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Gender Specialist (Re announced)

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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

The summary of the position are ensuring appropriate consideration and application of gender aspects of implementation, compliance monitoring, reporting and capacity building of relevant project staff and relevant community members and farmers. The Gender Specialist will work on integrating and mainstreaming gender across the crisis response interventions in Gender area and provide expert advice on this to the respective field offices. S/he will also work on issues of inclusion of displaced population groups in an effort to ensure that interventions are sensitive to these dynamics on the ground.

Job Details

Date Posted: 26 Nov 2018 Reference: 016/AAIP/MAIL
Closing Date: 10 Dec 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Agriculture Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per NTA Salary Scale Policy10000.0
Contract Type: Short Term Years of Experience: 5 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 6 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

As member of the AAIP Gender implementation team, the incumbent will support the AAIP Director, in the implementation of the Gender strategy. Specifically he/she will be responsible for the following tasks:
• Develop gender strategy for AAIP, Coordinate AAIP gender activities with MAIL Gender department to ensure that MAIL gender policy is being implemented in the program activities.
• The gender specialist has to support the AAIP and senior managers to carry out their responsibility to implement gender mainstreaming in the substantive work programme. The position is not linked to the promotion of gender equality within the department - i.e. to promotion of gender balance, work/life issues, harassment, including sexual harassment and a gender sensitive work environment
• Follow up on the gender strategy implementation in AAIP and MAIL,
• Coordination of gender related activities with MAIL gender Unit,
• Making sure that both gender equity, and equality is taken care inside AAIP,
• Act as focal point for gender related issues and conflicts throughout implementation of the project,
• Work closely with AAIP unites/components, coordinate gender related activities within the project, and review all components reports/progress reports in order to identify gender related issues, opportunities in time and come up with recommendations, corrective actions.
• Act as focal point for complaints related to sexual, and emotional harassments of women in the project,
• In each province identify a gender focal person preferably a senior staff member to be trained on gender related issues who can then contribute on gender mainstreaming at field level and ensure gender equity in the project.

• Ensure consultations are done with stakeholders - including private sector and local farmers groups as well as communities, to elicit the views of both male, and female stakeholders,
• Prepare periodic reports that address the Gender issues, and submit them to AAIP director.
• Organize and implement continuous training programs and sessions to the relevant staff of AAIP, community members and farmers on gender, and social aspects,
• Draft gender Section for the project reports. Document project’s successes and challenge in terms of gender mainstreaming as case studies to guide future project’s gender related implementation
• Maintain close linkage for flow up of information between World Bank and AAIP regarding so issues in project implementation,
• Develop smooth reporting mechanisms and working relationships with all relevant staff of AAIP and address whenever serious gender issues arise in the field,
• Guide and streamline all gender information in the project reports, website information, and statements
• Perform other duties as requested by the AAIP Director and management team.

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces

Skills

• Knowledge of gender related issues in Afghanistan, Basic knowledge of agriculture and its challenges in Afghanistan, Understanding of challenges faced by disadvantaged and vulnerable people including (but not limited to) the poor women etc,
• Demonstrated ability to write clear and concise reports,
• Experience with World Bank funded projects is an asset,
• Demonstrated knowledge of MS Office packages, especially MS Power Point, MS Word and MS Excel,
• Able to work under pressure and as team member and work for long hours as and whenever required,
• Fluent in English as well in Pashto / Dari ( speaking and writing),
• Able to travel to provinces whenever required.

Qualifications

• BSc in environment, agricultural extension, social studies, gender related studies, political studies or other relevant fields,
• Advanced degree (MSc) in one of the above mentioned fields is an asset.
• Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience (with BSc) or 3 years of relevant experience (with MSc) in the areas of social impact analysis, and gender.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul
AF AF 12

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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