The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is implementing the Project entitled “Building Resilience to Cope with Climate Change in Jordan (BRCCJ)”, The goal of the seven-year project is increased climate resilient sustainable development in the country. Towards this aim, the project combines infrastructure development and natural resources management with principles of local capital formation at the community level. The project will have three interrelated components, which will work synergistically to address key barriers and enhance the impact of project investments. The components are designed to deal with the lack of infrastructure, limited capacity of rural farming households and weak institutional capacity. They include (i) Component 1: Climate Resilient Water Systems; (ii) Component 2: Climate Change resilience for Enhanced Livelihoods and Food Security; and (iii) Component 3: Scaling-up climate adaptation. Coherently with identified lesson learned in Jordan as well as with the GCF Gender guidelines, the project builds on the idea of inclusion of women as change agents for climate adaptation.
The project will be executed jointly by FAO, UNDP, Ministry of Environment (MoE), Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI) indicating the strong collaborative and partnership approach which will be adopted during the implementation of the project. The project will capitalise on the strong experience and convening power that both FAO and UNDP have established in the country.
For the implementation of the Project, a project management unit (“PMU”) will be formed. The PMU will be responsible for day-to-day project management, providing human resources management, financial and procurement services, coordinate the Project activities, generate work plans and prepare reports.
Under the overall technical guidance of the CTA, the Agronomist and Climate Adaptation Specialist is a national full-time resource position, whose mandate is to contribute to the achievement of the BRCCJ outcomes and outputs.
The Agronomist and Climate Adaptation Specialist will be under the supervision and will report to the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA)
Agricultural, agriculture extension, technology transfer and climate change adaptation
Tasks and responsibilities
- Support in the execution and supervision of the project components, including elaborating the necessary terms of reference, supervising the service providers in charge of implementing the activities.
- Participate in the policy development of CC adaptation in relation to farming crops and practices affected by climate change.
- Provide technical backstopping to ensure the BRCCJ Project activities are soundly implemented in conformity with the FP and the Project Agreement.
- Elaborate an annual agricultural and CC adaptation plan(s) which shall lay down activities, responsibilities, timeline, beneficiaries, and targets to reach based on FP, PIM and FAA.
- Prepare a crosscutting agriculture action plan to enhance the coordination mechanism among the BRCCJ partners (FAO, MWI, MOA, and MOE) and suggest informed actions and measures to climate change adaptation and climate change-induced disasters.
- Work closely with the assigned government focal points (MWI, MOA, and MOE) and ensure that the project activities are implemented in line with the project outcomes, outputs, time framework and budget.
- Train and follow up on the sound use of the FAO mobile geo-referenced monitoring application of adoption rates by the FFS Facilitators. Collaborate with the M&E Unit to monitor and store baseline information and changes in adoption rates, water use, climate resilience indicators such as productivity per unit of water and land as well as impact of precipitation and temperature changes on yields. Follow up on the introduction and establishment of the knowledge platforms to the Innovation hub for climate smart agriculture and water scarcity management and development of smart extension applications (as part of the FAO TCP co-financing).
- Supervise and lead where needed the identification of activity-based beneficiaries (farmers groups, climate wise women, master trainers, wise women, other). Take part in the panels/ committees to be set for this purpose.
- Represent the project in the Governorate-based community dialogues.
- Identify synergies with other agricultural and CC projects and initiatives and explore means of collaboration based on collected lessons learned to optimise the BRCCJ outcomes. Share compiled lessons learned internally within the PMU and externally with the PSC, project partners, and a wider audience.
- Participate in the evaluation of the technical offers submitted by the service providers.
- Participate to the development of BRCCJ Communication Strategy and provide input on agriculture and climate adaptation practices.
- Support the awareness-raising, knowledge, technology and innovation transfer activities for agriculture and climate change adaptation – including the development of gender-sensitive tools and capacity building of key stakeholders as identified in the Project three components.
- Develop awareness and information material related to agriculture and climate adaptation.
- Identify lessons learned, good practices and innovative approaches that can be applied, scaled up, or replicated in the project area and outside.
- Identify synergies with other agricultural and CC projects and initiatives and explore means of collaboration based on collected lessons learned to optimise the BRCCJ outcomes.
- Elaborate a cross-cutting capacity building plan on agriculture, climate change adaptation and other related fields consistent with the FP, the Agreement, the PIM, and the Logical Framework in close coordination with the CTA. The Plan shall be customised to reflect Governorate single specificities.
- Develop, follow up and monitor the implementation of the Farmer Field School activities. Supervise the sound implementation of the FFS days and field demonstrations.
- Review the deliverables, approach and performance of capacity building programmes suggested from the service provider (FFS, climate-wise women agents, other) proposed as part of the Project activities and ensure that the information and approach used is sound.
- Participate and represent the project in meetings and events related to agriculture as requested by the CTA.
- Overview and monitor all actions relevant to supporting beneficiaries and other capacity-building and awareness-raising activities identified as part of the BRCCJ.
- Follow up on the agricultural and CC-related objectively verifiable indicators at the outcome, result and output levels and report back to the M&E Officer.
- Work closely with the CTA, M&E unit and other project teams to draft the AWPB, progress reports, final reports and other deliverables identified in the PIM.
- Contribute to the knowledge management and dissemination of the project outputs.
- Provide support to the chief technical advisor and other technical specialists.
- Report to PM on management related matters.
- Suggest to the CTA through the PM an acting Agronomist and Climate Adaption Specialist from the PMU team to maintain the Specialist’s tasks during times of in-office unavailability.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
- Bachelor degree in agriculture and advanced degree in environmental science.
- At least (7) years of experience working on agricultural and climate adaptation
- Working knowledge (level C) of English and Arabic
- National of Jordan
FAO Core Competencies
- Results Focus
- Building Effective Relationships
- Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
- Professional experience in the field of agriculture, agriculture extension and climate change adaptation.
- Ability to work with small farmers, farmers groups and water users’ associations
- Experience working with international organizations and /or government.