FAO of the United Nations, Country Office Nepal Vacancy for National Post Harvest Specialist

FAO of the United Nations, Country Office Nepal Vacancy

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FAO of the United Nations Vacancy Announcement

Job Description – National Postharvest Specialist (2400012)

Job Posting: 02/Jan/2024

Closure Date: 17/Jan/2024, 4:44:00 AM
Organizational Unit: FANEP – FAO Representation in Nepal
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: PSA (Personal Services Agreement)
Grade Level: N/A
Primary Location: Nepal-Kathmandu
Duration: 70 Working Days within 11 months period
Post Number: N/A

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  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
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  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
  • FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is a specialized technical agency of the United Nations established in 1945 whose mission is to contribute to eradicating hunger and achieving food security for all. FAO contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through FAO’s Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable agri-food systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

Currently, in Nepal, FAO projects focus on technical capacity building, policy development, enhancing agri-production, strengthening food systems, improving food & nutrition security, enhancing resilience to Disasters and impacts of Climate Change as well as threats posed by zoonotic diseases to human health through the One Health approach. FAO also contributes to the coordination of humanitarian assistance/relief and transition to livelihoods recovery within the agriculture sector, under the framework of the food security cluster.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative of Nepal, direct supervision of Assistant FAOR (programme) and technical guidance of Lead Technical officer in RAP and in close coordination with the government focal point and capacity building specialist as well as other experts in the project, the incumbent will be responsible to carry out the Tasks and responsibilities.

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Technical Focus

Provide needful support for programme and project operations as envisioned in the Terms of Reference (TOR).

Tasks and responsibilities

  • The Postharvest Expert will be responsible for carrying out the following tasks for the Promoting large cardamom value chain in Nepal under One Country One Priority Product (OCOP) framework (TCP/NEP/3901) project:
  • Assess existing processing plants, national post-harvest practices in Nepal, identifying challenges and gaps for primary & secondary processing, market diversification in large cardamom for export market as well as in-country consumptions;
  • Design, fabrication, and testing of New double drum for dryer. Compare and calculate the cost-effectiveness of currently available dryer with newly designed new double drum dryer when manufactured at scale for commercialization.
  • Prepare cluster-level post-harvest plan in close consultation with producer’s organization/group; 
  • Develop training curricula and materials for post-harvest training on large cardamom to farmers, collectors and exporters; 
  • Organize post-harvest and marketing training to the concerned value chain actors;
  • Support to establish one Model Improved Cardamom dryer for demonstration purpose by adopting the HS standard;
  • Support to promote storage and warehouse facility for large cardamom; 
  • Develop SOP for drying, storage and transportation, and Good Manufacturing Practices guidelines; 
  • Contribute to developing Information Education Communication materials (printed materials, newspaper articles, and audio/video) and success stories to launch the mass media campaign for creating awareness on different aspects of Large Cardamom produced in Nepal; 
  • Facilitate the formulation of a full project framework document capitalizing the lesson learnt and best practices validated for upscaling and wider replication of the project results; 
  • Provide any other support necessary to the project and requested by the FAO. 


Minimum Requirements   

  •  Advanced university degree in Agriculture Engineering, Post-harvest or other relevant areas.
  • A minimum of 5 years of working experience in agriculture processing, marketing and value chain. 
  • Working knowledge of English and Nepal.
  • National of Nepal or resident in the country with a valid work permit.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills 

  • The candidate shall have competency and demonstrated practical experience in agriculture processing, marketing and value chain and working experience with development partners and the government of Nepal
  • Good knowledge of MS Office applications, Internet, and office technology equipment

Selection Criteria

  • Excellent communication, writing and presentation skills in English and Nepal.
  • The extent of relevant experience in the areas related to the programme and project implementation.
  • Ability to work with a multidisciplinary and multicultural team. 
  • Prior working experience with development partners and government of Nepal.
  • High degree of team ethics, well-organized, result-focused and dynamic personality.
  • Previous experience of working with UN agencies and Government services will be an asset.

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


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  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN-accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
  • 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, and complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
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