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Name of Job: Agronomy Specialist

Job ID: 1902051

Closure Date: 10/Sep/2019, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: FAIND

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)

Grade Level: N/A

Primary Location: India-New Delhi

Duration: 12 months (renewable)

Organizational Setting

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved the Government of India’s GEF6 Green Ag. Project titled, “Green-Ag: Transforming Indian agriculture for global environmental benefits and the conservation of critical biodiversity and forest landscapes”.

Therefore, the project objective is to catalyze transformative change for India’s agricultural sector to support achievement of national and global environmental benefits and conserve critical biodiversity and forest landscapes. The project will be organized around two components. The first component will strengthen the enabling framework and institutional structures to mainstream bio-diversity (BD), sustainable land management (SLM), climate change mitigation (CCM) and sustainable forest management (SFM) policies, priorities and practices into India’s agricultural sector. The second component will demonstrate replicable “Improved agricultural and conservation practices” for sustainable production, resilient livelihood advancements, habitat improvements, and delivery of tangible BD, LD, CCM, and SFM benefits.

The project will work at the national, state and pilot site levels. The project’s five demonstration states will be: i) Madhya Pradesh, ii) Mizoram, iii) Odisha, iv) Rajasthan and v) Uttarakhand. Site level project effort will focus upon high conservation priority landscapes (e.g. protected areas) within each of these states.

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Reporting Lines

Under the direct supervision of the FAOR Representative in India and guidance of the National Technical Coordinator (NTC), the Agronomy Specialist will undertake the following duties.

Technical Focus

Expertise in agronomy

Tasks and responsibilities

The Agronomy Specialist will undertake the following duties:

  • Assess current agricultural practices and their contribution to land degradation, biodiversity loss, GHG emission and forest loss in the project landscapes.
  • Analyse previous and on-going interventions for best practices and lessons learnt to ensure sustainable agriculture/land management in the project landscape.
  • Assess the capacity of farmers and/or farmer associations in target areas to participate in the project, and propose capacity-building measures for these stakeholders in areas such as biodiversity conservation, SLM, soil conservation, fertility management, pest management and agroforestry.
  • Coordinate and provide technical support to promote improved practices, (including agronomic, conservation agriculture practices, and sustainable traditional technologies) on land preparation, nursery management, crop diversification, quality seeds (high germination, insect and disease free), crop protection, irrigation, nutrient management and harvest and post-harvest management of the local crops, particularly indigenous crops.
  • Provide technical support to project experts in the landscapes to promote practices through the Sustainable Agriculture FFS and Green Landscape Management FFS that improves the ecosystem services, as well as enhance soil fertility and increase GHG sequestration, such as integrated pest management, use of biocontrol and bio-pesticides and bio-fertilizers, and by introduction of appropriate crop/combination of crops/cropping pattern, agroforestry, etc.
  • Provide technical support to the project landscapes for integrated landscape management for sustainable food and agriculture including Climate-Smart Agriculture systems
  • Provide technical backstopping support to State project experts and lead farmers for promotion of sustainable integrated agriculture (farming), including jhum and settled agriculture.
  • Coordinate and provide technical backstopping to support the implementation of FFS on integrated agriculture (farming) for each of the five landscapes.
  • Coordinate and provide technical inputs in the curriculum development, building upon existing training curricula available with the project teams for adaption to the furthest extent and suggest improvements as deemed necessary.
  • Coordinate and design training materials on sustainable agriculture farming systems of Master Trainers, block/ circle and village level officers, and farmers for the five relevant project landscapes.
  • Work with Participatory NRM Expert, to identify sites where the project can undertake field activities, with a focus on key priority areas and/or watersheds as well as provide support on the development and implementation of green landscape management plans.
  • Work with the Animal Husbandry Expert to promote sustainable integrated farming systems in the project landscape.
  • Coordinate with the Gender and Social Inclusion Expert to identify relevant stakeholders and prepare gender-responsive stakeholder engagement plans in project implementation activities.
  • Coordinate with the M&E Expert to develop monitoring protocols and tools for data collection (including baseline data), and assist the state-level landscape teams in ensuring complete documentation and report writing on all agriculture-related activities.
  • Liaise as needed with the Operational partners, State Project management Units and Landscape-level project management unit.
  • Provide relevant technical guidance to the project as required.
  • Any other work as requested by FAO.
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Minimum Requirements

  • Post Graduate degree in agricultural sciences or related field.
  • Five years of relevant experience of working with government agencies (at the field level in the agriculture sector) and of working in development projects.
  • Experience of working in GEF projects is an asset.
  • Excellent knowledge of the English language with strong oral, written and presentation skills. Fluency in Hindi is an asset.
  • National of India or resident in the country.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Understanding of GEF functioning and procedures, Ex-Ante Carbon Balance Tool and Carbon monitoring process.
  • Experience working with or in international non-governmental and donor organizations (UN agencies, World Bank, IFAD, Asian Development Bank, etc.) with the implementation of participatory projects.
  • Good analytical and report writing skills.


  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help please contact: [email protected]
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • 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
  • For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website:http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/
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