6 September 2021


District Field Technicians

Job Posting: 23/Aug/2021

Closure Date: 06/Sep/2021, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FRMOZ

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Mozambique

Duration : Up to 11 Months

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 PROMOVE Agribiz (GCP/MOZ/127/EC) is a programme supporting the development of small-scale, sustainable commercial agriculture in 10 districts of Nampula and Zambezia provinces. The programme aims at enhancing small producers‘ productivity and resilience and improving the availability of public and commercial support services, including financial and rural extension, as well as helping smallholders‘ and SMEs to better integrate in rural markets and selected value chains with viable, inclusive and competitive business models.

The programme is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADER) and the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MIC), through their relevant national directorates and institutions, as well as the provincial and local governments of both provinces. Specifically, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) support focuses on market-driven sustainable agriculture, resilience, Agri-food value chain development and inclusive rural markets.

At the field level, FAO will provide technical assistance to the Districts Directorate for Economic Activities (SDAE) to improve the availability of support services and increased access by MSMEs and smallholder farmers to agriculture and livestock know-how through 1. Participatory Extension Approaches; 2. Strengthening the local seed systems through the promotion of improved varieties and the seed multiplication, and 3. Access to quality inputs through an electronic voucher (e-voucher).

FAO aims to reach 720 groups with 18,000 smallholder farmers trained on farming and business agriculture and 35,000 household accessing as beneficiary of e-voucher.

Reporting Lines

The District Field Technicians will be in close coordination with the District Directorate for Economic Activities (SDAE), under the direct supervision of the Hub Coordinators (Nametil, Alto Molocue and Mocuba) and the overall supervision of the Project Coordinator.

Technical Focus

Implement the field activities of PROMOVE Agribiz to reach the outcome and targets of the programme with the smallholder farmers and their groups in close coordination with SDAE and other relevant partners.

Tasks and responsibilities

Liaise among communities with Hub Coordinator and other Hub experts the implementation of Project activities.

Contact community leaders, encourage farmers to become group members and train famers on resilient and sustainable farming and livestock practices.

Participate in the planning meeting, implement, follow up, monitor and evaluate the project activities at district level in accordance with the programme M&E strategy.

Identify famers that meet with selection criteria and contribute with the FFS specialists to the organization of the training of farmer facilitators at district level.

Structure and moderate ordinary and extraordinary sessions of FFS network.

Set up demonstration plots (demoplots) of improved varieties at the community level and organize field days in coordination with Seed Specialist at the Hub level.

Support in the identification of seed multiplicators and provide technical assistance in the field management.

Prepare and follow up the seed inspectors visits in the different phases of certification of the seed multiplication fields.

Carry out field days to disseminate results of demoplot of varieties and learning plots of FFS.

Evaluate the progress level of farmer groups through the application of Business Readiness Index and support the transition from FFS to FBS.

Train farmer groups though Farmer Business School (FBS) approach.

Support farmer groups in the elaboration of micro-projects and follow up its implementation and management.

Register beneficiary communities, groups and farmers into digital platforms as well as the activities carry out by the technicians and results achieved by the programme.

Guarantee the registration of farmers into the e-voucher scheme and provide technical assistance to agro dealers during the implementation of the activities.

Identify promising farmers associations and private sector actor (e.g. agro-dealers) as potential partners for the project.

Monitor the quality of agriculture inputs commercialized by agro dealers within the e-voucher scheme

Contribute with the setup of Home and School gardens and promote the nutrition and food safety at the household and women groups‘ level.

Follow-up of the Letter of Agreement planned activities and provide technical assistance to SDAE supervisors in the technical reporting.

Perform other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

Completed studies in Agriculture, Livestock or Agrarian Economy.

At least two years of experience in rural extension.

Mozambican or resident in the country with a regular work permit. Candidates should ideally be resident in the Nampula and Zambézia provinces.

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Knowledge and skills to communicate in the native tongues spoken in the Nampula and Zambézia provinces (Emajwa, Elomwe and Chuabo)

Proven communication and teamwork skills.

Computer skills (MS Office and Internet Explorer)

Technicians who are not currently working in the Extension Public Services.

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


FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).

Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help or have queries, please contact: Careers@fao.org

Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.

Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.

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HOW TO APPLY To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered. Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile. If you need help, or have queries, please contact: Careers@fao.org

Link to the organization’s job offer: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1629740739836