National Food Systems Specialist at Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

National Food Systems Specialist

Job Posting: 13/May/2022
Closure Date: 27/May/2022, 5:59:00 PM
Organizational Unit: FRURT
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)
Grade Level: N/A
Primary Location: Tanzania, United Republic of-Dodoma
Duration: 6 months (with possibility of extension)
Post Number: N/A
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FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
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All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting

Through its Country Offices or FAO Representations, FAO assists Governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to address hunger and malnutrition and provides technical support for the sustainable development of their agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors and to respond to crises. The development of sustainable and inclusive food systems is emerging as one of the most effective areas for transformative change leading to sustainable development. As a multi-dimensional, and multi-sectoral approach, it requires integrated policy, and innovative institutional and governance arrangements, with the engagement of different institutional and non-governmental actors, and the mobilization of knowledge and resources.

The FMM Sub programme “Governance Innovations for Sustainable Development of Food Systems” seeks to enable more comprehensive and scalable multi-sectoral actions across three main pillars of food systems: sustainable food production, value creation and markets, and improved nutrition and diets – all within a comprehensive governance framework. The programme builds on on-going FAO and partner methodologies, initiatives, knowledge and competencies, including innovative agro-ecological, climate-resilient and nutrition-sensitive practices and technologies, and capitalizes on the results and supports the follow-up of the National Food System Summit process. The Programme adopts an open and transparent approach that utilizes multi-dimensional data to generate evidence-based analysis of crucial inter-sectoral nexuses and trade-offs and enable effective decision making of concerned food systems actors to enable and support food systems transformation. Within FAO, the Programme is coordinated by the Governance and Policy Support (GaPS) team, reporting to the Chief Economist, and working in close consultation with the Food Systems and Food Safety Division (ESF) in FAO HQ.

Reporting Lines

The National Food Systems Specialist reports to the FAO Representative and works under overall guidance of the Assistant FAO Representative (AFAOR-P) and the Project Coordinator and the ESF/GaPS core team. S/he is expected to work closely with the FIRST Policy Officer and Food Security and Nutrition Specialist (based in Dodoma), relevant government ministries/institutions and other national stakeholders.

Technical Focus

The National Food Systems Specialist will provide support to moving forward the dialogue and key recommendations from the UN Food Systems Summit process in Tanzania as to strengthen the policy and institutional environment conducive to food systems transformation in line with existing commitments and the priorities identified through data and analysis as well as interventions identified in the national dialogues and contribute to efforts to strengthen governance and coordination for ASDP II and NMNAP II and contribute to food system(s) and nutrition programming at the country office.

Tasks and responsibilities

• Plan / organize the launch of the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) pathways report for Tanzania and facilitate a dialogue around capacities to strengthen integrated action and implementation of recommendations from the Tanzania UNFSS report;

• As part of the implementation efforts of the UNFSS pathway recommendations for Tanzania, conduct and facilitate a policy and programme mapping to inform identification of gaps, opportunities, challenges and trade-offs related to sustainable development of national and subnational food systems, highlight possible evidence-based solutions and potential synergies among relevant existing programmes and initiatives to maximize impact and upscale results that foster sustainable and inclusive food systems;

• Identify selected territories for focussed implementation of identified evidence-based solutions and pilot governance innovative arrangements;

• Provide technical support to the Government (in particular the Ministry of Agriculture) and relevant stakeholders in the translation of the pathways generated from UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) process in Tanzania into innovative and integrated policies and programmes to promote sustainable development of food systems;

• In close collaboration with the National Convenor at the Ministry of Agriculture and technical team develop communication strategies to cascade FSS to local levels and enhance involvement of private sector in dialogue and implementation UNFSS pathways for Tanzania;

• Promote and support establishment of partnerships and alliances in support to the FMM sub-programme, and facilitate engagement of small scale farmers and rural MSMEs, civil society, NGOs, private sector, academia and other relevant actors on sustainable and inclusive food systems;

• Contribute to the ASDP II mid – term review with a view to identifying options for strengthening governance and coordination capacities and programme options for strengthening the implementation of nutrition sensitive actions within the context of ASDPII (linked to NSAAP) and NMNAP II;

• Contribute to on-going efforts to strengthen capacities and integrate a food systems approach in nutrition sensitive sectors;

• Contribute to food security and nutrition programming at the country office, including planning and conducting capacity development activities / training workshops, preparation of briefs, related materials and reports;

• Prepare reports to FAO, the donor and the National Government on progress achievement and issues related to project implementation;

• Ensure continuous communication and information flow between national stakeholders and HQ project coordinator and technical task force;

• Perform any other required duty related to project implementation / required.


Minimum Requirements

• Advanced university degree in agricultural development and/or policy, economics, food science, food security, nutrition or a related field;
• Five years of relevant experience in analysis and formulation of food security and nutrition policies and programmes;
• Working knowledge of English and Swahili are required.
• Nationality of Tanzania.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable;
Extent and relevance of experience in the analysis and formulation of food security and nutrition policies and programmes for sustainability improvement in agricultural sector;
• Extent and relevance of experience in analysing complex issues, facilitating multi stakeholder processes and dialogue;
• Demonstrated analytical skills and ability to prepare publications, technical reports and other relevant materials;
• Extent and relevance of experience in working with intergovernmental bodies, multi-stakeholder alliances, and multidisciplinary teams.


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Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required. Vaccination status will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

Closing Date : 27th May, 2022


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