Agronomist

Bachelor's Degree   Herat, Afghanistan Full Time 1213
Date Posted:Jan 10, 2019
Reference:MAIL/OFWMP/144
Closing Date:Jan 18, 2019
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Gender:Any
Functional Area:Agriculture
Nationality:Afghan
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/OFWMP:

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 Project consists of the following parts:
Part A: On-Farm Water Management
1. Carrying out social mobilization for the establishment of Irrigation Associations (IAs) in the Project Areas, including, inter alia, the provision of: (a) training to communities in organization and management of IAs; (b) facilitation services for communities to develop the IAs’ internal legal rules and regulations (by-laws); (c) assistance to IAs in order for them to be registered under the Water Law (1388); and (d) technical training to IAs regarding water distribution, maintenance of irrigation infrastructure, irrigation methods, water-saving techniques, crop-water requirements, and good agronomic practices.
2. (a) Carrying out rehabilitation works to small irrigation schemes or tertiary canals (watercourses) covering approximately 40,000 hectares in total in the Project Areas, including, inter alia: (a) rehabilitation of existing intakes, (b) canal lining; (c) construction of control structures and outlets; (d) construction of, culverts, laundry basins and cattle troughs; and
(b) Improving design standards and strengthening the private sector’s capacity for contract management and construction techniques.
3. Establishing easily accessible pilot irrigation demonstration sites in the Project Areas to showcase improved water management practices/technology and agronomic water saving techniques/measures, as well as proper farm planning and layout for an efficient use of irrigation water.
Part B: Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building of MAIL
Developing the institutional capacity of MAIL to plan, design, implement and monitor irrigation programs, including, inter alia: (a) construction and/or renovation of office buildings, one each in Kabul, Jalalabad, Baghlan, Mazar-e-Sharif and Herat, respectively for MAIL and Project staff; (b) strengthening of MAIL’s Directorate of Irrigation at national, provincial and district levels; (c) strengthening the legal framework for the irrigation sector, (d) developing a national irrigation program, (e) undertaking of technical training in the irrigation sector including study tours transferring on-farm water management know-how; and (f) developing a database covering irrigation systems throughout the country.
Part C: Project Management, Coordination, Monitoring & Evaluation
Strengthening the institutional capacity of MAIL for Project implementation, policy development, and technical innovation, monitoring and evaluation, by establishing and maintaining a Project Implementation Unit comprised of a Kabul-based core team, five (5) Project Area Teams and internationally recruited experts.
Part D: Support for Productivity Enhancement
1. Establishing easily accessible pilot irrigation demonstration sites in the Project Area to showcase improved water management practices/technology and agronomic water saving techniques/measures, improved agronomic and social management practices, as well as proper farm planning and layout for an efficient use of irrigation water.
2. Promoting land leveling and high-efficiency irrigation technologies in the Project Area.
3. Establishing Information Centers for farmers at the provincial and district level in the Project Area.

Skills Required:

Not available

Requires travel to provinces:

No

Skills Description:


Considerable interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others in an international multi-cultural working environment.

Considerable experience and demonstrated ability to serve the public in a courteous and professional manner.

Duties & Responsibilities:

More especially he/she will be responsible to:
component 1

Participate in the selection process of the project areas and sites

participate in the walk through survey with team

Assess the agronomic performance of irrigation in the selected sites: water applications to different crops and cropping patterns, use of agro-chemicals, soil characteristics, etc.

Propose recommendations for improved agronomic measures at the different sites: irrigation application, cropping patterns, water saving crops, agro-chemical inputs

estimate the crop water requirement for the selected scheme

Report the assessment and recommendations as part of the survey reports

Prepare a first year plan of operations for agronomic measures.
Component 2

Establish and Support Farmers Field Schools (FFS) with close coordination of Extension workers.

Ensure timely preparation and submission of required technical and other reports and success stories as outlined in the program.

Prepare training materials and work as trainer in areas related to extension in all regular training courses of the project, especially for component

Promote the concept of soil and moisture conservation through extension.

Other relevant activities assigned by supervisor/ project from time to time

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Herat

Qualifications:

The candidate must have achieved a Bachelor Degree in Agronomy or horticulture Master degree is preferred. 3-5 years of experience in extension in irrigated agriculture. Major achievement in career may substitute for long experience and educational requirements.
Skills Required:

Demonstrated knowledge and experience of irrigated agriculture;

Demonstrated knowledge of water saving measures (irrigation application, water saving crops and cropping patterns, etc.

Ability to use personal computers and related software.

Ability to express ideas concisely and clearly preferably in both English and Pashto/Dari.

Writing skills and demonstrated ability to develop written reports and action plans in both in

Job Keywords:

Agronomist
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