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National Farmer Field School Specialist

Job Posting: 02/Dec/2019

Closure Date: 17/Dec/2019, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FRMOZ

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : NPP (National Project Personnel)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Mozambique

Duration : 12 months

Post Number : N/A

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FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions. Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply. People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

Organizational Setting

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 develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

FAO participates in the development and implementation of field projects in the sectors of food security, agriculture and rural development. This requires integration within the broader framework of sustainable food and agriculture that aims at increasing production and productivity, addressing climate change, managing natural resources and enhancing rural livelihoods.

The project ‘PROMOVE Agribiz’ is financed by the European Union and jointly implemented by FAO and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ). The objective of the project is to contribute to sustainable, inclusive and broad-based economic growth and poverty reduction in the context of national food and nutrition security and climate change. The project will be implemented in the provinces of Nampula and Zambézia and the specific objectives are: i) to improve food and nutrition security and resilience of smallholders through climate-smart and nutrition-sensitive agriculture development; and ii) to enhance rural competitiveness through improved participation of smallholders and Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises (MSMEs) in economic activities, economic diversification, improved access to rural services and improved rural investment climate.

Reporting Lines

The National Farmer Field School (FFS) Specialist reports to the FAO Representative in Mozambique

Technical Focus

Establish and develop FFS cycles, project operational planning, management and monitoring of all FFS activities and provide regular backstopping for the provision of technical and management support to increasing the quality of FFS in line with project objectives.

Tasks and responsibilities

At the start of the assignment (inception phase):

The National FFS will work under the direct guidance of the International FFS, Lead Technical Unit of the Technical Advisors providing TSS and the supervision of the CTA in assessing the immediate needs for the implementation of the project activities and the support required for capacity development of the National Extension Services (DNEA).

All along the Project:

Curriculum development and capacity building

  • Organize, supervise and contribute to the FFS training activities (Training of Trainers, Training of Facilitators, Refreshment courses) fostering the participation of women;
  • Contribute to the production of training materials and ensure their timely availability;
  • Ensure adequate integration of nutrition and gender in the training programs and in the regular meetings of FFS groups;
  • Monitor and evaluate the quality of the training courses and the work of the trained facilitators at all levels to ensure that FFS follow the basic principles and are graduated;
  • Participate in the development of specialized thematic areas to be integrated into the FFS curriculum;
  • Liaise with value chain operators to identify training opportunities and needs;

Support to supervision and quality of FFS

  • Provide advice on follow-up activities of graduated FFS and guidance to foster FFS networks;
  • Ensure adequate implementation of FFS expansion strategy defined for the project;
  • Support and supervise the M&E of the FFS activities with support of the M&E Expert;
  • Collaborate with local research institutions and the academia for supporting the FFS program;
  • Facilitate the organization and implementation of field days, experience exchange visits for FFS, technicians and staff from SDAE and DPASA;

Support DPASAs implementing FFS

  • In coordination with the project FFS Specialist and the network of FFS Master Trainers, collaborate in the organization of technical materials for implementing the capacity-building plans for the FFS;
  • Collaborate in the identification and testing of alternative extension models;
  • Participate and collaborate in the organization of FFS technical meetings involving the national cadre of FFS Master Trainers and Facilitators;
  • Participate in agricultural technical platforms existing at district, provincial and regional level to coordinate activities;

Documentation and reporting of FFS

  • Meet regularly with DPASA and SDAE for reporting progress and updating FFS activity plans;
  • Participate in the identification, documentation and dissemination of good practices;
  • Prepare timely technical progress reports.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced University degree University degree in Agronomy, Adult Education
  • At least 8 years of relevant experience in implementing FFS
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian
  • Working knowledge of Portuguese
  • National of Mozambique

FAO Core Competencies

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


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


Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date. If you need help, or have queries, please contact: [email protected]


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