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National Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

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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.

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

VA No. FAO/HRT/PRJ/SC/25-2017
Functional Title: National Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
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: Extendable, Based on Satisfactory Performance & Budget Availability
Probationary Period: Initial 3 Months
Project / Programme / Unit: Promoting Value Chains-Western Region of Afghanistan
Duty Station: Herat and with frequent visits to the project sites in Badghis, Farah and Ghor and Kabul, Afghanistan
Sub – Station: Nil

REMUNERATION:
The remuneration for the post of National Monitoring & Evaluation Officer is USD 1,947 to USD 2,723 (SB-4, Step 1 to Step 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: 15 Nov 2017 Reference: VA No. FAO/HRT/PRJ/SC/25-2017
Closing Date: 30 Nov 2017 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: M & E Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: 1947 to 2723 USD
Contract Type: Service Contract Years of Experience: 7 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 12 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative, general supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor, direct supervision of the International Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, National Field Manager and in close consultation with relevant units in FAO Representation and project staff the incumbent will be responsible for the timely and effective monitoring of the project activities. The activities will include to:

Assist the International M&E Officer in reviewing project documents in relation to the scope and requirements of M&E studies,
Support the establishment of a monitoring and evaluation system and plan, based on international best practices in M&E approaches for the project guided by the Project Document, FAO Country Programme Framework and Government Development Framework;
Support the subsequent utilization of monitoring & evaluation information and reports for strategic and operational planning, prioritization, implementation of corrective measures, advocacy and accountability;
Develop and maintain a M&E tracking tool for M&E related activities (i.e. baselines, rapid assessments, evaluations, lessons learned and recommendations, and follow-ups on recommendations) demonstrating compliance with FAO’s rules and procedures and those of the donor as necessary, and establish the needed procedures for conducting M&E, through development of different tools and techniques (standard charts, Tables, diagrams, process documentation, etc.) using innovative approaches for M&E;
Design the baseline survey and develop survey questionnaires with support and guidance from the Int’l M&E Officer to conduct the baseline survey in collaboration with DAIL and other partners.
Draft a data collection strategy (including the teams involved in the data collection), supervise data collection, organization, recording and data management overall, and the proper documentation and filing of all M&E data, reports and tools to support the findings and figures;
Assist the Int’l M&E Officer in planning, designing, preparing and conducting all type of training and orientation on M&E for all national staff and other stakeholders of the project based on their specific needs.
Design and develop appropriate formats, questionnaires and methodologies for data collection and oversee the data collection process to maintain the accuracy of regular data collected on project impacts and outcomes including those from secondary sources, In collaboration with national project staff, and support and guidance from the Int’l M&E Officer.
Compile all project data in a timely and professional manner and oversee the data integration process in collaboration and support of other project staff, and technical guidance from Int’l M&E Officer
Analyze regularly the collected data and produce results and summarize findings to assess the regular progress of the project with guidance and support from Int’l M&E Officer
Take part in regular field visits and meet with various stakeholders to validate the data and ensure the quality of data on regular basis.
Support to produce periodic detailed quarterly report outlining the impacts and outcomes of the project and communicate these to the USAID office in Kabul directly as well as uploading related project information and feedback on the resource partner dedicated website,
Work closely with other project staff to identify project strengths and weakness based on the project progress and draw lessons learned for better planning and improvement of the project with guidance and support from the Int’l M&E Officer.
Work closely with the Communications officer for effective and timely project reporting, quarterly, biannually and annually as well as ad-hoc updates as may be needed for the resource partner.
Support the project staff to analyze the qualitative and quantitative data, report on findings from monitoring activities, and share information with operations staff on progress;
Support the organization of the final evaluation mission and related activities.
Contribute to the development of the final project report.
Support and assist to the midterm and final project evaluation missions and follow-up on the implementation of evaluation recommendations;

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces

Skills

Other 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
Skills and experience in resource mobilization, agriculture and economic development and project management

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

Education:
Master’s Degree or equivalent in agriculture, agriculture economics, social sciences, international development, or related field, with solid background/understanding of the agricultural, food security and sustainable Agriculture development sectors;

Work Experience:

At least seven (07) years of professional experience in programme/project related work, including experience in results-based monitoring and evaluation, data collection and management /analysis, project management, research and value chain, rural development, food and nutrition security, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes
Proven experience in internationally-recognized best practices and approaches/methodologies of M&E, in the logical framework and other monitoring and evaluation tools, and in the development and use of M&E methods (qualitative, quantitative, participatory);
Ability to use a logical and structured approach to collate, archive and synthesis information.
Experience and knowledge of the FAO rules and regulations and good skills of multi-stakeholders coordination and data collection and management
Experience of working with UN, government and USAID projects in particularly western regions is highly desirable;

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

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 Monitoring & Evaluation Officer - FAO/HRT/PRJ/SC/25-2017) 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 November 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.

Submission Email

FAOAF-vacancies@fao.org

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