Horticulture specialist - Local coordinator, Cairo, Egypt

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

Country: Egypt

City: Cairo

Office: FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa, Cairo

Closing date: Thursday, 9 September 2021


Horticulture specialist - Local coordinator

Job Posting: 26/Aug/2021

Closure Date: 09/Sep/2021, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FNEGY

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : NPP (National Project Personnel)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Egypt-Cairo

Duration : 12 months

Post Number : N/A

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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

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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 FAO Representation in Egypt supports the Government of Egypt in developing policies and more specifically under this project and are aiming to reduce the impact of COVID-19 across the food supply chains: (i) protecting the most vulnerable groups, addressing inequality and rural poverty in the context of COVID-19; (ii) building resilient and sustainable food systems and food supply chains; (iii) continue supporting governmental programmes to stimulate the economy and supporting local enterprises, to protect workers and farmers and supporting their incomes; and (iv) ensure the functioning of agricultural value chains, given their importance and critical role in food access and food availability. Ultimately, there is a need to improve the enabling policy environment to ensure stable, sufficient, safe and nutritious food for all, particularly the most vulnerable groups. The tasks envisaged for this consultancy will contribute to reduced poverty, improved food security and nutrition and resilient livelihoods for vulnerable rural women and youth and build back a more sustainable food system in Minya Governorate - to ensure that no one relying on agricultural production for their wellbeing is left behind (especially those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic). This contribution will be achieved through the support of participatory, integrated and community-based approaches to sustainable smallholder agricultural development, agricultural climate change adaptation and agri-food systems.

The position is located in the FAO Office in Cairo, Egypt.

Reporting Lines:

Under the overall supervision of the FAO representative, the direct supervision of the Project Senior Advisor, the expert will work in close collaboration with all partners (government, local authorities, NGOs, private sector, and others) and the technical team of the project, and the team of FAO Office in Egypt.

Technical Focus:

The incumbent will be responsible for providing field coordination of Farmer Field Schools (FFS) and technical assistance to the project OSRO/EGY/102/CAN "Improved Livelihoods, Nutrition and Empowerment of Rural Women and their Families affected by the COVID-19 crisis in Minya Governorate". The incumbent will ensure that activities will focus on women beneficiaries, to promote their empowerment and creation of economic opportunities

Tasks and responsibilities:

The Horticulture Specialist - local coordinator will be responsible for the following tasks:

Coordinate with local and central experts and research institutes (e.g. ARC, agriculture colleges, private companies) to review the curricula of the FFS and ensure that the technical information is compliant with GAP standards and is presented with a simple and understandable language and illustrations.

Identify facilitators, assess their training needs, and ensure knowledge and skills gaps are filled through ToT. Ensure that the majority of facilitators are female and that training on gender-sensitive issues is provided.

Follow-up with the facilitators‘ team to ensure application of FAO methodology to FFS, formulation and accomplishment of training plans, identification of training venues, timely conduction of FFS trainings.

In collaboration with local NGOs and rural leaders, supervise establishment of FFS at targeted villages, with majority of female beneficiaries.

In collaboration with facilitators, prepare training reports and submit to Project Senior Advisor.

In collaboration with M&E specialist, ensure that all facilitators provide the weekly workplan with accurate information about field implementation activities.

Create link between beneficiaries and service providers (e.g. veterinary services, input providers).

In collaboration with agribusiness specialist, provide all requested technical information to beneficiaries for formulation of business plans and feasibility studies.

Organize exchange visits to showcase good examples of modern farming, postharvest and agribusiness activities (e.g. modern farms, agri-food companies, postharvest/value addition facilities, input stores, etc.).

Cooperate with project team to conduct awareness campaigns on gender empowerment, life skills, nutrition, climate-smart agriculture, etc.

Provide visual and written materials needed for visibility and documentation of success stories and project expected results.

Organize all events at field level and field missions of FAO and donor officials, as requested.

Any other duties related to the incumbent’s field of experience, as required.


Minimum Requirements

An advanced university degree in Agriculture or related field.

At least 10 years of relevant professional experience.

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Working knowledge of English and Arabic languages.

Nationality of Egypt.

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Relevance and extent of experience in working with inter-governemental bodies and multi-disciplinary teams.

Excellent organizational skills;
Good analytical skills with strong orientation to details

Experience in report writing and data analysis

Demonstrated communication skills, including the ability to convey and present sensitive issues/positions

Demonstrated knowledge and working experience relevant to Horticulture.

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, managers and other stakeholders in a multicultural setting, with sensitivity and respect for diversity.


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