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National Programme Officer (Resilience & Humanitarian)


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

Organization Settings:
Through its Country Offices, or FAO Representations, FAO assists governments to develop policies, Programmes and projects to address hunger, food security and malnutrition, and provides technical support for the sustainable development of their agricultural, livestock, animal health, and irrigation and forestry sectors as well as emergency preparedness and response. The activities of the FAO Representation include design and implementation of country-tailored field Programmes, liaison with local donor representatives and active public awareness raising and outreach activities related to the mandate of FAO.

The position is located in FAO Representation in Kabul – Afghanistan with frequent travels to other project locations in the country.

Main Purpose:
The Programme Officer (Resilience & Humanitarian) is responsible for the coordination of specialized and complex processes and activities in support of the delivery of the division's (FAAFG) work Programme, planning and budgeting activities. He/she provides procedural guidance to Assistant FAOR (Programme) and other key international staff/professionals in the division;

Technical Focus
Programme development, coordination and operational assistance based on the knowledge of the local conditions, culture, language and institutions of the country of assignment. Design and implement a sound Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system for major Programmes in Agriculture and Resilience/Emergencies with focus on food security and nutrition, DRR and agriculture data analysis.

Reporting Lines / Supervision Received/Exercised:
The National Programme Officer (Resilience & Humanitarian) reports to the FAO Representative and Assistant FAO Representative (Program). Working with independence and initiative and applying knowledge of local socio-economic conditions, language, and institutions, the incumbent will perform a range of operational and programming tasks in support of the activities of the FAO Representation in the areas of agriculture, forestry and rural development with particular attention to Strategic Objective Number 5 of the Organization (SO5) – “Increase the Resilience of Livelihoods to Threats and Crises”. The National Program Officer (National Professional Officer) may be asked to represent FAO in meetings, workshops, working groups and in other forums. S/he works in close collaboration with the, Assistant FAOR (Administration), SPOO/NOOs (Operations Unit), FSO (Security Unit) and the CTAs and project teams in the country.

Key Results
Effective and efficient coordination and provision of the technical and operational support to the Resilience/Emergencies Programme and project activities of the FAO Representation. Develop, implement, monitor and evaluate assigned Programme/projects.

Job Details

Date Posted: 12 Feb 2018 Reference: FAO/KBL/PRJ/SC/05-2018
Closing Date: 26 Feb 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Programme Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: 1947 to 3111 USD
Contract Type: Service Contract Years of Experience: 7 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 6 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

Key Functions:
 Liaises with government authorities and local, national and international institutions in the areas of FAO’s activities in the country and with other UN agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). He/she may represent FAO at inter-agency meetings as required;
 Coordinates the collection, consolidation and maintenance of country data on food, crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries including information on external aid in FAO’s corporate systems and monitor changes in national policies affecting the agricultural sector;
 Participates in the identification, formulation and preparation of Programme and project proposals and monitor and review the status of Programme/project implementation to ensure that all operational activities are carried out in line with the work plan and the project document; identify inconsistencies and delays and, when necessary, propose corrective measures to overcome operational constraints;
 Briefs, trains and supervises lower grade level Programme staff regarding all aspects of the job. Ensures adherence to procedures and work requirements and accuracy and diligence of the work provided.
 Performs other duties as required

Specific Functions:
 Provide support for the development, identification, preparation and formulation of pipeline programs and projects proposals particularly related SO5 (Resilience/Emergencies), in liaison with Government services, UN Agencies, Multilateral/Bilateral Donors, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and FAO Technical and Operational Divisions and Services;
 Contribute to need assessments especially collecting and analyzing the secondary data related to SO5 (Resilience/Emergencies);
 Coordinates FAO’s work in support to the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster (FSAC) and liaises with FSAC partners, for timely food security and agriculture based livelihoods assessments and planning;
 Provides technical support to FSAC-related activities, including the Seasonal Food Security Assessment and IPC;
 Specify quantities and determine technical specification of agricultural inputs, as well as timing of agricultural inputs requirements as immediate assistance of resilience/emergencies activities;
 Initiate resilience project implementation until the boarding the project CTA/manager;
 Oversight of the resilience/emergencies projects’ implementation in order to ensure quality implementation on timely manner;
 Liaise with FAO regional OICs to better coordinate and implement the resilience/emergencies interventions;
 Participate with project formulators and CTAs in project preparation in support of strengthening the SO5 component of the Country Program Framework (CPF) and insert newly prepared concept notes and project documents in FPMIS for approval processing;
 Provide inputs for the FAO Representatives annual reports and participate in the preparation of reports on FAO resilience/emergencies program development, implementation and monitoring;
 Promote the image of FAO through advocacy of the Organization’s mandates, programs and priorities and national activities and assist government counterparts, NGOs, the private sector and others to understand how to access FAO knowledge and resources;

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces


 Advanced university degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Forestry, Agronomy, Public Administration or any other field related to the work of the Organization;

Work Experience:
 At least Seven (7) years of relevant experience in large and complex projects that combines, project planning and formulation, agriculture, food security and nutrition, DRR, M&E, emergency response with an international NGO, Government of Afghanistan, or UN Organization in a multi-cultural offices environment is required.;
 Previous work experience with UN is an advantage;

Other Desirable Skills:
 Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable.
 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 emergency response, resource mobilization, agriculture and economic development and project management
 Extent and relevance of experience in Programme/project development and management
 Understanding of the purpose and functional of technical Programmes, operational guidelines and Programme/project management procedures, preferably those adopted by the United nations or FAO
 Extent and relevance of experience in the area of policy analysis relating to food and nutrition security, agriculture and rural development, or extend and relevance of experience related to the collection of country data on food, crops, livestock, animal health, agriculture, and value chain
 Extent and relevance of experience in the identification, formulation and preparation of Programme and project proposals, as well as Programme/project implementation, monitoring and review.

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

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul
AF AF 12


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 vacancy number and post title (National Programme Officer FAO/KBL/PRJ/SC/05-2018) in the subject line of the email, otherwise your email will not be considering for further process.

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 & position title) 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 26 February 2018. 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 while applying for the vacant post.
 Do not forget to write the post title and VA number on subject of your email.
 Regret letter will only be sent to interviewed candidates.

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