FAO Research Jobs in Kenya,Salary over Ksh500,000

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FAO Research Jobs in Kenya,Salary over Ksh500,000


Resilience Measurement Specialist

Job Posting

: 12/Apr/2018

Closure Date

: 27/Apr/2018, 12:59:00 AM

Organizational Unit: ESD

Type of Requisition: Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level: N/A

Primary Location

: Kenya-Nairobi

Duration: Up to 11 months (with possibility of extension)

Post Number: N/A

CCOG Code: N/A


FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants

in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.


Qualified female applicants and qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member countries

are encouraged to apply.

Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.



Organizational Setting

The EU-FAO Partnership Programme: “Information for Nutrition Food Security and Resilience for Decision-Making” (INFORMED) is one of the main mechanisms supporting FAO’s work on resilience measurement and analysis, to support evidence-based decision making processes, under the Strategic Objective 5: “Increase Resilience of Livelihoods to Threats and Crises” (SO5). The Resilience Measurement Specialist will support the implementation of the resilience measurement and analysis component of INFORMED Programme in the Horn of Africa Region.

FAO International Consultants and Call purpose


The Organization frequently engages experts to work on short-term activities and projects as international consultants or under personal service agreements (PSA.SBS) at various levels of experience (see minimum requirements below). International consultants or PSAs are engaged by the Organization to provide expertise, skills or knowledge for the performance of a specific task or piece of work, which is short-term by nature. The assignment may involve full-time or part-time functions, with duration ranging from 1 month up to 11 months. The possibility of extension is subject to satisfactory performance and dependant on the availability of resources and needs of the Organization. Assignments can require travel or missions/appointment to field locations.

Individuals meeting or exceeding the requirements of the Call, determined through an interview process, will be included in the ESA Divisional Roster. Experts who are registered in the Roster are available for consideration for a period of up to 48 months. ESA Division will use this roster as the primary mechanism to resource future vacancies within the technical requirements covered by the Call.

Reporting Lines

Selected applicants will work under the overall guidance of FAO Representative and FAO’s Strategic Programme on Resilience, and the direct supervision of the Resilience Coordinator of the Resilience Team for Eastern Africa (RTEA) in Nairobi.  Selected applicants are expected to work in close collaboration with relevant FAO headquarters divisions, and other stakeholders at country and/or regional level (Intergovernmental Authority on Development – IGAD, European Union, World Food Programme – WFP, relevant academic institutions, private sector actors, etc.) as appropriate.



Technical Focus

Econometric and economic analysis on a range of emerging topics with particular focus on food security, poverty, vulnerability and resilience, the associated policies, and programmes. Provision of support to related policy advice and decision making processes.

Tasks and responsibilities

The assigned tasks and responsibilities related to this area of work can include the following:

  • Supervise and/or support to the collection, processing, management and analysis of social, economic and biophysical information from diverse data sources (individual, household, firm, cross section, panel and/or time series), to inform and guide the team’s technical and related evidence-based policy work;
  • Support to the development and continued refinement of methodologies and models for resilience analysis, both through finalization of existing resilience analyses, as well as, implementation of new exercises;
  • Contribute to the development of technical products such as reports/working papers; participate to the dissemination of results; and provide capacity development support to government counterparts and other selected national partners
  • Support to the establishment and/or consolidation of regional/national resilience measurement and analysis hubs by coordinating recruitment, training, data collection and analysis activities;
  • Provide support to econometricians in selected locations;
  • Provide job training to national staff on resilience analysis activities and subsequent policy recommendations.
  • Support to impact evaluation exercises as well as monitoring and evaluation in the region





Minimum Requirements

  • Formal education in in econometrics, applied economics, economics, agricultural economics, development economics, natural resource economics, environmental studies or a closely related field:
    • Consultant level B (Expert) and C – Advanced university degree (PhD level considered an asset)
    • PSA.SBS – University degree
  • Relevant experience in economic analysis of food, agriculture and development issues, econometric research using time series, cross-section, and/or panel techniques, including the production of analytical outputs (such as policy reports and/or scientific papers):
    • Consultant level B (Expert) – at least 5 years of relevant experience;
    • Consultant level C/PSA.SBS – at least 1 year of relevant experience;
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, or Russian. In the case of PSAs, the requirement is for working knowledge in one of the FAO official languages.

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement


Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable
  • Extent and relevance of experience in collection, processing, management and economic analysis for time series, cross sections and/or panel quantitative information
  • Extent and relevance of experience in econometric analysis with a focus on agricultural, food and development policy analysis
  • Extent and relevance of experience in drafting working paper or analytical policy documents


Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO,

Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency 



  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing).
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognised in the IAU/UNESCO list.
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
  • Candidates with acceptable language certificate/s should upload them when submitting their application. For details, visit http://www.fao.org/3/I8446EN/i8446en.pdf
  • For other issues, visit the FAO employment website: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/
  • For further information on categories, contract duration and honoraria, please refer to the Conditions page.


To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.

Vacancies will be removed from the recruitment portal at 23:59 Central European Time (CET) on the deadline for applications date. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

If you need help, or have queries, please contact: iRecruitment@fao.org

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