FAO Green Cities Assessment Specialist (Zimbabwe)

Closes 7 Feb 2023

FAO – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger and improve nutrition and food security. Its Latin motto, fiat panis, translates to “let there be bread”. It was founded in October 1945.

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FAO launched the Green Cities Initiative (GCI) and Action Plan on 18 September 2020.  The FAO Green Cities Initiative focuses on improving the urban environment, strengthening urban-rural linkages and the resilience of urban systems, services and populations to external shocks with an eye towards constructing a robust constituency of actors. The concept will help ensure access to a healthy environment and healthy diets from sustainable agri-food systems, increasing availability of green spaces through urban and peri-urban forestry. The Initiative will also contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as sustainable resource management.   

In Zimbabwe, FAO has launched the GCI through the signing of letters of intent with the City of Bulawayo (COB) and City of Harare (COH). To start the project, FAO is seeking to recruit a specialist to assess the Urban and peri-urban areas of the Cities of Harare and Bulawayo

PositionGreen Cities Assessment Specialist
Official Website
QualificationAdvanced University degree
Experience RequiredMinimum Ten years
Application DeadlineFeb. 07, 2023
FAO Job Summary


•    Characterize the urban agriculture –production of agriculture goods by urban residents for the two cities. 
•    Assess the magnitude of Urban agriculture in terms of household and income contribution in the two cities and the role of Urban Agriculture in addressing food and nutrition security and employment creation in the two cities,
•    Assess drivers of Urban agriculture in the two cities
•    Assess Food consumption patterns linked to Urban/peri urban agriculture in the two Cities.
•    Assess linkages between Urban /peri urban agriculture and urbanization in the two cites
•    Assess Poverty levels and urban/peri urban  agriculture
•    Assess % contribution of Urban Agriculture to Cities food and agriculture requirements 
•    Assess challenges /barriers associated with urban agriculture in both cities; 

•    Assess contribution of livestock to Urban/Peri urban agriculture and its importance.
•    Assess the proportion of UA to National total Agriculture. 

Policy and Regulation

•    Assess the level of integration/collaboration between various stakeholders (inter-governmental, communities, councils, civil societies on issues relating to urban agriculture.
•    Are there clear polices/regulations/by-laws guiding urban agriculture in the two cities

Tasks and responsibilities

•    Assess the two Cities of Bulawayo and Harare and their Peri-Urban areas under the three pillars of Urban-Peri Urban Agriculture, Urban Food Systems and Urban-Peri-urban Forestry.   
•    Conduct workshops to validate findings of the assessment  with stakeholders and develop clear activities to feed into identification of priorities by both cities and key stakeholders
•    Prepare detailed report and policy brief from the engagements with the various stakeholders.
•    Detailed report on findings of assessment and recommendations on the three pillars:
•    List of identified priorities by Cities and key stakeholders and multiyear investment plan for each of the two cities


Minimum Requirements

•    Advanced University degree in Agriculture, Urban Planning, Forestry, Water, Food systems or a related field.
•    At least 10 years of proven experience in carrying out assessments, urban investment analysis and policy advocate and designs for urban systems.
•    Working knowledge (level C) of English. 
•    Working knowledge of Shona and Ndebele will be an added advantage
•    National or resident of Zimbabwe

FAO Core Competencies

•    Results Focus
•    Teamwork
•    Communication
•    Building Effective Relationships
•    Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/ Functional Skills

•    Experience in working with City /urban councils is desirable
•    Experience in working with/or in government departments, national and international NGOs and other UN agencies is desirable.
•    Experience with agro-ecological and sustainable community based natural resources management will be an advantage
•    Good technical writing and communication skills, computer literacy and expertise in urban planning/design 
•    Good interpersonal relationships and ability to relate with communities in Urban and peri urban areas.

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