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Technical Advisor for extension of wheat and rice

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About MAIL

Agriculture is the foundational basis of Afghan economy, about 80% of the population is engaged in agriculture activities directly or indirectly.
While Afghanistan have good quality of irrigation water, fertile soil, suitable climate and enough sunshine, these best growing conditions permit diversified crops especially wheat and rice cultivation throughout the country.
Despite the fact that 12% of the total land in Afghanistan is arable and only 6% is utilized, Agriculture sector has always been the main contributor to Afghan economy and accounts for approximately 1/3 of GDP. Although wheat, horticulture and livestock are the main GDP contributor, yet they have been getting attractiveness among the farming community due to their high demand and are thought to be the engine for the agricultural sector’s growth in future.
Wheat and rice are remains remain the primary strategic crop for food nutrition and security in the country, however the productivity of wheat and rice are very low compared to the neighboring countries, and afghan farmers largely at the subsistence level, resulted to shortage of wheat and rice in the country, and a huge amounts are imported annually from neighboring country or provided by WFP and other humanitarian supporting organization.
To meet the self-sufficiency, and food security, need to seriously consider successful interventions, improved seeds and adaption of best production and marketing practices to produce standard wheat and rice grains.
Therefore successful interventions, improved seeds, best production and marketing practices are needed to increase the wheat and rice productivity per unit of area and improve their nutrition quality to assure sustainable self- sufficiency and food security at household and national level.

Job Summary

The Technical Advisor will be working with Cereal and industrial crop directorate, and carryon the following tasks.

Job Details

Date Posted: 04 Sep 2018 Reference: MAIL/054/018
Closing Date: 17 Sep 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: General Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per NTA Salary Scale Policy10000.0
Contract Type: Fixed-term Years of Experience: 5 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 4 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Increased overall productivity and nutritious quality of wheat and rice
2. Improved policy, strategy, institutional structure and competent capacity to provide need based efficient and effective services to farmers
3. Strengthened coordination and partnership for timely and transparent implementation of program interventions.
The key interventions are:
1. Identifying the potential productive area based on crop calendar for program interventions
2. Build and strengthen the organization structure based on target area.
3. Enhance institutional and human capacity to support ongoing programs
4. Establish sustainable extension services delivery mechanism and partnership through the farmers learning and resources centers at district level.
5. Introduce adaptable improved wheat and rice varieties in target areas
6. Demonstrate the pre and post- harvest best practices for target farmers and promote the adaption of best practices by all farmers
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
Advise and assist with directorate on the preparation of relevant policy and strategy documentation.
Advise and assist with the directorate on the development of cereal and industrial crop calendar.
Advise and assist with the directorate in identification of productive area for irrigated and rain-fed wheat cultivation based on crop calendar.
Advise and assist with directorate to restructure the directorate based on target area.
Advice and support with directorate to coordinate with relevant stakeholder for establishment of sustainable extension services delivery mechanism based on wheat and rice production and productivity
Assist with directorate to design the practical demo plot for wheat and rice.
Assist with directorate on data collection and analysis of demo plat and find the effect level of each technology on wheat and rice productivity
Assist with directorate to prepare annul plan and need based reporting

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces

Skills

Excellent time management skills and ability to multi-task and prioritize work.
Computer literacy, Word, Excel, power point
Good writing and communication skills.
Good communication in English Fluency in Dari and Pashtu languages is required;

Qualifications

Bachelor degree in Agriculture with 5 years of relevant work experience in the current field is required

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul: PROVINCIAL CENTER (KABUL)
AF AF 12

Education:

Bachelors Degree, Agriculture

Submission Guideline

• The interested candidates should submit their resumes along with a cover letter to Human Resource Directorate of Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) as following Conditions
• Subject line must be Technical Advisor for extension of wheat and rice (MAIL-054-018) otherwise application will NOT be considered
• No resume will be taken under consideration without having a cover letter, the position title vacancy number in the subject line of the email
• Please note that application received after the closing date will not be considered

Note: The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) is an equal opportunity employer which encourages male and female candidates to apply for vacant positions.
Only short-listed candidates whose applications respond to the above criteria will be contacted.

Submission Email

hrcontracts.hrd@gmail.com

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