Rural Development Consultant

Food and Agriculture Organization

Tbilisi, Georgia

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: Agriculture

The main role of the incumbent will be to coordinate and manage the project implementation. The technical components of the project include the overarching area of rural development and integrated community development with specific focus on supporting rural communities, extension service, producers’ groups, and vulnerable groups e.g. women and rural youth. The project will focus its interventions on selected municipalities (to be identified in the inception phase) as well as at national level. 

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Provide technical guidance to ensure proper implementation of project work plan and budget.
  • Coordinate, manage and ensure the cohesion and coordination between different components (outputs) of the Project.
  • Technically guide the monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of project activities (through quarterly project progress reports, mission reports, financial reports and other documentation) to FAO, national stakeholders, and donor and propose adjustments to project activities as necessary. 
  • Lead the development and delivery of various written outputs, including background papers, analyses, training materials, technical reports from the contributing teams and review them before submission for clearance. 
  • Provide strategic policy advice to government counterparts, donor and other partners on technical issues.
  • Contributes to consultative and other meetings and participate as speaker in workshops and other events related to agricultural and rural development, as appropriate.
  • Lead field missions and conduct periodic monitoring and backstopping visit to Project sites
  • Works closely with the Government’s competent authorities to discuss needs, and tailor advice and project activities to respond.
  • Provide advice regarding the development and implementation of policies to national and local authorities based on project experiences.
  • Lead technical discussions and provides policy advice and expertise, in collaboration with and under the technical guidance of the LTO and other relevant FAO technical officers.
  • Design, conduct and coordinate research, data collection, validation, analysis and/or reporting activities to allow for the collection of data for progress indicators and the assessment of the implementation of the programme in technical aspects as defined in the logical framework.
  • Liaise with the LTO and other FAO technical officers in headquarters and REU to obtain technical inputs and technical clearances on technical reports and presentations.
  • Promote linkages, dialogues and technical cooperation with relevant stakeholders in Georgia, including Government institutions, donors, private sector companies and civil society organizations, and participates in technical platforms and coordination fora, meetings and conferences for the benefit of the Programme's targeted population. 
  • Ensure information sharing with other projects or programmes in the country or internationally. Contribute to establish partnerships around support to local rural development.
  • Performs any other related duties as required


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in Agriculture, Rural Development, Agricultural Economics, or related areas;  
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in policy advice/assistance and coordination of programmes related to rural development
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian.