مطلوب أخصائي الأمن الغذائي لدى الفاو في العراق
Food Security and Agricultural Livelihoods Assessment Specialist
Since late 2019, an outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus – has rapidly spread across the world, devastating lives and livelihoods. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is particularly concerned about the potential impacts of the virus and related containment efforts on food security and livelihoods in contexts of high vulnerability and where populations are already experiencing food crises. Within the United Nations Global COVID-19 Humanitarian Response Plan, FAO is seeking USD 350 million to protect the food security of the most vulnerable rural populations in 34 priority countries, most of which are already faced with food crisis contexts Reporting Lines
Under the GHRP, FAO, in close collaboration with key partners such as the World Food Programme, the global Food Security Cluster and the Global Network Against Food Crises, is establishing a global data and analysis facility to create a common understanding and inform programming. At the core of the data and analysis facility is a structured assessment framework which is sequenced to respond to different information needs as the crisis unfolds in high-risk countries. The assessment framework is driven by a set of questionnaires which will be administered in 34 countries on a periodic basis over the July 2020 – June 2021 period to monitor key risk factors and to understand the occurring and potential impacts on agricultural production, market chains, food security and livelihoods. At a later stage, agriculture sector damage and loss assessments will be conducted, linked to the food security and livelihood impact assessments. In addition the COVID-19 data facility is expected to pave the way for a sustainable system of data collection and analysis on food supply in food crisis countries beyond the pandemic.
This information system relies principally on remotely collected data (mobile phone and on-line), collected either by FAO offices themselves or through international service providers. Field assessments may also be conducted at a later stage using data collection tools such as Kobo or ODK.
It is in the direct context of this global initiative that FAO-Iraq has launched a remote data collection system, gathering information from government officials, extension officers, agriculture vendors and farmers. Therefore, FAO-Iraq is looking to strengthen its team to support these activities.
Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative, the direct supervision of the Senior Resilience Advisor, and the technical supervision of the Needs Assessments Team of the Office of Emergencies and Resilience based in Rome and Cairo, and in close consultation with the assessment and analysis team in Iraq.
The national consultant will be responsible for coordinating the collection and analysis of data to inform the impacts of COVID-19 on agriculture, food supply and rural livelihoods.
Tasks And Responsibilities
- Regularly liaise with the country management team and the regional assessment advisors on the progress of the monitoring exercises and the alignment with strategic, technical and operational requirements;
- Stay up-to-date on the publication of studies and data produced by other stakeholders in the country and coordinate with national stakeholders (government, UN Agencies, NGOs, food security cluster) involved in food security and livelihoods assessments or surveillance, and promote multi-actors initiatives;
- Contribute to advising and strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture and local surveillance systems, particularly in support of COVID-19 monitoring and surveillance, and assessing core capacity of Ministries such as Agriculture, Trade, Planning (CSO) and Water Resources as to available data from existing information systems and national household surveys.
- Define survey objectives and areas of interest based on information gaps and programmatic needs;
- Collect baseline and secondary data to enable comparisons and triangulation. Secondary data can refer to food prices monitoring, agricultural inputs prices monitoring, international trade figures, food security outcomes, containment measures, social protection measures, remote-sensing-based seasonal monitoring etc.
- Assist in the choice of data collection modalities (Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviews, web surveys, or face-to-face) and interfaces (international service provider, local partner, in-house call centre etc.)
- Search for existing sampling frames and consolidate lists of respondents with phone numbers; contribute to updating and introducing new tools in Kobo Collect
- Oversee enumerators and, as necessary, develop and implement trainings to improve performance;
- Communicate with relevant authorities on the implementation of the surveys;
- Conduct additional semi-structured interviews with key informants in order to dig for specific issues, as needed;
- Contribute to the analysis and interpretation of collected data;
- Discuss and validate the results with the global assessment team, regional offices and hubs, GIEWS and any other relevant FAO units;
- Help draft and review monitoring reports and visual products (e.g. dashboards), using standard templates;
- Communicate assessment findings and reports to other actors, such as the Food Security Cluster;
- Contribute to FAO corporate learning processes and documentation about COVID-19 assessments;
- Perform any other duties as assigned
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- Advanced university degree in agronomy, rural development, statistics, agricultural economics, relevant social or natural sciences, or other related discipline relevant to the mandate of the Organization;
- Minimum of 5 years of proven knowledge and experience in assessments, surveillance systems, or monitoring and evaluation in the context of emergencies and food crises;
- Fluency in Arabic and working knowledge of English. Knowledge of Kurdish is an advantage.
- National of Iraq
FAO Core Competencies
- Results Focus
- Building Effective Relationships
- Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
- Ability to work under pressure and adapt to an evolving and complex humanitarian context and within multidisciplinary and different cultural background teams;
- Strong analytical skills and knowledge of agriculture, food security, livelihoods and value chains in the context of Iraq;
- Experience or familiarity with food security and livelihoods assessments methodologies, including surveillance or monitoring systems, Post-Disaster Needs Assessments, Damage and Losses assessments, agricultural production assessment, market analysis, and/or value chain analysis;
- Experience in survey design, sampling, data collection, data analysis, and interpretation for assessment processes in agriculture and food security;
- Expertise in remote data collection including phone or web-based surveys and/or remote-sensing would be a plus;
- Working knowledge of advanced statistics with ability to use statistical software packages (in particular SPSS , STATA and/or R);
- Experience in using and programming questionnaires in digital data collection tools (Kobo toolbox, ODK);
- Proven data visualization and reporting skills;
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;
- Coordination skills with strong individual planning capacity;
- Knowledge of humanitarian principles.
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NPP (National Project Personnel)
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