Agronomy Specialist

Agronomy Specialist

Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization

Apply By: 01 May 2019

Location: New Delhi(Delhi)

About The Organization:

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate arguments and debate policy.FAO is also a source of knowledge and information, and helps developing countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices, ensuring good nutrition and food security for all. The FAO has 197 member states

Job Description:

The Fostering Climate Resilient Upland Farming Systems in the North East (FOCUS) Project (UTF/IND/196/IND) will address the issues facing jhum cultivation through better jhum cultivation practices that are more productive and sustainable, creating an ecological balance and translating into extension of the cultivation cycle by one to two years, with longer fallow periods (up to 15 years). It will also support jhum farming households in adopting alternative farming systems, particularly sedentary farming. Along with more productive wet-terrace rice fields and improved livestock systems, the project will enhance farmers’ incomes, reduce pressure on natural resources and increase resilience to climate change. As farmers move to more market-orientated production, the project will support improved market access and value chain development.

The Technical Assistance (TA) by FAO responds directly to practical ramifications of the economic transition and rural sector processes under way in the state of Mizoram. The Technical Assistance will combine gender-sensitive professional support and institution building, in tune with local stages of development in the rural sector, with research and information-sharing. This TA consultancy will make optimum use of FAO’s accumulated experience and know-how (technical aspects of SALT, TRC, animal husbandry, crop productivity and process/training methodologies) on farmer education and farmer institutions at local, state and national levels, as well as the Asia region.

The TA will improve the development and delivery of agriculture and animal husbandry knowledge by designing training materials and curricula tailor-made for introducing innovative methodologies. Training will be targeted at farmers as a mechanism to introduce improved agronomic and animal husbandry practices based on existing social and institutional stakeholders, issues and challenges - e.g., jhum, social mobilization, gender equity, community organization and group formation, in particular the Village Councils (VCs).

Primary Location: India-New Delhi

Duration: For up to 11 months on WAE Basis

Reporting Lines:

  • Under the direct supervision of the FAOR, India, technical guidance of the Lead Technical Officer and in close collaboration with other consultants and counterparts, the consultant will provide technical inputs on horticulture and spices[1] production management.

 Technical Focus:

  • Expertise in agronomy


  • Take lead and provide technical inputs in the curriculum development, building upon existing training curricula available with the project teams for adaption to the furthest extent and suggest improvements as deemed necessary;
  • Design training materials on fruits and nuts nursery for use of Master Trainers, block/ circle and village level officers, and farmers;
  • Work with the project staff to develop monitoring protocols and tools for data collection and assist the Team Leader in ensuring complete documentation and report writing on all the activities in the ToMT;
  • Provide technical backstopping support to Jhum Resource Management Committee (JRMC), lead farmers and FIGs for promotion of improved jhum and settled agriculture
  • Provide technical support to lead farmers and FIG farmers under better jhum practices  to promote fertility enhancing crop, improved traditional varieties of seed, and nursery management
  • Provide technical backstopping support under current jhum improvement to plantation of the fertility improving leguminous plants on contour bunds (perpendicular to the incline); and wild sunflower , and stylo  in the fields
  • Provide technical support under fallow jhum management to promote seeding the fallows with both, annual and perennial legume cover crops.
  • Provide technical support to better agronomic aspects which will include better varieties and quality seeds (high germination, vigour, insect and disease free) of the preferred crops such as rice, maize, chillies, ginger / turmeric etc., introduction of quality protein maize, arrowroot and tikhur, planting high value horticulture crops such as banana and promotion of linear planting
  • Contribute technical inputs to the elaboration of environment and social impact assessments for the improved jhum and settled agriculture practices to be implemented
  • Work with the MIS expert to develop monitoring protocols and tools for data collection and document ToMT activities;
  • Liaise as needed with the SOCRAN; and
  • Any other work as requested by FAO.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Post Graduate degree in forestry, agriculture sciences or equivalent.
  • Five years of relevant experience of working with government agencies and of working in development projects
  • Working knowledge of English, Knowledge of Nagamese is desirable.
  • National of India or resident in the country.

FAO Core Competencies:

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

Technical/Functional Skills:

  • At least ten-year experience in agro-forestry, especially in community forest conservation and community conservation area.
  • Previous experience with projects financed from International Financial Institutions (World Bank, IFAD, Asian Development Bank etc.)
  • Previous experience in working with state government of Nagaland will be desired
  • Experience in organic certification and spice processing is an advantage.


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