Project Coordinator (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Home Based

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

Closing date: Tuesday, 9 August 2022

CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST - VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT : 2202101

Project Coordinator (St. Vincent and the Grenadines)

Job Posting: 26/Jul/2022

Closure Date: 09/Aug/2022, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : SLC

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Home-Based

Duration : 11 months with possibility of extension

Post Number : N/A

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Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply;
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Organizational Setting

The FAO Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean (SLC) was established in 1996 and is based in Barbados. It is headed by a Sub-Regional Representative/Coordinator and is staffed by a Multidisciplinary Team and an Administrative Unit.

SLC supports 13 member countries; Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, The Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago. Moreover, FAO Representations are present in Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname; Jamaica, Belize and the Bahamas; and Guyana.

FAO SLC with implement several national technical cooperation programmes with countries across the OECS region in the area of competitive and resilient value chain development. These projects aim to strengthen and build high potential agricultural value chains at the national and regional level to improve farmer livelihoods, increase food security, and contribute to the reduction in national food import bills.

FAO is seeking a project coordinator for a national value chain development project in St. Vincent and the Grenadines . This program aims to strengthen the competitiveness of high potential value chains using a market system approach to catalyse systemic changes through partnerships with farmers, public and private sector actors and financial institutions. The Project Coordinator will be part of the FAO Value Chain team, with support from a range of FAO experts, and her/his primary role will be to coordinate, facilitate and manage project activities on the ground. This work will include organisation of events, liaison with Government and private sector actors, facilitating training and capacity building work and collection and analysis of agricultural data. The Project Coordinator will be responsible for day-to-day management of the project in the country with close technical and coordination support from officers and consultants in FAO sub-regional office in Barbados.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall guidance of the FAO Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean, and the technical supervision of the FAO SLC Trade and Markets Officer and Fisheries Officer, the Consultant will provide administrative, organisational and technical support to FAO’s Value Chain Development and Agribusiness project in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and support the national implementation of FAO’s applied Value Chain (VC) methodology to promote sustainable and inclusive agricultural industries in the Caribbean.

Technical Focus

The objectives of the assignment are to support the roll out and upscale of FAO’s Value Chain Development projects in the specified country, with a focus on coordinating and preparing all necessary meeting materials including tracking decisions and follow up actions, maintaining project information base, preparing quarterly reports, liaising with project implementing partners and stakeholders, supporting in-country implementation of projects, and conducting interviews and data collection.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Coordinate timely and quality implementation of overall project components and ensuring appropriate linkages among the components and among consultants and concerned sector stakeholders;
Prepare and update project work plans and budgets as required;
Prepare project reports of progress and briefs as required;
Facilitate, chair and provide close follow-up to national value chain development teams established under the project;
Coordinate the organization and logistics of in-country and virtual working sessions and workshops, assessments and consultations;
Support the implementation of national level value chain monitoring and evaluation frameworks;
Facilitate liaison and linkages with relevant public and private stakeholders for project success;
Coordinate logistical arrangements for the various consultancies under the project;
Coordinate with relevant national stakeholders, especially the Ministry of Agriculture to ensure maximum delivery and participation (country ownership) in project activities;
Coordinate the inputs and organisation of communications materials in collaboration with FAO consultants; and

Ensure interventions are well coordinated with other FAO and non-FAO projects in the country and build on FAO comparative advantage, successful practices, lessons learnt.

Undertake agricultural data and information collection and analysis including cost of production and market information;
Undertake stakeholder interviews as part of value chain assessments;
Coordinate activities related to agricultural land management, including support to data collection and legal analyses as required;
Provide technical support to project activities including technical reports and other outputs as required;
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

Minimum Requirements

University degree in agriculture, economics, development, business or a related field required; advanced degree preferred;
Minimum three years of experience working in project coordination or management

Working knowledge (level C) of English and limited knowledge (level B) of Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus

Teamwork

Communication

Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Experience in writing technical reports is an advantage;
Experience in agricultural production and/or farm management is an asset;
Demonstrated communication and networking skills

Work experience in market research is an advantage.

Work experience in agriculture, agribusiness, management consulting, government or finance is an advantage;
Proven skills in work planning and budgeting

Selection Criteria

National or permanent resident of St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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

Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list

Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/

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Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills

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