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National Consultant - Agriculture Mechanization Policy Specialist


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 - Agriculture Mechanization Policy Specialist
Type of Contract: Consultancy /Personal Service Agreement (Consultancy/PSA)
Grade / Level: C – Category/Level
Number of Post (s): 01 (One)
Gender / Sex: Male/Female
Duration: 03 Months (Total 63 Days on When-Actually-Employed Bases)
Extendable / Renewable: Extendable, Based on Satisfactory Performance & Budget Availability
Probationary Period: N/A
Project / Programme / Unit: UTF/AFG/090/AFG, On-farm Water Management (OFWM) Project
Duty Station: Kabul - With Frequent Domestic Field Missions
Sub – Station: Nil

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.

Project Background:
This TA component of the On-farm Water Management Project is trying to support the government by facilitating with the required technical expertise. In that concern, FAO in Afghanistan will recruit competent experts for the desired tasks.

Main Purpose:
One of the deliverables of the project is in terms of the supporting the formulation of National Consultant - Agriculture Mechanization Policy for Afghanistan. This position is expected to support in the finalization of the document. The inputs of the incumbent are to be provided as per its ToR. The consultant is expected to satisfactorily complete the tasks outlined in this document in a timely and professional manner.

Reporting Lines / Supervision Received/Exercised:
Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative, Head of Operations, direct supervision of CTA and in close consultation of FAO staff, the consultant will provide technical and policy support to the office of Deputy Minister for Irrigation and Natural Resources, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL). The Policy and Coordination Advisor will work and contribute in the assessment, planning and coordination of the agriculture markets, feasibility studies, surveys documents, Greenhouses and cold storages policy development and allocation of resources, Irrigation policy and economic assessment of overall agriculture investments

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.

 The remuneration/fee for the post of National Consultant – Agriculture Mechanization Policy Specialist is between USD 120 to USD 150 per working day.

Job Details

Date Posted: 09 Aug 2018 Reference: FAO/KBL/PRJ/PSA/24-2018
Closing Date: 23 Aug 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Agriculture 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) & 3 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 1 Month

Duties and Responsibilities

Key Functions/Results:
 Review and assess the current MAIL’s agriculture policies and strategies and provide suggestions for key modifications and adjustments for accelerating improvement of the agricultural sector of Afghanistan.
 Develop database all agriculture and irrigation related policies, strategies and laws which were developed and published in Afghanistan;
 Provide credible, innovative and practical strategic advice on agriculture and irrigation investments to ensure micro and macroeconomic stability and sustainability in MAIL programmes.
 Provide technical support to the MAIL programmatic activities and reform process in the civil service positions of MAIL directorates and the drive for formulation of policies on agriculture mechanization, irrigation development and e-agriculture for Afghanistan in a sustainable approach to obtain clear expectations.
 Provide technical support in fostering partnerships between the government, MAIL projects and private sector to foster the adaptation of the sustainable technologies and best agricultural practices.
 Support technical and coordination discussions for the MAIL’s Irrigation and Natural Resources subsector programmes formulation; particularly provide technical support in initiating new agriculture economic development programmes and provide support to the new agricultural development markets that are already initiated by MAIL.
 Undertake collaborative work with other advisers and experts of the ministry on the projects and priority assignments especially related to irrigation and natural resources and agriculture mechanization.
 Provide necessary technical support to the office of the Deputy Minister of Irrigation and Natural Resources to liaise with donors on different new and ongoing on-budget and off-budget projects and its alignment with MAIL strategies and policies, and reporting requirements.
 Support the office of the Deputy Minister of Irrigation and Natural Resources for finalizing the drafted Agriculture Mechanization Policy and compliment it with pragmatic strategies for private sector-driven approach through consultations with all stakeholders.
 Undertake any other duties required by the Deputy Minister for Irrigation and Natural Resources and the Project CTA.
Expected outputs:
 Mapping done of policy priorities for Agriculture Mechanization in Afghanistan that identifies relevant bodies and documents;
 Support in the finalization of the Agriculture Mechanization Policy for Afghanistan;
 Development of database all agriculture and irrigation related policies, strategies and laws which were developed and published in Afghanistan;
 Technical and legal analysis of the identified documents and policy papers.

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces


 Advanced university degree in a relevant subject e.g. Agriculture Engineering or closely related field;
Work Experience:
 At least seven (07) years of relevant work experience in Agriculture Mechanization or other related disciplines with Government of Afghanistan, an international NGO, or UN Organization working in a multi-cultural environment;
 Experiences with policy formulation in the field of agriculture (preferably agriculture mechanization) individually or in a team;
 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 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-Agriculture Mechanization Policy Specialist - FAO/KBL/PRJ/PSA/24-2018) 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 23 August 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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