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[Met-jobs] International Agrometeorology Consultant with FALAO (Laos)

From Roger Brugge <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
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Date Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:33:36 +0000

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST - VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NO: IRC4919
Issued on:      19 October 2017
Deadline For Application:       06 November 2017

JOB TITLE:  Agro-Meteorology Consultant
TYPE OF CONTRACT:       Consultant
DUTY STATION:   Vientiane, Laos
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:    FALAO   DURATION:       11 months over 3 years

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

Qualified female applicants and qualified nationals of non-and
under-represented member countries are encouraged to apply.
Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All
applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Organizational Setting

The position is in the framework of the FAO-GEF project “Strengthening
agro-climatic monitoring and information systems to improve adaptation
to climate change and food security in Lao PDR” (SAMIS). Under the
overall direction of the FAO Representative and the direct supervision
of the Project Coordinator (PC), in close collaboration with the
National Project Director (NPD) and with the Component Manager and the
Government agencies, the Expert will provide senior advice for the
activities included in Component 1 of the project and other activities
related to agro- meteorology.

Reporting Lines

The International Agro-Meteorology consultant (IAC) works under the
overall direction of the FAO Representatives, technically reports to the
PC and strictly collaborate with the NPD in order to support the
Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), Ministry of Natural
Resources and Environment (MONRE)

Technical Focus

-Support the workplan design for project agro-meteorology and
procurement activities;
-Lead the design of and coordinate the delivery of agro-meteorology
capacity building activities;
-Ensure the functioning of Agro-meteorology unit at DMH-MONRE during the
project and after project completion.

Tasks and responsibilities

1. Support the workplan design for project agro-meteorology and
procurement activities
-Support the PC and NPD in preparing an updated work plan for Component
1 activities to cover the duration of the project based on the outcomes
of the project inception workshop and follow-up discussions with key
stakeholders;
-Provide advice and technical guidance for the implementation of all
Component 1 activities and related outputs;
-In collaboration with the PC, liaise with the Ministry of Agriculture
and Forestry (MAF), World Bank, Asian Development Bank, JICA and any
other relevant national and regional partners to maximize synergies in
procurement of and implementation of agro-meteorology hardware and
associated capacity building initiatives at DMH-MONRE and MAFF and to
avoid unnecessary duplications;
2. Lead and coordinate an assessment of DMH-MONRE’s existing climate
information systems comprising meteorological and telecommunication
hardware, tools and software, their suitability/feasibility to be used
for the provision of  agro-meteorological  services and additional
equipment, hardware, software and capacity required to deliver the range
of agro-meteorological services targeted by the project under Component 1;
-Lead the design and planning of a new laboratory for
agro-meteorological analysis, instrument calibration and geospatial
climate data access, monitoring, processing facilities;
-Based on the findings of the needs assessment above:
-Prepare a procurement plan for meteorological and telecommunication
equipment and hardware covering provision, installation, inspection,
operation and maintenance of equipment;
-Support the selection, installation and dissemination of appropriate
software for data collection, archiving, processing and analysis to
support the delivery of the range of agro-meteorological services
targeted by the project under Component 1;
-Oversee the procurement of services, goods and supplies for
meteorological and telecommunication hardware, tools, software and lab
equipment in a manner consistent with the needs assessments and
procurement plans developed.
-Lead the design of and coordinate the delivery of agro-meteorology
capacity building activities
-Lead the preparation of capacity building and training needs assessment
for DMH-MONRE staff and other relevant institutions including, but not
limited to, the following areas of work:
-Climatology (including seasonal forecast), agro-meteorology, remote
sensing & GIS (in collaboration with Component 2), crop yield
forecasting and preparation of improved crop bulletins;
-Communication of climate information for the planning and adoption of
sustainable farming practices;
-Based in the findings of the capacity and training needs assessment,
lead preparation of capacity building and training programmes for
DMH-MONRE staff and other relevant institutions on the generation of
agrometeorological services and delivery of these services to
decision-makers, planners and farmers;
-Oversee and coordinate the work of a service provider to deliver the
capacity building and training programmes for DMH-MONRE staff  and staff
from other relevant institutions on the generation of agrometeorological
services and delivery of these services to decision- makers, planners
and farmers.

3. Ensure the functioning of Agro-meteorology unit at DMH-MONRE during
the project and after project completion
-Support the development of technical and human capacity within the
Agro-meteorology Unit of DMH-MONRE through the identification  and
establishment of appropriate institutions, systems, procedures, policies
and plans that will ensure the functioning of Agro-meteorology unit at
DMH-MONRE during the project and after project completion;
-Support the coordination all agro-meteorological activities of the
Agro-meteorology Unit to ensure sustainable workflow and appropriate
sharing of information with other relevant partners during the project
and after project completion;
-Support the preparation and oversight of Standard Operating Procedures
(SOPs) to be adopted by staff at DMH-MONRE and service providers in
implementing agro-meteorology activities.


CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

Minimum Requirements
-Advanced University degree in agro-meteorology or meteorology or a
related field, or relevant in experience in meteorology in conjunction
with agronomy studies or closely related fields;
-A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in agro-meteorology, crop
monitoring and yield forecasting;
-A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in operationalization of
agro-meteorology units;
-Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of Arabic, Chinese,
French, Russian or Spanish

FAO Core Competencies
-Results Focused;
-Teamwork;
-Communication;
-Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement;
-Building Effective Relationships.

Technical/Functional Skills
-Experience in agro-meteorology activities in the context of Asian
developing countries;
-Experience in agro-meteorological tools and equipment, software (crop
monitoring, yield forecasting), remote sensing products and GIS software
and in the appropriate integration between meteorological and
agro-meteorological equipment’s;
-Experience in production and last mile dissemination of agro-climate
information for rural farming communities;
-Experience on analysing climate variability, vulnerability and climate
change adaptation in smallholders’ production systems.
-At least 10 years’ experience in agro-meteorology for smallholders’
agriculture;
-Work experience in Asia would be an asset;
-Extent and relevance of experience in establishment and
operationalization of agro-meteorology units.

Selection Criteria
-Experience in agro-meteorology;
-Experience in designing and operationalizing agro-meteorology units and
agro-advisory activity plans;
-Experience in capacity development for agro-meteorology

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of
Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
-All applications will be reviewed and qualified applicants will be
contacted for interviews.
-FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process
(application, interview meeting, processing).
-Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help, or
have queries, please contact: iRecruitment@fao.org
-Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
-Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external
providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will
be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in
the online applications.
-For other issues, visit the FAO employment website:
<http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/>

HOW TO APPLY
To apply, visit the iRecruitment website at
<http://www.fao.org/employment/irecruitment-access/en/> and complete your
online profile. Only applications received through iRecruitment will be
considered.
Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online
profile.
Vacancies will be removed from iRecruitment at 23:59 Central European
Time (CET) on the deadline for applications date. We encourage
applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.
If you need help, or have queries, please contact: <iRecruitment@fao.org>
FAO IS A NON-SMOKING ENVIRONMENT



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