Senior Rural Livelihood Officer

Bachelor's Degree   Multi City Full Time 1431
Date Posted:Nov 5, 2018
Closing Date:Nov 14, 2018
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Agriculture
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Open Ended
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Fixed-term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:96,90,66

About MAIL/Panj Amu:

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 Project Director and Snr. Natrual Resource Management Coordinator, the Senior Rural Livelihood Officer is responsible in supporting the senior and junior watershed management officers for identification of watershed sites, survey, implementation and supervision of all Natural Resource Management (NRM) related activities in the field in Badakhshan, Takhar and Kunduz. The Snr. Rural Livelihood Officer will work closely with NRM colleagues in provincial and district level, colleagues in Project Implementation Offices (PIOs), locally managed institutions such as Community Development Councils (CDCs) to make sure that the project implementation significantly improving livelihood of the local people.

Skills Required:

Not available

Requires travel to provinces:


Skills Description:

Duties & Responsibilities:

Support and consult in watershed site selection to make sure that the poor natural resource dependent people and marginalized communities are selected to participate in watershed management and conservation activities.

Support the watershed officers in mobilizing local communities to form their locally managed institutions and encourage the participation of women and marginalized group of community in NRM decision-making process.

Support watershed officers in baseline data collection and information gathering to make sure that the information collected reflect the basic livelihood needs of the local people.

Along with the watershed officers train and enhance the capacity of Forest Management Association (FMA)/ Rangeland Management Association(RMA) members in developing NRM management plan in which the improvement of local livelihood should be streamlined and considered.

Train and strengthen the FMA/RMA and Community Development Councils (CDCs) members in topics related to the community development projects.

Conduct feasibility study for selecting a natural resources site for piloting Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES).

Develop ideas to decrease the direct dependency of local people on natural resources and suggest alternative livelihood projects.

Suggest and develop plan for improving the value, sustainable use and trading of medicinal plants.

Train the FMA/RMA and community members in economic, social and environmental benefits of natural resources (forest, rangeland, wildlife, biodiversity …) and their sustainable use.

Consult and support FMA/RMA members in developing a good mechanism for benefit sharing and ensuring the equal access of poor and marginalized people to the benefits generating from natural resource.

Supporting local people in finding good market for their local products.

Raise awareness about the importance of watershed management in enhancing the local people access to good quality water for household use and irrigation.

Develop mechanism for conflict mediation among the resource dependent communities and consult with NRM and related conflict mediator departments.

Support the Jnr. Watershed Management Officers and local community members in Along with the Jnr. Watershed Management Officers conduct evaluation and monitoring of the watershed management and conservation activities in regular basis.

Along with the Jnr. Watershed Management Officers plan and conduct frequent surveys and field work for problem identification and suggesting new project for the local community livelihood development.

Suggest scientific researches to contribute in improving local community’s livelihood.

Synergies the rural livelihood development activities with other components of the project to ensure an integrated approach for the Panj-amu Project implementation.

Report the achievements, threats and opportunities toward the project objectives to the Senior NRM coordinator and project director in frequent manner.

Carry out any other tasks and duties assigned by the line managers “Snr.NRM coordinator and Project director”.

Reporting & Communication:
The Snr. Rural Livelihood Officer should develop and submit accurate monthly, quarter and annual work plans and reports to the Snr. NRM coordinator. The reports should contain the tangible impact of the project activities on local people livelihoods.
Capacity Building:
Deliver training to Jnr. Watershed Management Officers, Forest Management Association/Rangeland Management Association and Community Development Councils.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Takhar, Badakhshan, Kunduz


Bachelor Degree in Agriculture, economics, rural development, Natural Resource Management or any other relevant field, master level preferred.

Bachelor degree at least five and master degree three years-experience in the relevant field is required.

Experience of working in rural development and community-based natural resource management projects in rural areas of the country is an asset.

Good communication, social and problem analytical skills.

Good knowledge of MS office.

Oral and written communication skills in English, Dari and Pashto

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