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Consultancy Assignment on Food Systems Dialogues - Two (2) Positions
|Location :||Abuja, NIGERIA|
|Application Deadline :||08-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||60 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||60 working days|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
The United Nations Secretary-General Anto´nio Guterres is convening a Food Systems Summit as a precursor for a Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The Summit will launch bold new actions to deliver progress on all 17 SDGs, each of which relies to some degree on healthier, more sustainable and equitable food systems. In Nigeria today, food systems are not optimally functioning; some are fragile, unsustainable and inequitable, as millions of people around the various States of the Federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have experienced even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of the preparatory processes for the Summit in September 2021, each UN member state is organizing National Food Systems Dialogues. The aim of National Food Systems Dialogues is to stimulate discussions and gather ideas from all stakeholders, and define pathways for the transformation of the Nigerian food systems for achieving zero hunger and improving food security and nutrition in particular. The dialogues will also stimulate the creation of more inclusive, sustainable and healthier food systems, encourage collaborative approach and enhance the achievement of all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In order to achieve the aforementioned, the Nigeria National Food System Dialogue process is organized at three levels: the Inception Dialogue – which aimed at identifying food systems challenges from multiple perspectives; the Exploratory Dialogues – which was held in the six geo-political zones to harness inputs from diverse stakeholders; and the Consolidatory Dialogues, aiming at exchanging views on the pathways towards sustainable national food systems.
The inception and exploratory dialogues were successfully implemented in February and April 2021, respectively. The inception dialogue was implemented at national level in Abuja while twelve (12) exploratory dialogues were implemented in the six geo-political zones covering all States of Nigeria.
The exploratory dialogues created an opportunity for engagement and intercommunication among broader set of food systems stakeholders including farmers, commodity associations, consumers, agro-industry actors, private sector, SMEs, etc. A situational analysis was conducted to characterize the food systems in each specific zone, and this report facilitated the discussions and provided basis for proper understanding of the food systems in the six geo-political zones of the country. Several other independent dialogues have been conducted and have widely been successful!
The outcomes of the various national Food Systems Dialogues are currently being collated by the Food Systems Summit secretariat as valuable resources for governments, practitioners, researchers and change makers in the food systems. The synthesised reports/outcomes will then be made available for use by the different summit work streams BUT ALSO, will be used in developing pathways for sustainable and equitable food systems in the country resulting in (re) shaping the national pathways to food systems that are aligned with SDGs and suited for future needs.
Duties and Responsibilities
The objective of this assignment is to review and analyze all the reports from all the dialogues held in Nigeria including the inception, exploratory and independent dialogues among other relevant documents harvested in the course of the implementation of the UN Food System dialogues in Nigeria. Working collaboratively/under the supervision of the National Convener of the Food Systems Summit in Nigeria, the consultant’s tasks will include:
Description of Responsibilities:
The objective of this assignment is to review and analyze all the reports from all the dialogues held in Nigeria including the inception, exploratory and independent dialogues among other relevant documents harvested in the course of the implementation of the UN Food System dialogues in Nigeria. Working collaboratively/under the supervision of the National Convener of the Food Systems Summit in Nigeria, the consultant’s tasks will
key performance indicators
In close collaboration with the overall Country Team, the national consultants will deliver on the following outputs:
Required Completion Date: 16th August, 2021.
Required Completion Date: 20th August, 2021
Required Completion Date: 25th August, 2021
Required Completion Date: 10th Sepetember, 2021
Required Completion Date: 20th September, 2021
• A final, comprehensive, consolidated post-summit Nigeria report on the short (3-5 years) and long (5-10 years) term action plans for the transformation of Nigeria food systems
Required Completion Date: 15 October, 2021
• Presentation of final, comprehensive, consolidated post-summit Nigeria report to Government
Required Completion Date: 25 October, 2021
Final submissions and closure: 30 October, 2021
While independent, the consultant may be part of local research institutions or think tanks. The two consultants will constitute the core team that will be responsible for synthesizing the national food systems reports; gather and consolidate feedback from the food systems summit into the final report, present the report to Government for final validation, therefore should have been part of, and/or contributed to the ongoing food systems dialogues. The team will self-organize and divide tasks according to specific skills and competences of each of the team members.
Required Skills and Experience