During the current EU Financial Framework (2014-2020), 61 countries selected food and nutrition securityand sustainable agriculture as a priority sector for partnering with the EU. The EU has committed more than 8 800 000 000 EUR to this intervention, corresponding to 20 % of the EU development portfolio. For the next EU financial framework, a significant number of countries could choose again food and nutrition security as afocal sector for aid. At the same time, EU impact needs to be enhanced, particularly by improving the synergies between public and private sector interventions. Priorities at country level will include inclusive and responsible investments in agriculture and agri-businesses; supportive rural infrastructure; sustainable and nutrition-sensitive agriculture, adapted to climate change; strengthening producer organizations; linking smallholders to markets; strengthening research, innovation and scaling capacities; risk reduction initiatives; initiatives to reducestunting, increase dietary diversity and tackle micronutrient deficiencies; and social protection initiatives that will ensure access to adequate food and nutrition. Innovations will be key in all priorities. Gender considerations are essential in each area.
The purpose of the advisory services is to provide high quality and SMART (specific, measurable, attainable,relevant and time-bound) services to increase development impact, to spur policy changes and investmentsto realize the EU’s contribution to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promotesustainable agriculture (SDG2).
- At least 10 years of relevant experience, at least 5 of which in a senior management/leadership position;
- Masters degree or equivalent in agriculture, rural development or related/relevant discipline;
- Past experience in livelihoods, resilience and market-linkages programming is highly relevant;
- Experience in leadership of multi-year, multi-sector programs, with demonstrated capacity to deliver results and manage partner relationships;
- Ability to write clear and concise reports and proposals (in English) and to meet required reporting deadlines
- Analytical, monitoring & evaluation skills; understanding of measurement of resilience is a plus
- Excellent communication and organizational skills
- Able to work independently while being a strong team player;
- Experience working on EU funded programs is an advantage;
- Excellent knowledge of English and / or French.