The main aim of the FAO at country level, 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 help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.
Suriname and FAO have partnered since the country joined the Organization in 1975. Over the past decade, FAO technical assistance has spanned the agriculture, livestock, fisheries and forestry subsectors, primarily focusing on priorities laid down in Suriname’s Agriculture Sector Plan. Suriname has made positive strides towards food security and, in 2014, the country was declared one of the top four Caribbean nations to have achieved the MDG target for hunger eradication.
FAO has been identified by the Government of Suriname and the European Commission (EC) as implementation partner for the FAO/EU Suriname Agriculture Market Access Project (SAMAP), on the basis of its comparative advantage and technical expertise in agriculture development in Suriname working with both public and private sector and having specific competences related to food safety and certification, business development and productive alliances.
Under the general supervision of FAO Representative to Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname (FAOR), the direct supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) and in close collaboration with members of the SAMAP project team, as well as with other project consultants and technical officers from the Project Task Force.
Tasks and responsibilities
- Implement SAMAP’s M&E framework and system this includes the development of monitoring and evaluation tools, assessment methodologies, data collection and analytical mechanisms.
- Ensure that monitoring mechanisms allow for the tracking of project progress according to targets established in SAMAP’s Operational Work Plan, as well as for the indicators in the Project’s Results Framework.
- Collect, process and analyse relevant M&E data and provide information for evidence based decision making and improved project delivery.
- Maintain and manage SAMAP’s Data Bases.
- Periodically review, identify adjustments to SAMAP’s logical framework indicators and update the logical Framework in FPMIS in association with the CTA, Operations Officer and AFAOR Programme.
- Develop/Identify data collection and assessment tools to be used by SAMAP, government and other relevant stakeholders that take part in project implementation and evaluation and provide relevant training in the use of these, as needed.
- Provide support and make inputs in the annual planning and reporting of SAMAP’s work plans. Provide quantitative and qualitative data for the preparation of annual, mid-term and other relevant reports.
- Make frequent visits to the project sites to monitor the implementation of project activities and for the collection of information and data required for project monitoring and reporting, including interim and final narrative and financial progress reports and forecasts.
- Support with the preparation of all the necessary periodic programme progress reports required by the FAO and the EU including interim and final narrative and financial progress reports and forecasts.
- Provides regular progress reports to the CTA on the overall accomplishment of project’s indicators and results, including the performance of staff individual work plans.
- Implement the M&E mechanisms to monitor progress and results from the Matching Grant Facility. This includes individual monitoring framework for each matching grant investment facility (large and small grants).
- Support with the review of reports from farmers participating in the Matching Grant Facility.
- Develop a reporting tool to provide regular progress reports to the CTA and the Grant Operations Administrator of each matching grant investment grant (large and small grants).
- Participate in project workshops, meetings, and trainings and ensure transfer of technologies/knowledge where necessary to stakeholder groups.
- Ensure that M&E findings are analysed and disseminated on a timely basis to all staff and all relevant stakeholders to ensure fine-tuning of project implementation.
- Perform other duties as required
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
- Degree in agriculture related field, economics, planning, statistics or related subject with at least five years appropriate technical experience in the agricultural/food security sector. Master’s Degree desirable.
- At least five years progressively responsible experience in project planning and management of quantitative and qualitative data collection, processing and analysis.
- National of Suriname.
- Fluency in written and spoken Dutch and English is required. Knowledge of Sranan Tongo would be an added advantage.
FAO Core Competencies
- Results Focus
- Building Effective Relationships
- Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
- Proven experience in developing and implementing Monitoring and Evaluation Systems and knowledge of appropriate data collection methodologies.
- Evidence of strong research, data collection and analytical skills.
- Experience developing, implementing and maintaining Data Bases.
- Advanced computer literacy including the use of statistical packages as SPSS and STATA, Microsoft Office Suite, and/or GIS packages, and in MS Office (word, excel, PowerPoint).
- Strong writing and reporting skills including experience in preparing progress and monitoring reports.
- Well-developed inter-personal skills and demonstrated experience of working in a cross-cultural environment.
- Experience in working with/or in government departments, national and international NGOs and other UN agencies is highly desirable.
- Experience and/or knowledge of the Suriname agricultural and agribusiness environment is considered a plus.
- Strong networking and relationship building skills, excellent communication and negotiation skills.