FAO Cropping Systems Post Announcement (fwd)

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Date: Thu, 13 Mar 1997 11:57:00 +0000 (GMT)
From: "Kueneman, Eric (AGPC)" <Eric.Kueneman@fao.org>
To: SARDNEWS <sard-news@nygate.undp.org>
Cc: "Zehni, Mohamed (AGPD)" <Mohamed.Zehni@fao.org>,
    "Griffee, Peter (AGPC)" <Peter.Griffee@fao.org>
Subject: FAO Cropping Systems Post Announcement

Dear Colleagues of Crop Improvement, Crop and Soils Management and 
Information Technology Management,

The  Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) is taking 
special action to identify qualified applicants from vhnon-represented 
countriesFB for open positions.  This communication is in reference to the 
cropping systems/information management expert post described below that was 
announced in 1996.

Member countries of FAO having no staff working at FAO (non-represented) 
include the following:  Albania, Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Armenia, Bahrain, 
Bhutan, Bosnia/Hertzegovina, Cape Verde, Cook Islands, Czech Republic,  El 
Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Georgia, Guinea, Iceland, Kuwait, 
Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Macedonia, Maldives, Malta, 
Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Oman, Paraguay, Qatar, Saint Kitts 
& Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome & Principe, 
Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, 
Vanuatu and Yugoslavia.

Interested persons from non-represented countries who are qualified should 
kindly send a note and a summarised resume to:
Eric Kueneman <ERIC.KUENEMAN@FAO.ORG>  or FAX to +39,6,56347.  Kindly include 
the words:  <Cropping Systems Post> in the Subject Area of the communication. 
The communication response to this author in no way constitutes an official 
application, nor does it imply any official commitment on the part of FAO.


The Crop and Grassland Service (AGPC) of the Food and Agriculture 
Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) is exploring ways to work with 
partners both within FAO and outside of FAO to strengthen information 
acquisition and distribution concerning improved crop, soil and water 
management technologies for enhancing sustainable agricultural production 

To this end, a new post has been created in AGPC for a Cropping Systems 
Agronomist with experience in developing country agriculture and having a 
strong orientation toward modern information management.  

General Statement:
The incumbent will: Provide information and advice to member governments on 
means to enhance sustainable crop production systems; provide leadership for 
development of Modern Information Management systems related to crop 
management technologies to be developed in partnership with staff from FAO 
and other institutions; provide leadership for electronic conferences to be 
created and managed on selected topics regarding crop improvement and 
management; synthesise information on cropping systems management and related 
information systems; develop training materials related to integrated crop 
management; perform other related duties.

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Officer leading the Field Food 
Crops Group and under the overall direction of the Chief of the Crop and 
Grassland Service, the incumbent will perform a range of tasks to strengthen 
the Agricultural Department's capacity to provide timely information of the 
highest quality on integrated crop management technologies. The incumbent 
Acquire existing data bases on crop production and related technologies and 
develop a user-friendly information management system with a GIS linkage;
Coordinate through joint planning sessions the efforts of partners e.g., AGP, 
AGL, AGS, IAEA, IARCs, NARES, NGOs, etc.) involved in developing the 
Compendium of Crop Production Technologies;
Select and direct the Monitors of electronic Newsgroups which are to be 
established for interactive information exchanges on crop production 
Prepare reports synthesising information on cropping systems management and 
on the status of the related integrated information system;
Provide advice to member governments on means to enhance sustainable crop 
production systems;
Advise on the strengthening of electronic information exchange capabilities 
in developing countries for use by agricultural research and development 
experts including NGOs;
Prepare training materials and other hard-copy publications on crop 
management systems;
Lead development in AGP of on-line information exchanges and fora on improved 
management systems;
Perform other related duties.

Seven years of progressively responsible and professional experience in crop 
management technologies with experience in agricultural development in the 
tropics and/or subtropics including developing countries; 
Extensive experience in computer use related to data base development, 
spreadsheets, and word processing;
Ability to work effectively as a member of a team as well as take 
responsibilities for tasks with minimal supervision

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