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National Consultant - Policy Gap Analysis


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 Consultant - Policy Gap Analysis
Type of Contract: Consultancy /Personal Service Agreement (PSA)
Grade / Level: C – Category/Level
Number of Post (s) : 01 (One)
Gender / Sex: Male/Female
Duration : 06 Months
Extendable / Renewable: Extendable, Based on Satisfactory Performance & Budget Availability
Probationary Period: Initial 3 Months
Project / Programme / Unit: Policy Gap Analysis Project / FAO Representation
Duty Station: Kabul - With Frequent Domestic Field Missions
Sub – Station: Nil

 The remuneration/fee for the post of National Consultant - Policy Gap Analysis is between USD 150 to USD 180 per working day.

Organization Settings:
FAO assistance in Afghanistan is centered on six priority areas of support agreed with the Government: Fostering agricultural productive capacity; Improved water resource and irrigation management; Formulation and implementation of effective agricultural policies; Improved natural resource management, through sustainable environmental management; Food and nutrition security and enhanced institutional capacities to address issues regarding food safety and quality; Capacity development for emergency management.

Main Purpose:
FAO is looking for qualified national staff to support in implementation of Policy Gap Analysis project. Both MAIL and FAO have developed several policy papers in different sectors to strengthen the agriculture impact on the country economic development. The challenge lies in the implementation of those policies, which require to conduct comprehensive policy gap analysis in order to identify potential gaps in agricultural sector and sub-sectors.

Policy Gap Analysis mainly focus on bellow objectives:

 Policies related to agriculture and sub-sectors reviewed
 Gaps identified in the policies, strategies, frameworks of the prioritized and selected agriculture sectors and sub sectors
 Make recommendations on how to address the gaps/anomalies in the existing policy framework of Agriculture and food security, with respect to nutrition sensitiveness.

Reporting Lines / Supervision Received/Exercised:
The National Consultant for Policy Gap Analysis will work under overall supervision of the FAO Representative (FAOR).

Working Relationship:
The Policy Gap Analysis Consultant works closely with a wide range of colleagues under technical guidance of Policy Officer – FIRST Programme in Afghanistan and the Lead Technical Officer of FAO Regional Office in Bangkok. The candidate will also work in close coordination with Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, counterparts and other FAO projects; and ensures successful implementation of project according to time plans and objectives.

Impact of Work:
Support FAO and MAIL technically in smooth operation of project in order to identify the possible policy gaps in the selected sectors and sub-sectors related to agriculture. He/ She will play a crucial rule in provision of coordination between FAO and the stakeholders in order to collect consistent and proper data and information.

Job Details

Date Posted: 03 Jun 2018 Reference: FAO/KBL/PRJ/PSA/14-2018
Closing Date: 17 Jun 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Programme Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Consultant 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/Results:
 Search all the published and draft policy papers, documents, notifications, speeches, or in any other related documents in order to collect the required data;
 Undertake a detailed literature research on the selected/prioritized sectors sub-sectors related to Agriculture (mainly of Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock - MAIL);
 Prepare inventory and databases for both published and draft national and regional/sub-regional policies, strategies and frameworks of Agriculture Sector and on Food Security and Nutrition
 Conduct need assessments within the MAIL related directorates and develop a multi-functional database based on policies in the selected sectors and sub-sectors;
 Conduct interviews with relevant professionals/stakeholders;
 Assist in identification of stakeholders and experts on the selected/prioritize sectors sub-sectors related to agriculture;
 Assist in coordination of meetings, workshop, trainings with MAIL and other relevant stakeholders;
 Contribute in development of progress and final reports as per FAO standards;
 Undertake other activities directed by FAOR.

Expected outputs:
 Develop database of all policies, strategies and laws which were developed and published by MAIL and neighboring countries;
 Mapping of National and Regional policy priorities to identify relevant bodies and documents;
 Technical and legal analysis of the selected documents and policy papers.

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 Advanced university degree in a relevant subject (e.g. Research and Policy, Development studies, Social and Agricultural Data Analysis, Agriculture, Agriculture Economics, or closely related field;

Work Experience:
 At least seven (07) years of relevant work experience, including in policy planning, advocacy, policy development policy assessment and data analysis, or other related disciplines with an international NGO, Government of Afghanistan, or UN Organization in a multi-cultural offices environment is required.;
 Experience in project design, management and implementation;
 Excellent interpersonal communications and coordination skills, and proven ability to work constructively with a variety of stake holders to achieve common goals;
 Excellent report writing skills
 Previous work experience with UN is an advantage;

Other Desirable Skills:
 Good understanding and Familiarity with UN working methods, policies, particularly with FAO policies, financial and budget, administration and programming procedures is an asset.
 Good computer skills with extensive experience with data analysis software such as STATA, word processing, spreadsheets, and other software application
 Good knowledge of protocol, good judgment and initiative;
 Good knowledge of corporate information systems

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 Consultant-Policy Gap Analysis - FAO/KBL/PRJ/PSA/14-2018) 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 17 June 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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