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[Met-jobs] International Consultant Position with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. (Angola)

From Roger Brugge <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Sat, 8 Apr 2017 15:17:30 +0000

Forewarded from CLIMLIST...



FAO has posted a vacancy for an international consultant in
agro-meteorology to be based in Angola. All details here:
<http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/VA/pdf/IRC4038.pdf>


Deadline: 20 April 2017


All applications are to be made through FAO’s iRecruitmentsystem. Click
on the link below to access iRecruitment, complete your online profile
and apply for this Call for Expression of Interest.

<http://www.fao.org/employment/irecruitment-access/en/>



In order for your application to be properly evaluated, please ensure
that all sections of your iRecruitment account are completed. Incomplete
applications will not be evaluated.


Best regards,


Michele Bernardi


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CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

International Consultant in Agro-Meteorology/Cva Software Development

Project GCP /ANG/050/LDF
“Integrating climate resilience into agricultural and agro-pastoral
production systems through soil fertility management in key productive
and vulnerable areas using the Farmer Field School approach” (IRCEA)

Contract duration: 6+3 Months

Vacancy No.

Location: Lubango, Angola.

Deadline for Applications: 20 April 2017



Background

The objective of project IRCEA is to strengthen the climate resilience
of the agro-pastoral production systems in key vulnerable areas in the
Provinces of Bié, Huambo, Malange and Huila. This will be achieved
through: (i) mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) into
agricultural and environmental sector policies, programmes and
practices; and (ii) capacity building and promotion of CCA through soil
fertility and Sustainable Land Management (SLM) practices using the FFS
approach. The project strategy is built on four main components. The
first is to strengthen knowledge and understanding of climate change
vulnerability and adaptation. The second is scaling up of improved
CCA/SLM practices through FFS. The third is mainstreaming CCA into
agricultural and environmental sector policies and programmes. The last
component focuses on monitoring and evaluation.

The analysis made for the IPCC 2007 report in the Angolan central
plateau predicts a combination of increased aridity, temperatures, and
extreme rainfall events. If such predictions were to become true, given
the rainfall dependency of most staple crops, combined with
unsustainable agricultural practices and prevalent soil erosion, it
would have severe impacts on smallholder farmers who do not have the
technical and capacities to properly adapt to these changes. This is
relevant to the provinces of intervention, where the majority of the
population are subsistence farmers.

Tasks and responsibilities:

The overall objective of this assignment is to support the National
Metereological Institute (INAMET) and the Cabinet on Food Security (GSA)
to improve the technical and institutional capacities for better climate
analysis for the provinces of Bié, Huambo, Huila and Malanje. This
consultancy will benefit the other ongoing and future projects and programs.

The consultant will be hired by FAO Angola. Under the general
supervision of the FAO Representative in Angola and the National Project
Manager (PM), with the technical guidance of the Chief Technical Advisor
(CTA), the consultant will be responsible for the following tasks and
duties:

1. Institutional assessment and Capacity development including the
following

·Capacity assessment of human resources of INAMET and GSA

·Update the analysis of the observation networks including
meteorological and observations, data collection and quality
assurance/quality control system

·Update the assessment of ICT systems, meteorological data processing
and storage, weather forecasting of INAMET and crop monitoring of GSA

·In collaboration with IDAs/EDAs and farmers conduct a participatory
assessment of data and information requirements of main users in the
four provinces.

2. Technical support and capacity strengthening of INAMET and GSA

·Propose a short-term capacity development program for the INAMET and
GSA, in the use of agro-meteorological software for real-time
agro-meteorological analysis

·Design and provide a training for INAMET and GSA staff on the practical
use of relevant FAO agro-meteorological software’s (FAO-AMS,
FAO-New_LocClim, FAO-WinDisp, FAO-ASIS/GIEWS)

·Design a training on how to cope to with climate variability and
climate change as well as with extreme meteorological events

·Provide inputs to the FFS experts and EDAs at Municipal and communal
level to incorporate climate variability and climate change into the
FFSs’ modules

3. Rapid vulnerability and resilience assessment of the Province of Bie,
Huambo, Huila e Malange

·/S/upport INAMET and GSA in the consolidation of the historical climate
archive 1971-2000 and meteorological database 2005-2015 for all
available stations in the Provinces of Bié, Huambo, Huila and Malanje.
(ClimSoft is the preferred software for data storage)

·Support the identification and technical liaison of recognized regional
climatic center in the design of the methodology and production of
Climate Vulnerability Assessment (CVA) for the provinces of Bie, Huambo,
Huila, Malange which also includes:

oLong term climatic baseline (expected intermediate results historical
meteorological records, agro-ecological regions, agro-climatic
classification, crop calendar, planting dates, type of crop and
varieties, livelihood zones)

oClimate change scenarios of each of the four provinces (Bie, Huambo,
Huila, Malange)

oRainfall probability

·Identification of suitable adaptation options for main crops in the
four provinces based on the outputs of the CVA.

·Develop capacity within national institutions, to conduct climate
resilience analysis at scale, including mapping and assessing the
quality of existing country-level datasets and developing specific
learning packages, guidelines and tools to offer on-the-job training of
INAMET and GSA. For instance, a light version of SHARP^[1] <#_ftn1> or
HHBAT can be envisaged

·Vulnerability and impacts (agriculture, rural areas, health, water
resources, ecosystems, energy)

4. Linking agrometeorological information to local communities

·In close collaboration with INAMET, GSA and IDA/EDAs, and with the
support of the FFS expert design a delocalized meteorological
information system, to be piloted in 1 province, for communicating
agrometeorological information to farmers and agropastoralists,
including seasonal (if available by INAMET) and short term forecasting,
to be made accessible through mobile technology (Apps and SMS), Media
(Radio, Television, newspaper, community Noticeboards), Agricultural
Extension, venues of aggregation, (markets, churches, FFS meetings Etc.)

oSupport INAMET to identify the data and technological gaps for the
deployment of mobile applications for weather forecasting (i.e. Smart
Campo from University of Florida)

oIdentify options for effective mobile outreach to farmers (e.g.
SMSfrontline)

·Support the FFS experts in the design of a methodology to be included
into FFS trainings and activities, for translating agrometeorological
information into agricultural decisions such as crops and varieties to
grow, soil moisture conservation strategies, use of conserved forage,
purchase of feed before price increases, livestock breeding and sales,
flood protection measures, application of external inputs, irrigation,
weed and pest control, movement of livestock, forage conservation, crop
harvesting and drying

·Design a training program for EDAs for decision making based on the
monitoring and forecasting of weather and climate

·Support the FFS experts in the formulation of a proposal for a strategy
for assessing the performance of agricultural decisions based on
agrometeorological information (e.g. comparative plots)

5. Reporting

·Providing a detailed end-of-assignment report describing the work
undertaken, gaps and recommendations towards achieving assignment
objectives together with a detailed work plan concerning the activities
to be performed by national staff

·Compile all relevant thematic reports and mapping



Candidates should meet the following requirements:



Minimum Requirements

·Advanced degree(s) agro-meteorology, hydrology, climatology or related
fields

·Minimum of 10 years of experience on agro-meteorology, hydrology,
climatology or related fields

·Technical and practical knowledge of the impact assessment of climate
variability and climate change on agriculture

·Past working experience in Southern Africa

·Excellent knowledge of English; Good knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese
(spoken and written)

Competencies

·Results Focus

·Teamwork

·Communication

·Building Effective Relationships

·Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

·



Technical/Functional Skills

·Extent of experience in the design and implementation of climatological
observations network

·Extent of knoweldge and experience in modeling and forecasting

·Extent of experience in providing trainings to a diverse audience

·Extent of experience in agro-meteorology activities for agriculture and
food security, particularly in developing countries

·Extent of experience in the use of specific agro-meteorological
software for crop monitoring and yield forecasting

·Extent of experience in producing and disseminating agro-climate
information for rural farming communities

·Excellent understanding of the linkages among agriculture, climate
variability and climate change adaptation in rural farming communities



Key FAO/GEF References:

·FAO FFS practical guide

·Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands (LADA) tool

·Self-evaluation and Holistic Assessment of climate Resilience of
farmers and Pastoralists (SHARP)

·Adaptation monitoring assessment tools (AMAT)

·Climate change Adaptation and Mitigation (UNFCCC)

·GEF focal areas and relevant tracking tools

·Relevant national documents related to climate change national
adaptation plan of action

·Smart Campo mobile application from University of Florida

·FAO agrometeorological software’s (FAO-AMS, FAO-New_LocClim,
FAO-WinDisp, FAO-ASIS/GIEWS)



Additional Information

FAO Angola may contact the contractor at any time during working hours
and request the contractor’s expert support, technical inputs,
participation in meetings or elaboration of a legal or working document
pertaining to the development of this consultancy. Payment is also
conditional on meeting of indicated deadlines and quality of deliverables.

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

All candidatesshould adhere to FAO values of Commitment to FAO, Respect
for All and Integrity and Transparency.



How to apply

All applications are to be made through FAO’s iRecruitmentsystem. Click
on the link below to access iRecruitment, complete your online profile
and apply for this Call for Expression of Interest.

<http://www.fao.org/employment/irecruitment-access/en/>



In order for your application to be properly evaluated, please ensure
that all sections of your iRecruitment account are completed. Incomplete
applications will not be evaluated.

If you need help, or have queries, please contact:iRecruitment@fao.org
<mailto:iRecruitment@fao.org>




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