Regional Orchard Management Officer

Bachelor's Degree   Herat, Afghanistan Full Time 1047
Date Posted:Sep 12, 2018
Closing Date:Sep 24, 2018
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Agriculture
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:4 Years
Contract Duration:Open Ended
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Fixed-term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:96,90,66


The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock is implementing “On Farm Water Management (OFWM)” Project, financed by the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), in five (5) regions, namely: Kabul, Nangarhar (Jalalabad), Balkh (Mazar-i-Sharif), Baghlan and Heart. The overall development objective (PDO) of the OFWM-Project is to improve agricultural productivity in the Project Areas by enhancing the efficiency of water used. A Kabul-based Project Management Unit (PMU) headed by the Project Manager, with the assistance of Core Team of Specialists, is responsible for execution of the project. Five Area Teams: one each in Kabul, Nangarhar (Jalalabad), Mazar-i-Sharif (Balkh), Bamyan and Heart, have been established for implementation of field activities. The project started its implementation from March, 2011 for a period of 3 years and is being monitored by Worlds Bank. The project closing date has recently been extended up to April 2016. The project has received additional fund from the World Bank (the Bank) and the period of the OFWMP has been extended to December 2019.

Job Summary:

Under the direct supervision of the Regional Coordinator and overall supervision of the Senior Orchard Management Specialist, the Orchard Management Specialist will do the following;

Skills Required:

Not available

Requires travel to provinces:


Skills Description:

Proven recent experience in orchard management methods in Afghanistan

Experience in sustainable orchard management including dry land and IPM also orchards and vineyards planted with temperate / sub-tropical crops like Almonds Apricots, Apples, Pomegranate, Grapes, etc..

Familiar with water flow computing techniques, field water measurement and soil moisture characteristics

Fluency in local languages,

Proven communication, translation and reporting skills in English Language – well familiar with Microsoft programs and internet

Capacity enhancement skills – teaching experience using the Farmer Field School methodology will be an asset

Willingness to travel frequently to project areas.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Provide the field support to ensure the technical programs of NHLP are implemented according to agreed plans and timelines;

In conjunction with the Regional Coordinator, provide technical advice to Extension staff on orchard management activities, including pruning, nutrition, soil management, Dry land horticulture, IPM and other orchard activities;

In collaboration with other technical components, ensure the integration of the various technical programs into a single ‘orchard management system’ suited to the prevailing crops and conditions in Afghanistan;

Provide training and extension support to Extension Workers and Farmer Trainers under the Farmer Field School model including dry land and IPM.

This position is strongly focused on field work, and it is expected the Orchard Management Officers will be pending at least 15 working days per month in the field to supervise and control IPM, Dry land and other orchard activities.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Herat


A Bachelor degree in Horticulture / Agriculture or related discipline from recognized university with 4 years of relevant experience in Orchard Management.

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