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Closed National Technical Assistant – Business Development Specialist Jobs at FAO

National Technical Assistant – Business Development Specialist

Closure Date: 26/Oct/2018, 12:59:00 AM
Organizational Unit: FAO Representation in Kenya
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)
Primary Location: Kenya-Nairobi
11 months (renewable for the duration of GCP/KEN/90/GFF)

Organizational Setting
The post is located in the FAO Representation in Kenya
The GEF Secretariat has approved the Kenya project GCP/KEN/090/GFF on “Restoration of arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) of Kenya through bio-enterprise development and other incentives under The Restoration Initiative” under the Global TRI programme with FAO as the Executing Agency and the Ministry Environment and Mineral Resources (MENR) as Executing partners. The overall objective is to restore deforested and degraded lands through the FLR approach and enhance the socioeconomic development of local communities through the development of bio-enterprises of Non-Timber Forest Products and Services (NTFPS) in ASALs. The project strategy is built around four components: (i) Policy development and integration aims to build the gap from the FLR policy to a strategy, and to support the decentralization of FLR policy and the development of a NFTPS policy; (ii) the implementation of FLR actions in two specific landscapes and the development of NTFPS bio-enterprises, and includes an assessment of ecosystem services on project sites; (iii) strengthening capacity of counties and communities to implement and coordinate FLR; and (iv) knowledge management and monitoring on FLR in Kenya, as well as knowledge sharing with other TRI projects. The overall goal of the GEF project is to reduce the overall proportion of degraded land by 20% in the areas covered by the project.
The GEF project will be implemented in the following two specific landscapes: i) the Mount Kulal Biosphere Reserve in Marsabit county, a UNESCO Man-and-the-Biosphere reserve due to its unique and varied ecosystems; and ii) the Mukogodo forest and landscape in Laikipia and Isiolo counties, which have high biodiversity, in particular wildlife of touristic interest. Both forests are key water towers for Kenya and are threatened by deforestation, while their surrounded landscape are threaten by land degradation and their biodiverse natural resources are under strong pressure.
Summary of institutional set up of the project GCP/KEN/090/GFF :
GEF Agency:
FAO will ensure the overall management and financial execution in accordance with rules and procedures of GEF and FAO. FAO will also provide technical guidance and ensure coordination and linkage with the global TRI programme.
Project implementation: The Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources (MENR) will be the institutional anchor of the project and the Kenyan Forest Research Institute (KEFRI) will play a lead role in the execution of project activities as well as day-to-day monitoring.
Project Management Unit (PMU):
The PMU will be established within the KEFRI and will act as Secretary for the National Project Steering Committee. It will be responsible for the daily management of the project and ensure effective implementation in close collaboration with relevant Ministries and technical partners. The PMU will include:
  • A full-time National Project Coordinator (NPC), with a restoration background;
  • A full-time National technical assistant, with a business development and/or a bio-enterprise background;
  • A part-time Monitoring and Evaluation expert;
  • A Financial Manager; and
  • A Local Technician based in Gatab.
Project Steering Committee (PSC): The PSC will have the role of overseeing and coordinating the project’s planning and implementation. It will review project progress and achievement of planned results, advise on issues and problems arising during project implementation and facilitate cooperation between all project partners and other relevant programmes in the country. It will be chaired by the MENR and will be comprised of representatives of the following institutions (TBC): FAO, KEFRI, Kenya Forest Services (KFS), IUCN, Northern Rangeland Trust (NRT), National Museums of Kenya (NMK), the three county governments, the GEF focal point and civil society.

Reporting Lines
Under the overall administrative leadership and supervision of the FAO Representative in Kenya (Budget Holder), under the direct supervision of the National Project Coordinator and in close collaboration with the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) and project partners,

Technical Focus
National Technical Assistant (NTA) will support project technical implementation and more specifically, the NTA will:

Tasks and responsibilities
  • Provide technical advice to communities on bio-enterprises and business development;
  • Support value chain analysis of viable bio-enterprises
  • Explore market linkages for NFTPS producer groups
  • Coordinate and closely monitor the implementation of project technical activities;
  • Coordinate with local participating institutions and organizations as well as with other local initiatives;
  • Support the NPC in consolidating FPIC related information in a single report that summarizes all the information related to the FPIC process - including already available information collected during PPG concerning indigenous people – such as the consultations held, mapping of indigenous peoples in intervention areas, the consent obtained etc as well as, the FPIC steps carried out all throughout project implementation. The FPIC report template will be provided to the project team by FAO and needs to be regularly updated all throughout project implementation.
  • Review project plans and outputs to ensure technical best practices are incorporated;
  • Coordinate closely with the NPC and the CTA;
  • Provide monitoring information for NPC and CTA reporting;
  • Assist with the organization of project meetings, workshops and with the mid-term and final evaluation of the project in collaboration with the M&E expert and FAO’s Evaluation unit;
  • Support the NPC in capturing and disseminating lessons learned and best practices on FLR to stakeholders at the national level as well as the global TRI programme;
  • Undertake any other tasks assigned or relevant in support of efficient implementation of the project.
Expected results
  • The National Technical Assistant will assist the National project Coordinator in the following Functions:
  • The Annual Work Plans and associated budgets and ToRs, as applicable, are prepared and approved by the Steering Committee Members;
  • Report on viable bio-enterprises and market potential in Kirisia ecosystem
  • The Project Management Unit is operational and receives regular support from the FAO’s project task force ;
  • The workshop and meeting reports are elaborated in close collaboration with the PMU and CTA and submitted to the BH, LTO and FLO;
  • At least one Project Steering Committee is organized each year;
  • Appointment of project consultants and development of Letters of Agreement (LoA) within the work plan for first year;
  • Timely preparation of Progress Implementation Reports (Quarterly, Annually, mid-level and final) supported by the CTA;
  • Project interventions are coordinated with other ongoing activities, especially those of co-financers and other GEF projects, as appropriate, in a timely manner;
  • High quality of delivered Programme results.


Minimum Requirements

  • University degree in business administration, management or entrepreneurship;
  • Minimum six years of experience in SME development and entrepreneurship with at least three years of experience developing bio-enterprises;
  • Working knowledge of English.
  • National of Kenya
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 the Africa region, is desirable
  • Extent and relevance of knowledge and field experience in a technical area of assignment listed
  • Extent and relevance of experience in analysing problems and developing effective, practical solutions
  • Extent and relevance of knowledge in the implementation of international standards related to pertinent field of expertise
  • Extent and relevance of experience in resource mobilization, programme formulation, implementation and monitoring in the pertinent field of expertise
  • Extent and relevance of knowledge and understanding of the work of international organizations, regional entities and national governments
  • Extent and relevance of experience in drafting quality written materials for a wide variety of audiences
  • Ability to organize and conduct meetings, conferences and workshops when applicable
Selection Criteria
  • Good knowledge of administration functions.
  • Experience in working with UN bodies and/an international development or humanitarian organization.
  • Computer proficiency and especially data collection applications.
  • Good judgment and ability to organize office work and prepare correspondence on own initiative.
  • Willingness to work as a team member and attention to detail.
  • Previous experience working with local communities in Kenya;
  • Solid understanding of issues and practices;
  • Demonstrated commitment to participatory natural resource management techniques, forest and landscape restoration, conservation;
  • Solid project management experience;
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