deadline Oct 6: Urgent : Call for EoI s “Participatory assessment of land degradation and sustainable land management in grassland and pastoral areas systems -


Team Leader and/or Team Member of Evaluation team 

Job Posting

: 01/Oct/2019

Closure Date

: 06/Oct/2019, 11:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: OEDD

Job Type

: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition: Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level: N/A

Primary Location

: Home-Based

Duration: 12-38 days depending on job title

Post Number: N/A


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FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization




Organizational Setting


The Office of Evaluation (OED) of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is conducting a mid-term evaluation of a global project financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The project title is “Participatory assessment of land degradation and sustainable land management in grassland and pastoral areas systems” (GCP/GLO/530/GFF). It is a global project with country specific activities in Kenya, Niger, Burkina Faso, Kyrgyzstan and Uruguay. Travel to and within Kenya, Kyrgyzstan and Uruguay is expected.


The objective of the project is to strengthen the capacity of local and national stakeholders in pastoral areas comprising of grasslands and rangelands to assess land degradation and make informed decisions to promote sustainable land management in a way that preserves the diverse ecosystem goods and services provided by rangelands and grasslands. The project is executed jointly with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It promotes the testing and implementation of the Participatory grass and rangeland management planning (PRAGA) methodology.



Reporting Lines


Consultants respond to the OED evaluation manager under the general responsibility of the Office of Evaluation (OED).



Technical Focus


The project to be evaluated is structured around three main components. The first component consists of the development of a participatory assessment and monitoring system for pastoral areas comprising of grassland and rangeland (PRAGA). This system comprises a holistic and practical framework of indicators together with a procedural and operational manual that will both be tested in the field and refined accordingly. The second component aims to inform international and national agro-sylvo-pastoral decision making processes on the basis of the results and best practices from the participatory pastoral areas assessments realized under the first component. The third component focuses on knowledge management, communication, monitoring and evaluation of the project.


The project evaluation manager (OED) will recruit a team composed of one international consultant as team leader, as well as a maximum of three national consultants based in Kenya, Kyrgyzstan and Uruguay. The team as a whole will be qualified in the following areas:


  • Project evaluation, and particularly evaluation of GEF-funded projects;
  • Agro-pastoral systems;
  • Land-degradation / sustainable grass and rangeland management;
  • Participatory grass and rangeland management planning (PRAGA methodology).




Tasks and responsibilities


The FAO Office of Evaluation (OED) will guide this evaluation. The evaluation team is responsible for:


  • Work in close collaboration with the OED Evaluation manager responsible for this evaluation;
  • Review relevant background documentation made available by OED;
  • Contribute to/applying the methodology described in the evaluation Terms of Reference together with the project team and GEF liaison officers;
  • Conduct the evaluation: Work from home and travelling to project countries as part of this assignment;
  • Lead or participate (depending on job title) in the collection and analysis of primary and secondary data by the evaluation team through, inter alia, interviews and meetings, face to face or virtual, with FAO concerned officers in HQ, and country/regional offices; and during the country visits, with key stakeholders including the Government, the FAO Representation, external partners, project teams and beneficiaries as appropriate;
  • Participate and presenting in briefing and debriefing meetings, discussions, field visits with the evaluation team and relevant stakeholders;
  • Prepare the inception report (incl. evaluation matrix and evaluation tools) and evaluation report (both Team leader) and contributing to the evaluation with written inputs (Team member).






Minimum Requirements


  • Advanced University for COF.REG contract/ University degree for PSA.SBS contract in agro-economics, economics, policy analysis, development studies, or another related field;
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in evaluation, preferably of agricultural project and/or programs;
  • Working knowledge of English (level C) and limited knowledge of one of the other languages (French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic) for all countries.  Working knowledge of English and  Spanish (level C) for Uruguay.
  • Working knowledge of English is sufficient for PSA.SBS.



FAO Core Competencies


  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement


Technical/Functional Skills


  • Extent and relevance of experience in project evaluation
  • Extent and relevance of experience working with agro-pastoral systems, land-degradation / sustainable land management and climate-change;
  • Work experience in either Kenya, Kyrgyzstan and Uruguay is a plus
  • Experience evaluating or working on GEF projects a plus
  • Working language of French (level B/C) is a plus for the conduct of phone interviews in Burkina Faso and Niger




Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency




FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)

Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list

Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications

Candidates should upload language certificate/s when submitting their application.

For more information, visit the FAO employment website



To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.

We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline

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