Uzbekistan nationals: Advisor on Drought Risk and Salinity Management

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Tashkent, Uzbekistan 🇺🇿

Job Posting: 14/Feb/2023
Closure Date: 01/Mar/2023, 12:59:00 AM
Organizational Unit: FEUZB
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)
Grade Level: N/A
Primary Location: Uzbekistan-Tashkent
Duration: 6-11 months
Post Number: N/A
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Organizational Setting

FAO Uzbekistan has been established in Republic of Uzbekistan in accordance with memorandum agreement between Government and FAO and successfully assisting Ministry of Agriculture of Uzbekistan by implementing joint programs with Government organization in almost ten years as of now. The aim of CACILM-2 project is to scale up integrated natural resources management in drought-prone and salt-affected agricultural production landscapes in Central Asia and Turkey. FAO Uzbekistan office is in need National Consultant on Drought Risk and Salinity Management position in Administrative Unit to assist in «Integrated natural resources management in drought-prone and salt-affected agricultural production landscapes in Central Asia and Turkey» (CACILM-2) GCP/SEC/293/GFF of FAO project. 

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAOR Uzbekistan and direct supervision of AFAOR Uzbekistan, technical supervision of the Lead Technical Officer and Regional Project Coordinator, direct day-to-day guidance of the National Project Managers of CACILM-2 project in Uzbekistan

Technical Focus

The incumbent is intended to assist in Organization of demonstration plots on the efficient use of land and water resources in arid and saline agricultural production landscapes and the introduction of new agricultural technologies for their sustainable management

Tasks and responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the FAOR Uzbekistan and direct supervision of AFAOR Uzbekistan, technical supervision of the Lead Technical Officer and Regional Project Coordinator, direct day-to-day guidance of the National Project Managers of CACILM-2 project in Uzbekistan, the Consultant will undertake the following duties.

•    Implementation of project activities of the national part of the regional project, related to drought and salinity management.
•    Support to the CACILM2 project activities in the country, including contribution to Preparation of guidelines on salinity management planning for watersheds in Uzbekistan.
•    Contribute to building national capacity in drought mitigation, adaptation and monitoring.
•    Planning, operations and resource management of the national project (related mostly to drought risk management team operations)
        –    With the support from the regional project coordinator and under the guidance from national project manager, assist in identification and contribute to planning and designing project national activities, related to drought and salinity issues; contribute to preparation of the national-level Annual Work Plan (AWP);
        –    Contribute to the maintenance of the reporting system, both nationally and regionally, specifically on activities related to drought and salinity issues, liaise with CACILM national and regional secretariat and provide all necessary data and information for reporting, related to drought and salinity activities.
        –    Contribute, if requested, to national office HR management, including development of ToR and short and long-term consultancy plans for drought and salinity team, participate in interviews and provide performance assessment and staff monitoring of drought and salinity team; support national project office in development of procurement plans, specifications and inputs for budgeting, participate in capacity building events related to the project management if requested.
        –    Ensure implementation of project activities, related to drought and salinity, in accordance with work plans and facilitate the two-ways flow of information and knowledge between the field and national/regional project components/activities; coordinate project drought-related activities with FAOs current work in the country, assist in development of synergies and cooperation.
        –    Provide other implementation support and contribution, such as procurement, supervision of field implementation (especially, related to drought and salinity issues) and other to ensure the successful implementation of the project activities and delivery of results.
        –    Provide regular feedback and advance warning on conflicts, and assist with conflict resolution in drought team.
•    Technical support of project implementation 
•    Leading drought risk and salinity management thematic area 
•    With the support of the regional coordinator and with the direct contribution of international and local specialists, adapt and introduce knowledge management and practice sharing mechanisms, including provision of necessary training and other capacity building and developing of conceptual framework on drought and salinity management in Uzbekistan.
•    Support policy and institutional specialist in providing 3 level analysis of national legislation, sectoral plans and related practices, specifically related to drought, including, the development of integrated monitoring programs on droughts and salinity.
•    Lead the work on strengthening of drought preparedness processes planning at national level, including development of synthesis report with recommendations on approaches and methods to assess the effectiveness of measures and actions to mitigate the effects of drought.
•    Lead the development of salinity monitoring part of the concept on the integrated approach of drought and salinity monitoring system in Uzbekistan, development of salinity monitoring program for target groups in project areas, provide the national training on drought/salinity monitoring issues at the different levels.
•    Lead the process of distribution of knowledge, including methods and technologies to mitigate impacts of soil salinity, including technical training on tools and methods to mitigate salinity of agroecosystem, SLM and Climate Adaptation.
•    Jointly with capacity building and training specialist, contribute to development and/or adaptation of training modules for LADA, Collect Earth and other tools, related to LD and drought vulnerability and salinity assessments; with support of communication specialist, contribute to the development of delivery information products on early warning of drought for different categories of users (at least three categories) and salinity management(monitoring).
•    With support of FAO specialists, contribute to improvement of the system of provision the agricultural sector with agrometeorological and other climate information, including analysis of the existing network of agrometeorological monitoring and the system of information support for users, identification of needs in its development and optimization. 
•    With support of FAO crop and other specialists, lead the process of scaling pot of INRM/SLM practices, including:
        –    analysis of the existing practices and organizations that work on multiplication of improved varieties of seeds and development of seed producers support plan for the project, 
        –    development of training packages and extension materials for drought and salinity mitigation/adaptation and scaling out
•    Strengthening the intersectoral mechanism for cooperation on issues of the land use, including assessment and development recommendations for establishment of national mechanism for intersectoral cooperation on issues of land use
•    Distribution of knowledge, including early warning on droughts, and methods and technologies to mitigate impacts of droughts and salinity.
•    Other technical inputs
•    Contribute to work of the team working on the revision and update of the UNCCD NAP and support in reporting process (PRAIS) at national level.
•    Contribute to institutional analysis for identification of potential partners and geographical and thematic areas interventions analysis, to development and endorsement of strategy for enhancement of dialogue. 
•    Assist project management in adapting manual/guidelines on collection baseline information and performance monitoring to guide the project implementation in accordance with agreed indicators for the GEF tracking tools.
•    Provide, if requested, technical information and other inputs to various project’s reporting, including six-month national reports, field monitoring reports (report leader), annual national reporting and PIR.
•    Provide other technical inputs as deemed necessary and requested by the project management.
•    Building national capacity in drought mitigation, adaptation and monitoring
•    Participate and actively contribute on technical aspects of drought to working groups (WGs), including WG on legal, regulatory, institutional and programming aspects, WG on subsidy and micro-crediting of small landowner, WG on development planning at watershed level, on development of DRM activities, WG on salinity management; 
•    Develop manuals and other training materials to support the implementation of capacity building programs and other activities, resulting in capacity assessment programs, on topics related to drought management; provide support to communication team (regional and national) on development and adoption of training, awareness and information materials, related to drought and salinity issues.
•    Regularly provide training and other capacity building activities within his area of expertise in accordance with the annual working plan; actively employ and contribute capacity building approach in implementation of project activities
•    Provide the support to capacity building and training specialist and other project staff in performing capacity assessments at various levels and in development of capacity building plans in issues related to drought management.


Minimum Requirements    

•    University degree in agronomy, soil management or related fields
•    7 years of relevant experience in agronomy, drought and salinity management, conservation agriculture and other similar fields.
•    Working knowledge of (level C) of English
•    Working knowledge of Russian and Uzbek
•    National of Uzbekistan

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills 

•    Required expertise in development of manuals and guidelines.
•    Relevant practical experience in the region. 
•    Proven communication skills with national experts and local communities.
•    Proven leadership skills demonstrated ability to open up to new approaches and new practices.
•    Systematic and efficient approach to work assignments, good judgment and analytical ability.


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