Agribusiness and Value Chain Specialist

Agribusiness and Value Chain Specialist

FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Various Locations

Reporting Lines

Selected applicants will work under the overall guidance of the Division Director and the direct supervision of Team Leaders/Officers, working in close collaboration with other FAO Divisions. Strategic Programmes and external partners as required. When activities are carried out in member countries, applicants will be required to work in close collaboration with the FAO Representation in the relevant country of assignment, as well as the relevant FAO regional and/or sub-regional office.

Technical Focus

Agricultural economics, sustainable agribusiness, value chain and food system development.

Tasks and responsibilities

The assigned tasks and responsibilities related to this area of work can include the following:

  • Analyse technical and policy issues, strategies and programmes to support the development, competitiveness, inclusiveness and improved impacts of agribusiness, food systems and value chain development in developing regions;
  • Participate in developing and reviewing information materials, technical papers and guidelines related to agricultural economics, agribusiness, value chain and food system development on topics, such as agro-industrial, sector/sub-sector, food system and investment strategy development, territorial development; market and policy analysis, business enabling environment, institutional strengthening; inclusive business models, entrepreneurship; contract farming, digital solutions/technologies for value chain development, marketing and market linkages; value chain finance, business support services; public-private platforms and partnerships;
  • Contribute to the appraisal of capacity building needs related to the development, competitiveness, inclusiveness and improved impacts of agribusiness and value chain development; and contribute to developing training materials and to training courses and activities;
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of programmes and projects related to agribusiness, value chain development, agricultural economics, and agricultural and rural development; and as requested, provide technical support and/or backstopping to field projects;
  • Contribute to the collection and dissemination of relevant data and information related to agricultural and development economics, agribusiness, food value chains and systems, including for example, trends and developments, approaches, impacts, lessons and good practices; support global learning, exchange of information through internet and other channels and mechanisms;
  • Contribute to the organization of and/or participate in meetings, conferences, workshops, consultations and field visits as needed; contribute to building collaborations and partnerships;
  • Perform other related duties, as required.

Candidates Will Be Assessed Against The Following

Minimum Requirements

  • Formal education in agricultural economics, economics, agribusiness, business, international development, or related field:
    • Consultant level B and C – Advanced university degree;
    • PSA.SBS – University degree.
  • Relevant experience in value chain development, agribusiness, business, agricultural economics, economics, food systems, and/or digital technologies for value chain development:
    • Consultant level B – at least 5 years of relevant experience;
    • Consultant level C and PSA.SBS – at least 1 year of relevant experience.
  • Working knowledge of English (level C), and limited knowledge of French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, or Russian (at least one of these languages in level B). In the case of PSAs, the requirement is to have working knowledge in one of the FAO official languages.

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;
  • Extent and relevance of experience in agricultural economics, agribusiness, food systems, value chain development, development economics, and/or digital technologies for value chain development;
  • Ability to plan and organize own work, deliver results and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to write clear and concise technical documents;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability for perform well in cross-disciplinary teams;
  • Ability to take on assignments that require travel, mission and/or appointment to field locations.

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