Job at Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Date of EOI: 11/01/2016
Closing Date of EOI: 25/01/2016

Job Title: Agriculture

The Office of Evaluation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)is undertaking an evaluation of FAO`s cooperation in the United Republic of Tanzania during the period 2012-2015 and is soliciting applications from qualified experts for the positions of Team Members for the evaluation.

Since 1962, the United Republic of Tanzania has been a member state of FAO, and the organization strengthened its presence in 1977 through the establishment of a fully-fledged representation in Dar es Salaam. Since then, FAO`s assistance to the country`s national development priorities includes agricultural policy support for nutrition, food security and rural livelihoods, all while increasing the productivity and income generated from the agricultural sector. The main areas of cooperation are disaster risk reduction and response, support to refugee response, management of natural resources, building national capacity to develop pro-poor economic growth through the agricultural sector, conservation agriculture, and disseminated good agricultural practices and value chain addition to agricultural sub-sectors.


The purpose of this evaluation is to assess results achieved in the implementation of the FAO Tanzania Country Programme Framework (CPF), with the aim of strengthening the relevance and effectiveness of FAO`s interventions in the country and ensure maximum usefulness of the evaluation`s findings to the next CPF cycle.

The evaluation will cover the totality of FAO`s cooperation with Tanzania (Mainland and Zanzibar)over the period 2012-2015. This evaluation will assess FAO`s strategic relevance in the country in terms of response to national needs and challenges within the areas of FAO`s mandate and comparatative advantage. In addition, it will evaluate the strategic positioning of FAO in terms of partnerships, programme coherence, synergies with other development actors, and pursuit of UN norms and standards including gender equality and poverty reduction. The evaluation will also assess contributions made by FAO to national priorities in the areas of rural and agricultural development and capacities, with a focus on the three priority areas of the CPF, namely:
1. Promoting agriculture as a profitable business
2. Sustainable management of natural resources
3. Agricultural development planning and sector, investment support

The evaluation will also cover FAO`s contribution to results for the organization`s strategic objectives(SO).
The evaluation will be conducted in close association with national government counterparts and other national stakeholders.

Duration of the evaluation process

The evaluation will take place from January – August 2016.
The tentative timeline is as follows:

a. January – February 2016: preparatory phase, including inception mission.
b. February – April 2016: main evaluation phase, including finalization of TOR, in depth studies and preparation of evaluation tools, main mission, preliminary debriefing;
c. May – August 2016: Report writing, quality assurance and dissemination

Desired Team Profile

The Evaluation will be conducted by a multidisciplinary team led by an OED evaluation officer and supported by an associate evaluation manager.

OED is presently seeking 4-5 senior experts in one or more of the following sectors to undertake sectoral assessments and provide support to in-depth impact studies:
• Agricultural development planning, value chains, and sector investment support.
• Sustainable management of natural resources.
• Climate change management, adaptation and mitigation including Climate-Smart agriculture.
• Livestock economics and Fisheries and aquaculture development.
• Rural development.

The team will work under the overall supervision of the OED evaluation officer responsible for the country evaluation.
Team members should not have been involved in the design or implementation of FAO interventions in Tanzania during the period under under assessment, and will be required to sign a contract of interest declaration.

Professional Qualifications
• Advanced degree in agriculture economics or social or natural sciences and/or expertise in sectors relevant to the evaluation as listed above.
• At least seven years of relevant sectoral experience.
• In-depth knowledge of the country and/or field research will be an asset.
• Knowledge of Swahili and/or Arabic is an advantage.

Application Process
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and their Personal Profile Form (PPFI) outlining their competencies for undertaking this task to the email address:, by 25th January, 2016. Please specify “Evaluation of FAO`s Country Programme in the United Republic of Tanzania” in the email subject line.
Applications should include information on expected daily fee rate (exclusive of expenses), and availability between February and April 2016.
National candidates from professional associations, universities or research centers are strongly encouraged to apply.

Source: the Guardian 20th January, 2016
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