Organizational Setting :
FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa (RNE office) in Cairo leads FAO action on food security, agriculture and rural development in the Region through identification, planning, design and implementation of programmes in line with FAO and Regional priorities.
It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the Region and, in collaboration with departments and divisions at Headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO's strategic response to regional priorities.
RNE also advises on the incorporation of regional priorities into the Organization's Programme of Work and Budget and implements approved programmes and projects in the region, monitors the level of programme implementation and draws attention to problems and deficiencies.
RNE develops and maintains relations with region-wide institutions including the Regional Economic Integration Organizations (REIOs).
The Regional Office supports regional policy dialogue on food security, agriculture and rural development issues, facilitates the emergence of regional partnerships, and supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region.
The Agricultural Specialist (Plant Protection) reports to the Plant Protection Officer in the Regional Office for Near East and North Africa and will work under the technical guidance of the Regional Strategic Programme Coordinator and the Director of FAO's Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP) in Headquarters.
Support and contribute to the development and implementation of (i) projects and programmes, (ii) strategies and policies and (iii) provision of technical assistance all plant protection activities.
Tasks and responsibilities
In close coordination with the Plant Protection team, the incumbent will implement the following tasks :
Collaborate in promoting applied research as per country needs in technical, social, economic, environmental, institutional, technological, and data and statistical fields, to support the delivery of programme of work, projects, products and services.
Support monitoring and reporting of results by developing technical, analytical, monitoring and reporting frameworks, and related methodologies, tools, systems and databases, etc.
Perform other duties as required.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
Advanced university degree in agriculture, plant sciences, agronomy with specialization in crop protection, integrated pest
Working knowledge of English, French or Arabic and limited knowledge of one of the other two.
FAO Core Competencies
Building Effective Relationships
Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Technical / Functional Skills
Extent and relevance of experience in the Near East region is considered a strong asset.
Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of French or Arabic is a strong asset
Work experience with international organizations and in technical cooperation projects supporting countries.
Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable.
Extent and relevance of knowledge and experience in pest and pesticide management.
Ability to provide technical and advisory services.