In order to promote the use of a systemic approach and mobilize action towards food systems transformation to accelerate progress for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and SDGs, the first-ever United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) was held virtually as part of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly on 23rd September 2021. The Summit was a culmination of an 18-month process in which 148 countries hosted Summit Dialogues to voice out the issues affecting and influencing food systems, and identify the transformational strategies for more inclusive, resilient and sustainable practices to prevent hunger and enhance nutrition. The Summit voiced catalytic and game-changing propositions for action that will spur national, regional and international partnerships and action to deliver equitably on all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through food systems transformation.
In support to that process, the Norway-funded FMM Sub-Programme “Governance Innovations for Sustainable Development of Food Systems” spearheaded by the Governance and Policy Support Unit in the Chief Economist Office, in close coordination with the Food Systems and Food Safety Division, provided assistance and financial support to three countries (notably Tanzania, Uganda and Indonesia) including to organize their National Food System Dialogues (NFSDs) that informed the UNFSS held on 23rd September 2021. Based on the outcomes of the NFSD and UNFSS recommendations, the programme is currently seeking to deepen its engagement in Uganda, in particular focusing on strengthening evidence to setting up an Agrifood Systems Transformation Agenda, building partnerships and innovating appropriate institutional mechanisms to support cross-sectoral programming and planning for sustainable development and transformation of food systems over the next decade (2022-2030).
The FMM Sub programme “Governance Innovations for Sustainable Development of Food Systems” seeks to enable more comprehensive and scalable multi-sectoral actions across three main pillars of food systems: sustainable food production, value creation and markets, and improved nutrition and diets – all within a comprehensive governance framework. The programme builds on on-going FAO and partner methodologies, initiatives, knowledge and competencies, including innovative agro-ecological, climate-resilient and nutrition-sensitive practices and technologies, and capitalizes on the results and supports the follow-up of the National Food System Summit process.
The Programme adopts an open and transparent approach that utilizes multi-dimensional data to generate evidence-based analysis of crucial inter-sectoral nexuses and trade-offs and enable effective decision making of concerned food systems actors to enable and support food systems transformation.
The Food Systems Expert will provide support to the development of country-based processes for replicable and scalable food systems governance programmes in Uganda. In particular the Expert would support the assistance provided to strengthten the policy and institutional environment conducive to food systems transformation in line with existing commitments and the priorities identified through data and analysis as well as interventions identified in the national dialogues, and reflected in the Uganda Food System transformation pathway.
The Food System Specialist (Policy and Programme) reports to the FAO Country Representative in Uganda through the DFAOR and the Team Lead/Policy on the one hand, and to the Global Project Coordinator, and the technical team including experts in the Governance and Policy Support Unit and in the Food Systems and Food Safety Division in HQ.
The FAO seeks to recruit an experienced Food Systems Expert (Policy and Programme) to support implementation of activities under FMM/GLO/150/MUL programme “Governance Innovation for Sustainable Food Systems” in Uganda. The desirable profile include demonstrated results-orientation and capacity for analysing complex issues, conducting effective policy dialogues , directing expert seminars or training courses, preparing documents for conferences and meetings, or writing reports on matters within the area of programme focus. The assignment will involve full-time functions. The Food Systems Expert contract is for 11 months (consultant) with possibility of extension subject to satisfactory performance and conditional on the availability of the resources and needs of the Organization.
The incumbent is expected to complement the FAO’s ongoing policy assistance work, supporting the team already engaged in food systems transformation agenda (NFSD, political economy analysis and modelling, Rapid Food Systems Assessment, Legal Assessment, Modelling of cost-effective investments to support agrifood systems transformation, etc.). He will be instrumental in seeking coherence and convergence of existing policy frameworks, minimizing duplication, identifying trade-offs and mapping sectoral and stakeholders’ actions required to implement transformative food systems actions of existing programmes and plans.
Qualified non-recruited candidates would be included in the Governance and Policy support team roster and considered for future similar assignments.
In line with recently approved FAO Country Programming Framework for Uganda, and taking into consideration the outcomes of the National Food Systems Dialogues and the identified pathway for food systems transformation presented by the Government of Uganda at the UNFSS, the Expert, under the direct technical supervision of the Team Lead/Policy, and the overall supervision of the FMM/GLO/150/MUL coordinator , the expert shall assist the GoU to carry out a strategic policy and political economy analysis and modelling particularly looking at key overarching framework policies including the National Development Plan (NDP) III, the National programmes on Agro-Industrialization, Human Capital Development, and Community Mobilisation and Mind-set Change, the Uganda Nutrition Action Plan (UNAP) II 2020/2021-2024/2025 and the Parish Development Model (PDM) and the National Strategy Towards Zero Hunger 2021-2030.
As reflected in the documents consolidated during the Uganda’s NFSDs, the UNFSS and the National Pathway and Commitment to food systems transformation, there is a need for strengthening the evidence base and technical support to guide the transformation process, operationalizing commitments into action, and ensuring harmonization of relevant policies, as well as inter-institutional, inter-sectoral and multi-stakeholder coordination.
With priorities and duties assigned across different institutions, and regulated by unconnected legislations and policies, there is risk for food systems actions and recommendations emerged from the NFSDs and UNFSS to be dispersed among various ongoing national plans and strategic programmes. To address this gap, a strategic analysis is required to capitalize on a number of strategic policy, legal and institutional instruments across different sectors that address several issues related to food systems, food security and nutrition. Hence, it is of the essence that the strategic analysis identify, map, quantify and evaluate issues covered in existing frameworks and those that are outstanding to consider in the National Food Systems Transformation Plan and evaluate roles and potential contributions of concerned institutions and non-governmental partners. The strategic analysis shall also stress the need for better coherence and convergence towards SDGs and other GoU development strategic targets in line with the NDPs and Vision 2040.
Tasks and responsibilities
4.1. Food Systems Transformation and governance
4.2. Advocacy and communication
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
FAO Core Competencies
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