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National Women Capacity Building Trainer


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/22-2017
Functional Title: National Women Capacity Building Trainer
Type of Contract: National Project Personnel / Service Contract (NPP/SC)
Grade / Level: SB-3
Number of Post (s) : 04 (Four)
Gender / Sex: Female Only
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 Women Capacity Building Trainer is between USD 1,214 to USD 1,570 (SB-3, Step 1 to 2) 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/22-2017
Closing Date: 30 Sep 2017 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 4 Gender: Female
Functional Area: Training Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: 1214 to 1570 USD
Contract Type: Service Contract Years of Experience: 5 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 (NFM), in close collaboration with the counterpart authorities and other national and international staff, the candidate will be responsible for all project activities related to women capacity building to be provided within the framework of project. The incumbent will specifically have the following responsibilities.

 Implement VC development activities for improvement of capacity building, income and jobs for women farmers.
 Assist the NFM to identify options to improve women and women enterprises participation in the project area.
 Work with and train the district level government counterparts.
 Support enterprises to pilot income earning opportunities with an emphasis on women. This may include in kitchen gardening, crop diversification eg. Pulses, food processing Solar drying of fruits, onions, tomatoes, poultry raising, egg production, mushroom production etc.
 Lead the delivery of train women on entrepreneurship and marketing of agricultural products hygienic milk production practices, animal health, feeding, using fodder crop and AI subject.
 Providing training to women farmers on cooperative and socio economic issues as well as enhanced hygiene.
 Assist the NFM in collecting socio-economic and animal production data from rural women farmers.
 Assist in supervising processing and marketing structures for agricultural and products and the development of local enterprises and service providers e.g. CIG’s, women and farmers’ organizations.
 Ensure the fullest participation and benefit for women of project activities and ensure that the established target of 10% participation of women is met.
 Make proposals for expanding women participation beyond the current target. Make proposal for increasing participation of women enterprises through accessing the project Innovation Fund.
 Facilitate the baseline and periodic measurement of women participation.
 Report to the Senior Gender specialist/NFM on all activities related to working with women and compile and summarize the monthly reports from the field staff.
 Assist in preparing extension material and technical and other reports, monthly or as required.
 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


 University Degree in Agriculture, Agronomy, Food Security, Natural Resource Management, Business Administration, Agriculture Economics, or equivalent experience in a national or international agencies.

Work Experience:
 At least five (05) years of professional experience in any disciplined area of rural development with special knowledge and experience in Agriculture development, training need assessment and capacity building, Agriculture / food sector development, value chain development and or subject 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.

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 Women Capacity Building Trainer - FAO/HRT/PRJ/SC/22-2017) 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.
 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.

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