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National Value Chain Development Specialist & Marketing Economist


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.

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 chain (VC) approach. The project will invest in improving productivity and facilitation of the development of wheat, high value crops and livestock value chains as well as enhancing the capacity of P/DAIL (Provincial / District Agriculture, irrigation and Livestock Department) in sustainable value chain development.

The focus of the project is on developing the demand for local agribusiness, enterprises and input and service providers, and enhancing their capacity so that the VC is improved, more efficient and more profitable and hence sustainable. Using a 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 in the region. Interventions will leverage public and private sector investments already made in the country’s western provinces.

Job Summary


Issued Date: October 12, 2017
Closing Date: October 26, 2017
RE-VA No. FAO/HRT/PRJ/SC/14-2017
Functional Title: National Value Chain Development Specialist & Marketing Economist
Type of Contract: National Project Personnel / Service Contract (NPP/SC)
Grade / Level: SB-4
Number of Post (s) : 01 (One)
Gender / Sex: Male & Female
Duration : 12 Months
Extendable / Renewable: Yes (Extendable, Based on Satisfactory Performance & Budget Availability)
Probationary Period: Initial 3 Months
Project / Programme / Unit: Promoting Value Chains-Western Region Afghanistan
Duty Station: Herat – Afghanistan with Possible Domestic Missions within the Country
Sub – Station: Nil

Candidates will be assessed against the following:

 Extent of experience in the field of agriculture / food sector development, food value chain development, agriculture economics and marketing, value chain analysis, and training needs assessment with international & UN organizations;
 Work experience in relevant sector with international and UN organizations in Afghanistan’s Western Region;
 Good communication skills both orally and written;
 Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work with a team;
 Demonstrated ability to work with minimum supervision;
 Previous USAID experience preferable.

 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 an additional 8.33% monthly salary as pension benefit/coverage on a monthly basis.

Job Details

Date Posted: 12 Oct 2017 Reference: FAO/HRT/PRJ/SC/14-2017
Closing Date: 26 Oct 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 FAO Representative and the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), direct supervision of the National Field Manager (NFM), in close collaboration with 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 Value Chain Specialists at district level.
 Assist the NFM 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 improving income of local agribusinesses, enterprises, 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 training on inclusive and sustainable VC development.
 Directly supervise the development of VC interventions with those participating or collaborating with the project.
 Deliver training for women’s groups and training-of-trainers (TOT) on improved nutrition sensitive value chain development while providing training on better approaches and tools for sustainable value chain development.
 Link with local enterprises in developing and expanding their businesses with an emphasis on value chain development with an emphasis on women’s participation (target 10%).
 Support local enterprises, agribusinesses and other VC stakeholders 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 innovative ideas by entrepreneurs to access and optimize investments of the Innovation Fund.
 Advice on the equipment and materials needed for improved VC participation at the provincial and district levels.
 Report on the progress of work/Programme and identify in advance problems that may hamper progress.
 Ensure the implementation of project activities according to the Work Plan.
 Report to the Herat NFM on all activities related to value chain aspects of the Programme and compile /summarize a monthly report(s) based on field staff input.
 Prepare technical and other reports, monthly or as required.
 Engage with local service providers and supervise value chain related components of service contracts.
 Perform any other related duties as may be directed by the NFM and CTA or other authorized FAO designated staff.

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces


 Advanced university degree in Agricultural Economics / Marketing, Environmental Sciences, Food Security, Natural Resources Management or a 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 value chain development, or related field;
 Experience and knowledge of FAO rules and regulations along with experience guiding, in supervisory capacity, a multinational 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 backgrounds as well as with line ministries, counterparts, and other stakeholders.
 Working knowledge (level C) of English and the most commonly used local language ( i.e. Dari and Pashto)
 Good computer skills including MS Office Package.

 Core competencies: FAO core competencies include: Understanding FAO’s mandate & its global context; planning, organizing, and delivering quality results; communicating to build understanding & support; working together in teams and partnerships; engaging in continuous learning.
 Operational Effectiveness: Working independently, structuring tasks, establishing priorities and adhering to deadlines. Show a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail. Contribute ideas and suggestions for process improvement.
 Client Orientation: Focus on results for the client. Attend to inquiries from internal and external clients in an effective, timely and courteous manner. Treat clients with courtesy and respect even when working under pressure. Express a high level of professionalism.
 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 work environment. Actively work towards professional development, including personal learning. Apply newly acquired skills and support flexibility within the work environment.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Herat
AF AF 12


Masters Degree, Economic Growth

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:

The last date for receiving applications is October 26, 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.

 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.

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