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National Quarantine Plant Pathologist

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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

Will work under direct supervision of National plant protection coordinator and in close coordination with MAIL – PPQD Director, and will support MAIL in follow- up of Plant Protection and Quarantine Act rules and regulations, with consideration of International standards under the WTO-SPS agreement in export and import of plant and plant products

Job Details

Date Posted: 05 Feb 2019 Reference: 56/AAIP/MAIL
Closing Date: 18 Feb 2019 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

Together with PPQD staff verifies the perfectness of accompanying documents with any plant / plant products’ consignment.
• Together with PPQD/PQS critical examine the Plant and Plant samples for presence of any quarantine Pests and diseases using appropriate equipment including Soft X – Ray and microscope.
• Destroy / resist entry of the faulty consignments and / or if applicable put in quarantine area for disinfestations / disinfection and perform disinfestations / disinfection treatment.
• Examine the samples from export consignment for pest and disease free.
• Facilitate the export processes at an international standard.
• Together with PPQD/ PQS Hq, issue Phytosanitary certificate for proper consignments.
• In case of faulty consignment, be able to suggest appropriate measures and render such services, and if possible issue Phytosanitary certificate.
• Maintain records of all inspections including particulars of import and export consignments along with their quarantine status.
• Assist the National coordinator and PPQD to ensure the proper implementation of Pesticides Act and Regulations for pesticides registration and quality control, and Plant Quarantine Act and Regulations to comply with the IPPC, SPS and WTO obligations.
• Any other task assign by (AAIP) Project director or Coordinator.

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces

Skills

• Familiarity with the rules and regulation of Quarantine of Afghanistan
• Good knowledge of International Quarantine standards of agriculture produces
• Expertise in diagnosis of plant pest
• Good knowledge of computer (MS Word, MS Excel and MS Power point)
• Proficient in English, Pashto and Dari, in speaking, reading and writing
• Willing to work in difficult and challenging circumstances
• Knowledge of suitable Quarantine treatment for false consignment

Qualifications

Master Degree in Plant Pathology/ Plant Protection with minimum of 3 years working experience in the area diagnosis of plant diseases or in identification of plant pest will be preferred. or :
B.Sc in Plant Pathology/ Plant Protection with minimum of 5years working experience in the aforementioned area is require

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kunduz
AF AF 12

Education:

Bachelors Degree, Agriculture

Submission Guideline

Send CV and Cover letter to AAIP, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Our Address is: Jamal Mina, Kabul University Road, Kabul, Afghanistan or send us your CVs in soft to below e-mail:
Note: *No resume will be taken under consideration without having a cover letter, the position title, vacancy number in the subject line of the email. *Only Shortlisted candidates will be called for interviews.
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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