UN Jobs – Project Coordinator (AgrInvest) – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)




Organisation: Food
and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
About US:
The Food and
Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has a global mandate to
improve nutrition, increase agricultural productivity, raise the standard of
living in rural populations and contribute to global economic’ growth.
Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts – to make sure
people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy
lives.
About Project:  
The AgrInvest
project in Uganda, sponsored by the European Union (EU) and managed by DPI,
aims to increase responsible private investments in the agriculture and
agribusiness sectors of Uganda through an enhanced capacity of the Uganda
Development Bank Limited (UDBL) and public-private policy dialogue. This
support will aim at (i) de-risking UDBL agricultural lending; (ii) enhancing
UDBL portfolio in terms of quality and scope; (iii) making UDBL operations and
processes more efficient and; (iv) enhance the policy environment to de-risk
value-chain investment opportunities. Expected outcomes include: (i) enhancing
UDBL’s capacities to identify, appraise and finance viable, environmentally
friendly and SDG-aligned investments in agriculture; and (ii) make selected
food value chains more attractive for UDBL banking through systematic policy
dialogue and technical assistance to value chain actors.
Job Summary:  The Project Coordinator (AgrInvest) reports
to the Chief, Africa Service and works in close collaboration with Lead
Technical Officer (LTO) based in Rome and other staff members in DPI. S/he will
liaise closely with the FAO Representative in Uganda for day-to-day matters. The
consultant will be responsible for coordinating the AgrInvest work in Uganda.
This will include (i) coordinating the work of other FAO technical experts and
consultants; (ii) daily interface with UDBL; (iii) coordination with the
Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) and other
Government counterparts, as well as (iv) coordination with partners (other UN
Agencies, private sector) and (v) within the FAO country team.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
·       
Develop
and implement annual work plans and budgets and ensure that expenditures
incurred at country level are in accordance with FAO human resources, financial
and procurement procedures, and that expenditures are in line with the funding
agreement signed with the donor.
·       
Lead the
monitoring and evaluation of the project, including establishment of project
baselines, regular reporting to the LTO and to the donor (EU).
·       
Take on
an advocacy role of the project towards in-country stakeholders and audiences
at large, in close coordination with UDBL and the FAO Country Office,
·       
Advise
the LTO on capacity building requirements, as well as coordinates the
implementation of the technical assistance (TA) support to UDBL. This will
include working closely with short/medium term consultants at country level,
including missions by FAO HQ technical experts, international and national
consultants, as well as liaising with the UDBL team and following up on
satisfaction with the services provided.
·       
Provide
leadership and substantial contributions in the value chain selection and
ensure close coordination with MAAIF, UDBL and other Government counterparts;
proposes value-chain selection criteria for policy dialogue interventions;
propose the final value chains to be selected; and documents the decision
process. The exercise will include a mapping of relevant interventions
(Government, bilateral and multilateral development partners) as well as the
key policy constraints identified for each value chain.
·       
Lead and
advise UDBL for expanding its pipeline, including the work on mapping of
development partners (bilateral and multilateral) interventions in the country;
establish relationships with development partners, supports UDBL in the
identification of potential investees and undertakes field visits to support
UDB Investment and Appraisal Teams.
·       
Support
and oversees the work of the partner (UNCDF) responsible for supporting the
digitalization of UDBL operations.
·       
Support
the recruitment of industry specialists for the selected value chains/policy
constraints, and coordinates and oversees their work.
·       
Undertake
a needs assessment for the engagement with processors and develops a strategy
accordingly.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
·       
The
ideal candidate for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
(FAO) Project Coordinator (AgrInvest) job opportunity should hold an Advanced
university degree (for Consultants) / University degree (only for PSA) in
finance, economics, agribusiness, agricultural economics, international
relations or a related field as appropriate for the specific profile
·       
Ten
years of relevant experience in project management, provision of technical
assistance in rural finance or agricultural financing projects in developing
countries.
·       
Working
knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the
other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian (for consultants). Working knowledge of
English, French, Spanish, Arabic or Russian (for PSAs).
FAO Core Competencies
·       
Results
Focus
·       
Teamwork
·       
Communication
·       
Building
Effective Relationships
·       
Knowledge
Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Technical/Functional Skills 
·       
Extent
and relevance in project management experience;
·       
Experience
with FAO project implementation is considered an asset;
·       
Extent
and relevance of experience within the agricultural financing sector in Africa;
·       
Extent
and relevance of experience in working closely with the World Bank, the
International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), the World Bank, the
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) or any other relevant
development partner;
·       
Extent
and relevance of experience in working in the banking/finance sector;
·       
Experience
with digital solutions is an asset;
·       
Demonstrated
experience in dealing with government officials, development partners and other
country-level stakeholders;
·       
Ability
to work under pressure and willingness to travel frequently.
NB:  FAO
does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application,
interview meeting, processing)
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested Ugandan nationals should submit their applications
online at the link below.
Deadline: 31st December 2019
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