Technician of local extension, Nicaragua At FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


Local extension technician

Job announcement : Sep 6/2023

Publication cancellation date : Sep 29, 2023, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit: FLNIC – FAO Representation in Nicaragua

Job type : Temporary work

Requirement Type: NPP ( National Project Personnel )

Grade Level: N / A

Main location : Nicaragua

Duration: 6 months up to a maximum of 24 months.

Position Number: N / A

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FAO seeks to ensure gender, geographic and linguistic diversity among its staff and its international consultants, in order to serve the Member States of the Organization in the best possible way in all regions.

  •  FAO is committed to achieving diversity in its workforce in terms of sex, nationality, origin and culture.
  •  Women, nationals of under-represented or under-represented Member States and persons with disabilities with the necessary qualifications are encouraged to submit their applications.
  •  All persons working for FAO must comply with the highest standards of professional integrity and conduct and uphold FAO’s values.
  •  FAO, as a specialized agency of the United Nations, applies a zero tolerance policy for conduct incompatible with its statute, objectives and mandate, in particular sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.
  •  All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
  •  All requests will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

Organizational framework

The main objective of FAO offices, led by an FAO Representative, is to help governments formulate policies, programs and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and use its environmental and natural resources in a sustainable way.

Hierarchical dependence

Under the general supervision of the National Program Officer, the Senior Program Specialist and with the direct technical follow-up of the Project Coordinator.

Field of specialization

Coordinate the implementation of actions in the Local Innovation Development Plan ( PDIL ) related to the facilitation of capacity development processes and technical assistance to the protagonists and associated groups for improve their agricultural production, insertion in local markets and improvements in food and nutritional security.

Tasks and responsibilities

  •  Support the Technical Supervisor in formulating, updating and supervising the joint annual programming of activities necessary to achieve the established results.
  •  Comply with the strategies and activities defined in the Operational Plan ( POA ) of the project, prioritizing proper articulation with the territorial implementation specialist and technical supervisor.
  •  Comply with the strategies and activities defined in the Operational Plan ( POA ) of the PDIL with the proper articulation of the territorial implementation specialist and technical supervisor.
  •  Prepare a technical assistance and training plan for the protagonists of the project.
  •  In coordination with the purchase assistant, plan the activities of the PDIL Purchase Plan with the participation of the protagonists.
  •  Implementation, monitoring and monitoring stage:
  •  Support in carrying out the diagnosis, formulation, review and implementation of PDILs.
  •  Train the protagonists in the topics contained in the PDIL training plan with the support of specialists and for the methodological approach the support of the communication and training specialist to the development.
  •  Accompany the families, protagonists and promoters of the communities, in the participatory processes of formulation and implementation of actions described in the PDIL.
  •  Coordinate, monitor and technical assistance to PDIL players in the processes of improving production and its insertion in local markets.
  •  Locally coordinate training events and in general pedagogical, communication activities, fairs and marketing activities, and others defined in the PDIL with a gender and intercultural approach.
  •  Coordinate technical assistance, monitoring, monitoring and evaluation for the implementation of developed rural economic ventures.
  •  Coordinate the organization of routes and groups by communities for the delivery of materials, supplies, equipment and other goods established in the purchase plan, ensuring the participation of the protagonists.
  •  Support the drawing up of minutes of deliveries of materials, supplies, tools and equipment of the different modalities of benefits delivered by the project.
  •  Ensure information regarding the contribution of the protagonists during the implementation of the PDIL
  •  Prepare or facilitate the preparation of reports of meetings, workshops, field trips and related activities of project implementation.
  •  Capture images and videos for the audiovisual repository of the project, and for communicational or press material that is requested.
  •  Provide in a structured way the means of verification associated with the progress of implementation of the PDIL, as well as other supporting documentation for the monitoring mechanism.
  •  Stick to standards of transparency, objectivity and impartiality in the development of all project activities, in line with FAO policies.
  •  Ensure the information related to the project indicators by filling in the different formats provided to feed the monitoring mechanism.
  •  Incorporate project management principles as well as the application of FAO’s Gender and Environmental Standards.
  •  Take training that is required to improve your technical performance in the context of the project.
  •  Perform other functions that are required of you that are related to the execution of the Project.
  •  Provide the information inputs that are required for the evaluation processes.
  •  Prepare in collaboration with the entire project team the annual project report.
  •  On the generation of reports and coordination:
  •  Prepare monthly reports on the performance of activities as a field extension technician.
  •  Prepare quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports to be presented as progress of the project.
  •  Support in the reports of the end of the PDIL considering the activities contemplated in the PGAS and other specific plans such as PPI.
  •  Promote harmony and support in the search for solutions to community problems related to the Project.
  •  Support in information management for project reporting.
  •  Additional information
  •  The consultant ( a ) must be willing to collaborate in other activities not contemplated in the terms of reference, and that are identified as essential for the proper development of project activities.
  •  All the above activities should be carried out in coordination with the FAO technical team and specialists, as well as with the project operational coordinator.
  •  The Consultant may apply to any of the headquarters defined for the position ( Bilwi, Siuna, Bluefields ) with frequent movements to PDIL advocacy communities to carry out technical actions and efforts.


Minimum requirements

  •  Professional with a degree or engineering in agronomy, agroforestry, forestry, ecology, natural resources or those related to the agricultural field.
  •  Preferable with courses in agroecological production, rural extension and others related to agricultural production.
  •  Minimum five ( 5 ) years of proven work experience directly with protagonists developing technical assistance actions and training.
  •  Practical knowledge of Spanish ( Level C ) and limited knowledge of English ( Level B )
  •  Desirable command of one of the languages of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua.

FAO core competencies

  •  Results-based approach
  •  Teamwork
  •  Communication
  •  Building effective relationships
  •  Knowledge exchange and continuous improvement

Technical / functional skills

  •  Experience in the development and promotion of agricultural technologies, climate change, food security, nutrition
  •  People with means of transport ( motorcycles ) will be prioritized. The post will offer mobilization and depreciation expenses.
  •  People with computer equipment ( Laptop ) will be prioritized. The position will offer depreciation expenses.
  •  You must show knowledge of operational work in territory ( Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua ), command of the language of the population to which the protagonists of the PDIL belong, ease of preparation of training events, knowledge of the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, technical writing of reports. Knowledge in rural development, knowledge in project formulation, monitoring and evaluation, knowledge in management, adaptation and mitigation to the phenomena of climate change in Nicaragua and knowledge of gender and youth approaches.


  •  FAO does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process ( application, interview, processing ).
  •  Incomplete applications will not be taken into account. If you need help or have questions, contact: [email protected]
  •  Applications received after the expiration of the application deadline will not be accepted.
  •  We inform you that FAO will only consider academic degrees or credentials obtained from a teaching institution included in the World Database on Higher Education, which is a list maintained by the International Association of Universities ( IAU ) / UNESCO. The list can be consulted at:
  •  For any other questions visit the FAO website on employment: .

It is noted that all candidates should adhere to the Organization’s values of commitment to FAO, respect for all and integrity and transparency.


  •  If you want to apply, go to the FAO Recruitment Website ( Employment in FAO ) and complete your online profile.
  •  Incomplete applications will not be taken into account. Only applications received through the contracting portal will be considered.
  •  We advise candidates to submit their application sufficiently in advance of the expiration of the term.
  •  If you need help, contact: [email protected].




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