The Specialist works throughout Sudan in targeted areas under the humanitarian portfolio, primarily, but not exclusively, in Darfur; Central and East Sudan and Three Areas. The Major Duties and Responsibilities include:
1. Strategic Planning and Coordination (30%)
Specialists provides analytical and intellectual leadership in promoting best practices to drive food security by agriculture development and creation of a private sector agribusiness focused enabling environment.
In an integrated and multi-sector approach the Specialist coordinates between Humanitarian and Development assistance to encourage private-sector led investments in the value chains in agriculture including, horticulture and livestock, to drive incomes and employment opportunities in targeted areas. The Specialist performs duties related to Agribusiness and Enterprise Development issues, which includes work with the relevant federal and state ministries, other Government of Sudan (GoS) entities, the private sector and coordination with other key stakeholders within the USG such as the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) and the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security (RFS) Country backstop Officers. Participates in USAID multi-sectoral and integrated planning and strategy sessions regarding agriculture business, food aid and food security and advises about food security and resilience needs and support of market-led export-oriented development.
2. Program Management and Oversight (30%)
In regular field monitoring visits, the Specialist collects primary and secondary data about Food security and underlying factors, including the role of food aid commodities in Sudanese households. Participates in inter-agency food and agriculture assessments. Assesses the quality of implementation of USG supported food aid activities, especially the effectiveness and accuracy of targeting, efficiency of distribution, and evidence of actual or potential for diversion of food aid. Analyses the nature, prevalence, and outcome of prominent household livelihood pursuits and factors that enable or constrain their success. This will be achieved by spending on average, 10-15 days per month in rural Sudan interviewing men and women who engage in various livelihood pursuits. These interviews are conducted in homes, in community meetings, at sites of income generating activities, and at sites of food aid or other relief or development activities. Care is taken to include interviews with both beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries of food assistance. Interviews cover points outlined by a general interview guide, but the Specialist engages interviewees using an informal, conversational style to gain the interviewees' trust, and gather and cross-check accurate information in a non-threatening manner. Specialist often joins multi-agency assessments led by the government or another agency, especially World Food Programming (WFP) and Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Specialist works closely with the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) so that the monitoring activities are complementary, and not redundant.
3.Coordination, Representation, and Communication (20%)
Meets with relevant USAID, UN, NGO partners, private sector actors, research facilities and related consultant experts to share, receive and discuss information related to household food security, agribusiness development and market-driven value chain development and targeting and use of food aid. Represent USAID at monthly and extraordinary UN, NGO- or GOS- led inter-agency meetings coordinating relief and resilience activities in: food aid, food security and livelihoods, nutrition, and agriculture. Seeks out experts in these relevant fields and engage with them for information exchange nd in-depth discussion about needs for appropriate intervention. Prepares internal notes and briefings on these topics. Develops and implement strategies for effective outreach to the private sector and other potential partners that aim towards enterprise-driven or market-driven models and pursue new ways to collaborate and leverage resources.
Provides the Mission with policy recommendations and advice on the strategic engagement process on working in partnerships on agri-business with private sector, SMEs and startups in an integrated multi-sector approach.
4. Technical Analysis and Troubleshooting (20%)
Reports findings of field monitoring visits and meetings with other experts to USAID/BHA and implementing partners, including recommendations to resolve issues that need to be addressed and other ways to improve programming.
In the field, the specialist communicates both positive and negative observations about agriculture business, resilience and food security activity implementation, including constructive advice about ways to overcome obstacles, to take greater advantage of enabling factors, and to assure adherence to USAID policies and regulations.