National Provincial Field Coordinator (NPFC)

Bachelor's Degree   Multi City Full Time 2879
Date Posted:Oct 29, 2018
Reference:VA NO. FAO/PROVINCE/PRJ/SC/34-2018
Closing Date:Nov 11, 2018
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:5
Functional Area:Agriculture
Salary Range:1570 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:

1. Better governance through improved capacity for policy planning, land reform, decentralization, and management of common natural resources;
2. Fostering expansion of irrigation and field water management;
3. Intensive agriculture for surplus commercialization, value chains development, and job creation;
4. 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 Provincial Field Coordinator. This position will support the work of the GEF-funded “Community-Based Sustainable Land and Forest Management in Afghanistan” project. The posts are located in Badghis, Bamyan, Ghazni, Kunar and Paktia provinces.

Reporting Lines / Supervision Received/Exercised:

The National Provincial Field Coordinator (NPFC) will be 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. The incumbent will closely collaborate with the other Project Task Force (PTF) members, FAO staff and related technical departments in MAIL/GD-NRM at provincial level.

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 communication and coordination skills, and proven ability to work constructively with a variety of stakeholders to achieve common goals;
Excellent writing skills;
Demonstrated ability to engage with local communities for participatory land-use planning;
Demonstrated ability to interact with subnational-level government staff;
Working experience with ministries, national institutions and the rural sector in Afghanistan;
Strong familiarity with climate change and sustainable land and forest management issues in Afghanistan, including the political, institutional and socio-economic contexts;
Excellent knowledge of English and local languages, both spoken and written.

Other Desirable Skills:

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 UN is an asset;

Location Experience:

Candidates that have experience living and working in Badghis, Bamyan, Ghazni, Kunar or Paktia are highly encouraged to apply
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:

Provide support and guidance to provincial- and district-level government staff and local communities on SLM/SFM and other relevant activities
Facilitate the capacity development of provincial- and district-level government staff and local communities
Facilitate community-based planning at the province, district and local levels
Facilitate farmer/pastoral field schools, exchange visits and other training, knowledge sharing and awareness-raising activities
Oversee implementation of SLM/SFM practices in the Project target districts
Provide support for M&E activities
Facilitate dialogue between national- and district-level stakeholders, including by providing feedback on Project progress and conflict resolution
Any other duties as required by the Organization

Project monitoring and reporting activities:

Conduct field visits as and when required based on the project work plan and facilitate joint monitoring visits with project stakeholders;
Prepare monitoring reports and conduct interviews to write high-quality success stories;
Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual project progress and technical reports;
Lead project activities in the province and monitor project progress;
Provide general administrative support to ensure the field offices run smoothly;
Monitor the use of non-expendable equipment (record keeping, drawing up regular inventories);
Provide technical assistance and coordination for capacity building activities at field sites on carbon mitigating forestry activities and sustainable forest and land management;
Working with the support of Kabul-based communications staff, clearly and effectively communicate about and promote the project to partners, stakeholders, and the FAO national office;
Maintain a good network with local stakeholders;
Work closely with the NPM and NPD and Kabul-based management staff to report on indicators;
Assist the NPM in managing project staff and consultants working at field sites and ensure that their
reports and results are delivered on time;
Provide any other necessary support to the NPM in field implementation of the project.

Expected Outputs:

Enhanced knowledge about and capacity for SLM/SFM planning in national and sub-national government partner institutions;
Enhanced knowledge about and capacity for developing and implementing community-based SLM/SFM plans in local communities in Badghis, Bamyan, Ghazni, Kunar and Paktia provinces;
Improved management of 10,000 ha of HCVFs and 20,000 ha of other forest types in order to increase biodiversity conservation and sequester 1,530,069 tCO2e in Badghis, Kunar and Paktya provinces;
Climate-resilient SLM practices implemented across 200,000 ha of degraded rangelands in Badghis, Bamyan and Ghazni provinces;
Results of project are clearly and attractively communicated to project stakeholders and the FAO Kabul office via timely success stories, clear photography, and beneficiary interviews.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Badghis, Bamian, Ghazni, Kunar, Paktia



University degree in Ecology, Rangeland Management, Natural Resources Management & Environment, Climate Science, Agro-Forestry and Horticulture or closely related field;

Required Work Experience:

At least seven (7) years professional experience SLM/SFM and/or climate change adaptation and mitigation projects, ideally in Afghanistan, four (4) years of which must have been in a multi-cultural office environment with an international NGO, Government of Afghanistan, Embassy, donor project, or a UN Organization.

Job Keywords:

GCP/AFG/084/GFF, Community-based sustainable land and forest management in Afghanistan
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