Background & Description

These positions are located in FAO district sub-offices in various locations in Sindh and Balochistan provinces, Pakistan. 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

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Pakistan and in close coordination with the Provincial International Program Coordinator, these positions will directly be supervised by the Project Coordinator of the project.

Technical Focus

  • Facilitate experimentation, participatory learning by doing and training on plants disease and insect pest management, integrated weed management, integrated soil fertility management, livestock health management, storage and processing, farm economics and financial literacy, produce marketing and business planning, and other issues that come up for individual groups.
  • Establishment and facilitation of Farmer Field Schools (FFS), Farmer Business Schools (FBS) for participatory learning
  • Trainings facilitated on specific crop or livestock-related issues pertaining to the commodity value chains under development
  • Contribute to extension materials development.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Establishment and facilitation of Farmer Field Schools (FFS) or Farmer Business Schools (FBS) for participatory learning.
  • Facilitate experimentation, participatory learning by doing and training on plants disease and insect pest management, integrated weed management, integrated soil fertility management, livestock health management, storage and processing, farm economics and financial literacy, and other issues that come up for individual groups.
  • Trainings facilitated on specific crop or livestock-related issues pertaining to the commodity value chains under development
  • Contribute to extension materials development
  • Organize and mobilize male and/or female farmers into groups, and/or use existing Community Organizations for this purpose, for establishment of FFS/FBS for participatory learning and trainings on specific crop or livestock production and quality related issues.
  • Provide support and facilitate farmer groups in introduction and establishment of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and improved (post) harvest handling and marketing of high value horticultural and/or livestock products;
  • Field based FFS, FBS actions plans developed.
  • Contribute to FFS/FBS extension and training materials development
  • Develop and organize crop based and livestock based FFS/FBS and implement all stages and components with regular field follow-up and interaction with participants;
  • The FFS/FBS facilitator works directly with farmers, and help them discover important concepts/ issues in crop, horticulture or livestock farming through practical learning.
  • Conduct awareness-raising meetings to introduce the FFS/FBS concept, identify the farmers and learning site/ sites;
  • Contribute to the development of training curricula and facilitate training of farmers through season long FFS.
  • Assist in establishment of demonstration/learning sites to run FFS/FBS, arrange for Farmer Field days, exposure/ exchange visits.
  • Report progress of the FFS/FBS and demonstrations plots activities;
  • Follow up and coordinate with stakeholders including Government line agencies (Agriculture, Supply & Prices and Livestock& Fisheries Departments) and other NGOs and Development Agencies working in the districts for their contribution to the FFS/FBS sessions.
  • Organize capacity development / training initiatives and other field-based activities i.e. farmer consultative meetings, gender sensitive trainings, workshops, nutrition awareness, (market) exposure visits, monitoring visits and field days;
  • Prepare and submit monthly work plan and progress reports;
Requirements and Skills
  • Graduate in Social Sciences, Agriculture, Livestock Production or related discipline
  • 3 to 5 Years relevant field experience, particularly in Livelihoods, Food Security and agricultural development projects.
  • Practical knowledge of Community Mobilization skills and management of FFS/FBS/LFFS
  • Experience in communication and diffusion strategies and techniques, reporting, documentation
  • Understanding of and competencies in participatory extension methods, training need assessments and development of capacity development plan
  • Working knowledge (Level C) of English and fluency and knowledge of local languages used in Sindh and Balochistan province is essential.
  • National of Pakistan
How to Apply

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https://jobs.fao.org/careersection/fao_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=2100028&tz=GMT%2B02%3A00

About Organization

Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. 

Our three main goals are: the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.