Vacancy Announcement

Published on 10 October 2018
Deadline for Application: 20 October 2018

The FAO Representation in Bangladesh is inviting applications from qualified national candidates to the following vacant position in Cox’s Bazar.

Organizational Development Officer (Agribusiness Group Marketing Specialist), Cox’s Bazar

FAO’s Technical Cooperation in Emergencies Unit (TCE) opened the refugee Crisis Response programme in Cox’s Bazar (from now on CxB Programme) in early October 2017 and began serving both the refugee and host community populations with food and nutrition security programming. The programme has since grown in scope and FAO has taken on longer-term programming with partners from the Departments of Forestry, Fisheries, Livestock and Agricultural Extension, working in close collaboration with the FAO Country Office in Dhaka. In Cox’s Bazar, FAO is leading in several multi-sectoral projects and co-chairs the Food Security Sector, the Livelihoods Working Group and the Energy and Environment Technical Working Group.

The activities of the CxB Programme are envisioned to support the host community agriculturalists to increase food production and availability by providing training and agricultural inputs of two sub-districts, Ukhiya and Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar to several market-oriented farmer groups (with an average membership of 20 per group) who are already been supported through the CxB Programme.  Homestead level vegetable cultivation training has already been conducted through a Farmer Field School approach with groups who have also received agricultural machinery, tools and inputs. Currently, a training programme has is envisioned to enable the farmer groups to increase food production, develop their organizational capacity and ultimately link them to profitable markets. The programme aims to enable farmer groups to participate in, and economically benefit from, the enhanced produce market. 

In this context, FAO seeks to engage a short-term Organizational Development Officer to provide training to the farmer groups. The incumbent will work closely with the FAO Emergency Response Officer in developing the training materials in supporting the farmers and ensuring that they are adequately trained to increase production of the selected high-value crops to meet the immediate demand for the Rohingya market. The high-value crops, namely eggplant, bitter gourd, chili, papaya and mint have been selected by the local DAE based on market demand and availability of resources. The list is open to additional items which may be identified in the course of the training.  

Position Summary:
Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Bangladesh, the direct operational supervision of the Head of Sub-Office, and working in close collaboration with the Emergency Response Officer, the Organizational Development Officer will further support market-oriented farming groups by enhancing their business and marketing capacity and skills for improved decision-making in the use of resources and linking farmers to market. Specifically, the Organizational Development Officer is responsible for developing and delivering adequate training and coaching, based on identified needs of individual agricultural groups and extension workers.

The Organizational Development Officer will promote a culture of learning through the development of quality and context specific training, frameworks, plans, and tools. In doing so, s/he will ensure mainstreaming of Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) principles and other cross-cutting issues.  The position is based in Cox’s Bazar with ad hoc in country travel including to Teknaf and Ukhia upazilla project sites.

Training Participants:
All members of the identified groups (approximately 20 farmers per group) will participate the trainings.  The groups were formed in January 2018 by the DAE in coordination with the Upazilla Agriculture Rehabilitation and Implementation Committees through a participatory process involving social mapping, wealth ranking exercises, transect walks, household surveys and community engagement processes.

General Responsibilities:
Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Bangladesh and direct supervision of HoSO, the incumbent will support selected farmers’ groups and assist them in making their farms more profitable and competitive, by managing production and marketing systematically.

Ensuring alignment with overall Programme objectives and promoting standardized approaches as appropriate, specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Review the group formation process to highlight any feedback and recommendations from participants.  
  • Through interaction with the targeted groups, identify capacity gaps amongst beneficiaries for the related training topics. 
  • Refine and/or design the training package for the identified groups prior to facilitation (an outline of the basic training objectives will be provided) to include: market analysis, identification of comparative and strategic advantages, financial management, negotiation skills, investment planning production and income forecasting.
  • Undertake training on the above identified areas, supporting cooperative (group) dynamics.  
  • Identify and support mitigation strategies for common and unique challenges experienced by the farmer groups; social, organizational and technical.   
  • Draft reports on individual trainings and provide recommendations as to ongoing needs of farmers in organizational development and marketing post-training.;
  • Liaise with government partners as directed, reporting on progress, challenges and achievements and promoting lessons learned, developing written documents and presentations as needed.
  • Perform any other related tasks as assigned.

Qualifications, Skills and Attributes:

  • Bachelor's degree required, postgraduate degree preferred in in Agriculture, social sciences, community development or related discipline with expertise training
  • Demonstrable experience in a similar role with at least 5 years working experience providing training to agricultural cooperatives and farmer organisations in Bangladesh  
  • Proven track record of successful teamwork, good presentation/facilitation skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required
  • Ability to work independently and without close supervision
  • Self-motivation, willingness to learn and strong work ethics
  • Applicant must have a working knowledge (proficiency/level C) of English and Bangla (written and verbal)

Core Competencies:

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building effective relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of: Commitment to FAO, Respect for All, and Integrity and Transparency.

Expected Outputs:

  • The consultant will be responsible for the following deliverables:
  • Organizational Management Plans for the targeted groups 
  • Farm-to-Market Strategies specific for the targeted groups 
  • Farmer Group Evaluation Report containing analysis of group potential, including frank analysis as to foreseen challenges and mitigation recommendations.  

Recommended Support Plan for first year to be provided to the DAE

Duty Station: Cox’s Bazar with in-country travel as required

Duration: 3 months (possible extension, subject to performance and funds availability)

Application Guidelines:
All applicants will send their General Profile Form (GPF) to the following address: by close of business on 20 October 2018. 

GPF is available to this link:

Subject must refer: Application for the position of “Organizational Development Officer (Agribusiness Group Marketing Specialist”

Candidates not possessing the requisite 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 this 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.

Qualified female applicants and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply