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National Gender & Social Development Specialist


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

VA No. FAO/HRT/PRJ/SC/19-2017
Functional Title: National Gender & Social Development Specialist
Type of Contract: National Project Personnel / Service Contract (NPP/SC)
Grade / Level: SB-4
Number of Post (s) : 01 (One)
Gender / Sex: Male & Female (Preference will be Given to Qualified Female Candidate)
Duration : 12 Months
Extendable / Renewable: Yes (Extendable, Based on Satisfactory Performance & Budget Availability)
Probationary Period: Initial 3 Months
Project / Programme / Unit: GCP/AFG/089/USA - Promoting Value Chains-Western Region Afghanistan
Duty Station: Herat – Afghanistan with Possible Domestic Missions within the Country
Sub – Station: Nil

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.

 The remuneration for the post of National Gender & Social Development Specialist 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.

Job Details

Date Posted: 17 Sep 2017 Reference: FAO/HRT/PRJ/SC/19-2017
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

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative (FAOR) / Country Director, direct supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) and National Field Manager, in close collaboration with the counterpart authorities and other national and international staff, the candidate will be responsible for all project activities related to social and gender development services to be provided within the framework of project. He/she will specifically have the following responsibilities.

 Implement development activities for enhanced gender mainstreaming in value chain development in the target project provinces.
 Train DAIL and DRRD staff in gender mainstreaming in value chains development.
 Support the implementation of planned VC studies and related analysis.
 Provide on the job training and supervise the gender and home economics specialists at district level.
 Assist the NFM and the CTA to develop and improve gender inclusion and awareness and pilot activities in Value Chains in the project area including improvement of women and youth conditions and options for smallholders working with the project enterprises.
 Work closely with the crop/horticulture, dairy and particularly the nutrition expert to train trainers from DAIL and DRRD including extension staff and farmers groups in improved gender inclusion for improved nutrition, food security, income and job creation for women.
 Directly supervise and guide inclusion of gender surveys and activities in value chain activities, by providing training and supervision for field staff in extension work, data collection and analysis, in particular the training on improved practices using available and improved food sources. This will include the measurement of gender involvement with women as a specific target group as 30% of beneficiaries. Lead the guidance of activities to ensure this target is met.
 Directly supervise the development of gender awareness and pilot programmes with stakeholders who will participate in or collaborate with the project.
 In collaboration with the International experts on crop production mechanization and seed technology/enterprise, implement pilot activities improved intercropping, intercropping for improved gender participation and benefit.
 Deliver training of training for women groups and TOT on improved and nutrition sensitive VC development including on crop production, storage, processing (to reduce also drudgery for women) and introduce and provide training on better technologies and tools for small and medium scale processing and value addition.
 Link with local enterprises and communities in developing and expanding their enterprises with an emphasis on women participation.
 Support local enterprise in developing proposals for accessing and utilizing the project Innovation Fund for women. This will include service and input providers.
 Advice on the equipment and materials needs for improved gender 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.
 Provide training and supervision for field staff in extension work, data collection and analysis.
 Report to the NFM, Herat on all activities related to the gender aspects of the programme and compile and summarize the monthly reports from the field staff.
 Prepare extension material and technical and other reports, monthly or as required.
 Provide inputs to support and guide the development of innovations by entrepreneurs to access and optimize investments of the Innovation Fund.
 Engage with local service providers and supervise the gender related components of service contracts.
 Perform any other related duties as may be directed by NFM and the CTA or other authorized FAO staff.

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces


 Advanced University Degree in Gender, Sociology, Nutrition, Agriculture, Human Rights, Public Relation, Management or Equivalent experience in a national or international agencies.

Work Experience:
 At least of five (05) years of professional experience for Master Degree holder or 10 years of professional work experience for Bachelor Degree holder in any disciplined area of Agriculture / food sector development with special knowledge in gender sensitive value chains and industry development as well as gender development, human rights, social affairs, political affairs, rule of law or humanitarian affairs.
 Experience and knowledge of the FAO rules and regulations and good skills of supervising and guiding a team of technical staff.
 Experience working on gender issues and women’s rights preferred.
 Experience of working with an International NGOs and UN focused on reporting will be an asset.
 Previous work experience with UN or other international organization and donor is an advantage;

Other Required Skills:
 Strong interpersonal and communication, reporting and presentation skills, analysis and interpretation of data, ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity

Language Skills:
 Excellent knowledge of English and local languages, both spoken and written.

 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.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Herat


Bachelors 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 Gender & Social Development Specialist - FAO/HRT/PRJ/SC/19-2017) 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:

The last date for receiving applications is September 30, 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.

 Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.
 Preference will give to qualified and experience female candidates.
 Application received after closing date will not be consider for further process.
 Candidate who failed to submit FAO Personal History form, their application will not be considering for further process.
 Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview/test.
 Regret letter will only be sent to interviewed candidates.

Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply

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