Deadline: 25 March, 2022

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of National Senior Economist.

FAO is a specialised agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.


  • Prepare an abridged version of the investment plan, with a focus on lead commodities selected for Bulbula and Yirgalem Integrated Agro-Industrial Park (IAP), to make the document easier to read for policymakers, development partners, Oromia Regional State high officials, and key direct and indirect value chain actors
  • Prepare four short brochures of the Agro-Commodity Procurement Zones (ACPZs) investment plans specific to each of the four commodities to distribute to partners and key stakeholders
  • Organise a workshop to present the new ACPZs IP version
  • Review some targets set in result frameworks with commodity experts
  • Provide assistance and collaborate with Hand-in-Hand (HiH) team working on preparation of investment prospectus
  • Collaborate with the HIH team working on pro-poor business models to improve ACPZs inclusiveness
  • Assist the MoA and RBoA to set up, at regional and federal level, coordination structures in charge of tracking and provision of guidance on how to reach the targets set in the ACPZs investment plans 
  • Establish a similar structure specific for monitoring of the implementation of ACPZs programmes and projects
  • Provide two months of close technical support to established regional ACPZs secretariat unit
  • Conduct and produce an assessment report on functionality performances of existing IAP coordination structures and the communication channel between regional structure and  decisionmakers at federal level
  • Identify the reasons why the ACPZs investment endorsed by interministerial committees is no more perceived as reference document
  • Analyse the risk related to poor utilisation and alternatives proposed by partners to secure efficient monitoring and coordination of IAP interventions
  • Collaborate with existing initiatives undertaken by UNIDO to set up IAP monitoring and evaluation system
  • Collaborate with the HiH team members to provide technical assistance to MOA for increased institutional role on coordination and partnership development
  • Propose required technical assistance to implement agreed recommendations such as support to regional structures
  • Collaborate with UNIDO to elaborate a communication strategy for ACPZs interventions


  • Advanced university degree in Economics or a rural development-based field
  • Ten years of relevant experience in value chain development programme, agro commodities procurement zones development, contacts and knowledge of stakeholders and institutions in IAP and related works
  • Working knowledge of English and good knowledge of the local language(s) used at the duty station
  • Nationality of Ethiopia

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