National Project Manager
Expire date Friday, 08 July 2011
Contract type NPP
Agency FAO
Duration 36 months
Place Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Terms of Reference

Under the overall operational supervision of the FAO Representative for Kyrgyzstan/Sub-Regional Coordinator for Central Asia (FAOSEC) and the direct technical supervision of the Director of the Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA) the National Project Manager will:

  • technically oversee the management, administration and implementation of the project by making best use of available human and financial resources, ensuring that the highest possible technical standard is achieved in the delivery of project results and in the provision of technical assistance to national counterparts and their collaborators.
  • coordinate project activities in an effective and efficient manner to assure that national capacity will be enhanced:

-   through annual crop and food supply assessments by the Ministry of Agriculture using the most appropriate and efficient methodology;

-   through establishing a market information service that is suited to the needs of all users in Kyrgyzstan;

-   promoting cooperation, collaboration and complementarities amongst the various stakeholders involved in the food security information system in Kyrgyzstan and facilitate networking and information exchange in the country among relevant stakeholders, including governmental and non-governmental organizations, the EC and FAO representatives; and

-   contributing analysis and technical inputs to the food security debate and discussions in Kyrgyzstan culminating in a National Food and Nutrition Security Strategy document that has been drafted after wide consultations with all the stakeholders in the country and beyond. 

  • Liaise with Government officials, key donor partners and other stakeholders on issues of relevance to the implementation of the project activities.
  • Participate in national policy dialogue involving Government and development  partners and carry out advocacy activities for mainstreaming agricultural and rural development and food security into national and sub-national poverty policies and programmes;
  • ensure the effective and efficient organization and implementation of in-country workshops, expert consultations, and capacity building training in close collaboration with the national institutions
  • meet all reporting requirements in line with FAO rules and procedures and prepare detailed project work plans, six monthly progress reports, a terminal report outlining project results, recommendations and impact, and other technical reports/publications as required.
  • review periodically progress made towards the work plan as well as the stated objectives and results.
  • prepare TORs for consultants, contracts, partnership agreements, and LoAs with regional and national collaborators as required, ensuring that essential requirements to help achieve the project objectives are reflected dully in the text, and that their technical reports are of a satisfactory standard, through the direct supervision of the project-funded staff including consultants, and through close collaboration and joint operations with the contracted partners.
  • be responsible for obtaining all the necessary clearance timely for any project-related or funded documents, reports, press release, and web/on-line information, whilst ensuring that FAO procedures are followed throughout the project implementation;
  • perform any other duties as required.


  • Advanced university degree in agricultural economics, economics, public policy analysis/administration, disaster management, environmental science, or a related field
  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible professional experience in food market monitoring and assessments, food security and vulnerability assessment, transitory food security monitoring and early warning, and the development and management of food security information or vulnerability monitoring systems.
  • Working knowledge of English and some knowledge of Russian or Kyrgyz would be an advantage.

Selection Criteria:

  • Good knowledge of food markets, food policies, livelihoods, food security information systems and early warning methodologies;
  • Capacity to advise governments in coordinating food security and overall agricultural and rural development;
  • Experience in project management with strong leadership, interpersonal, presentation and communication skills;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing and to work with strict deadlines;
  • Courtesy, tact and demonstrated capacity to establish and maintain effective work relationships with government and donor representatives, local and international experts, and people of different nationalities;
  • Experience in working in the region; and
  • Familiarity with FAO as a knowledge organization, its field programmes and procedures for project implementation.
Contact information

Application and FAO Personal History Form (PHF), which adequately reflects qualifications and experience, as well as at least three letters of recommendation, are to be sent no later than 17:00 July 8, 2011 to e-mail:

Only suitable candidates will be invited for an interview.

Supporting Documents PHF_form.doc (Size: 259 Kb)
Supporting Documents ToR NATIONAL Project Manager.doc (Size: 76 Kb)
Created Friday, 24 June 2011






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