The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.
Since 1977, FAO has been operational in Liberia, and has made tremendous strides in fighting hunger and poverty. Assistance today is focused on revitalizing the agriculture sector, which is crucial for the consolidation of Liberia’s progress from post-conflict stabilization to sustainable economic development and food security. The main collaborating partners are the Ministries of Agriculture (MoA), the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
It is worth to mention that FAO supports the government in policy development and advocacy in the agriculture sector and sub- sectors, promotes production and productivity as well as improving value chains and sustainable natural resource management and utilization. Project implementations are geared towards building local capacity.
Despite this considerable support provided the tree crop sector with some tangible positive results, there are still challenges in designing and giving priority to policies that provide incentives for private sector investors and smallholder farmers to resuscitate the tree crop sector. In spite of the sector potential to contribute to poverty reduction, economic growth and holistic development, there limited interventions by the government of Liberia to addresses many other sectors in addition to the Tree Crop Sector. More importantly, the gaps created by more than a decade of civil conflict, Ebola epidemic and the current pandemic directly affects all sectors of life including the sector. Consequently, in the absence of the right policy framework and concrete interventions to revive the sector, smallholder farmers, the private sector and Liberia stand not to sustainably benefit from the sector. To address these ongoing challenges, FAO continues to provide support to the government of Liberia in policy development and advocacy in the agricultural sector and sub sectors.
The consultant will work under the overall supervision of MOA, Policy Officer -FIRST Programme, The Country Representative and in close collaboration with the Assistant FAO Representative for Programmes, FAO’s sub Regional Office for West Africa (SFW), and the EU Delegation in Liberia.
Given the present state of play regarding the tree crop sector of Liberia the consultant shall endeavor to ensure the following:
Tasks and Responsibilities
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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