National Project Manager (Community-Based Sustainable Land and Forest Management Officer)

Master's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 1057
Date Posted:Oct 29, 2018
Reference:VA NO. FAO/KBL/PRJ/SC/19-2018
Closing Date:Nov 11, 2018
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Agriculture
Salary Range:2808 - 3571 USD monthly
Years of Experience:10 Years
Contract Duration:Open Ended
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Service Contract
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:90

About Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations:

The mandate of FAO The mandate of FAO in Afghanistan is to support agricultural and environmental rehabilitation and assist the country to become a food secure and self-reliant nation in accordance with the principles of the National Development Framework of the Afghan Government. the development agenda belongs to the people of Afghanistan the private sector is the principal instrument of economic growth decision making is participatory and community-based investment in human capital is essential donor-funded activities must sit within the sector framework The objective of the Organization is to improve livelihoods for all sections of the rural community based upon economically viable activities – food production, off-farm employment and trade - social cohesion and sustainable use of natural resources. FAO works with three counterpart ministries – the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, the Ministry of Energy and Water and the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development. The FAO Representation is based in Kabul with regional offices in Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Mazar-i-Sharif and Faizabad and subregional offices in Bamyan, Farah, Ghazni and Kunduz.

Job Summary:

Organizational Setting:
The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL)’s mandate is to restore Afghanistan’s licit (non-opioid) agricultural economy by helping farmers increase production and productivity; by managing and protecting Afghanistan’s natural resource base for sustainable growth; by improving rural agricultural infrastructure and irrigation systems; and by expanding agricultural markets and developing human resource capacity. The goal is to reduce poverty throughout Afghanistan and assure food security for all. Thus, agricultural growth initiatives and policies are increasingly focused on enhancing the productivity of agricultural products that have a comparative advantage over opioids through improving value chains for these products.

The General Directorate of Natural Resources Management (GD-NRM) of MAIL offers services in Natural Resource Management (NRM) and they promote community-based NRM initiatives so that local communities can benefit from natural resources in a fair and equitable way. The mission of the General Directorate of NRM is restoration, protection, and conservation of forests, rangelands, natural vegetation and ecological areas. They are doing this by introducing prudent use approaches and mechanisms, by training communities in watershed management and soil conservation, by combatting desertification and improve ecological balance. Ideally this will all result in reduced natural disasters, healthy environments, agriculture and livestock sector development and food security.

FAO assistance in Afghanistan achieves its objectives through capacity development and direct project implementation in four specific areas of FAO’s technical expertise:
Better governance through improved capacity for policy planning, land reform, decentralization, and management of common natural resources;
Fostering expansion of irrigation and field water management;
Intensive agriculture for surplus commercialization, value chains development, and job creation;
Supporting vulnerable farmers for improved food & nutrition security, resilience, and emergency response to natural and man-made disasters and climate change.

Climate Change, Gender and Capacity Development are cross-cutting issues across FAO Afghanistan’s Country Programme Framework, and several projects in the CPF focus specifically on these issues. Women, for example, are empowered to have access to productive resources especially through specific projects aimed at transferring technology to female-friendly agricultural businesses. Similarly, climate change adaptation is tackled through Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) projects, improved governance of common resources, or the promotion of renewable energy.

The main objective of the project, “Community Based Sustainable Land and Forest Management in Afghanistan” is to support the GD-NRM of MAIL in integrating community-based approaches to Sustainable Land Management/Sustainable Forest Management (SLM/SFM) in Afghanistan in order to promote biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and rangeland productivity.

The key outputs of the project are: i) enhanced capacity of national and sub-national government institutions for SLM/SFM; ii) enhanced capacity of local communities in Badghis, Bamyan, Ghazni, Kunar and Paktya Provinces for developing and implementing community based SLM/SFM plans; iii) improved management of 10,000 ha of High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF) and 20,000 ha of other forest types to increase biodiversity conservation; iv) improved management of 200,000 ha of degraded rangelands in order to reduce land degradation, increase biodiversity conservation; and, v) improved knowledge to inform planning and implementation of SLM/SFM practices.

FAO holds the ultimate responsibility for the implementation of the project, the delivery of the planned outputs and the achievement of the expected outcomes. The project will be managed and implemented by FAO and directly executed by MAIL and its partners. MAIL/GD-NRM is the lead implementing agency for the project and other line ministries such as the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), the National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA), the Independent General Directorate of Kuchi (IDGK) and Kabul university will be part of the project steering committee and will be closely involved in the project implementation cycle as per the Project Document and Government Cooperation Project Agreement signed with MAIL.

Purpose of this vacancy announcement:

FAO is looking for qualified national staff fill the position of National Project Manager. This position will support the work of the GEF-funded “Community-Based Sustainable Land and Forest Management in Afghanistan” project. The post is located in Kabul with frequent travel to provinces.

Reporting Lines / Supervision Received/Exercised:

The National Project Manager (NPM) is under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative/Budget Holder in Afghanistan, and under the direct supervision of the Head of Operations. The incumbent will work with the technical guidance of the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) and the Lead Technical Officer (LTO) in the FAO Regional Office and in close consultation with the National Project Director. The incumbent will closely collaborate with FAO staff and national project government counterparts and other project stakeholders.

Key Objectives:

The project activities are implemented successfully, timely and effectively and conform to the objectives of the project. The incumbent is responsible for developing her/his work plan upon joining. The plan must be and based on SMART planning standards and according to project objectives.

Skills Required:

Not available

Provinces to travel:

Skills Description:

Required Skills:

Experience in project design, results-based management and implementation;
Excellent interpersonal communication and coordination skills, and a proven ability to work constructively with a variety of stakeholders to achieve common goals;
Ability to deal with political, technical, and people management challenges, administer budgets and work effectively with all staff and with groups involved in the project;
Excellent writing skills;
Strong familiarity with climate change and sustainable land and forest management issues in Afghanistan, including the political, institutional and socio-economic contexts;
Strong computer skills with extensive experience in word processing, spreadsheets, and other basic software applications, and familiarity with of GIS/RS knowledge and skills;
Excellent knowledge of English and local languages, both spoken and written skills.

Other Desirable Skills:

Good understanding and familiarity with UN development/ humanitarian program and working methods, particularly with FAO policies, financial and budget, administration and programming procedures;
Working experience with ministries, national institutions and the rural sector in Afghanistan;
Experience organizing stakeholder meetings or workshops with national participants;
Experience in multi-stakeholder analysis, and in mobilizing or creating awareness about development projects;
Familiarity with UN agencies and GEF procedures for project implementation.

Quality-conscious: Focus on delivering work of the highest quality, and on contributing ideas to improve project processes;
Results-oriented: Focus on achieving high-quality and sustainable results, and delivering results on time to meet project deadlines;
Interpersonal Communication and Teamwork: Possess good interpersonal communication skills to ensure an atmosphere of teamwork and respond to suggestions in a professional manner;
Knowledge Exchange and Learning: Share knowledge and promote a learning culture within the office. Actively work towards continuing personal learning, and applying newly-acquired skills within the Office.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Project Planning and Implementation:

Ensure the administrative, technical and financial processes are carried out in conformity with FAO-GEF regulations, policies and procedures, including contract coordination and procurement processes;
Prepare the Terms of References (ToRs) for the project staff, coordinate their timely deployment;
Guide the work of consultants and sub-contractors/purchase orders and oversee the compliance with the agreed work plan and deliverables;
Prepare detailed, results-based Annual Work Plans and Budgets (AWP/B) in collaboration with Project Task Force members and National Project Director and submit it to the Project Steering Committee (PSC) for review;
Establish and operate the National Project Management Unit (NPMU) at MAIL and act as a secretary of the PSC meetings;
Prepare Terms of References, Letters of Agreement and other contractual documents required for the project activities;
Supervise and coordinate the project tasks to ensure that their results are in accordance with the Project Results Framework and the FAO-GEF guidelines and procedures;
Collaborate, guide and supervises the work of the members of the NPMU and the National Focal Points;
Organizes project workshops, such as inception and validation workshops, project meetings, events and field missions; this will also require managing logistics and drafting field mission ToRs;
Facilitate and accompany all missions conducted by international consultants in cooperation with the national experts in the country and provide language support and interpretation to the international consultants, where necessary;
Provide technical input to assist in project implementation. The work includes multi-stakeholder mapping and capacity needs assessment report in consultation with team members, data compilation for the project work plan, implementation arrangement and results-based project budgeting;
Support the budget holder office in providing the necessary information and checks to proceed with operational and financial closure of the project;
Prepare biannual project progress reports, terminal reports and any other technical report as required by the Organization;
(Occasional) Provide technical assistance and coordination on: sustainable land and forest management criteria and indicators, land use, land use change and forestry sectors (LULUCF) and Reduction of Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) activities.
Any other duties as required by the Organization

Project Monitoring and Reporting:

Monitor project progress as agreed in the AWP/B, and provide remedial actions such as adjusting activities as necessary, speeding up implementation in case of delays, drafting budget revisions and organizing monitoring missions, if required;
Manage and monitor the project risks initially identified and submit assessments of new risks to the NPSC for consideration and decision on possible actions if required;
Work closely with the NPD and Kabul-based management staff to report on indicators;
Elaborate upon all sections of the project documentation, the project’s M&E plan, the Project Inception Report, meeting/workshop reports, biannual Project Progress Reports, gender/youth assessments, the annual GEF Project Implementation Review (PIR), GEF Tracking Tools, co-financing reports, terminal report etc.

Partnership Building and Knowledge Management:

Maintain regular, reliable and transparent contact with the FAO Country Office and the National Project Director (NPD) on project implementation issues;
Develop and maintain relationships with counterparts in the country to ensure their adequate and timely technical inputs to the project and ensure their co-financing contributions are provided within the agreed terms;
Working with the support of Kabul-based communications staff, clearly and effectively communicate about, share information about and promote the project to partners, stakeholders, and the FAO national office;
Maintain a good network with local stakeholders;
Build strategic partnerships and synergies to enhance the impact and sustainability of Project outcomes;
Represent the Organization at project meetings and events, identify strategic partnerships, advocate for best practices, increase/improve forestry policy dialogue and develop and negotiate effective working relationships and agreements with national stakeholders.

Other Activities:
 Any other duties as required by the Organization

Expected Outputs:

A Project Inception Workshop is conducted, a report is prepared and cleared by Project Task Force and National Project Director;
An Annual Work Plan and Budget (AWP/B) is prepared and agreed upon by the Project Steering Committee;
Biannual Project Progress Reports, a gender/youth assessments report, annual Project Implementation Reviews (PIR), a final workshop report, and a Terminal Report are prepared;
A final multi-stakeholder mapping and capacity needs assessment report is produced;
Technical and critical contributions to the project evaluation report are provided as needed;
Overall efficient, cohesive, transparent and well-planned management and implementation of project is carried out and completed.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul



MSc. (Hons)/PhD university degree in Natural Resources Management, Environmental Sciences, Conservation Agriculture, Rangeland/Forest Management, Agro-Forestry, Ecology, or other related fields.

Work Experience:

At least ten (10) years of relevant experience in project management and/or coordination in the area of land/forest/natural resources management, agriculture, forestry, land use planning, or related disciplines, at least five (7) of which must be in a multi-cultural office environment with an international NGO, the Government of Afghanistan, or a UN Organization.

Job Keywords:

Community Based Sustainable Land and Forest Management in Afghanistan (GCP/AFG/084/GFF)
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