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National Database Assistant


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

Functional Title: National Database Assistant
Type of Contract: National Project Personnel / Service Contract (NPP/SC)
Grade / Level: SB-03
Number of Post (s) : 01 (One)
Gender / Sex: Female/Male
Duration : 12 Months
Extendable / Renewable: Extendable, Based on Satisfactory Performance & Budget/ Fund Availability
Probationary Period: Initial 3 Months
Project / Programme / Unit: Strengthening Afghanistan Institutions’ Capacity for Monitoring and Analyzing Agriculture Production Systems and Development of National Agro-Ecological Zoning (NAEZ) and Land Resources Information Management System (LRIMS)
Duty Station: Kabul - With Possible Field Missions to Project Sites
Sub – Station: Nil

 The remuneration for the post of National Database Assistant 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: 11 Mar 2018 Reference: FAO/KBL/PRJ/SC/09-2018
Closing Date: 25 Mar 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Agriculture Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: 1214 to 1570 USD
Contract Type: Service Contract Years of Experience: 3 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 1 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

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 project in Kabul – Afghanistan with frequent travels to other project locations in the country.

Project Background:
The main objective of the project is to “Strengthening Afghanistan Institutions’ capacity for monitoring and analyzing agriculture production systems and development of National Agro-Ecological Zoning (NAEZ) and Land Resources Information Management System (LRIMS)”. The establishment of the NAEZ and LRIMS and the development and/or improvement of the agriculture monitoring system based on geospatial technology in Afghanistan could be the enabler to support the progress of the techniques, policy and investment conditions to achieve sustainable agricultural development for food security in the context of climate change.

Reporting Lines / Supervision Received/Exercised:
Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative (FAOR) and direct supervision of the National Project Manager (NPM) and National Project Director (NPD), in close cooperation with the counterpart in GIS Unit. Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) authorities/staff, other programmes and FAO staff, the
National Data Base Assistant will carry out the following tasks.

Key Functions:

 Assist the NPM (National Project Manager) in the identification of core information.
 Support the identification of the rules, standards and basic principles for the examination and evaluation of basic material in close collaboration with NPM and NAEZ/LRIMS Consultant.
 Support the quality control of the available information.
 Support the selection and processing of the appropriate remote sensing data to be used for agriculture monitoring.
 Support testing of recent high-resolution geospatial information.
 Support the development of a geo-referenced database for NAEZ.
 Provide technical assistance for the preparation of geographical and tabular data and populate the geodatabase.
 Support the validation and geo-referencing of existing information.
 Support data collection for the LRIMS and NAEZ database population.
 Participate in the trainings/workshops provided by FAO.
 Responsible for performing regular data cleaning and administration tasks such as uploading data using the data loader tool.
 Perform general administration tasks such as creating new users, setting permission levels, groups, data cleaning etc.
 Create new and amend existing reports and dashboards for analysis and segmentation purposes;
 Collects data from a variety of sources, such as reports, people and websites;
 Check databases for changes and errors and to make corrections, as needed;
 Train co-worker's s who have access to databases.
 Perform general office such as scheduling meetings or filing paperwork.
 Cross check data collected in the field, ensure regular updates and solve eventual discrepancies.
 Maintain the strictest confidentiality of data and processes.
 Develop specifications for hardware and software requirements.
 Support the development of standardized data formats with adequate metadata to be included in the portals and systems.
 Support the development of and geo-database.
 Assist in the preparation of database, technical report including the results, findings and recommendations.
 Assist in the delivery of a detailed work plan of the activities;
 Assist in the analysis of the user specification, needs description and functionality and identification of the data requirements;
 Deliver training materials and user guide documents.
 Undertake training (e-training or/and traditional) for the national institutions and staff;
 Prepare, outreach and workshop materials;
 Perform any other tasks as required.

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces


Data Processing, Remote Sensing, Natural Resources Evaluation


 University Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Data Processing, Remote Sensing, Natural Resources Evaluation or other Natural Resources-Science relevant field; or the equivalent combination of education and relevant professional experience

Work Experience:
 At least three (03) years’ of relevant work experience in applications of database management, remote sensing for agriculture monitoring, land resources evaluation and/or other natural resources studies.
 Experience in agriculture monitoring and geospatial-based database management;
 Previous work experience with UN is an advantage;

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
 Capable in arranging on-the-job training of staff independently;
 Demonstrated ability in extracting user-oriented outputs from databases;
 Demonstrate capacity to write technical reports in English

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

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul


Bachelors Degree, IT

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 Database Assistant FAO/KBL/PRJ/SC/09-2018) 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 25 March 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.

Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply!

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