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Local Consultancy Services for collection of information on incidents of acute pesticide poisoning with Severely Hazardous Pesticide Formulations (SHPF) under the Rotterdam Convention occupational exposure in the region of selected Provinces in Rwanda

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In Rwanda, FAO is mainly engaged in agriculture, food security and nutrition, natural resources management (land, forestry, and environment), and disaster risk management. FAO also provides support for the implementation of various projects and programmes, either through collaborative efforts with other UN agencies under “One UN”, and/or bilateral and multilateral agencies, or as “stand-alone”.

Since FAO Rwanda opened its office in 1985, there have been four key periods of operation:

  • 1985-1994: Supported large scale projects through the United Nations Development Program UNDP
  • 1994-2000: Conducted projects that related directly to the agricultural emergency operations system that was put in place after the war and the Genocide
  • 2001-2006: Focused on the rehabilitation of the agriculture system (as opposed to the response projects of the previous period), as well as the strengthening of government partnerships
  • 2007- To date: FAO Rwanda is working strategically under the One UN Rwanda initiative in close collaboration with other governmental organizations and national counterparts on projects that cross-cut agriculture production, value chain development, nutrition, social protection, and climate change resilience.

In its current line of activity, FAO Rwanda is working across organizations to respond to the global and national challenges put forth through the One UN initiative, the Sustainable Development Goals (MDGs), and Rwanda’s Vision 2020 plan. FAO Rwanda has participated in projects and activities that support the promotion of sustainable growth in the country’s post-war redevelopment efforts, as well as the increased social protection of women, children, youth, and other vulnerable populations. These efforts include activities that strengthen food and nutrition security, support of agribusiness, economic empowerment of rural women and youth, aquaculture, capacity development, forest, and landscape restoration and small scale irrigation.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


Issued on:     21st May 2020

Deadline For Application:  1st June 2020

JOB TITLE: Local Consultancy Services for collection of information on incidents of acute pesticide poisoning with Severely Hazardous Pesticide Formulations (SHPF) under the Rotterdam Convention occupational exposure in the region of selected Provinces in Rwanda


DUTY STATION:    Kigali-Rwanda

ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:     FRRWA                                                                                                              

DURATION:    12days

FAO seeks gender, geographical, and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

Qualified female applicants and qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member countries are encouraged to apply.

Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Organizational Setting

In Rwanda, the morbidity due to acute pesticide poisoning is of growing concern. Of the total cases of pesticide poisoning reported, most have been occupational. Many of these cases have been reported in two provinces only. The activities that are expected to be developed during this consultancy seek to strengthen the capacities of the health personnel that will collaborate in the work, as well as those of REMA, as responsible entities for this Technical Cooperation Programme (TCPF) and as Designated National Authorities of the Rotterdam Convention.

To this end, specific training will be carried out related to the SHPF, and with the collection of data from primary sources through the implementation of a field survey among farmers or pesticide applicators, and with the determination of occupational exposure in 2 districts of Rwanda Provinces (To be determined).

To complement the information collected through the field survey, the following are expected: a) Collection of information from primary sources on occupational exposure under the coordination of the local expert in health research, in coordination with the relevant agencies of the Ministry of Health and the Office of Epidemiology of the Regions / Provinces involved, b) Collection of information on the use and management of pesticides for agricultural use in the aforementioned districts, work to be performed, in coordination with REMA officials.

 Reporting lines

She or he will be working under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative in Rwanda and direct supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative/ Programme and with technical supervision by the SHPF Project coordinator and FAO project focal point. The Lead Technical Officer at FAO Head Quarters will also provide technical support in the whole process

Technical Focus

  • Prepare the Work Plan for the application of field survey on pesticide poisoning;
  • Develop a corresponding work plan  for carrying out the survey in 2 districts (To be determined), for which it must describe in detail the products, activities, tasks, places, coordination with national and local authorities that will participate or be summoned to carry out the work;
  • Develop a detailed schedule for the execution of the field survey;
  • Preparation of a questionnaire of pesticide poisoning on the basis of Article 6 and Annex IV of the Rotterdam Convention;

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Design the fieldwork strategy, identifying the scope of action of the interviewers in each of the study areas (To be determined), and finalize forms they will apply during the interviews.
  • Manage the collection of data contained in the questionnaires obtaining of the files of the cases of identified IAPs.
  • Coordinate the team that will manage the database and evaluate the information;
  • Convene and conduct the meetings necessary for the review of cases of SHPF with the competent authorities REMA, Ministry of Health;
  • Review and ensure the quality and completeness of filling out the questionnaires;
  • Prepare a complete an analytical report on the results of the work performed;
  • Convene meetings to publicize the results of the field survey and the corresponding analytical report;

For more details please see attached terms of reference.


Minimum Requirements

Academic training:

  • Medical doctor, or health professional and/or related careers;


  • At least 8 years of experience in topics related to epidemiology;
  • Extensive knowledge about epidemiological surveillance procedures
  • Knowledge of the work methodology of the CDC MINSA

Languages: English

FAO Core Competencies

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

Selection criteria:

  • Flexibility and tact to work with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet agreed dates.
  • Knowledge of the operation and procedures in epidemiological surveys.

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


  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).
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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.
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To apply, kindly submit your application to the FAO Office located at Umuganda Blvd, Glory House, 2nd Floor not later than 1st June 2020 at 4 pm.

Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the application.