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Policy and Education Reform Specialist

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Posted date:
January 16, 2023
Close date:
January 25, 2023
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Job Description

Job Posting: 11/Jan/2023

Closure Date: 25/Jan/2023, 11:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: FNJOR

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)

Grade Level: N/A

Primary Location: Jordan

Duration: 12 Months

Post Number: N/A

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device

  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO's values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination  
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is implementing the Project entitled “Building Resilience to Cope with Climate Change in Jordan (BRCCJ)”, The goal of the seven-year project is increased climate resilient sustainable development in the country.  Towards this aim, the project combines infrastructure development and natural resources management with principles of local capital formation at the community level. The project will have three interrelated components, which will work synergistically to address key barriers and enhance the impact of project investments. The components are designed to deal with the lack of infrastructure, limited capacity of rural farming households and weak institutional capacity. They include (i) Component 1: Climate Resilient Water Systems; (ii) Component 2: Climate Change resilience for Enhanced Livelihoods and Food Security; and (iii) Component 3: Scaling-up climate adaptation. Coherently with identified lesson learned in Jordan as well as with the GCF Gender guidelines, the project builds on the idea of inclusion of women as change agents for climate adaptation.
The project will be executed jointly by FAO, UNDP, Ministry of Environment (MoE), Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI) indicating the strong collaborative and partnership approach which will be adopted during the implementation of the project. The project will capitalise on the strong experience and convening power that both FAO and UNDP have established in the country.
For the implementation of the Project, a project management unit (“PMU”) will be formed. The PMU will be responsible for day-to-day project management, providing human resources management, financial and procurement services, coordinate the Project activities, generate work plans and prepare reports. The PMU will be established within MoE and will report to the FAO.

Under the overall technical guidance of the CTA, the Policy and Education Reform Specialist is a full-time resource position, whose mandate is to plan, manage, and monitor the Component 3: (i) Output 3.1.1: Policy and regulatory bottlenecks are identified and reforms initiated, (ii) Output 3.1.2: Curricula of vocational schools and universities updated to include climate smart agriculture, water efficiency and precision agriculture, and (iii) Output 3.1.2: Curricula of vocational schools and universities updated to include climate smart agriculture, water efficiency and precision agriculture.

Reporting Lines

The incumbent will be under the supervision and will report to the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Jordan

Technical Focus

Policy analysis, natural resource management and climate change policies, strategic planning, curriculum development, decision support and aiding

Tasks and responsibilities

•    Lead the execution and supervision of the project component, including elaborating the necessary terms of reference (TOR), supervising the service providers in charge of implementing the activities, and monitoring the progress made against the indicators referred to in the logical framework.
•    Elaborate an annual policy and education reform plan, which shall lay down activities, responsibilities, timeline, beneficiaries, and targets to reach.
•    Work closely with the assigned government focal points (MWI, MOA, and MOE) and ensure that the project activities are implemented in line with the project outcomes, outputs, time framework and budget.
•    Provide technical assistance to the MOE, MOA, and MWI and initiate the process of policy reform. Conduct gender-inclusive consultations with institutions at national and local levels, engaging in the process government, private sector, academia, and CSOs to address policy and regulatory bottlenecks.
•    Identify policy and regulatory bottlenecks inhibiting adaptation of the agriculture and water sectors to climate change in Jordan. Ensure that at least six specific policy and regulatory bottlenecks are identified and reforms initiated.
•    Conduct gender-inclusive consultations with public and private actors in the vocational and higher education  and prepare the necessary TORs to support the Ministry of Education,  universities, and vocational institutes to introduce gender-sensitive climate change adaptation practices and technologies in the national curricula of vocational schools (e.g. agriculture, light industry and construction) and university degrees (e.g. agriculture, architecture and civil engineering).
•    Develop the necessary TORs to raise awareness and train local administrations, CSOs and private sector, and oversee the development of the local engagement plans focused on key climate change adaptation practices and technologies, and appropriate approaches and actions to engage communities in project areas.
•    Assess selected private sector at inception and monitor the climate resilience technologies and inputs introduced throughout the project.  Monitor the changes in the technologies offered by the private sector in the field of irrigation and farm management.
•    Organize trainings, workshops and conferences on introduced climate change adaptation technologies and practices.
•    Participate in the development of BRCCJ Communication Strategy and provide input on policy and education reform.
•    Develop awareness and information material related to policy and education reform.
•    Identify lessons learned, good practices and innovative approaches that can be applied, scaled up, or replicated at the national level.
•    Identify synergies with other policy oriented projects and initiatives and explore means of collaboration based on collected lessons learned to optimize the BRCCJ outcomes.
•    Participate and represent the project in meetings and events related to policy and education reform as requested by the CTA.
•    Follow up on the objectively verifiable indicators of Component 3 at the outcome, result and output levels and report back to the CTA.
•    Work closely with the CTA, M&E unit and other project teams to draft annual work plans and budgets, progress reports, final reports and other deliverables as required in the project.
•    Contribute to the knowledge management and dissemination of the project outputs.
•    Monitor closely with the M&E Unit all activities and sub-activities falling under this Component, including policy formulation, curricula review, training programmes, local engagement plans, other.
•    Provide support to the chief technical advisor and other technical specialists.
•    Report to PM on management related matters.


Minimum Requirements  
•    M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree in watershed, agriculture, rural development, climate change or environmental science.
•    Relevant experience of minimum (10) years in policy development and analysis, strategic planning, policy advice and other relevant disciplines with governments and UN agencies preferably in Jordan or countries in the region.
•    Working knowledge (level C) of English and Arabic.
•    National of Jordan.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

•    Knowledge of current developmental policies and institutional setup in Jordan
•    Demonstrated experience in policy formulation and analysis
•    Policy alignment and coherence
•    Outstanding communication and analytical skills.
•    Demonstrated experience in supporting the formulation, technical review and/or providing advice on curriculum development and training of teachers.
•    Demonstrated experience in local engagement and consultative meetings at national and/or local level.  
•    Relevant experience of minimum (5) years in management, including but not limited to monitoring, use of logical framework and reporting.


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  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at  
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FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.


• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
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