|Date Posted:||May 28, 2017|
|Closing Date:||Jun 9, 2017|
|Work Type:||Full Time|
|Number of Vacancies:||1|
|Salary Range:||As per NTA salary scale policyNone|
|Years of Experience:||4 Years|
|Contract Duration:||Not specified|
|Contract Type:||Short Term|
|Probation Period:||3 months|
About ( Ministry of Agriculture) AAIP Project:
Building on the Agriculture Master Plan, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoA), in collaboration with its development partners, has defined a number of appropriate priorities for agricultural investments and policies under the National Agricultural Development Framework (NADF). In order to increase farmers' incomes and improve the food security situation, the GoA is giving foremost attention to strengthening of the agricultural production base. In this respect the government has asked the World Bank for assistance in strengthening agricultural input supply systems. Specifically, the GoA has requested the World Bank for assistance in the implementation of the Afghanistan Agriculture Inputs Project (AAIP) that will consist of the following four components: (i) Improve seed production and certification; (ii) Establish infrastructure and policies regarding quality control and safe use of fertilizers and agrochemicals; (iii) Improve input delivery systems; and (iv) Establish efficient project management, implementation and coordination mechanisms. The development objective of AAIP project is strengthened institutional capacity for safety and reliability of agricultural inputs and sustainable production of certified wheat seed. The implementation phase of the project is expected to start around mid 2013. Under its Seed Component, the project assists the Agricultural Research Institute of Afghanistan (ARIA) with their mandates of variety selection, maintenance breeding and production of Breeder’s Seed, the Improved Seed Enterprise (ISE) with their mandate to produce Foundation and Registered Seed, and the Afghan National Seed Organization (ANSOR) and its member Private Seed Enterprises (PSEs) with their mandate to produce and market Certified Seed. (NB Seed Certification is supported by another project, funded by the EU) Moreover the project will support the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) with the overall coordination of the seed sector. Support provided by the project consists of hardware (equipment, constructions, etc.) and software (capacity building, organization, legislation, technical support, etc.). In order to coordinate the activities and provide the support mentioned, the project‘s Management Unit (PMU), apart from administrative and other technical units, contains a seed team consisting of a National Seed Program Coordinator and two National Seed Officers. It also provides short and long term national and international consultants and staff to the implementing partner organizations.
The Agricultural Economist is responsible to focus more on supply and demand analysis of grain in the agricultural sector. This includes the temporal and spatial trends analysis in grain production, consumption, imports and distribution.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Compile, analyze, and report data to explain economic phenomena and forecast market trends for wheat.
Forecast production, consumption and import of wheat based on past records.
Formulate recommendations, policies, or plans to solve wheat distribution problems.
Determine the time for wheat release and purchase.
Examine the impact of wheat pricing policies on its consumption.
Assess the impact of wheat procurement on market price.
Assess the impact of wheat release on market price.
Provide information on wheat market trends.
Provide advice and consultation on agricultural economic relationships to businesses, public and private agencies, and other employers.
Develop economic guidelines and standards and prepare points of view used in forecasting trends and formulating agricultural economic policy.
Develop, monthly, quarterly and annual reports related to wheat crop estimation unit of SGR project.
Demonstrate the application of current best practice in the economic analysis field in relation to strategic grain reserve.
Provide technical inputs in the preparation of the project strategic directions and sustainability measures.
He/she will report to the SGR project director.
Other duties as assigned by the SGR project director.
The Agricultural Economist must have the following basic qualification and working experience:
Advanced degree in the field of Development Economics / Agricultural Economics / Agribusiness or any other relevant field.
Minimum four (4) years of professional experience
Fluency in local languages as well as English Language.
Familiarity with agriculture/ministry of agriculture.
Strong data analytics skills and report writing required.
Be able to use the MS Office package (Word, Excel and Power Point).
Experience in the application of statistical analysis software is preferred.
Problems solving / coordination collaboration.
Ability to work in a high pressure environment.
Ability to lead a team of analysts.
Excellent communication and organization skills.
Have excellent presentation skills.
Ability to work under pressure and work extra hours when required.