FAO in Africa is Recruiting Anticipatory Support Staff (Closes 17 Nov 2023)

FAO is Recruiting

FAO supports governments and regional bodies to address their needs and priorities in achieving food security, reducing hunger and malnutrition, developing agricultural, fishery and forestry sectors, and ensuring the sustainable use of environmental and natural resources.

FAO Sub-regional Resilience Team for southern Africa (SFS-REOSA) based in Johannesburg, South Africa, leads FAO’s work to reduce vulnerability and risks of food and nutrition insecurity by strengthening the productive capacity and livelihoods of vulnerable groups in southern Africa. SFS-REOSA provides support to regional bodies, governments and FAO country offices in the design and implementation of emergency and resilience-building initiatives for the agriculture, food and nutrition security sector in southern Africa.

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Reporting Lines

The Anticipatory Action Support Specialist reports to the Sub-Regional Resilience Officer. He / She will work closely with national and regional technical officers (early warning, anticipatory action, social protection/cash preparedness/crop/livestock/operations and administration) to produce technical outputs of the programme. 

Technical Focus 

The Early Warning Anticipatory Action Support Specialist will support the implementation of anticipatory action plans (AAPs) and projects at the regional and country level.

The Support Specialist will also assist in monitoring of early warning indicators, and analyzing risk levels for drought, floods and cyclones. He / She will also support the development technical outputs such as concept notes/ terms of reference for specialized studies, development of repositories, design of databases and websites. 

Tasks and responsibilities

•    Support the production, finalization and publication of Anticipatory Action Plans. 
•    Support countries with risk monitoring and analysis, including the development of concept notes and proposals for anticipatory action projects. 
•    Mapping of early warning systems and indicators available at national, regional and global level for risk monitoring.
•    Support simulation exercises for droughts and floods at national level, ensuring strong coordination with multi-disciplinary teams and partners at national and regional level. 
•    Support the organization and planning of regional and country-level training events, workshops, and seminars.
•    Participate in regional meetings and EWAA related forums in order to create awareness, share good practices and advocate for the scaling up of the AA approach in resilience building among development and humanitarian actors.
•    Organize regular team meetings and conference calls/video-conferences, to support programme implementation at national level.
•    Develop of concept notes and TORs for programme activities, events, and recruitment of service providers.
•    Review, analyse and map the different policies/ strategies/programmes/declarations on DRR in Southern Africa to support the integration of AA. 
•    Support the organisation and coordination of monthly RAAWG meetings. 
•    Support regional and national communications officers to produce regular Bulletins on EWAA activities, climate and forecasts. 
•    Perform any other duties, as required.


Minimum Requirements

•    A university degree in disaster risk reduction, agronomy or related sciences;
•    At least 3 years of experience in disaster risk reduction for agriculture and food security. 
•    Working knowledge of English 

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills  

•    Extent and relevance of experience in developing anticipatory action protocols for cyclones and floods, dry spells and drought;
•    Extent and relevance of experience in coordinating implementation of projects for drought, cyclones and floods at field level;
•    Familiarity with national, regional and global disaster risk reduction policies and frameworks, including contingency planning at country level;
•    Familiarity with shock responsive social protection systems, and use of cash+ approaches for anticipatory action;
•    Knowledge of and experience in working with early warning systems and indicators for risk monitoring.
 • Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
• Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
• 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

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