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National Plant Virologist


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 perform conventional, bio-chemical and molecular techniques for diagnosis of Plant viruses in plants and seeds etc.

Job Details

Date Posted: 10 Apr 2018 Reference: 163/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

 Perform ELISA, DAS-ELISA, TAS-ELISA, PCR, and RT-PCR for the suspected plant samples for virus detection and diagnosis.
 Operationalize the equipments/instruments in the Plant Virology lab e.g., Thermo cycler machine, ELISA Reader, Gel Electrophoresis set etc.
 Rearing of insects which can serve as vector for transmission of plant viruses
 Support the International Plant Virologist working in Plant Viral Diseases testing lab located at BadamBagh.
 Record keeping of all sample tests conducted on Plant Virus for detection/ diagnosis in lab
 Preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annually reports for all sample tests conducted in lab using various techniques.
 Preparation of booklet on control of important viral diseases in various crops and fruits of Afghanistan in co-operation with the International Plant Virologist
 Proper disposal of the infected sample after the diagnosis
 Guide farmers to control viral disease in crops and fruits
 Any other task assign by Project Director or concern coordinator.

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces


 Expertise in bio-assay, serological and molecular techniques for detection and diagnosis of plant viruses
 Basic knowledge on insect rearing which can serve vector for plant viruses
 Excellent in scientific report writing and deliverable to the agency
 Courteous and excellent communication and inter personal relation skills.
 Knowledge of viral diseases of fruits, crops and vegetables in content to the Afghanistan
 Knowledge of selection, handling of equipments and chemicals required in plant virology lab
 Good knowledge of computer (MS Word, MS Excel and MS Power point)
 Proficient in English, Pashto and Dari, in speaking, reading and writing
 Willing to work in difficult and challenging circumstances
 Able to work independently


 Master Degree in Virology -Plant Pathology with minimum of 3 years working experience in the area of Detection and Diagnosis of plant viruses in crops, fruits and seeds will be preferred. or
 B.Sc (H) in Virology -Plant Pathology with minimum of 5years working experience in the aforementioned area.
 Have enough experience in utilizing the equipments used for detection of plant virus e.g. PCR, ELISA etc.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul


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.

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