International Evaluation Specialist

FAO

Organizational Setting

FAO mandate in Georgia is to support national efforts to promote food security and sustainable development of agricultural sector. FAO priorities in Georgia reflect the objectives and priorities of the Government set in the strategy papers related to agricultural development. In essence FAO assists the Government in creating and implementing an institutional, legal and regulatory environment. At the same time, FAO supports individuals working in agriculture \xe2\x80\x93 farmers, cooperatives, companies etc. by providing technical and financial assistance. 

Reporting Lines

The International Evaluation Specialist shall report to operate under the overall guidance and responsibility of the FAO Representative in Georgia; direct supervision of the Regional Decentralized Evaluation Manager in REU. 

Technical Focus 

Support in conducting a final evaluation of the project FAO Support to the Georgian agricultural sector under the ENPARD III program.The overall objectives of the final evaluation are:\xe2\x80\xa2    Assess the strategic relevance of the project's interventions in responding to the needs of Georgia in agricultural sector; \xe2\x80\xa2    Assess the project's contributions to results and outcomes in areas identified in the project;\xe2\x80\xa2    Identify lessons learnt as well as enabling and limiting factors for results;\xe2\x80\xa2    Assess the progress of the project towards its objectives;The evaluation will examine the three areas: area 1. Capacity development of the MEPA area 2. Grant support to farmers/agricultural companiesarea 3. Technical support to the farmers 

The evaluation will also cover the following crosscutting issues: gender, climate smart agriculture, governance.

Tasks and responsibilities

The evaluation specialists will carry out specific tasks in accordance with the evaluation's Terms of Reference, including:

\xe2\x80\xa2    Finalization of evaluation ToR and evaluation tools\xe2\x80\xa2    Draft evaluation report\xe2\x80\xa2    Analyse the progress achieved by the project in accordance to the project Logical Framework Matrix and approaches used to address the project's results chain;\xe2\x80\xa2    Assess the delivery and development challenges faced by the project and the project beneficiaries and stakeholders, which are directly impacting the achievement of outcomes and outputs;\xe2\x80\xa2    Assess the potential for sustainability of the and provide recommendations ensuring sustainability of the activities and improved delivery;\xe2\x80\xa2    The assignment would preferably entail travel to Georgia in order meet with relevant stakeholders and collect data through individual interviews and groups discussions;\xe2\x80\xa2    Meet with relevant decision makers in the MEPA, review the progress done in terms of supporting development and implementation of the Agriculture and Rural Development Strategies and extension strategy; provide recommendations for improvement; \xe2\x80\xa2    Review the procedures and guidelines for grant application & approval and provide recommendations for improvement;\xe2\x80\xa2    Evaluate the progress of providing extension support to farmers and capacitating extensionists; \xe2\x80\xa2    Document lessons learned, promising practices, success stories and remaining challenges to be addressed;

CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

Minimum Requirements

\xe2\x80\xa2    Education: Bachelor's Degree in sustainable agriculture, agricultural and bio systems, plant science or related field\xe2\x80\xa2    Minimum ten years of experience in project implementation and/or evaluation and/or research on subjects relevant to the ToR is required.\xe2\x80\xa2    Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish).

FAO Core Competencies

\xe2\x80\xa2    Results Focus\xe2\x80\xa2    Teamwork\xe2\x80\xa2    Communication\xe2\x80\xa2    Building Effective Relationships\xe2\x80\xa2    Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills 

\xe2\x80\xa2    Extent and relevance of experience in designing, planning, leading, and conducting development and humanitarian evaluations\xe2\x80\xa2    Knowledge of technical work in areas such as food security, nutrition, rural development, agriculture, livestock, fisheries and forestry, climate change adaptation and mitigation, etc.\xe2\x80\xa2    Proven knowledge/experience on the theme under evaluation.\xe2\x80\xa2    Experience in evaluation of EU funded projects is required.\xe2\x80\xa2    Experience in policy elaboration on agricultural development is required.\xe2\x80\xa2    Experience in evaluation or implementation of matching grant schemes for individuals is required. \xe2\x80\xa2    Knowledge of Georgian context and experience of working in Georgia will be an asset.