The United Nations World Food Programme is hiring a Programme Associate (Beyond Cotton) for Tete.
The Project “Production alternatives and disposal of cotton by-products and associated crops in Mozambique” called the “Beyond Cotton” (BC) Project is the result of a partnership between the WFP ́s Center of Excellence Against Hunger in Brazil, the World Food Program in Mozambique, the Brazilian Cooperation Agency and the Brazilian Cotton Institute. Its purpose is to support and strengthen around 1500 cotton producers and their families in the provinces of Manica and Tete, in the production of cotton and the disposal of by-products and associated food crops with a view to contributing to the increase of income and their food security. Specifically, the project aims to i) encourage the production of cotton by-products and associated food crops; ii) facilitate access to the market for associated food crops, and iii) promote access to foods of high nutritional value.
In supporting better markets opportunities, such as institutional purchase, the BC project aims to strengthen the form of food production that meets the nutritional demands of the population and guarantees the social and economic evolution of family farmers, introducing new food alternatives on the local production.
These alternative forms include the creation of local marketing chains, which bring the relationship between producers and consumers closer together; strengthen social relations; values productive diversity; and meet the needs of public-private institutions, enabling access to healthy and quality food for the population, with a view to promoting Food and Nutritional Security-FNS. In the context of the Zero Loss Initiative, building on the positive results from the pilot phase, WFP proposes a second phase to enhance and scale up the adoption of hermetic storage technologies in the country and, thereby, enable a wider and longer-term impact on the reduction of postharvest losses.
The WFP Zero Loss Initiative’s mission is to tackle post-harvest losses through an innovative strategy that combines a value chain approach, focuses on scaling proven technologies, partnering and collaborating with Government, NGOs, UN agencies, and the private sector, and capacity development of farmers. WFP Mozambique aims to support farming families in reducing postharvest losses, through:
Specific activities include:
Supply Target – adoption of improved post-harvest practices & equipment
Market access – Structured market for surplus production
Languages: Working knowledge (proficiency/Level C) of English is required; Fluency in Portuguese is essential.