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Urgent need for Haiti ag assessment team members

The U.S. Department of Agriculture seeks one or more specialists from USDA agencies or Land Grant Colleges and Universities to participate as members of short-term post-disaster agriculture assessment teams in Haiti.  The assessment teams will be led by the Government of Haiti and will likely consist of specialists from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, U.S government agencies, and others.  Assessment teams for the agriculture sector will be responsible for collecting and evaluating data on damages, losses, impacts of human migration and displaced populations, and immediate and longer-term needs. Team members will be responsible for analyzing the data and writing agriculture sector reports (in French and in English) and project designs that address Haiti’s identified needs and priorities and that utilize resources from the Government of Haiti and the full range of international partners.

Assessment team members are needed as early as February 15, 2010.  Short-term assignments will generally last from two to four weeks.  Candidates must possess a valid passport and must be available to travel with minimal lead time.

The incumbent(s) will be required to travel to and within Haiti, and will be required to live and work under difficult and challenging conditions.

The successful candidate(s) will have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • broad knowledge of tropical agricultural production, marketing and processing systems, and natural resources management
  • broad knowledge of U.S. government and USDA agencies and Land Grant Colleges and Universities, international organizations, NGOs and community-based donors in Haiti, and knowledge of the resources they bring to international reconstruction and development
  • ability to assess multiple, complex issues; ability to collect and assess relevant data and draw conclusions; ability to set priorities and function under tight deadlines and to perform under pressure on projects with high visibility
  • ability to communicate in French (orally and in writing) is required.  Knowledge of Haitian Creole is highly desired
  • ability to develop clear, concise reports, communications, and project designs
  • ability to function effectively both individually and as a member of a team and contribute to shared goals
  • ability to live, work, and travel under very difficult conditions

To apply, please send the following: a) a cover letter that directly and separately addresses each of the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above; and b) a current resume of experience and qualifications. Both should be sent to the Program Officer listed below as soon as possible.

We strongly urge candidates to fax or email their application materials due to service delays in the postal system.

Point of Contact: James Davis
Division: USDA/FAS/OCRA
Internet Address: http://www.usda.gov/fas
James.Davis@fas.usda.gov
Telephone: (202) 720-1338
FAX:  (202) 720-9473
Mailing Address:  U.S. Department of Agriculture, FAS/OA, 1400 Independence Avenue,
S.W. Washington, DC 20250.

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