FSAC Sub-National Cluster Specialist

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    2 months ago
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Organizational Setting

FAO’s office for Yemen is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing countrywide food, agriculture and rural development priorities under Yemen. It develops and maintains relations with the relevant Ministries at country level. The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.


Reporting Lines

The FSAC Sub-National Cluster Specialist Under the general supervision of the FAO Representative in Yemen and the direct supervision of Technical Adviser (Food Security and Agriculture Cluster) and works in collaboration with the technical and FSAC team in country and will work impartially with all members of the cluster and will serve and represent the group as a whole.


Technical Focus

The FSAC Sub-National Cluster Specialist is a member of the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster (FSAC) team and will work impartially with all the members of the Cluster and its subcomponents. The incumbent is 100% dedicated to the cluster and does not represent any specific agency or organization.

The main purpose of the FSAC Sub-National Cluster Specialist is to strengthen the exiting capacity of the Food Security Cluster, providing support to the Food Security Cluster Coordination Specialist and partners in matters of strategic direction and operational coordination, in particular assessments, priority setting, gap analysis, monitoring and reporting. The FSAC Sub-National Cluster Specialist will also assist the Food Security Cluster Coordination Specialist in organizing timely and effective cluster meetings, information management, and coordination with humanitarian partners (OCHA, UN Agencies, INGOs, and NNGOs), relevant technical line ministries, and local authorities.


Tasks and responsibilities

•    Represent FSAC in the humanitarian hub;
•    Create, manage and maintain up to date sub-cluster (hub level) contact directories and mailing lists of Food Security and Agriculture Cluster partners;
•    Establish and maintain appropriate FSAC coordination mechanisms at local level (e.g. organize regular meetings, draft meeting agendas, lead field level FSAC meetings, prepare minutes and share with partners, and communicate key issues to the FSAC Specialist, etc.);
•    Coordination with UN agencies, INGOs, local authorities, relevant technical line ministries, local civil society and other relevant actors;
•    Participate and represent the FSAC in other relevant Coordination and Cluster meetings (AHCT, RCT, ICCM, ICWG, CMWG, Nutrition Cluster, WASH Cluster, Health Cluster etc.) conducted in the hub;
•    Collect and manage relevant Food Security and Agriculture related information from the hub and timely share it with the National Cluster, Cluster Lead Agencies (WFP and FAO), OCHA, local cluster partners, and other relevant stakeholders;
•    Ensure constant support to local partners (NNGOs and CBOs), UN Agencies, INGOs, relevant technical line ministries, and authorities through organizing relevant food security and agriculture related capacity building trainings;
•    Undertake a capacity audit of local partners (NGOs and CBOs) to determine eligibility for FSAC membership;
•    In collaboration with the Information Management Team, produce regular cluster district level 4W/ response and gap analysis maps, reports and info graphics, and snapshots for the hub;
•    In conjunction with the IMO, ensure that all respective hub FSAC partners’ details are captured accurately in the response and gap analysis maps, info graphics, 4Ws, and other communication documents;
•    In close coordination with the IMO, collect data on the humanitarian requirements and contributions (financial, material, human- as appropriate) to inform HNO, HRP, and other appeals as appropriate;
•    Constantly ensure that there are no overlaps or duplication in assistance in the hub by making sure that FSAC partners provide and adhere to sub-district and village level plans, and coordinate prior to activity implementation;
•    Support efforts to strengthen the capacity of the national authorities, civil society, and local partners;
•    Ensure that sub-cluster FSAC Partners adhere to all FSAC tools and standards (e.g. Reporting Tools, Assessment Tools, FSAC Indicators, minimum food basket, minimum emergency livelihoods package etc.) and are aware about cross-cutting issues in needs assessments, analysis, planning, monitoring and response (e.g. AAP, Protection, Gender, Equality, and Disaster Risk Reduction);
•    Participate in hub level FSAC specific and Inter-Cluster needs assessment and analysis, e.g. Famine Risk Monitoring (FRM), Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), Rapid Food Security Assessments, Multi-Cluster/Sector Initial Rapid Assessments (MIRA), Initial Situation Tool (IST);
•    Identifying gaps in the coverage of needs, and reviewing strategies needed to address them locally;
•    Support the implementation of Food Security and Agriculture related assessments in areas under the coverage of the hub;
•    Ensure that all beneficiaries assisted under the Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) and either Multi- Purpose Cash Assistance (MPCA) or one-month General Food Distribution (GFD) are incorporated into the regular 1st line FSAC response;
•    Undertake regular joint field monitoring visits to FSAC partners’ project sites to monitor impact of programs (including Humanitarian Fund funded programs), ensure adherence to FSAC standards, and get beneficiary/community feedback;
•    Respond to ad hoc requests from potential partners wishing to join the cluster (as per the laid down FSAC membership criteria);
•    Ensure adequate attention to priority cross-cutting and cross-sectorial issues (e.g. Accountability to Affected Populations, Gender, Age, early recovery);
•    Track the financial expenditure of the sub-cluster activities (e.g. workshops, trainings, meetings etc.) in the respective hub and liquidate advances on a timely basis;
•    Bring any issue requiring urgent action to the attention of the Cluster Specialist and Cluster Lead Agencies immediately;
•    Perform other tasks as required.
•    Maintaining an overview of evolving food security situation and changes in the emergency context;
•    Ensure appropriate coordination with all humanitarian partners (including government institutions, national and international NGOs, the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement and other international organizations), through the establishment and maintenance of appropriate coordination mechanisms for the FSAC at the sub – national level;
•    Contribute to regular programme monitoring and reporting systems as needed;
•    Organizing regular meetings of local FSAC partners to agree on priorities and coordinate action;
•    Advocating to relevant governorate and district authorities, other clusters and community representatives concerning the food security, agriculture, and livelihoods situation and needs;
•    Communicating key decisions and other data/information from Sub-National to the national cluster;
•    Proactively organize, lead and participate in local level needs assessment (including joint assessments) and, where possible, common analysis rolling out of a balanced strategy linking emergency food assistance with livelihoods assistance activities;


Minimum Requirements    

•    Advanced degree (or equivalent) in Economics, Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Food Security, or development studies;
•    At least 5 years of experience in food security and related fields.
•    Working knowledge of English.
•    National of Yemen.


FAO Core Competencies

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


Technical/Functional Skills 

•    Excellent coordination and organizational skills;
•    Excellent oral and written communication skills, including in emergency settings;
•    Demonstrated ability to analyse problems, make appropriate recommendations, effective decisions, including in emergency settings;
•    Strong foundation in programme formulation, planning, implementation, management and evaluation
•    Understanding the food security and livelihoods dynamics of Yemen;
•    Demonstrated ability to apply different analytical methods and tools on food security analytical frameworks;
•    Demonstrated ability to liaise with multiple governmental institutions and international organizations;
•    Computer proficiency (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, SPSS, etc);
•    Excellent oral and written communication skills in both Arabic and English languages


Selection Criteria

•    Relevance of education and professional background;
•    Ability to plan, organize and coordinate high-level meetings;
•    Ability to multi-task and prioritize competing tasks;
•    Excellent communication, writing and presentation skills in English;
•    Possession of capacity building and mentoring ability for cluster partners;
•    Ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders and develop consensus and joint working;
•    Extent of experience in coordination of food security and multi-cluster needs assessment and analysis;
•    Tact and ability to negotiate with multiple parties/stakeholders in a politically and culturally sensitive environment;
•    Capacity to take initiative, develop own hub work plan, and suggest modifications in the process.


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  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/ 
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