Horticulture Development Specialist

Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 1187
Date Posted:Jan 8, 2019
Closing Date:Jan 20, 2019
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:4
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


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:

The horticulture development specialist will work closely with the horticulture officers and in general with the horticulture team of the project for planning, implementation and reporting of horticulture related activities such as; introduction of new technology to farmers, best production practices, establishment of on-farm facilities and, its use and maintenance under the direct supervision of the horticulture development manager. The specialist will contribute mainly in achieving the horticulture development objectives of the project primarily through increasing production and productivity and marketing.

Skills Required:

Not available

Requires travel to provinces:


Skills Description:

Familiarity with SWOT analysis;

Have strong technical, problem solving and management skills;

Ability to multitask under pressure, meet tight deadlines and deliver high-quality work;

Ability to coordinate and communicate effectively with project stakeholders’.

Strong oral and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to efficiently use MS Office packages (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook); and,

Fluent in English and as well as in Pashto/Dari (speaking and writing).

*the position will be based in Project Management Unit (PMU)/MAIL with frequent travels to project target provinces.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The Horticulture Development Specialist duties will include but will not be limited to the following:

Analyze the current situation of the horticulture sector (i.e. SWOT analysis) in project target provinces and propose strong and feasible recommendations to overcome the horticulture production, processing and marketing challenges;

Assist Horticulture Development Manager in developing annual program implementation plans in relation to the farm level sub-projects;

Implement and supervise project activities in the target areas in consultation with the local stakeholders and communities;

Ensure that the project target is achieved within the project timeline and approved budget;

In conjunction with the Agribusiness Development Manager and technical Team, assist in the identification of priority horticultural products to be supported under the project – and, confirm the technical viability of promoting these crops in the identified provinces participating in the project;

Identify the most appropriate technologies (structure designs, planting materials, small scale processing equipment etc.,) to be established on affiliated farmer properties;

In consultation with the associated agribusiness enterprises, support NGO facilitation partner efforts to identify investments for on-farm investments to be financed by the project;

In coordination with the NGO facilitation partner, develop sub-project investment proposals and reports for recommendation to the sub-project evaluation committee approval;

Ensure the technical feasibility of the sub-projects for estimating financial returns on the investment;

Ensure regular monitoring of project activities against work plans and objectives of the project;

Develop work progress reports on weekly and monthly basis and submit directly to the Horticulture Development Manager; and,

Undertake other duties and responsibilities delegated by the Horticulture Development Manager and/or project leadership.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul


At least bachelor’s degree in horticulture from an internationally recognized university with minimum five years work experience in horticulture sector, and with Master’s degree three years relevant experience is a must;

Have experience in implementing agriculture and other relevant development projects;

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