Economist, Home Based

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

Closing date: Wednesday, 7 December 2022



Job Posting: 23/Nov/2022

Closure Date: 07/Dec/2022, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : REUTD

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Home-Based

Duration : 11 months

Post Number : N/A

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Organizational Setting

The main aim of the FAO Operating Unit (REU) is to assist governments to develop policies, programs and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner. At the 33rd FAO Regional Conference for Europe (ERC33), Members "requested FAO to develop immediate, medium-term, and longer-term plans to address the food security impacts of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, including emergency response, recovery assistance and resilience building in food systems, for countries most affected in the region, particularly in the Black Sea region, Central Asia, the Caucasus and Western Balkans". The Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP), developed in response to the ERC request, is aimed at providing support to the most affected countries in the region in getting better prepared to address the consequences of the crisis on national food security. With reference to the above project, FAO is looking for an International Expert - Economist to support the implementation of the TCP project by conducting/coordinating the policy dialogues in the Region and development of Policy Briefs.

Reporting Lines

This position is under the overall supervision of the Project`s Budget Holder (BH) and the direct technical supervision of the Senior Policy Officer in FAO’s Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REU) - Project`s Lead Technical Officer (LTO).

Technical Focus

The International Expert - Economist will support the Lead Technical Officer in the implementation of the Project, in close collaboration with members of the REU Working Group (WG) on Regional Impacts of the Ukraine Crisis, the consultant will support FAO efforts to address the requests made by FAO members at the Thirty-third Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Europe (ERC 33) related to the implications on food security and agriculture arising from the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.

Tasks and responsibilities

Contributes to the early implementation (drafting Terms of Reference for consultants, etc.) of a Regional Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) that contributes to responding to the requests made by FAO members at ERC33, regarding the implications of the war in Ukraine on regional food security;
Provides technical backstopping for the design of methodologies and tools that explore the consequences of the crisis on food security, including those by TCP Service Providers;
Organizes and facilitates two regional dialogues with stakeholders on policy options to address risks to food security in selected countries;
Produces two policy briefs on addressing immediate (1) and future risks (1) to food security for the most vulnerable countries in the region.

Provides technical support to the weekly News Briefs and other information products by the REU-Working Group (WG) on the regional implications of the conflict, when needed;
Contributes to the review and provides feedback on technical documents produced by third parties (including from FAO HQs) that require revision by the REU-WG;
Contributes to the identification and formulation of projects at regional and country level related to the consequences of the war in Ukraine on food and agriculture, as needed.


Minimum Requirements

Advanced University degree in economics, agricultural economics, international development studies, or a related field of knowledge;
Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience working in the agriculture sector, preferably in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus or Central Asia;
Working knowledge (level C) of English and limited knowledge (level B) of one of the other FAO languages (Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, or Russian). For PSA, only working knowledge of one FAO language is required. Knowledge of the Russian language is an asset.

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable;
Extent and relevance of experience in data analysis and policy formulation in agriculture;
Ability to plan and organize own work, deliver results and meet deadlines

Ability to write clear and concise technical documents

Ability to perform well in cross-disciplinary teams

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Selection Criteria

Proven experience data/ information collection and research and analysis;
Extent and relevance of experience in technical fields related to designing of methodologies and tools for analysis of food security crisis;
Experience in designing policy recommendations and drafting policy briefs;
Capacity to write documents and reports in a clear and concise manner;
Strong writing skills in English language.

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