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National Pesticides 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 implementation 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 strengthened institutional capacity for safety and reliability of agricultural inputs and sustainable production of certified wheat seed. The implementation phase of the project is expected to start around mid 2013.
Under its Seed Component, the project assists the Agricultural Research Institute of Afghanistan (ARIA) with their mandates of variety selection, maintenance breeding and production of Breeder’s Seed, the Improved Seed Enterprise (ISE) with their mandate to produce Foundation and Registered Seed, and the Afghan National Seed Organization (ANSOR) and its member Private Seed Enterprises (PSEs) with their mandate to produce and market Certified Seed. (NB Seed Certification is supported by another project, funded by the EU) Moreover the project will support the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) with the overall coordination of the seed sector.
Support provided by the project consists of hardware (equipment, constructions, etc.) and software (capacity building, organization, legislation, technical support, etc.). In order to coordinate the activities and provide the support mentioned, the project‘s Management Unit (PMU), apart from administrative and other technical units, contains a seed team consisting of a National Seed Program Coordinator and two National Seed Officers. It also provides short and long term national and international consultants and staff to the implementing partner organizations.

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 active ingredients in prescribed samples of pesticides in lab.

Job Details

Date Posted: 10 Apr 2018 Reference: 167/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

 Conduction of different tests, how to develop / adopt and standardize fast and correct analytical methods / protocols for sample collection, preservation, extraction, clean – up and analysis of different pesticides formulations of different classes / types for registration and quality control.
 Standardization and operation of newly procured pesticides analytical equipment’s (GCMS, LCMS, HPLC etc.)
 Cooperation with International Pesticide Analytical Consultant.
 Record keeping of all sample tests conducted on pesticide Quality and Formulation Analysis (PQFL) Lab.
 Quantification and reporting the purity and quality of the tested samples.
 Preparation of monthly, quarterly and annually reports for all sample tests conducted for Pesticides Quality and Formulation Analysis
 Any other task assign by the (AAIP) Project Director or / PP Coordinator.

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces

Skills

 Familiarity with all types of testing techniques used in Pesticides Quality and Formulation Analyze Lab.
 Expertise in the use of pesticides analytical equipments
 Good communication skills and reporting to the agency
 Willing to work in difficult and challenging circumstances
 Good knowledge of computer (MS Word, MS Excel and MS Power point)
 Proficient in English, Pashto and Dari, in speaking, reading and writing
 Good knowledge of safety measures from the exposure of hazardous chemicals
 Able to work independently

Qualifications

 Master degree in Agricultural chemistry preferably with Specialization in Pesticides or B.Sc. in Analytical Chemistry / Chemistry / Plant Protection.
 Experience of 3 years with M.Sc. and 5 Years with B.Sc in Pesticides and / or Pesticides analysis.
 Working experience in the Pesticides analysis and formulation lab

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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