National Project Coordinator (m/f)

Food and Agriculture Organization

The Food and Agriculture Organization is recruiting a National Project Coordinator (m/f), to be based in Windhoek, Namibia.
  • The work will be under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Namibia and under direct supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative (Programme), as well as the Senior Statistician (Leader, Agricultural Censuses Team), Statistics Division (ESS) and Economic & Social Development Department (ES) FAO, Rome
  • Technical Focus:
  • The Coordinator will support with the development SPARS and Agriculture Census document will require:
  • The buy-in of all relevant stakeholders in the Agriculture National Statistical Systems and the data users community
  • The creation of an inter-agency technical working group in charge of supporting the SPARS development process
  • The definition and endorsement by national authorities of the SPARS roadmap
  • The assessment of the rural and agriculture statistical needs (agriculture statistics being defined in a broad sense covering not only statistics related to crop, livestock and livestock products but also forestry, fishery and aquaculture statistics) taken into consideration national, regional and international data demands, in particular for SDG monitoring
  • The assessment of the current capacity of the NSS to produce the needed statistics
  • The identification and prioritization of data, skills, governance and infrastructure gaps that needs to be addressed, and their delineation into strategic objectives and expected results
  • The development of an overall action plan and budget for the implementation of these objectives and results
  • The final endorsement of the SPARS document by national authority and the mobilization of adequate resources for its implementation
  • The Coordinator will perform the following tasks:
  • Carry out the overall development of the SPARS, including assisting collaboration efforts with relevant stakeholders and following the principles and workplan established in the SPARS roadmap
  • Ensure that the preparation of the SPARS falls within the National
  • Strategy for the Development of Statistics (2022/23-2026/27) and is aligned with Namibia’s Agriculture Sector Statistics Plan (SSP)
  • Assist FAO and the NSA in establishing the SPARS Steering Committee, the technical working group and the technical subgroups, and in collecting relevant information during the initial phase by:
  • Supporting the identification of the right counterparts across the National statistical system
  • Organizing/conducting introductory meetings with key stakeholders to ensure their buy-in
  • Collecting and distributing relevant documents for the desktop review
  • Participating in the recruitment of the international consultants and the administrative assistant foreseen for this project
  • Oversee all communications with the SPARS Steering Committee and supervise the technical working group elaborating the SPARS, including the work of its sectoral subgroups
  • Convene and participate in the regular meetings of the technical working group and technical subgroups
  • Coordinate the activities of national and international consultants in charge of supporting the SPARS design process
  • Assists with stakeholder consultation to ensure that the SPARS process is inclusive and participatory
  • Organize, together with FAO and the NSA, the SPARS launching workshop, the validation workshop of the SPARS roadmap, the workshop aimed at presenting the assessment findings and the national validation workshop of the SPARS document, in particular:
  • Assist in the identification of the focal points in each relevant organization, oversee the dispatch of invitation letters and use convening powers to ensure a good attendance
  • Oversee the organization of the workshop logistics
  • Oversee the preparation and distribution of all relevant documents and communication material in support to the workshops
  • Make sure that workshop reports are prepared and distributed
  • Contribute to the development and endorsement of the SPARS roadmap detailing the objectives, the expected results and outputs of the SPARS process, the overall methodology of design (principles of elaboration, governance structure, roles and responsibilities of interveners), the main methodological approach proposed for assessing data demands and the evolving national and international environment and a detailed timeline
  • Ensure that the roadmap foresees an evaluation of Somalia’s food security and agriculture statistics systems in the light of the national and international data needs and commitments, including the 21 SDG indicators under FAO custodianship
  • Coordinate the preparation of all reports listed in the roadmap (e.g. the workshop reports, roadmap, assessment findings and SPARS documents), including by coordinating closely with the international consultants and the working groups in charge of the preparing the necessary inputs; and ensure that they are submitted on a timely basis to the SPARS Steering Committee or to all other coordinating groups in charge of approving the main steps of the SPARS design
  • Ensure that the final SPARS document is prepared in accordance with the principles recommended in the roadmap and based on comments received, and disseminated publicly
  • Support the organization of a high-level policy dialogue and round table for mobilizing funding for the implementation of the SPARS
  • Ensure that there is a coordination mechanism in place to coordinate and monitor the implementation of the SPARS
  • Regularly report on progress to the Project team
  • At least 3 years of professional experience in project management and/or public administration
  • University degree in Agriculture, Statistics or Natural Resource Management
  • Working knowledge of English
  • National or Resident of Namibia
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted
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