UN Careers – Desert Locust Response Coordinator – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Organisation: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Food Security and Livelihoods Coordinator
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has a global mandate to improve nutrition, increase agricultural productivity, raise the standard of living in rural populations and contribute to global economic’ growth. Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.
Job Summary: The Desert Locust Response Coordinator will be responsible for the coordination and management of FAO’s Desert Locust Response activities aligned to the three pillars outlined in the Appeal in support of the Government of Uganda’s intervention. The position will be based at the FAO Representation in Kampala with regular travel in Eastern and Northern Uganda.
The position’s technical focus is on the quality and timely implementation of the Desert Locust Response activities in line with the lifecycle of Desert Locusts and the risk for future swarms entering Uganda from Kenya.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: The Desert Locust Response Coordinator will be responsible for the following tasks:
- Liaise and collaborate with all stakeholders (GOU, DLG, private sector and civil society) working in along the three pillars of the Desert Locust Response to meet quality expectations quickly and efficiently;
- Liaise with FAO personnel in the field offices and in Kampala to ensure that FAO activities are delivered within the agreed scope, time, cost and quality.
- Follow up with FAO personnel on procurement and timely delivery of equipment and materials for Desert Locust Response activities to targeted beneficiaries/users, notably aligned to Pillar 1 (Surveillance and control) and 2 (Livelihoods protection and recovery).
- Support district local governments in affected and threatened districts to organize coordination and technical meetings and training workshops.
- Participate in coordination meetings and take necessary follow up actions, including briefing senior management at FAO;
- Articulate FAO’s interventions in the country in relation to global, sub-regional and national frameworks;
- Provide technical advice and support, monitor progress and report on Desert Locust Response achievements.
- Guide, in consultation with FAO technical experts, to ensure that activities on the ground are technically sound and meet expectations of government, donors and the communities served;
- Support and follow up interventions to ensure functionality of structures, concrete plans and strategies for surveillance and control and livelihoods protection and recovery.
- Provide timely project reports and input into monthly programme bulletins.
- Perform any other duty as shall be assigned.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The applicant for the United Nations FAO Desert Locust Response Coordinator job must hold a Master’s degree in agriculture economics, agricultural sciences, development studies, social sciences or related subject.
- At least three years of relevant professional experience in programme management, preferably in emergencies.
- Experience in coordinating Desert Locust Response or similar humanitarian response interventions
- National of Uganda
- Experience in managing multi-donor funded agricultural livelihoods programmes, especially in Eastern and Northern Uganda preferred.
- Ability, willingness and initiative to meet tight work schedules.
- Demonstrated leadership and teamwork skills.
- Experience with external coordination platforms and mechanisms, emergency response preferred.
- Experience working along the humanitarian-development nexus and in agricultural livelihoods, experience in cash programming and the provision of technical assistance to pastoralists and/or farmers preferred.
- Relevant work experience for an international or multi-lateral organization and/or with government is an added advantage.
- Excellent written and spoken English is required.
FAO Core Competencies
- Results Focus
- Building Effective Relationships
- Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified Ugandan nationals are encouraged to send their applications online at the link below.
Note: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. FAO does not charge applicants any fees at any stage in the recruitment process.
Deadline: 1st September 2020