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National Value Chain Development Specialist & Marketing Economist

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About Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

The mandate of FAO

The mandate of FAO in Afghanistan is to support agricultural and environmental rehabilitation and assist the country to become a food secure and self-reliant nation in accordance with the principles of the National Development Framework of the Afghan Government.

the development agenda belongs to the people of Afghanistan
the private sector is the principal instrument of economic growth
decision making is participatory and community-based
investment in human capital is essential
donor-funded activities must sit within the sector framework
The objective of the Organization is to improve livelihoods for all sections of the rural community based upon economically viable activities – food production, off-farm employment and trade - social cohesion and sustainable use of natural resources.

FAO works with three counterpart ministries – the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, the Ministry of Energy and Water and the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development. The FAO Representation is based in Kabul with regional offices in Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Mazar-i-Sharif and Faizabad and subregional offices in Bamyan, Farah, Ghazni and Kunduz.

Job Summary

Project Background:

The project goal is to promote inclusive growth and job creation in the agricultural sector by strengthening the capabilities of producers and private enterprises to effectively link Afghan farmers to domestic and international markets. The basic premise is that agricultural-led economic growth is the key to improving food security, rural poverty reduction and agribusiness development.

This will be achieved through a value chains approach. The project will invest in improving productivity and facilitation of the development of the Wheat, High Value Crops and Livestock Value Chains as well as enhancing the capacity of P/DAIL in sustainable Value Chain development.

The focus of the project is on developing the demand for local agro business, enterprises and input and service providers and enhancing their capacity so that the VC’s are improved, more efficient and more profitable and hence sustainable. Using a Value Chain (VC) approach the programme has been designed to overcome constraints to business performance and corresponding sales/turnover of agribusinesses. This will also lessen the government’s dependency on foreign aid through local private sector growth and investments.

Involvement of the private sector will include developing and supporting market access for both domestic and export markets and will build on past successes of USAID and FAO/PAIL (Provincial Agriculture, irrigation and Livestock Department) in the region. Interventions will leverage public and private sector investments already made in the country’s western provinces.

Job Details

Date Posted: 17 Sep 2017 Reference: FAO/HRT/PRJ/SC/14-2017
Closing Date: 30 Sep 2017 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Agriculture Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: 1947 to 2723 USD
Contract Type: Service Contract Years of Experience: 10 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 1 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the general supervision of the FAOR and the CTA, direct supervision of the National Field Manager, in close collaboration with the counterpart authorities and other national and international staff, the incumbent will be responsible to:

 Implement development activities for enhanced value chain development in the target project provinces.
 Train PAIL staff in value chains development.
 Provide on the job training and supervise the Value Chain specialists at district level.
 Assist the NFA and the CTA to develop and improve Value Chain awareness and pilot activities on Value Chain development.
 Work closely with the other national experts on wheat, crop/horticulture, dairy and gender to train trainers from DAIL including extension staff and farmers groups in improved value chain analysis, strategic VC interventions for improved income for local agribusinesses, enterprises and input and service providers.
 Directly supervise and lead the implementation of value chain surveys, studies and analysis activities by providing training and supervision for field staff, data collection and analysis, in particular the training on inclusive and sustainable VC development.
 Directly supervise the development of VC interventions with who will participate in or collaborate with the project.
 Deliver training of training for women groups and TOT on improved and nutrition sensitive Value chain development provide training on better approaches and tools for sustainable value chain development.
 Link with local enterprises in developing and expanding their enterprises with an emphasis on Value Chain Development with an emphasis on women participation (target 10%).
 Support local enterprises, agribusinesses and other VC stakeholder in developing proposals for accessing and utilizing the project Innovation Fund.
 Support the National Field Manager in developing a brief guideline and criteria for operationalization of the Innovation Fund, tailored to the conditions in the Western Region.
 Provide inputs to support and guide the development of innovations by entrepreneurs to access and optimize investments of the Innovation Fund.
 Advice on the equipment and materials needed for improved VC participation at provincial and district level.
 Report on progress of work/Programme and signal in advance problems that may hamper such progress.
 Ensure the implementation of the Project activities according to the work plan.
 Report to the NFM, Herat on all activities related to the Value Chain aspects of the Programme and compile and summarize the monthly reports from the field staff.
 Prepare technical and other reports, monthly or as required.
 Engage with local service providers and supervise the Value Chain related components of service contracts.
 Perform any other related duties as may be directed by NFM and the CTA or other authorized FAO staff.


REMUNERATION:
 The remuneration for the post of National Value Chain Development Specialist / Marketing Economist is between USD 1,947 to USD 2,723 (SB-4, Step 1 to 3) monthly based on the qualification and experience of the candidate.
 The selected candidate will also receive 8.33% of monthly salary as pension benefit/coverage on a monthly basis.

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces

Skills

COMPTENCIES:
 Core competencies: FAO core competencies include: Understanding FAO’s mandate & its global contest; planning, organizing, and delivering quality results; communicating to build understanding & support; working together in teams and partnerships; engaging in continuous learning.
 Operational Effectiveness: Work independently, structure tasks, establish priorities and adhere to deadlines. Show a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail. Contribute ideas and suggestions for process improvement.
 Client Orientation: Focus on result for the client. Attend to inquiries from internal and external clients in an effective, timely and friendly manner. Treat clients with courtesy and respect even when working under pressure. Express a high level of trustworthiness.
 Interpersonal Communications and Teamwork: Work effectively and efficiently with staff at all levels, listen to others and openly share own ideas. Express sensitivity, cultural empathy and respect for diversity. Productively handle differing views and opinions and strive for achievement of shared goals. Respond positively to feedback.
 Knowledge Exchange and Learning: Share own knowledge and promote a learning culture within the Office. Actively work towards continuing personal learning, apply newly acquired skills, and support flexible use within the Office.

Qualifications

 Advanced University Degree in Agricultural Economics / Marketing, Environmental Sciences, Food Security, Natural Resources Management or closely related field;
 At least ten (10) years of relevant work experience in the field of agriculture / food sector development with special knowledge and experience in inclusive of food value chains development, or related field;
 Experience and knowledge of the FAO rules and regulation and good skills of supervising and guiding a team of technical staff;
 Good interpersonal communication and coordination skills;
 Ability to identify and resolve problems expeditiously and pragmatically; tact, initiative and sound judgment;
 Ability to establish and maintain good working relations with other staff / colleagues from different cultural background and as well as with line ministries, counterparts, and other stakeholders.
 Working knowledge (level C) of English and of the most widely used local language ( i.e. Dari and Pashto)
 Good computer skills including MS Office Package.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Herat

Education:

Masters Degree, Agriculture

Submission Guideline

Interested Afghan nationals should complete the FAO Personal History Form (PHF) and submit it along with their application letter and CV to the email address below, clearly mentioning the post title and vacancy announcement number (National Value Chain Development Specialist / Marketing Economist - FAO/HRT/PRJ/SC/14-2017) in the subject line of the email, otherwise your email will not be consider for further process.

Please submit your application to below email address:

NOTE: Applicant who failed to attach the FAO Personal History Form (PHF) their Application will not be considered for further process.

The above required documents can also be submitted in writing (marked “Confidential” and clearly indicating on the sealed envelope the Vacancy Announcement Number, Postal Title, Your Name and Date of Submission ) to: the Assistant FAO Representative (Administration), FAO Representation, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Jamal Mina, Opposite Kabul University, Kabul, Afghanistan.

The FAO PH Form can be downloaded using the following internet link:

http://www.jobs.af/jobsMediaFiles/1342949805.doc

The last date for receiving applications is 30 September, 2017. Please note that applications received after closing date will not be given consideration. Only short listed candidates whose applications respond to the above criteria will be contacted for test/interview.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:
 Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview/test.
 Application received after closing date will not be given consideration.
 Please make sure to sign the first page of your PHF (Personal History Form) while applying for the position.
 Do not forget to write the post title and VA number on subject of your email.
 Regret letter/email will only be sent to interviewed candidates.

Submission Email

FAOAF-vacancies@fao.org

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