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.

Field Food Security Monitor, 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.

General Responsibilities:
Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Bangladesh and direct supervision of the HoSO or the alternative, the incumbent will support the successful implementation and monitoring, of CxB Programme activities, acting as focal point for all logistics and operational support matters and being responsible for the day-to-day field based operational issues related to these activities. The duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Prepare plans and implement CxB Programme activities in close coordination with the field level extension officers, local government representatives, host communities and targeted refugees at sub-district level.
  • Monitor the field activities, form farmers groups-Farmers Field School (FFS) and support the implementation of the FFS, effectively and efficiently.
  • Support integration and mainstreaming of Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) principles and cross-cutting themes, such as gender equity and protection throughout activities planning and implementation.
  • Conduct PRA activities in targeted communities to ensure adequate community consultation  to select the  target beneficiaries,  including farmers groups  in coordination with local government  set-up and in alignment with existing protocols.
  • Conduct farmers needs’ assessment and facilitate the development of training curricula and modules with  support from line agencies as appropriate.
  • Oversee and coordinate all assessment activities in designated sub-district, ensuring communication, reporting and finalization of activities.
  • Organize and implement distributions of inputs to beneficiaries along with government and other partners.
  • Submit in a timely manner weekly work plans and support requests to Operations and Programme management staff for approval and action.
  • Oversee and manage allocated budgets for each activity, performing necessary reconciliations with finance as required.
  • Provide feedback to programme management as to bottlenecks in the field in coordination, quality of inputs, beneficiary satisfaction, programme performance and any other information which supports CxB Programme improvement and sharing of knowledge.
  • Organize and conduct Training of Trainers, beneficiaries’ training, service providers training and capacity building of other stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Provide technical backstopping to targeted host community and refugee beneficiaries.
  • Establish and maintain professional relationships with technical partners (suppliers, civil society and GOB) to effectively and efficiently deliver technical support and inputs at the field level.
  • Plan and monitor the timeliness of activities and report to management and stakeholders accordingly.
  • Liaise regularly with government line agencies to set-up activities and facilitate timely coordination for  appropriate delivery.
  • Actively participate in coordination meetings and update stakeholders on ongoing work at sub-district level.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the HoSO or FAO Representative.

Qualifications, Skills and Attributes:

  • Bachelor's degree required, postgraduate degree preferred in agriculture, international development or related discipline
  • Minimum of 5 (five) years of relevant experience in programme monitoring and coordination, ideally in field positions
  • Professional experience in Nutrition, agricultural extension, environment, forestry and/or livelihoods and is preferred
  • Working knowledge of English and Bangla essential with additional knowledge of local dialects preferred
  • Proven track record of successful teamwork, good presentation/facilitation skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required
  • Ability to use initiative, solve problems and work independently, under limited supervision
  • Self-motivation, willingness to learn and strong work ethics
  • Work experience in emergency programme monitoring and reporting, particularly in field positions is desirable 
  • Familiarity with grass root level local government structures and experience with implementing the Farmers Field School approach with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) is desirable

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:

  • Weekly plans
  • Post-activity reports (as needed)
  • End of Assignment report

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

Duration: 5 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 “Field Food Security Monitor”

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