The Emergency and Resilience Division (PSE) is responsible for ensuring FAO’s efforts to support countries and partners in preparing for and effectively responding to food and agricultural threats and crises. It is responsible for coordinating the development and maintenance of corporate tools and standards to enable Decentralized Offices to assist member countries to prepare for, and respond to emergencies. PSE ensures humanitarian policy coordination and knowledge, liaison with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee as well as with humanitarian resource partners, co-leadership with World Food Programme of the global Food Security Cluster, organizational preparedness, surge capacity and response to large-scale emergencies. PSE supports food and nutrition security assessment and early warning activities related to emergency and humanitarian analysis and responses. PSE plays a major role in the development and leadership of the Organization’s programme to increase the resilience of livelihoods to food and agriculture threats and crises.
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. Within the United Nations Global COVID-19 Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP), FAO is seeking USD 350 million to protect the food security of the most vulnerable rural populations in 34 priority countries, most of which are already faced with food crisis contexts.
Under the GHRP, FAO, in close collaboration with key partners such as the World Food Programme, the global Food Security Cluster and the Global Network Against Food Crises, is proposing to establish a global data and analysis facility to create a common understanding and inform programming. At the core of the data and analysis facility is a structured assessment framework which is sequenced to respond to different information needs as the crisis unfolds in high-risk countries. The assessment framework is driven by a set of questionnaires, which will be administered in the 34 countries on a periodic basis over the July 2020 – June 2021 period to monitor key risk factors and to understand the occurring and potential impacts on agricultural production, market chains, food security and livelihoods. At a later stage, agriculture sector damage and loss assessments will be conducted, linked to the food security and livelihood impact assessments.
The information system will rely principally on remotely collected data (mobile phone and on-line), collected either by FAO offices themselves or through international service providers. Field assessments may also be conducted at a later stage. This will be enriched by various other data sources and disseminated in the form of various analytical products via a GeoSpatial hub. The actual data sets also will be made available to stakeholders for independent analysis.
The Consultant reports to the Senior Technical Officer, PSE.
Under the direct technical supervision of the PSE Senior Technical Officer and the technical back-up of the PSE Needs Assessment team leader, in collaboration with the country offices, the regional offices and resilience hubs and other PSE teams as relevant (Response, Early Warning Early Action, Needs Assessments), the Consultant will support assessment activities to help ensure that COVID-19-related needs in agricultural value chains (including crops, livestock, fishery and forestry) and of crisis affected populations (in terms of food security, nutrition and livelihoods, with a focus on agricultural livelihoods) are assessed and reported in an accurate and timely manner.
Tasks and responsibilities
A number of International Consultants are required, each with responsibility for different parts of the world, including East Africa, West and Central Africa, Southern Africa, North Africa and the Middle East, South Asia and the Far East, Central and Latin America.
Regional / Country lens
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
FAO Core Competencies
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.
FAO aims to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide.
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