Director - Agrifood Economics

Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and CampaignProject Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 15 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st October, 2020

Job Description

Summary of Duties and Functions

Under the policy guidance and the general supervision of the Chief Economist and as a member of the Economic and Social Development Management Team, the Director will:

  • provide strategic vision, guidance and quality assurance for the Organization’s analytical, normative and policy advisory work on economic analysis of food security, rural development and sustainable resource management in the context of sustainable economic and rural transformation;
  • lead and guide the work of the Organization on issues of the economic analysis of agricultural, food security and natural resource policies as well as on the linkages between agriculture and overall economic development;
  • monitor trends, events and emerging issues relevant to food and agricultural policy and food security and propose emerging areas relevant to the Organization’s mandate;
  • direct the preparation of analytical products and flagship publications on the global outlook for food and agriculture and on specific themes on food and agricultural policy;
  • ensure technical and scientific quality of tools and models developed under ESA. These include within others RIMA, IPC, MAFAP, Foresight modeling, etc.;
  • ensure the inclusion of economic analysis of issues related to agriculture food security and food systems policies in the Organization’s Programmes and Strategic Framework;
  • prioritize and manage the planning, implementation, monitoring and quality control of divisional work plans and be accountable for the delivery of agreed products and services in support of FAO’s Strategic Framework;
  • support and advise the Chief Economist and, as necessary, other Divisions/Offices at headquarters and the decentralized offices on areas related to the Division’s competence;
  • lead and coordinate the provision of policy and planning assistance and capacity development support to FAO member countries on issues of relevance to the Division’s work;
  • innovate on new ways to model value chains and ways to assess policies needed for agrifood systems transformation;
  • maintain a motivated and effective work force and a results-oriented work environment;
  • develop partnerships for collaborative work on areas relevant to the Division’s work;
  • represent the Organization at high-level meetings and other events dealing with issues relevant to the Division’s mandate and areas of work;
  • perform other duties and functions as required.

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in Economics, Sociology, Agricultural Economics or closely related field;
  • Demonstrated intellectual, managerial and technical leadership of a high order in the relevant subject areas;
  • At least fifteen years of experience in the economic and sociological analysis of agricultural, rural development or related policies in a developing country context including a relevant academic and publications record in recognized outlets;
  • Experience in advance econometrics and modelling and experience in providing support to policy processes at global and country level;
  • Management experience, interpersonal and communication skills as demonstrated in leading and working effectively with large teams of people of different national and cultural backgrounds in an international environment;
  • Working knowledge of English and a limited knowledge of one of the other FAO official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).


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