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Gender Officer

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About Roots of Peace

Roots of Peace is a humanitarian organization whose mission is to rid the world of landmines and other remnants of war by transforming toxic minefields into thriving farmland and communities through a focus on sustainable, organic farming practices. Roots of Peace are implementing the Commercial Horticulture & Agricultural Marketing Program (CHAMP) in Afghanistan for USAID, along with two smaller programs. CHAMP is has received an extension from USAID to implement a program along the lines described below.

CHAMP Project Description
Under the three-year extension, CHAMP will provide focused attention to supply chains, marketing, and export promotion of Afghan fruits, nuts, vegetables and other high market value crops to international markets. CHAMP will continue to provide support to traders and the CHAMP trade offices established in New Delhi, India and Dubai, UAE to promote Afghan agricultural products and boost their export from Afghanistan. CHAMP will expand its current focus from post-harvest handling and marketing of almonds, grapes, apples, pomegranates, melons and apricots to include other high value agricultural products such as saffron, vegetables, walnuts, pistachio, cherries and others. CHAMP will help Afghan traders and agribusinesses export high value crops to wholesale markets and supermarkets in the region by focusing on two major components: 1) Supply Chain Improvement and 2) Export Market Development to strengthen commercial horticultural exports from Afghanistan. CHAMP will develop a professional marketing program to promote exports and build the branding and demand for Afghan products in key international markets. As part of trade facilitation services and export promotion, CHAMP will work with participating traders, relevant government & non-government institutions, and other donor projects to provide assistance with trade credit, quality & safety improvement, food safety trainings, compliance with international markets standards, and packaging improvement. CHAMP will also enhance the capacity of local packaging manufacturers and freight and logistics facilitators to promote agricultural exports from Afghanistan.
CHAMP will support gender activities in two ways: (1) ensure that women can participate in all CHAMP activities and (2) take proactive measures to engage women in commercial activities.

Job Summary

a. Serve as Gender Focal Point on the region, responsible for implementation of the CHAMP Gender Integration Strategy and Work Plan accordingly and to represent CHAMP in regional stakeholder meetings
b. Gender Officer will be visiting, mapping and recommending the eligible women businesses for CHAMP program activities
c. identifying and assuring regional women businesses participation in CHAMP program activities

Job Details

Date Posted: 12 Jan 2019 Reference: ROP-43
Closing Date: 23 Jan 2019 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Female
Functional Area: Programme Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per NTA Salary Scale Policy10000.0
Contract Type: Long-term Years of Experience: 4 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 1 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Assist the Gender Manager to manage the region gender related activities
1. Developing networks with local government authorities, stakeholders, coordinate with different projects involve in agribusiness,
2. Conduct assessment for identifying the potential business women, assisting women-owned agribusinesses in exploring profitable markets for their products domestically and internationally and exploring CHAMP opportunities in the region through,
3. analyzing the businesses (need assessment, weak and supporting points) and developing individual Work Plans for business women eligible to CHAMP program activities,
4. Coordinate, design and implement appropriate training courses for small-scale processors and business women in the region as per the needs coordination,
5. Coordinate and assist Value Chain team to involve women in different business, basic food safety and post-harvest, management trainings, considering businesswomen active participation in the central and region level CHAMP program activities,
6. Collection information and compile biweekly and monthly reports per the Reporting Format developed and provided by RoP,
7. Timely reporting the progress, assumption and recommendations of gender integration into CHAMP program activities,
Develop database of the beneficiaries and other program impact components on women businesses in the region,
8. Any other tasks assigned by his/her direct supervisor.

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces

Skills

• Ability and flexibility to work under stress and understanding to address sensitive social and or political issues.
• Excellent solution-based management and analytical skills.
• Fluency in English (working language), and language skills in Pashto and Dari required. Sensitive to cultural and gender issues, capable of working both independently and within a team on tasks with short deadlines.
• Ability to work with a range of people with differing views and to adopt appropriate strategies for alliance building and effective advocacy.
• Demonstrated understanding of advocacy approaches and ability to work comfortably in a predominantly male environment to build understanding and adopt appropriate strategies for alliance building and effective advocacy for women’s empowerment.
• Strong analytical and communications, writing and presentation skills.
• Experience using standard office equipment such as telephones, calculators, computers, and printers.
• Excellent inter-personal skills and communication skills, including presentation skills – in local and English languages
• Excellent English writing skills.
• Motivation, flexibility and capacity to work under pressure and additional hours.
• Focuses on results and responds positively to feedback.
• Strong sense of personal initiative and problem solving skills.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in, economics, business, and social sciences, MA preferred
At least 4 years of experience in Gender, business and export facilitation with a focus on capacity building of agribusiness firms, understanding Afghanistan custom policies and current practices, promotion, and/or development of trade policies is required. Experience working on USAID projects would be a plus.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Herat
AF AF 12

Education:

Bachelors Degree,

Submission Guideline

Would you please use ROP official application form and send before closing date by below email address:

Note: Without application form the CVs will be not acceptable

Submission Email

champ_hr@rootsofpeace.org

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