Food Security and Agricultural Livelihoods Assessment Specialist

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Food Security and Agricultural Livelihoods Assessment Specialist

  • Post Date:December 13, 2021
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  • Career Level Specialist
    Qualification Degree
    Experience 5-10 Years
  • Industry Non Governmental
Job Description

Closure Date: 15/Dec/2021, 12:59:00 AM
Organizational Unit: FRZIM
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: PSA (Personal Services Agreement)
Grade Level: N/A
Primary Location: Zimbabwe-Harare
Duration: 11 months
Post Number: N/A

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
  • FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

Organizational Setting

Since late 2019, an outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus – has rapidly spread across the world, devastating lives and livelihoods. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is particularly concerned about the potential impacts of the virus and related containment efforts on food security and livelihoods in contexts of high vulnerability and where populations are already experiencing food crises. The FAO Office of Emergencies and Resilience (OER) has been awarded a grant by USAID to establish a global facility to create a common understanding of COVID-19 related impacts on agricultural livelihoods and critical value chains in the 34 food crisis countries. Due its food security fragility, Zimbabwe has been selected as one of the target countries which will be monitored by the FAO. This will require establishing a system of regular survey and reporting key and dynamic issues related to agriculture livelihoods and foo value chains.

Reporting Lines

This position will be working under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Zimbabwe, with close technical support from, FAO Head Quarters (OER) as well as the FAO Regional Office for Emergencies (REOSA) in South Africa.

Technical Focus

The technical areas/profiles covered will be as follows:

  • Food Security and Livelihoods monitoring survey design
  • Analysis of primary and secondary data using programming tools (Kobo and or ODK)
  • Drafting technical reports based on surveys carried out
  • Preparation of appropriate communication outputs

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Regularly liaise with the country management team and the regional assessment advisors on the progress of the monitoring exercise and the alignment with strategic, technical and operational requirements
  • Coordinate with national stakeholders (government, UN Agencies, NGOs, food security cluster) involved in food security and livelihoods assessments or surveillance, and promote multi-actors initiatives
  • Contribute to advising and strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture and local surveillance systems
  • Monitor the publication of studies and data produced by other stakeholders in the country
  • Collect baseline and secondary data to enable comparisons and triangulation. Secondary data can refer to food prices monitoring, agricultural inputs prices monitoring, international trade figures, food security outcomes, containment measures, social protection measures, remote-sensing-based seasonal monitoring etc.
  • Define survey objectives and areas of interest based on information gaps and programmatic needs
  • Assist in the choice of data collection modalities (Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviews, web surveys, or face-to-face) and interfaces (international service provider, local partner, in-house call centre etc.)
  • Search for existing sampling frames and consolidate lists of respondents with phone numbers
  • Assist in the adaptation of generic questionnaires to context-specific circumstances and objectives
  • Contribute to the programming of tools (take the lead in case of Kobo / ODK interface)
  • Develop training materials and participate to enumerator training sessions
  • Communicate with relevant authorities on the implementation of the surveys
  • Conduct additional semi-structured interviews with key informants in order to dig for specific issues, as needed
  • Contribute to the analysis and interpretation of collected data
  • Discuss and validate the results with the global assessment team, regional offices and hubs, GIEWS and any other relevant FAO units
  • Help draft and review monitoring reports and visual products (e.g. dashboards), using standard templates
  • Communicate assessment findings and reports to other actors, through Food Security Clusters for instance
  • Contribute to COVID-19 response and programme design as requested
  • Participate to IPC or Harmonized Framework analyses
  • Contribute to forward-planning and scenario building exercises, as requested
  • Coordinate the realization of the assessment outputs of the TCP-Emergency projects
  • Contribute to FAO corporate learning processes and documentation about COVID-19 assessments
  • Support data collection and needs assessment activities for other major crises or disasters occurring in supported countries


Minimum Requirements   

  • Advanced university degree in Agriculture, Agriculture Economics, Statistics or related filed.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in a technically similar area
  • Working knowledge of English (Level C)
  • Nationality of Zimbabwe or resident in the country with a regular work permit.

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work
  • Extent and relevance of experience in livelihood monitoring survey design
  • Extent and relevance of experience in statistical applications (e.g. Kobo)
  • Familiarity with Zimbabwean agriculture livelihoods

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help or have queries, please contact:[email protected]
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
  • For other issues, visit the FAO employment website:


  • To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.
  • Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile.
  • If you need help, or have queries, please contact: [email protected]