Irrigation Specialist at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-UN)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-UN) - An intergovernmental organization, FAO has 194 Member Nations, two associate members and one member organization, the European Union. Its employees come from various cultural backgrounds and are experts in the multiple fields of activity FAO engages in. FAO’s staff capacity allows it to support improved governance inter alia, generate, develop and adapt existing tools and guidelines and provide targeted governance support as a resource to country and regional level FAO offices. Headquartered in Rome, Italy, FAO is present in over 130 countries.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Irrigation SpecialistPost Number: 180875Location: Maiduguri, BornoOrganizational Unit: FRNIRType of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)Duration: Eleven monthsOrganizational SettingThe crisis in Nigeria, located mainly around the Lake Chad Basin, is a complex emergency characterized by food insecurity, violence and displacement. Furthermore, subsistence based livelihoods are impacted upon by climate-induced desertification, drought, receding lake/water stress. The FAO Lake Chad Strategy 2017-2019 includes ensuring sustainable and equitable access to resources and services as well as sustainable growth of livelihood opportunities are therefore critical priorities.FAO in collaboration with UNWOMEN and WFP has received support from the European Development Fund (EDF) under the EU Support to Response, Recovery and Resilience in Borno State, to implement a 3-year programme to restore and improve sustainable agriculture-based livelihoods for food security, employment, and nutrition improvement in Borno State. FAO’s interventions include supporting small scale irrigation development to have improve market opportunities and enterprise development through the support to dry season farming.Reporting LinesThe Irrigation Specialist reports to the FAO Representative (FAOR) through the Deputy FAOR in Maiduguri and the project coordinator.Technical FocusFor effective field management of project implementation, FAO requires the services of an irrigation expert. In particular, he/she will be responsible for ensuring the technical soundness and timeliness of activities in his field of competencies in the design, planning, supervision of the implementation and monitoring phases of small-scale irrigation development and related activities of the project.Tasks and ResponsibilitiesUnder the overall supervision and guidance of the FAO Representative in Nigeria through the Deputy FAOR in Maiduguri, and with direct supervision of the Project Coordinator in close collaboration with national and international consultants in the project team, the incumbent will undertake the following activities:Provide technical, programmatic and operational support for the implementation of the irrigation component of the projectContribute to needs assessments and analysis in selected LGAs for the development of small scale irrigation schemeContribute to the selection of the sites, the selection of the beneficiaries, their capacity building and their organization in cluster or network or water users associationProvide effective technical support to beneficiaries engaged in small-scale irrigation farming.Contribute to the analysis and provision of solution for effective community participatory land useSupport the adoption of good agriculture and irrigation practices ;Contribute to the preparation of the technical specifications of equipment for small scale irrigation development and letter of agreement with implementing partnersPrepare case studies, guidelines, reports, publications and presentations in support of programme delivery.Perform any other related duties as required. 

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