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Vacancy Announcement

Published on: 11 July 2018
  Deadline for Application: 31 July 2018

The FAO Representation in Bangladesh is inviting applications from qualified national candidates to the following vacant position under the project “GCP/BGD/059/USA and GCP/BGD/063/EU: Meeting the Undernutrition Challenges (MUCH)”, to be filled as soon as possible:

Position: National Poverty and Social Protection Policy Advisor

Meeting the Undernutrition Challenge (MUCH) is the follow-up project of the National Food Policy Capacity Strengthening Programme (NFPCSP) and based in the Food Planning and Monitoring Unit (FPMU) of the Ministry of Food (MoFood) in Bangladesh. The MUCH project broadens the scope of NFPCSP’s interventions extending support to other core ministries, civil society organizations (CSOs) and the private sector, seeking to achieve a strengthened enabling environment for eradicating food insecurity and malnutrition, in particular, by improving: (i) cross-sectoral and sectoral policies and investment frameworks and programmes for food security and nutrition (FSN) that are gender sensitive; (ii) human and organizational resource development for FSN; (iii) financial resource allocation for FSN; (iv) inclusiveness of governance and coordination mechanisms for FSN; and (v) comprehensiveness of information generation to support FSN policy formulation, programming and implementation.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Bangladesh, the direct supervision of the MUCH Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), and in close consultation and collaboration with the MUCH Technical Assistance Team (TAT), government counterparts, especially the FPMU and the policy/planning wings of Core Ministries (Food, Agriculture, Fisheries/Livestock, Women/Children Affairs, and Health/Family Welfare), as well as development partners, including civil society and the private sector, the incumbent will:

  • Review and provide critical inputs to national policies, programmes and investment plans under formulation which are aimed at reducing poverty, food insecurity and vulnerability and enhancing social protection and resilience;
  • Assist policy and planning officers in the FPMU, Core Ministries, Inter-Ministerial Technical Working Groups/Thematic Teams, and the representatives of civil society and the private sector, in implementing, monitoring and evaluating FSN policies, programmes and investment plans, and in strengthening FSN mainstreaming within sectoral and cross-sectoral policies, programmes and investment plans;
  • Support the effective delivery of training programmes, in particular in the fields of poverty, economic access to food, social protection, gender, the right to food, and decent rural employment and work;
  • Deliver on-the-job training and guidance to the policy and planning officers on issues related to poverty, social protection, resilience, gender, the right to food, and decent rural employment and work, as well as emerging issues such as resilience and climate change;
  • Contribute to institutional assessments within core partner ministries by assisting in identifying organizational development needs for better addressing food security and nutrition, poverty, social protection, and resilience;
  • Participate in multi-stakeholder dialogue to identify food security and nutrition policy related research needs, develop detailed terms of reference for research studies, and supervise the implementation of the studies in collaboration with inter-ministerial research supervisory committees;
  • Identify indicators to be included in the FPMU Food Security and Nutrition Information System for monitoring and assessing poverty, economic access to food, social protection, and gender equality;
  • Contributes to the preparation of project’s annual work plans, progress monitoring and reporting to the Project Steering Committee and donors; and
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Academic/Technical Competencies/Qualifications:

  • Advanced university degree (preferably PhD) in agricultural economics, economics, development economic, social protection, development studies or other relevant field;
  • Minimum ten years of relevant experience;
  • Demonstrated understanding of poverty reduction, social protection, resilience, gender, sectoral and cross-sectoral food security and nutrition issues, national policy/institutional mechanisms and decision-making processes;
  • Experience in i) formulating and monitoring policies and programmes to reduce poverty, enhance economic access to food, strengthen social protection and gender equality, ii) assessing the impact of such policies and programmes, and iii) training and capacity development on these issues; and
  • Working knowledge (level C) of English and the ability to write clear, concise reports in Bangla, make effective oral presentations, and undertake translation between English and Bangla languages.

Office Location: MUCH Project Office, Food Planning and Monitoring Unit, Ministry of Food, Khaddy Bhaban, 16 Abdul Gani Road, Dhaka-1000
Duration: 12 months (extendable)

Application Guidelines:
All applicants will have to send their PPF to the following address: only by close of business on 31 July 2018.

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Application not submitted through the filled PPF will be discarded. Please do not submit any certificates/documents with your application.

Candidates not possessing the essential qualifications should not apply as their application will not be considered.

Any persuasion will disqualify the candidate; only short listed candidates will be invited for the interview.

All recruitment to FAO posts are made on a competitive and transparent basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply directly to FAO and follow the instructions on the above mentioned website. Please note that no intermediary is allowed to expedite or facilitate such process. All those who represent themselves as such are fraudulent and should be reported to FAO immediately.

Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.