|Date Posted:||Jul 25, 2021|
|Closing Date:||Aug 8, 2021|
|Work Type:||Full Time|
|Number of Vacancies:||1|
|Functional Area:||Monitoring & Reporting,Sales/Marketing, Media, Journalism ,Public Administration,Journalism,Economic Growth,Social Science ,Agriculture|
|Salary Range:||As per company salary scaleAF|
|Years of Experience:||5 - 7 Years|
|Contract Duration:||12 month(s)|
|Possibility of Contract Extension:||Yes|
|Contract Type:||Service Contract|
|Probation Period:||3 months|
About Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations:
Through its country offices or FAO Representations, FAO assists governments to develop policies, Programme and projects to address hunger, food security and malnutrition and provides technical support for the sustainable development of their agricultural, livestock, animal health, and irrigation and forestry sectors as well as emergency preparedness and response. The activities of the FAO Representation include design and implementation of country-tailored field Programme, liaison with local donor representatives and active public awareness-raising and outreach activities related to the mandate of FAO.
FAO’s assistance in Afghanistan achieves its objectives through capacity development and direct project implementation in four specific areas of FAO’s technical expertise:
- Better governance through the improved capacity for policy planning, land reform, decentralization, and management of common natural resources;
- Fostering expansion of irrigation and field water management;
- Intensive agriculture for surplus commercialization, value chains development, and job creation;
- Supporting vulnerable farmers for improved food and nutrition security, resilience, and emergency response to natural and man-made disasters and climate change.
The subject position is located in Kabul – Afghanistan, with possible travels to project targeted provinces.
The overall goal of the HFLS (Household Food and Livelihood Security) Projects is to contribute to household food security and address malnutrition and deprivation in targeted districts and provinces. This is part of a Programme approach, which have extended to some districts of other provinces as well. The immediate objectives are: (i) to promote and enhance sustainable and resilient livelihoods among the most food insecure and vulnerable households; and (ii) to enhance institutional capacities and market linkages. These are achieved by:
- Improving the information base and coordination among institutions at district level for a more inclusive approach to household food security and capacity development at district level;
- providing capacity development and promotion of sustainable and resilient livelihoods through farmer field schools (FFS);
- building productive assets of the most vulnerable and resource-poor households;
- linking small-holders and livelihood groups to markets;
- Capacity development of MAIL extension workers at district level to better deliver services;
- Facilitating the roll out of MAIL extension strategy, which is an innovative and demand-driven extension system in the country with a focus on ‘farmers-first’.
The National Knowledge Management, Communication & Reporting Officer will contribute to successful operation of projects and ensure the quality and quantities of deliverables and results, timely reporting in line of project agreements with resource partner and recipient organization of the assigned project/s.
The National Knowledge Management, Communication & Reporting Officer works closely with a wide range of relevant colleagues/units in the FAO Afghanistan, project principal counterparts and stakeholders at provincial and central level, ensuring successful achievement of project objectives and that the desired results and outputs are delivered on-time.
Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative, direct supervision of the NPM (National Programme/Project Manager), and in close collaboration with the communication unit at FAO Representation, will carry out the following duties and responsibilities;
- Standardized reporting mechanism
- Draft quality six-monthly, annual, and terminal reports
- Respond to ad hoc requests for reporting
- Draft new concept notes in consultation with technical team
- Develop communications materials
- Document the media presence at national/ sub national levels
- Ensure the quality publication of project
- Lead the visibility of projects.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Key Functions/Results (Duties and Responsibilities)
- Establishing standardized reporting mechanism, and ensuring effective reporting to the program/project management, donors and other stakeholders conforming to requirements of various stakeholders.
- In consultation with other HFLS project staff, draft and prepare six-monthly, annual, and terminal reports related to the HFLS projects ensuring that timelines are adhered to.
- Regular Monitoring and updating of project progress in online Field Program Management Information System (FPMIS).
- Facilitate compilation of data and information from different HFLS projects for development of comprehensive program report.
- Work with the Program/Project Manager to respond to ad hoc requests for reports from FAO-HQ, FAO-Regional office, donors and other stakeholder.
- Support the preparation and finalization of all relevant reports and other documents to different stakeholders, ensuring high standards and quality,
- Support the project team to prepare new concept notes, project documents and other analytical documents related to food, livelihood and nutrition security,
- Research and develop knowledge management materials including success stories, and case studies which will record learning from the projects.
- Develop visibility and communications materials in collaboration with the project team and FAOAF communication unit which mostly includes: thematic subgroups statements and publications, bulletins, workshop reports, training reports, briefs, electronic newsletters, brochures, pamphlets, posters, PPT, news release etc.;
- In close collaboration with FAOAF communications unit, make sure in-house clearances for any publication and communications material are obtained and processed within PWS (Publication Workflow System).
- Provide advice on drafting of relevant project messages and promoting them through established local media channels and through direct communications with national clients and partners;
- Document the media presence at national/ sub national levels, select a reduced list based on relevance to the project and establish communications links in view of promoting the project activities and products;
- Collaborate projects activities with FAOAF communication team.
- Conduct any other tasks requested by the Programme/Project Manager.
- Perform any other related duties as requested by National Project Manager.
- University degree (preferably Master degree) in communication, journalism, public administration, agriculture economics, nutrition and food security, social sciences, or closely related fields;
- At least five (05) years of relevant work experience in reporting, communication and knowledge management applied to agriculture research particularly in food security and nutrition and agriculture sector;
- Work experience in large and complex projects that combines food security, project management, coordination, livelihood and development projects, humanitarian response with UN, international NGOs, and with ministries, national institutions, and the rural sector in Afghanistan is an advantage;
- Previous work experience with the UN is an advantage.
Other Technical/Functional Skills:
- Experience and knowledge of the FAO rules and regulations and good skills of multi-stakeholders coordination, operations and management;
- Knowledge and understanding of MAIL Programme and procedures.
- Strong training & facilitation skills;
- Ability to identify and resolve problems expeditiously and pragmatically;
- Should possess tact, good initiative and sound judgment, and have the ability to establish and maintain good working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
- Ability to use a logical and structured approach to collate, archive and synthesis information;
- Understanding of FAO’s mandate.
Other Desirable Skills:
- Experience of working with government, donors and other partners;
- Excellent data reading and data reporting skills;
Interpersonal Communications and Teamwork Skills:
- Group communication
- Collaborative working
- Building Effective Relationships
- Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
- Respect to diversity
- Strong professional command of Microsoft Office, particular in Word, Excel, and software’s for presentations and publications (PowerPoint, Publisher or similar);
- Working knowledge (level C) of the FAO official language used for communication within the country.
- Fluent in Dari and Pashto