Contract Farming Specialist

Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 531
Date Posted:Feb 2, 2019
Reference:Ghani - Contract Farming Specialist
Closing Date:Mar 1, 2019
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Gender:Any
Functional Area:Agriculture
Nationality:Afghan
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:10 Years
Contract Duration:Open Ended
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Long-term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:

About Ghani Consultancy Services:

Ghani Consultancy Services (GHANI) is a specialized international Management, Business, Engineering and research firm. We work with organizations aiming to deliver better results. Our extensive experience has made us capable of dealing with the complexity of business and development management. We specialize in multidisciplinary management solutions and enable our clients to achieve higher levels of development and sustain growth. We work with people at all levels of the organization building their capabilities and skills. We engage ourselves with the client, serving their best interest before ours.

Job Summary:

The project design is oriented towards improving linkages between farmers, traders, processors, and the market, so they can better respond to requirements (quality and quantity of farmer produce). Horticulture value chains in Afghanistan are comprised of multiple stakeholders that operate over long distances between production areas and destination markets. This transition provides part of the reason for the excessive post-harvest losses that are widely reported throughout the industry. To improve the sustainability of project interventions at both ABE and on-farm levels, the design recognizes the important role to be played by ABEs in guiding their affiliated farmers regarding market requirements as ABEs deal with markets on a day to day basis. In many cases, they also provide technical support, access to inputs and market information to their affiliated farmers. ABEs provide the focal point for affiliated farmer deliveries of horticultural produce to national, regional and international markets. The design uses this relationship between producer and processor and/or trader (ABE) as a key element in the project design. Affiliated farmers will receive priority access to on-farm investments, facilitation partners will start their identification of affiliated farmers through consultation with the beneficiary ABE, and ABEs will assist in identifying future market demands in terms of fruit varieties, production systems, market quality requirements, and even on farm processing and/or pre-cooling and storage where appropriate. One of the key project achievements will be the improved relationship between ABE and affiliated farmer.
Based on the design study survey, there is already considerable interest in formalizing
the relationship between affiliated farmer and their associated ABE. The two representative
subprojects assessed during design both utilize contract farming arrangements to secure
supplies of raw material (although not all). There is a clear demand for further development in
the composition, obligations, and pricing mechanisms specified in these supply contracts. It is
recognized that such contracts are often difficult to enforce in the legal sense, commitment
through such an arrangement at least demonstrates an intent upon which farmers can increase
their production and improve quality while ABEs can plan on incremental throughput improving
the efficiency of their operations (lack of supplies are often cited as one of the main problems
facing traders). It is therefore opportune to provide specialist input to further develop the
concept of contract farming to consolidate the relationship that is now developing between
producer and processor and/or trader.

Skills Required:

Not available

Provinces to travel:

Skills Description:

Duties & Responsibilities:

(i) Review the project documents to gain familiarity with the intended outputs and
outcomes;
(ii) In association with the ISC Horticulture Specialist and the PMU horticultural officers,
identify priority crops where there is scope for improved contract farming
arrangements;
(iii) Hold discussions and group meetings with affiliated farmers and beneficiary ABEs to
identify the strengths, constraints they face, and opportunities (socially and
economically viable for both parties) in entering into contract supply and/or receival
arrangements;
(iv) Identify if technical support is required as part of the contract farming arrangements
and if so, how this should be incorporated in the concept;
(v) For each specific crop (fruit and vegetable varieties) identified as a potential
opportunity, develop a model contract supply agreement to be discussed amongst
the relevant parties;
(vi) Engage in the widespread consultation of the content and mechanisms used in model
contracts;
(vii) In consultation with selected beneficiary ABEs, pilot the adoption of the model
contracts with their affiliated farmers and review results after the first season of
operation;
(viii) After modification of the proposed contracts, promote their adoption with affiliated
farmers, and beneficiary ABEs under the project and monitor the uptake in
conjunction with the M&E units of the PIU and/or PMU;
(ix) In coordination with the PIU and/or PMU M&E staff, the specialist must make
encourage both; affiliated farmers and ABEs to comply with the conditions of farming
contracts;
(x) Conduct impact assessment of contract farming for both parties aimed at enhancing
sustainable of horticultural production and, predictable supply in terms of quantity and
quality of raw material to ABEs; and
(xi) Other tasks reasonably requested relating to contract farming arrangements by the
ISC Team Leader.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul

Qualifications:

The national contract farming specialist will have at least bachelor’s level qualifications
from a recognized institution in the field of agricultural economics, marketing, or a
related subject matter.

S/he should have at least 10 years of experience in the horticultural sector mainly
dealing with commodity value chains as well as supply contracts.

Ideally, some of this experience would have been achieved by engagement in the
commercial private sector.

It would be a distinct advantage if the specialist was familiar with contract farming
arrangements in other Central-West Asian countries.

Job Keywords:

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