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Inputs Officer Job in Kenya

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Vacancy Announcement No:FAO/04/2012 (Re-advertisement)
Issued on: 17th May 2012
Deadline for Application: 31st May 2012
Position Title: Agricultural Inputs Officer 
Grade Level: KP1
Contract Type: Service Contract (National Project Personnel)
Duty Station: Nairobi
Organizational Unit: Somalia Country Office (FAO-Somalia)
Duration: 9 months with possible extension for project duration
Eligible Candidates Kenyan and Somali Nationalities
Anticipated Start Date: As soon as possible
FAO Somalia – Country Office in Nairobi is seeking to employ an Agricultural Inputs Officer.
Under the general supervision of the Officer in Charge for Somalia and under the direct supervision of the Agriculture Sector Coordinator and Head, Inputs and Knowledge Sector, the Agricultural Inputs Officer will be responsible for the following tasks:
·         Support the Agriculture sector technical operations • Assist in identifying procurement needs and compilation of specification requirements for procurement of materials, agricultural inputs; and services as per the FAO guidelines
·         Assist in drafting of contracts and letters of agreement to be issued for services providers.
·         Update on agricultural inputs distribution under various projects
·         Organize consultation meetings with all key implementing partners of agricultural projects on a regular basis and coordinate the activities with the partners
·         Reporting any challenges or constraints in a timely manner and ensure timely and effective response
·         Receive, revise and provide first assessment of field reports (weekly, interim and final reports)
·         Track record of achievements made by purchase orders and letters of agreements against work plan
·         Providing regular updates on project implementation to HQ/donors in close collaboration with the information and monitoring officers
·         Perform any other duty and activity upon instructions of the Head, Inputs and knowledge Unit; Agriculture Sector Coordinator or the Officer in Charge for Somalia
Key Performance indicators
·         Timely implementation of agricultural projects
·         Timely and effective follow up of input distribution
·         Timeliness and accuracy of all reports prepared as required
·         Database managed appropriately and information shared whenever needed.
·         Effective communication within the sector and all the other key partners effected and running smoothly.
Minimum requirements:
·         A relevant degree in Agriculture, Project Management or International relations
·         At least three years professional experience in project implementation
·         Previous work experience in the UN environment will be considered an advantage
·         Significant Project Management experience especially on input distribution with previous experience with Somalia/Somali people is desirable
·         Good communication and writing skills
·         Ability to work effectively with people of different national and cultural backgrounds
·         Good Knowledge of computers especially Microsoft office package
·         Good command of English
Selection Criteria
·         Relevance and level of academic qualifications
·         Relevance and quality of work experience in project implementation with focus on agriculture inputs distribution
·         Extent of technical knowledge of contractual issues particularly as applied to publicly funded entities
·         Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing
·         Ability to identify and analyze complex inputs issues, and propose timely effective solutions
·         Tact, initiative and sound judgement, and negotiation skills
·         Written Test.
How to apply:
Send your application to:
Candidates are requested to submit a covering letter quoting the Position Title and Vacancy Announcement No. FAO/04/2012 along with their current/detailed Curriculum Vitae and FAO Personal History (PH) form (available at – see following page for guidelines on how to fill it out).
E-mail is the preferred means of receipt and the application should be sent to
The subject line of the e-mail message should read CONFIDENTIAL – FAO/04/2012. If making a hard copy submission, the envelope should be clearly marked CONFIDENTIAL – FAO/04/2012 and sent to the following address:
UN-Somalia Ngecha Road Complex Corner Lower Kabete Road/Ngecha Road
P.O. Box 30470-00100 Nairobi, Kenya.
Applications may also be faxed, again clearly indicating CONFIDENTIAL – FAO/04/2012 in the subject line, to +254-20-4000333.
Applications must be received by the deadline.
Late applications will not be considered.
Only short listed candidates meeting all essential qualifications will be contacted.

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