Job Description - National Professional Officer (Aromatic Plants Expert) (2301663)
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National Professional Officer (Aromatic Plants Expert)
Organizational Unit : RNE
Type of Requisition : NPO (National Professional Officer)
Duration : Fixed-term: One year with possibility of extension
Post Number : 2007870
CCOG Code : 1A02
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• Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member nations and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
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• The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through the FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.
The Programme Management Unit (PMU) of the FAO Saudi Technical Cooperation Programme (2019-2025) facilitates, coordinates and manages all technical and advisory services to be provided by FAO to the Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MoEWA). The project “UTF/SAU/051/SAU Strengthening MoEWA’s Capacity to Implement the Sustainable Rural Agricultural Development Programme” is the first project that has been approved within the framework of FAO-Saudi Technical Cooperation Programme (2019-2025). The project will provide technical and advisory assistance to the MoEWA in implementing its flagship sustainable rural agricultural development programme that has recently been approved within the context of the National Transformation Programme of the Saudi Vision 2030. The project expected results will be achieved through implementation of nine project components: 1) Development of coffee Arabica production, processing and marketing; 2) Development of beekeeping and honey production; 3) Development of rose production and trade; 4) Development of sub-tropical fruits production, processing and marketing; 5) Strengthening capacity of small-scale fishermen and fish farmers; 6) Strengthening capacity of small-scale livestock herders; 7) Development of rain-fed cereals production; 8) Enhancing value addition from smallholdings and rural activities; and 9) Strengthening MoEWA’s capacity in sustainable management of rangelands, forests and natural resources to support rural livelihoods.
The post is located in the Programme Management Unit of the FAO Saudi Technical Cooperation Programme in Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The National Professional Officer (Aromatic Plants Expert) reports to the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) under the overall guoidance of the Programme Coordinator in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He/she works in close cooperation and consultation with the Technical Adviser of the Component Development of rose production and trade.
Programme development and management, coordination and operational support based on the knowledge of the local conditions, culture, language and institutions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Effective and efficient management and coordination of the technical and operational support of the programme and project.
• Advises and liaises with government authorities, local, national and international institutions in the areas of FAO's activities and other UN agencies. Represents FAO at inter-agency meetings.
• Promotes the image of FAO through advocacy of the Organization's mandate, programmes, national priorities and activities including the coordination of development and maintenance of communication tools such as website, press releases and publications; provides FAO's information, knowledge and resources to government, NGOs, the private sector and other local entities on food, nutrition and agriculture situations; and supports the implementation of FAO's regulatory frameworks (Codex Alimentarius, Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, Safe Use of Pesticides, etc.) in the country.
• Coordinates and manages the maintenance of country data on food, crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries including information on external aid in FAO's corporate systems and monitor and communicate changes in national policies affecting the agricultural sector.
• Produces technical, economic and policy studies as required and participates in the development of country level development frameworks such as the Country Programming Framework (CPF) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF).
• Identifies, formulates and prepares programme and project proposals, monitors and reviews the status of the programme/project implementation to ensure that all operational activities are carried out in line with the work plan and the project document; identifies inconsistencies and delays and submits proposals to the FAO Representative on how to improve results and increase efficiency.
• Briefs, trains and supervises lower grade level programme staff regarding all aspects of the job. Ensures adherence to procedures and work requirements and accuracy and diligence of the work provided.
• Performs other duties as required.
• Coordinates with the National Project Coordinator, national stakeholders to ensure close working relations with MoEWA branches and other local authorities, to ensure timely conducting of country activities, including contractual arrangements, and inform the CTA of problems and obstacles that need attention and specific assistance.
• Assists the comprehensive aromatic plants/roses sector review and diagnostic studies of rose and Jasmine production, processing and trade to give directions to the sustainable development of the sector.
• Contributes to the identification, pilot testing and promotion of sustainable and efficient best agronomic practices among rose/jasmine small growers, including the cultivation of improved climatically well-adapted, pest resistant and high yield rose/jasmine cultivars/varieties.
• Contributes to the development of a catalogue of major rose/jasmine diseases, pests and weed in the target regions, and the development and implementation of an integrated pest management (IPM) Programme for the control of rose/jasmine pests and diseases, to ensure access of rose/jasmine growers to pests and disease control services.
• Assists in establishing and operating rose/jasmine nurseries and tissue culture laboratories to produce and distribute healthy seedling rose/jasmine.
• Co-leads the preparation of quarterly and semi-annual project component progress reports, terminal report and identifies lessons learned, constraints and issues that require timely resolution and corrective actions and presents recommendations for improving performance.
• Supports the exposure of aromatic plants growers/producer/processers to regional or global experiences through targeted visits for experience.
• Contributes to the preparation of various written project component outputs, e.g. background papers, sector reviews, technical reports, sections of reports and studies, manuals, guidelines and checklists as well as knowledge products.
• Co-leads development of demand driven and responsive partnerships to benefit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from proven innovation and good practices in the south and north for aromatic plants (rose and Jasmine) production and trade.
• Provides support in the design and organization of social, qualitative and quantitative studies including but not limited to gender mainstreaming, productive family issues, entrepreneurship, internal migration and with respect to rural people and youth participation and opinion considerations.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
• National of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
• Advanced university degree in plant production/breeding, agronomy or any other related field.
• Five years of relevant experience in development of aromatic plants, and trade and/or project management in the field of sustainable rural agricultural development.
• Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of Arabic and limited knowledge (intermediate – level B) of English.
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable.
• Extent and relevance of experience in development of aromatic production.
• Demonstrated understanding of the purpose and functions of the technical programme, operational guidelines and project/programme management procedures, preferably those adopted by the United Nations or FAO.
• Extent and relevance of experience in the field of policy analysis relating to food and nutrition security, agriculture and rural development.
• Extent and relevance of experience in the collection of country data on in any fields of food, crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries.
• Extent and relevance of experience in the identification, formulation and preparation of programme and project proposals as well as programme/project implementation, monitoring and review.
Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.
• Staff members in this category are recruited locally and paid according to a local salary scale. Salary scales are reviewed periodically on the basis of comprehensive surveys of the best prevailing conditions of employment in the locality.
• FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.
• Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link: https://icsc.un.org/Resources/SAD/Booklets/sabeng.pdf
FAO encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes:
• elements of family-friendly policies
• flexible working arrangements
• standards of conduct
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
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
• Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
• 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/
• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
• Incomplete applications will not be considered
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• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
• We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.
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