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National Fertilizer Analytical Chemist

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About ( Ministry of Agriculture) AAIP Project

Building on the Agriculture Master Plan, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoA) in collaboration with its development partners has defined a number of appropriate priorities for agricultural investments and policies under the National Agricultural Development Framework (NADF). In order to increase farmers' incomes and improve the food security situation, the GoA is giving foremost attention to strengthening of the agricultural production base. In this respect the government has asked the World Bank for assistance in strengthening agricultural input supply Systems. Specifically, the GoA has requested the World Bank for assistance in the preparation of the Afghanistan Agriculture Inputs Project (AAIP) that will consist of the following four components: (i) Improve seed production and certification; (ii) Establish infrastructure and policies regarding quality control and safe use of fertilizers and agrochemicals; (iii) Improve input delivery systems; and (iv) Establish efficient project management, implementation and coordination mechanisms.
The development objective of AAIP project is to increase adoption of improved crop production technologies through expanding development of certified seeds and improving access to agricultural inputs of reliable quality.

Job Summary

He/she will work under the direct supervision of National Plant Protection Coordinator and MAIL/PPQD Director and will confirm the level of nutrients such as NPK in the prescribed samples of fertilizer.

Job Details

Date Posted: 10 Apr 2018 Reference: 151/AAIP/MAIL
Closing Date: 30 Apr 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Laboratory Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per NTA Salary Scale Policy
Contract Type: Short Term Years of Experience: 5 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 12 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

 Standardization and operation of newly procured fertilizer analytical equipment like (Spectrophotometer) Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer etc.
 To develop / adopt and standardize fast and correct methods / Protocols for sample Collection, Preservation, extraction, clean- up and analysis of different unknown / known fertilizer of different types from different stores.
 Reporting the purity and nutrient contents of the tested fertilizer samples as compared to prescribed standard
 Maintenance and minor trouble – shooting of the equipment to keep them functional.
 preparation of a Fertilizer Training Plan and training materials covering the salient aspects of Fertilizer Procedures / Fertilizer Law for the fertilizer traders, handlers, sample collections, inspectors and users.
 Assist the International Consultant in conducting training on different aspects of organic fertilizers, bio- fertilizers, bio- compost, integrated plant nutrient system (IPNS) for the fertilizers, traders, handlers, sample collectors, inspectors and users.
 Preparation of monthly, quarterly and annually reports for all sample tests conducted in Fertilizer Quality Analysis Lab
 Any other task assign by Project Director or Lab supervisor.

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces

Skills

 Expertise in the use of Fertilizer analytical equipments
 Familiarity with the fertilizer formulation according to the prescribed standards
 Excellent communication and training delivery skill
 Willing to work in difficult and challenging circumstances
 Good knowledge of computer (MS Word, MS Excel and MS Power point)
 Good knowledge of safety measures from the exposure of hazardous chemicals
 Proficient in English, Pashto and Dari, in speaking, reading and writing
 Able to work independently

Qualifications

 Master degree in Agriculture – chemistry, preferably with specialization in fertilizer. or B.Sc. in Analytical Chemistry / Chemistry / Soil Science.
 Experience of 3 years with M.Sc. and 5 years with B.Sc. in Fertilizers or fertilizer analysis.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul

Education:

Bachelors Degree, Agriculture

Submission Guideline

Send update CV and Cover letter to AAIP, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Jamal Mena, Kabul Afghanistan Or send us your CVs in soft to below e-mail:
Do not attach recommendation and Education documents; these will be required only in interview stage.

*Note: No resume will be taken under consideration without cover letter, the position title, vacancy number in the subject line of the email.
*Only selected candidates will be called for interview. All applications will be checked and validated against the above mentioned requirements. Any un-matching C.V will be automatically rejected.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) is an equal opportunity employer which encourages male and female candidates to apply for vacant positions.

Submission Email

vacancies.aaip@mail.gov.af

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