Horticulture Specialist

Bachelor's Degree   Multi City Full Time 1880
Date Posted:Aug 29, 2018
Closing Date:Sep 19, 2018
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Agriculture
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:Fresh
Contract Duration:Open Ended
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Consultant
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:96,90,66

About GreenTech Dunia Consulting:

GreenTech Dunia (GTD) is a registered project management Consulting Company (MoCI license No.: D- 78011) established in 2015. We stand for environmental sustainability and innovation embedded in a global mindset. GTD’s team consists of experienced experts from various professional fields, who have successfully completed projects in Afghanistan, Germany, Pakistan, UAE, and Iran. GTD's team is committed to delivering value-based and innovative solutions to its clients by applying a management approach that considers not only the science but also the art of project management. GTD pursues a team-work approach by closely cooperating with all involved stakeholders throughout the entire lifecycle of a project. GTD maintains an expert database with up to 3,000 national and 500 international experts. GTD has local and international cooperation partners in various sectors; thus sustaining the global mindset of the company. GTD's goal is to contribute to the improvement of people's living standards through the employment of a holistic approach. This approach takes into account social and economic factors alike; consequently allows us to develop appropriate technologies for the sustainable development of emerging economies. GTD is developing and managing projects in the field of renewable energy, water, agriculture, and environment. GTD’s commitment to the cause is further strengthened by the fact that it dedicates 5 % of its annual profit to other research and development projects in Afghanistan.

Job Summary:

oriented project, the requirement for technical horticultural expertise is axiomatic. During implementation, a wide range of technical issues are likely to arise extending from horticultural production, post-harvest handling, grading, storage, and processing to subsector wide issues ranging from international competitiveness, quality certification, branding, and applied or adaptive research amongst others. Within MAIL and through other development initiatives, there exists a certain level of technical expertise, particularly from the Department of Horticulture and other horticulture related international financed development projects. Individual project expertise tends to be narrowly focused in their immediate technical issues e.g. quality of planting material and the associated certification topics. The project needs access to strong technical knowledge covering a wide range of horticultural topics and one experienced in all aspects of temperate annual and perennial fruit and vegetable crops.

Skills Required:

Not available

Requires travel to provinces:


Skills Description:

Duties & Responsibilities:

Review existing horticulture value chain studies that have been conducted in Afghanistan under the Enhancing Agricultural Value Chain for Sustainable Livelihood Project and other horticultural projects;
(ii) In conjunction with the value chain specialist and Team Leader, assist in the identification of priority horticultural products to be supported under the project;
(iii) Confirm the technical viability of producing these crops in the identified provinces participating in the project;
(iv) Provide technical support to the facilitation partner, PIUs, and farmers in the identification of the most appropriate technologies (structure designs, planting materials, small scale processing equipment etc.,) to be established on affiliated farmer properties;
(v) Assist in the development of representative unit area budgets that can be used in assessing on-farm investments based on Good Agricultural Practices;
(vi) Provide guidance to the PIU staff and NGO facilitation partners in the identification of potential subproject investments at the farm level suitable for project financing and their preparation of SIPs;
(vii) In consultation with the associated ABE, support NGO facilitation partner efforts to identify investments for on-farm investments to be financed by the project;
(viii) Assist PIU and PMU staff in the development of SIRs as part of the evaluation and review process outlined in the PAM;
(ix) Review SIRs prepared by PIU and PMU staff (supported by the ISCs) to confirm technical feasibility of the investment. At ABE level, confirm the waste reduction estimates and the capacity and/or throughput of cool room facilities and packaging activities so that feasibility estimates are realistic. For on-farm subprojects, confirm the technical feasibility of production and storage for estimating financial returns on the investment;
(x) In association with the CPMO procurement team and ISC procurement specialists, assist in the development of terms of reference to recruit the needed expertise to implement output 2 activities;
(xi) Support the recruitment of service providers to the project for the implementation of output 2 initiatives;
(xii) Assist in the identification of hygiene certification auditors to be recruited under the project for HACCP certification and its implementation;
(xiii) Provide technical support for farmer and ABE training in production and post-harvest handling practices delivered by the facilitation partner in the provinces; and
(xiv) Other items reasonably requested by the ISC Team Leader in the field of horticultural development.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Balkh, Gardez, Ghazni, Kabul, Khost, Kunar, Laghman, Nangarhar, Paktika, Paktia, Wardak


 S/he should have minimum bachelor’s degree from an internationally recognized university specializing in horticulture or a higher-level qualification from a tertiary institution in agricultural science or the equivalent.
 The specialist should have a minimum of 10 years of working experience in the sector and preferably in horticultural production, processing, and marketing areas.
 Experience with a packing house or processing facility or agribusiness will be recognized in the evaluation. The specialist should have a commercial background rather than academia-based experience, most of which will have been gained in the country. Experience in the sector outside Afghanistan will be highly regarded.

Job Keywords:

Agriculture, Horticulture, horticultural production, post-harvest handling, grading, storage, and processing to subsector wide issues ranging from international competitiveness, quality certification, branding, and applied or adaptive research
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