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Livestock Census Data Analysing Specialist


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Job Description


Job Posting

: 15/Nov/2023

Closure Date

: 30/Nov/2023, 3:29:00 AM

Organizational Unit: FAAFG – FAO Representation in Afghanistan

Job Type

: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition: Consultant
Grade Level: N/A

Primary Location

: Afghanistan-Kabul

Duration: 06 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

FAO Afghanistan is investing, across all 34 provinces, in resilience reinforcing actions that focus on protecting agriculture livelihoods and local ecosystems, boosting local production of nutritious foods and cash-incomes, and safeguarding critical agriculture sectoral development gains achieved over the past couple of decades through revitalizing rural markets and economy. In 2023, FAO will contribute to the humanitarian components of the UN Strategic Framework 2023-2025 through four priority actions: (i) Safeguarding Wheat Seed Security, (ii) Enhancing Local Production of Nutritious Food, (iii) Livestock Protection and Dairy Sector Support, and (iv) Restoring Irrigation Structures to Boost Cash Incomes.  FAO will also contribute towards resilience building activities and longer-term transformational processes as part of the implementation of the UN Strategic Framework 2023-2025.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative, the direct supervision of the project Technical Advisor and the Head of the Livestock technical team, and in close coordination with the Head of the Field Program Team and Head of Risk Analysis team and the Regional Statistician.

Technical Focus 

The primary objective of the International Livestock Census Data Analysing Specialist is to provide technical expertise in analysing and interpreting livestock census data. The specialist will work closely with the government and relevant stakeholders to generate actionable insights and recommendations for policy formulation and decision-making in the livestock sector.

Tasks and responsibilities

The incumbent will be responsible for the following tasks:

•    Review the methodology and framework of the International Livestock Census.
•    Collect and compile raw data from the census, ensuring data quality and accuracy.
•    Conduct comprehensive data analysis using appropriate statistical methods and software.
•    Develop data visualization tools, such as charts, graphs, and maps, to present the analyzed data in a user-friendly manner.
•    Identify key trends, patterns, and challenges in the livestock sector based on the analyzed data.
•    Collaborate with relevant stakeholders, including government agencies, research institutions, and development partners, to validate findings and gather additional insights.
•    Prepare detailed reports and presentations highlighting the analysis results, key findings, and recommendations.
•    Assist in the formulation of evidence-based policies, strategies, and action plans for livestock sector development.
•    Provide technical guidance and capacity-building support to government officials and stakeholders on data analysis and interpretation.


Minimum Requirements

•    Advanced degree (master’s) in statistics, economics, agricultural economics, or a related field.
•    At least 7 years’ professional experience in experience in data analysis, preferably in the livestock sector or agricultural development projects.
•    Working knowledge (level C) of English and limited knowledge (level B) of one of the other FAO languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or Russian) for consultants.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills  

•    Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is essential.
•    Relevant experience in data analysis, preferably in the livestock sector or agricultural development projects.
•    Relevant experience in technical statistical software packages, such as SPSS, STATA, or R
•    Previous experience with the UN is an advantage.
•    Ability to establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds.
•    Extent and relevant experience in developing various strategic programming/technical documents and liaising with relevant stakeholders.
•    Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
•    Excellent organizational skills.
•    Familiarity with FAO methodologies for the census of agriculture (WCA) and livestock statistics.
•    Experience working with governments in developing countries.
•    Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
•    Demonstrated ability to work as an effective team member in complex multi-cultural environments.
•    Demonstrated initiative and ability to deliver results within deadlines.

Selection Criteria

•    Proficiency in statistical software packages, such as SPSS, STATA, or R.
•    Knowledge of livestock census methodologies and data collection techniques.
•    Familiarity with the livestock sector in developing countries, preferably in Afghanistan or conflict-affected or post-conflict settings


 Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency



  • FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list
  • 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 http://www.whed.net/ 
  • For more information, visit the FAO employment website
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.



• 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
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
• Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
• Incomplete applications will not be considered
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• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
•  We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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