Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
The Forestry Policy and Resources Division of the Forestry Department leads FAO's work in promoting sustainable forest management and providing leadership on the environmental, social and economic dimensions of forestry, including its contributions to poverty reduction and food security and nutrition. It liaises with member countries, civil society and the private sector in aspects ranging from development of effective forest policies to forest conservation and management issues, and strengthens the role of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Division also collects, analyses and disseminates information on the world's forest resources and on the production, trade and consumption of wood and non-wood forest products and ecosystem services. It is also responsible for promoting sustainable mountain development and watershed management,
The post is located in the Water and Mountains Team, FOA, which hosts the Mountain Partnership Secretariat. The Secretariat acts as a networking and liaison point for members, connecting institutions and countries for activities in sustainable mountain development. It is also engaged in raising awareness and advocating for increased attention of the mountain agenda globally at any level. The Mountain Partnership Secretariat plays a facilitating role in helping members build and develop joint activities, mobilize resources, promote closer collaboration and achieve better results for sustainable development in mountain areas.
FAO International Consultants and Call purpose:
The purpose of this Call for Expression of Interest is to provide FAO with a list of qualified candidates to support and enhance its
programme of work. Assignments pursuant to this Call for Expression of Interest may be at the Organization’s headquarters in
Rome (Italy), home based, or on field missions, as required.
The Organization frequently engages experts to work on short-term projects as international consultants. The functions of a
consultant are results-oriented and normally involve analysing complex issues, directing seminars or training courses, preparing documents for conferences and meetings, or writing reports on matters within their area of expertise.
An international consultant is engaged by the Organization to provide expertise, skills or knowledge for the performance of a specific task or piece of work, which would be short-term by nature. The assignment may involve full-time or part-time functions similar to those of staff members.
The assignment can be from two weeks up to 11 months. The possibility of further extension is subject to satisfactory performance and depending on the resources and needs of the Organization.
The purpose of this call is to attract talents with experience and background in the area of business and enterprise development for small holders, sustainable value chain and marketing strategy development, within mountain areas.
The Agricultural Marketing Specialist will be working under the direct supervision of the Water and Mountains Team Leader in collaboration with the Mountain Partnership Secretariat team.
The consultant will contribute to the implementation of FAO’s Strategic Framework linked to eliminating hunger, food security and malnutrition (SO1), making agriculture and forestry more productive and sustainable (SO2), reducing rural poverty (SO3), enabling more inclusive and efficient food systems (SO4) and increasing the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises (SO5). Specifically the Mountain Partnership Secretariat is looking for international consultants with experience and working knowledge on thematic areas related to:
In particular, the incumbent will contribute to support the team's work to strengthen and expand the Mountain Partnership Products Initiative (MPP) and the role of small-scale mountain farmers’ organizations.
Tasks and responsibilities
Analysis of the global and national mountain product market potential:
Scaling-up of the Mountain Products initiative:
Liaise with relevant FAO units (or other organizations) relevant to their assignment to obtain guidance and advice on specific elements.
Any other duties as required.