FAO in collaboration with the government, UN organizations and development partners began serving both the host communities and the Rohingya population in building their livelihoods and skill development opportunities in Cox’s Bazar from October 2017.
As the continuation of the crisis response moving towards development intervention, the FAO is implementing the multi-donor funded programme in strengthening resilience through Agri-Food Systems Transformation in Cox’s Bazar. The programmatic approach for intervention promotes economic inclusion and strengthening of local supply chains and markets, as well as the development of private sector partners across the sub-sectors of the crop, livestock, and fisheries.
The Cox’s Bazar livelihood programme contributes to food security and households’ nutrition through improved farming practices in increasing farm productivity and profitability for the smallholder farmers. The farmers’ adoption of climate-smart agricultural technologies develops opportunities for host communities to economically benefit from the wider markets created due to the Rohingya influx. In addition, the strategies for integrated farm production and networking with the digital extension services reiterate the FAO’s commitment to sustainable and resilient livelihoods for the local communities.
The Market Development Specialist is a SC 9 position based in Cox’ Bazar. S/he will work under the overall supervision and guidance of the Senior Emergency and Rehabilitation Officer, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh and the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Advisor, in coordination with the operations, MEAL and other team members. The incumbent will be responsible for food security issues, strategies and programmes to support the development, competitiveness, inclusiveness and improved impacts of agribusiness, food systems and value chain development in the project area. S/he will also contribute to the development and implementation of programmes and projects related to agribusiness, value chain development, food security and development of improved agricultural technology; and as requested, provide technical support to the Food Security Sector Coordinator.
The incumbent will be responsible for the development of the agricultural market systems and value chain in supporting the food security systems with stakeholders from the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), Department of Fisheries (DoF), local government, community leaders and farmers’ groups for improved market infrastructure and sales.
Tasks and responsibilities
Candidates Will Be Assessed Against The Following