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National Community Development Specialist

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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

Issued Date: 05 July 2018
Closing Date: 19 July 2018
VA NO. FAO/KBL/PRJ/SC/18-2018
Functional Title: National Community Development Specialist
Type of Contract: National Project Personnel / Service Contract (NPP/SC)
Grade / Level: SB-4
Number of Post (s) : 01 (One)
Gender / Sex: Female/Male
Duration : 03 Months
Extendable / Renewable: Extendable, Based on Satisfactory Performance & Budget/ Fund Availability
Probationary Period: Initial 3 Months
Project / Programme / Unit: The Project for Enhancing Agriculture Production through Irrigation System Improvement and Strengthening Institutional Capacity/FAOAFG
Duty Station: Kabul - with the frequent travel to the sub-project areas of Takhar, Baghlan and Kunduz provinces.
Sub – Station: Nil

REMUNERATION:
 The remuneration for the post of National Community Development Specialist is between USD 1,947 to USD 2,335 (SB-4, 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.

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:
This project entitled “Enhancing Agriculture Production through Irrigation System Improvement and Strengthening Institutional Capacity” (OSRO/AFG/502/JCA). The project has 3 components: Output 1 is on rice irrigation rehabilitation, Output 2 on PMS method dissemination and Output 3 on virus-free potato seed production.

Reporting Lines / Supervision Received/Exercised:
Under the general supervision of FAO Representative (FAOR) in the country, direct supervision of the CTA (Chief Technical Advisor) and the International Irrigation Design Engineer in close consultation and cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock(MAIL)authorities/staff, FAO staff, the incumbent will be responsible for the implementation of the relevant objectives/activities of “The project for enhancing agriculture production through irrigation system improvement and strengthening institutional capacity (OSRO/AFG/502/JCA)”. Specifically, the incumbent will carry out the following responsibilities as Community Development Specialist:

Job Details

Date Posted: 05 Jul 2018 Reference: FAO/KBL/PRJ/SC/18-2018
Closing Date: 19 Jul 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Agriculture Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: 1945 to 2335 USD
Contract Type: Service Contract Years of Experience: 5 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 3 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period:

Duties and Responsibilities

Key Functions:
 Raise awareness regarding the purpose of the project at community level by disseminating information through locally relevant communication channels such as mosques, village meetings, NGOs and women’s CDCs, as well as broadcast and print media.
 Identify primary and secondary stakeholders at local level in consultation with village leadership and conduct meetings with the stakeholders’ representatives.
 Seek the opinions of the beneficiaries on proposed activities; and involve them in planning, design, implementation, supervision and monitoring of the proposed activities jointly with the DAIL personnel.
 Provide priority to seek the views of the most disadvantaged and marginalized groups. Encourage an enhanced participation of women (especially female-headed households), landless, disabled and elderly people.
 Contribute in the preparation of the technical, social and agriculture inventory for the initial bench marking in tune with the project output indicators.
 Use socio-environmental findings to determine whether land acquisition including voluntary donation is required to enable the sub project to proceed.
 Carry out joint diagnostic walkthrough with the Mirabs, community and the technical staff both from the project and from the DAIL for the identification of the maintenance need as well as institutional and agricultural problems associated with the proposed sub-project at the farm, tertiary, branch and the main canal levels.
 Facilitate negotiations between the community and projects regarding the cost sharing (cash/kind/labour) as well as roles and responsibilities in the part of both the entities and prepare the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between them.
 Initiate the formation of the Irrigation Associations (IAs) in the sub-project areas conducting the general assembly meetings with the wider participation of the sub-project beneficiaries.
 Conduct a training need assessment and train government staff to deliver specific trainings for relevant local government officers, Mirabs, members of IAs and other key stakeholders on the subjects such as canal O&M, Irrigation management, resource mobilization etc.
 Help in identifying alternative livelihood options for the landless and marginalized farmers and oversee the implementation of such livelihood enhancement programmes.
 Mediate for the dispute resolution among the community as well as between the community and the contractor during the sub-project implementation.
 Contribute to the periodic reports to be submitted by the project to the donor and the FAO.
 Any other duties requested by the FAO Representative, Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) and the International Irrigation Design Engineer.

Expected Outputs:
 Prepare the relevant portion of the of monthly, quarterly and semiannual reports to be submitted to the donor and the FAO;
 Conduct training courses and on-the-job training to the government counterpart staff on related subject matters and prepare the training reports;
 Prepare reports on process documentation for the formation of Irrigation Associations (IAs) formation;
 Prepare end-of-the-assignment report after completion of the assignment.

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces

Skills

 Strong interpersonal communication skill, reporting and presentation skill, skill of interpretation and analysis of data and information and ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team
 Capable to adapt to the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for cultural diversity.
 Capable in independently arranging on-the-job training of government counterpart staff and the training to the Mirabs and community representatives;
 Demonstrate capacity of writing technical reports in English.

Qualifications

Education:
 University Degree, MSc Degree is preferred in Social Science or Development Studies, Agriculture, Communication, or equivalent qualification

Work Experience:
 At least five (05) years of relevant work experience in the field of community development work or closely related field with any reputed organization in Afghanistan,
 Previous work experience with UN is an advantage.

Other Skills:
 Strong interpersonal communication skill, reporting and presentation skill, skill of interpretation and analysis of data and information and ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team
 Capable to adapt to the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for cultural diversity.
 Capable in independently arranging on-the-job training of government counterpart staff and the training to the Mirabs and community representatives;
 Demonstrate capacity of writing technical reports in English.

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

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul
AF AF 12

Education:

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 Community Development Specialist_ FAO/KBL/PRJ/SC/18-2018) 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:

http://www.jobs.af/jobsMediaFiles/1342949805.doc

The last date for receiving applications is 19 July 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.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:
 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.

Submission Email

FAOAF-vacancies@fao.org

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