Agriculture Specialist ( National Consultant)

Bachelor's Degree   Afghanistan, Kabul Full Time 504
Date Posted:Feb 23, 2021
Closing Date:Mar 5, 2021
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Agriculture,Environmental Management
Salary Range:As per company salary scale
Years of Experience:2 - 3 Years
Contract Duration:7 month(s)
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Fixed-term
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About Afghanistan Holding Group:


Afghanistan Holding Group (AHG) has been providing an outstanding and satisfactory turn-key business services to over 220 international companies in Afghanistan since 2009. AHG employs over 200 full-time and highly qualified Afghans to produce tailor-made professional services to its clients across the country.

Job Summary:

Data collection in the field of agriculture and other relevant data to prepare Full-Fledge project Document for Community-based Climate-responsive Livelihoods and Forestry (CCLF) project.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The Agriculture Specialist will work under the supervision of the international consultant as well as programme analyst in UNDP country office. He or she will also liaise with the Sustainable Development Unit of UNDP based in UNDP country office to ensure technical soundness and compliance of the project document with the requirements of the GEF and LDCF. The Livelihood Specialist will work in a team to collect data, plan and design climate resilience projects for the comprehensive project document. During the assignment, the Livelihood Specialist will also liaise and work in close cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and livestock (MAIL), and relevant government officials, in particular from MRRD and the UN agencies like UNEP.

  • Provide technical and planning support in the area of the climate resilience livelihoods to the PPG team leader.
  • Prepare technical specifications of the livelihoods project
  • Provide technical guidance for the marketing and market forward and backward linkages for the alternative livelihoods.
  • Identify, plan and design rangeland management, forestry and reforestation projects.
  • Prepare cost and estimation for the livelihood’s projects
  • Identify existing livelihood assistance provided by other partners in the selected provinces
  • Map out existing livelihood related support that exists in the target districts/communities and facilitate a dialogue with provincial government authorities about ways in which these agencies can be more effectively integrated into the sub-national development planning process;
  •  Assess the existing livelihood practices in the target sites; assess to what extent these practices (including the livelihood support provided by agencies listed above) take into account future climate change scenarios such as an increasing monsoon rainfall, decreasing dry season rainfall, and increasing variability in rainfall. If “business-as-usual” livelihood support is provided by these institutions, they represent the baseline development that can be made more climate-smart with LDCF resources.
  • Identify, from the global, regional and national good practices, livelihood adaptation measures that can be introduced through this project;
  • Carry out a preliminary costing exercise along with a calculation of potential beneficiaries (individuals or households), which will feed into the Total Budget and Work Plan section and Socio-economic Benefits section of the project document. 
  • Identify the delivery mechanism for such measures taking into consideration financial and institutional sustainability options. In other words, the project should not provide a stand-alone grant or technical assistance to a local NGO if continued assistance from the NGO to farmers beyond the project cannot be ensured; and
  • Facilitate dialogues with other development partners, to formalize a partnership agreement for their contributions during the project implementation.

Expected Outputs, Deliverables and Timelines: Based on the scope of work outlined above, the consultant will be expected to deliver the following outputs:

  • Inception report which contains a detailed data collection work plan for climate-resilience Livelihoods projects in agricultural sector, including timelines and activities that the consultant plans to undertake in order to complete this assignment, to be submitted for review and approval to UNDP; 8 working days; 9% payment of total contract
  • Providing data to the international consultant (team leader) to prepare a draft Prodoc with technical inputs of the climate-resilience Livelihoods projects in agricultural sector with full design and cost estimation and providing necessary data to be used in the comprehensive log-frame of the project, validation workshop reflecting the views of stakeholders after consultations undertaken, to be submitted within two months upon contract signature; 42 working days; 47% payment of total contract;
  • Conducting Pre-PAC and LPAC meeting, integration of and/or responses to comments and/or recommendations of stakeholders received in the agricultural sector during Pre-PAC and LPAC meeting during and Incorporation of any other comments received from all relevant stakeholders including UNDP and GEF-Sec; 20 working days; 22% payment of total contract;
  • Data collection for Final Full-Size UNDP/GEF Project Document (Prodoc) and Financial Strategy Plan (FSP) on “Community-based Climate-responsive Livelihoods (CCLF)”; 20 working days; 22% payment of total contract.

Institutional arrangement: The Agriculture Specialist work under the direct supervision of the team leader and sustainability unit head and programme analyst. Advice and support will also be provided by the UNDP Bangkok team.

Job Requirement:

The consultant should possess the following expertise and qualification:



Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferable) in a relevant area such as natural resource management, agricultural development, socio-economic, climatology/meteorology, water resources management, environmental sciences, disaster management, development studies, and/or related fields

 Experience and Skills:

  • At least 2 years of practical working experience in agriculture, livelihood, natural resource management and rural development project at sub-national and local level;
  • Proven experience in conducting assessment and analysis of agriculture and livelihood related options/activities
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of sub-national institutional contexts of Afghanistan.
  • Experience in working with local government or NGOs on agriculture/livelihood related activities in Afghanistan.

Language requirements:

  • Fluency written and oral and English required;
  • Fluency in both Pashto and Dari Language is also required.

Contract Duration: 90 days within 6 months

Contract type: Deliverable based

Job Location: Kabul, Afghanistan (with travel to provinces)

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul

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