Agronomist FAO Dollow, Somalia

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Vacancy Announcement No: FAO/05/2016
Position Title: Agronomist

Grade Level: SC 9   
Contract Type: Service Contract   
Duty Station: Dollow, Somalia   
Organizational Unit: FAO-Somalia

Duration: 12 months with possibility of extension

Eligible Candidates: Somali nationals only

Anticipated start date: Immediately   

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Somalia, the Agriculture Sector Coordinator and the direct supervision of the Agriculture Emergency Programme Coordinator/ Head of Dollow Office, the Agronomist will be responsible for the following tasks:

Key responsibilities
  • Take lead in the establishment and capacity building of Farmer Field Schools; Farmer Associations / Groups / Canal Committees
  • Train farmers on water use and management; good agronomic practices. Conservation agriculture, human and animal traction techniques for land preparation, proper use of agricultural inputs and operation and maintenance of project infrastructures (i.e. canals, irrigation pumps, produce stores etc.);
  • Organize and develop (if required) training materials to be used for training project beneficiaries;
  • support drafting of contracts and letters of agreement to be issued for services providers;
  • Collaborate with implementing partners on the training of farmers on good agronomic practices,
  • Collaborate with relevant stakeholders in establishment/strengthening of necessary channels for sustainable dissemination of agricultural knowledge;
  • Monitor the progress of trainees at regular intervals so that the quality of training is maintained;
  • Monitor the implementation of letters of agreement against work plans
  • Provide support in preparing monthly progress reports, indicating major achievements, constraints and recommendations;
  • Provide support in preparing required reports describing activities, implementation constraints, impact, conclusions and recommendations at end of project period;
  • Report any challenges or constraints in a timely manner and ensure timely and effective response;
  • Travel regularly to project sites keeping compliance to prevailing security regulations;
  • Perform any other duty and activity upon instructions of the Agriculture Emergency Programme Coordinator/ Head of Dollow Office, Agriculture Sector Coordinator or the FAO Representative in  Somalia
Minimum Requirements

Minimum of Bachelors degree in Agriculture, Agriculture extension and development or any other agricultural sciences related degree.

Work Experience: At least 6 years of relevant experience with UN-agencies or NGOs in Somalia and the region.
Languages: Working knowledge (level C) of the FAO official language used for communication within the country (English, French or Spanish) and working knowledge of the local language(s) is required.

IT Skills: Ability to effectively use standard office software, such as MS Office (Windows, Word, Outlook, Excel, Exchange) etc.

Interpersonal Communications and Teamwork Skills:
  • The incumbent must possess a cooperative spirit, flexibility and openness to work in an international environment. 
  • Tact and courtesy. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural background.  
How to Apply:
Interested applicants are required to submit

(1) a covering letter,

(2) detailed Curriculum Vitae and 

(3) Personal Profile form (PPF) from FAO iRecruitment. 

To create the PPF, please follow the instructions available at: 

In order for your application to be properly evaluated, please ensure that all sections of the on-line profile are completed.

Please send your application to quoting the Position Title and Vacancy Announcement No. Agronomist FAO/05/2016 in the subject heading.  

Deadline for Application: 22 February 2016    

Applications received after the closing date and applications without all the specified/ required documents will not be given consideration. 

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.