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Programme Specialist (FISH4ACP project)


Abuja, Nigeria
Humanitaire (ONG, Associations, ...), Projet/programme de développement
Job Description:  2202224
Programme Specialist (FISH4ACP project)

Closure Date: 24/Aug/2022, 11:59:00 PM
Organizational Unit: FRNIR
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)
Grade Level: N/A
Primary Location: Nigeria-Abuja
Duration: 12 months
Post Number: N/A

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Organizational Setting
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through FAO's Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems, for better production (BP), better nutrition (BN), a better environment (BE), and a better life (BL), leaving no one behind.

The Fisheries and Aquaculture Division (NFI) is responsible for the economic, social, institutional, governance and policy aspects of FAO's activities related to fisheries and aquaculture and their development, with particular emphasis on human well-being, food security and poverty reduction; post-harvest utilization, marketing and trade with due regard to the protection of the environment, food security and the well-being of fishery communities; collection, compilation, validation, trend analysis and dissemination of the best available and up-to-date fishery statistics and for the syndication of the FAO information on all aspects of world fisheries and aquaculture. The Division is also responsible for FAO's activities related to the management and conservation of the living aquatic resources used by fisheries and aquaculture, including the biodiversity and ecosystem maintenance, with particular emphasis on the most vulnerable and threatened species and habitats; management of responsible fisheries and aquaculture in accordance with management standards and best practices; development of fisheries technology, with due regard to the protection of the environment, food security and the well-being of fishing communities, including the safety of fishers and fishing vessels.
The FISH4ACP project (“Sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture value chains in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries”) is a five-year project led by the Organisation of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) and funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. FISH4ACP aims at improving the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture value chains through five main components/specific objectives: i) Robust fisheries and aquaculture improvement strategies are developed and agreed with stakeholders; ii) Economic performance of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in selected value chains is improved; iii) Inclusiveness and the social sustainability of selected value chains are improved; iv) The environmental sustainability of selected value chains is enhanced; and v) MSMEs in selected value chains have access to additional sources of finance and investment.

Reporting Lines
Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative, the direct supervision of the Assistant FAOR (Programme), in close collaboration with the FISH4ACP-National Project Officer, the FISH4ACP Project Management Unit (PMU) country coordinator and other national and international consultants in the project team, the country programme team, the incumbent will perform following duties and responsibilities;

Technical Focus
Contribute to the project implementation, technical and strategic assistance, coordination, outreach and reporting to partners based on knowledge of the local socio-cultural context and industry landscape.

Tasks and responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative, the direct supervision of the Assistant FAOR (Programme), in close collaboration with the FISH4ACP-National Project Officer, the FISH4ACP Project Management Unit (PMU) country coordinator and other national and international consultants in the project team, the country programme team, the incumbent will perform following duties and responsibilities;

Contribute project management and economic, social and/or environmental-specific expertise to the work planning and implementation of the farmed catfish value chain upgrading strategy in Nigeria in liaison with the national team, partners, and complementing the inputs of various specialists, and other team members;
Assist the NPO in implementation and monitoring the value chain development activities of the project, facilitating linkages between stakeholders, including the formation of the value chain task forces, and the organization of value chain stakeholder workshops; 
Contribute to the development of the FISH4ACP annual country level work plan and budget; 
In liaison with the NPO and PMU, support consultants (national and international) responsible for value chain development activities, thereby ensuring the implementation of a sustainable systems-based value chain approach;
Build, maintain and strengthen partnerships with country and regional stakeholders who can contribute to achieving FISH4ACP value chain objectives; 
Contribute to the development and implementation of the FISH4ACP communication strategy at country level; 
Support the regular monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of the programme at country level, as well as the regular reporting of progress to the FAOR, Assistant FAOR (Programme), and within annual reports to FISH4ACP project partners; 
Support learning across the programme by exchanging information with related FISH4ACP value chains, share lessons learned and best practices to improve the methodology, and its application for potential fisheries and aquaculture projects going forward;
Participates (or represent the NPO) in regular, technical and thematic working groups meetings for the purpose of coordination, knowledge sharing and other relevant objectives;
Assist in facilitating capacity development activities planned under the FISH4ACP project country workplan; 
Contribute to the development of a knowledge base on sustainable fisheries and aquaculture value chain development;  
Acts as the Assistant Secretary to the FISH4ACP Value Chain Task Force (VC-TF) and organizes meetings and plans agendas.
Prepares in liaison with the NPO a quarterly reports for submission to the Project Management Unit (PMU), which will include information on results achieved, constraints and possible solutions, impact evaluation, as well as administrative and financial updates;
Maintain and strengthens relationships with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the European and German (BMZ) representation in Nigeria;
Coordinates, collates and analyses quarterly value chain progress reports from the value chain task forces to gauge the impact of FISH4ACP interventions;
Coordinates the knowledge sharing emerging from the value chain to ensure information is widely disseminated within the FISH4ACP project and externally;
Supports and monitors the value chain development activities, facilitating linkages between stakeholders, including the formation of the value chain task force, and the organization of value chain task force meetings;
Assist in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of the programme, at country level, throughout the project duration, including the selection of value chain-specific indicators, as well as the regular reporting of progress to the PMU; and
Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Requirements   
Master’s degree with at least 5 years of experience or Bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences and/or other related field of study is preferable with 7 years of experience.
Working knowledge of English (level C);
National of Nigeria
FAO Core Competencies
Results Focus
Building Effective Relationships
Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Technical/Functional Skills
Additional qualifications and experience in climate smart agriculture and sustainable energy will be an added advantage
Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in aquaculture is desirable
Extent and relevance of experience in practical sustainable value chain development, technical cooperation-related activities, policy advice and analysis relating to food and nutrition security, fisheries and aquaculture, agriculture and rural development, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes and/or providing technical support and advice on institutional capacity building processes;
Extent and relevance of experience in establishing and maintaining partnerships with UN agencies, NGOs as well as donors, private sector, universities, research institutions and government institutions and agencies;
Depth of familiarity with fisheries and aquaculture sector in developing countries, and extent and relevance of experience in programme /project management, value chain analysis, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture management;
Extent and relevance of experience in project coordination and an understanding of the purpose and functions of technical programmes, operational guidelines and programme/project management procedures, preferably those adopted by the United Nations or FAO would be considered an asset;
Extent and relevance of experience in editing and publishing communication products related to fisheries and/or value chain activities.

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