National Rangeland & Sustainable Land Management Specialist

Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 896
Date Posted:Oct 29, 2018
Reference:VA NO. FAO/KBL/PRJ/SC/22-2018
Closing Date:Nov 11, 2018
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Agriculture
Salary Range:1947 - 2335 USD monthly
Years of Experience:7 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 MRRD, NEPA, IGDK 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 Rangeland & Sustainable Land Management Specialist. 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.

Reporting Lines / Supervision Received/Exercised:

The National Rangeland & Sustainable Land Management Specialist (NR/SLM) is under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative/Budget Holder in Afghanistan, and under the general guidance/supervision of the Project Chief Technical Advisor (CTA). The position directly reports to the National Project Manager and to the Lead Technical Officer (LTO) in the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP), Bangkok, Thailand. The incumbent will closely collaborate with the other Project Task Force (PTF) members, FAO staff and related technical departments in MAIL/GD-NRM.

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:

Demonstrated ability to coordinate capacity-related elements of a large project;
Excellent interpersonal communications and coordination skills, and proven ability to work constructively with a variety of stakeholders to achieve common goals;
Deep knowledge about climate change and sustainable land and forest management issues in Afghanistan, including the political, institutional and socio-economic contexts;
Excellent writing skills;
Excellent knowledge of English and local languages, both spoken and written skills.

Other Desirable Skills:

Working experience with ministries, national institutions and the rural sector in Afghanistan;
Ability to effectively coordinate a large, multi-stakeholder project with results-based management;
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;
Strong computer skills, especially in GIS-RS and MS Office applications, and proficiency in using internet search engines and other relevant online tools;
Experience organizing stakeholder meetings or workshops with national participants;
Experience in multi-stakeholder analysis, and in mobilizing or creating awareness about development projects;
Previous work experience with the UN is an asset;
Familiarity with UN agencies and GEF procedures for project implementation is also an asset.


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:

Work with the International Rangeland/SLM Specialist to develop climate-resilient SLM interventions in degraded rangelands of target provinces. Such interventions would include rehabilitation plans, sustainable land management criteria and indicators, the integration of indicators into long-term land management plans, and the development of carbon monitoring plans;
Oversee the implementation of these interventions on over 200,000 ha of degraded rangelands, including: i) the application of rotational grazing systems; ii) the establishment of seed banks; iii) the establishment of fodder banks; iv) the rehabilitation of rangelands; and, v) the implementation of soil and water conservation measures;
Contribute to other SLM/LM-related technical assistance and coordination;
Working with the project’s Livestock Specialist, develop a reporting system and identify relevant stakeholders to form a ‘pasture network’ to disseminate information on: i) sustainable rangeland management practices; ii) veterinary services; iii) livestock health; iv) disease-prevention experts and services providers; v) available markets; vi) livestock-value chains and products; vii) sustainable livestock management practices; and, viii) sustainable animal waste management;
Working with the project’s Livestock Specialist, oversee the introduction and functioning of the established ‘pasture network’;

Project Monitoring and Reporting:

Monitor land-use/SLM-related sections of project progress as agreed in the Annual Workplan/Budget (AWP/B), and provide remedial actions such as adjusting activities as necessary, speeding up implementation in case of delays, and organizing monitoring missions, if required;
Manage and monitor the SLM related risks initially identified and submits new risks to the Project Steering Committee (PSC) for consideration and decision on possible actions if required;
Elaborate upon the SLM 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, and the terminal report;
Work closely with the NPM and Kabul-based management staff to report on indicators.

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 agreed terms;
Working with 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 clear, well-researched SLM implementation mechanism/methodology is introduced into the project and taught to the community;
Technical reports are clearly developed and written, and delivered in a timely manner;
SLM interventions are implemented on 200,000 ha of degraded rangelands;
The required number of households, as defined by project indicators, are benefiting from improved rangeland management, rehabilitated rangelands, and related livestock interventions.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul



University degree (preferably Master’s Degree) in Ecology, Rangeland Management, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Science, or closely-related field. A PhD degree would be preferable.

Work Experience:

At least seven (7) years professional experience in the rangeland/SLM sector and/or climate change mitigation and adaptation, at least four (4) of which are in a multi-cultural office environment with an international NGO, the Government of Afghanistan, an Embassy, a donor-funded project or a UN Organization.

Job Keywords:

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