Agronomist

  FINCA Afghanistan
Bachelor's Degree   Multi Location Full Time 2597
Date Posted:May 21, 2017
Reference:FA-KBL-HQ-129
Closing Date:May 29, 2017
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:14
Gender:Any
Functional Area:Agriculture
Nationality:Afghan
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Fixed-term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:90

About FINCA Afghanistan:

Founded:  

The Mission of FINCA Afghanistan is to provide financial services to the lowest-income entrepreneurs, so they can create jobs build assets and improve their standard of living.FINCA International is one of the world's leading micro finance institutions, provides financial services to more than One Million clients through 23 wholly-owned and operated subsidiaries in Africa, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East and South Asia (MESA) FINCA Afghanistan has over 350 employees and among one of the leading Microfinance providers in the country with its Islamic and enterprise friendly products. It is rapidly growing and is currently operating in Kabul, North and West Regions.

Job Summary:

FINCA Afghanistan is seeking Agronomist for strengthening its agricultural credit strategy in the field. The Agronomist will be deployed in FINCA rural branches to promote access to finance and increase outreach of agriculture and livestock activities; provide technical assistance to existing and potential agricultural clients; and support FINCA branch staff in the delivery of agriculture credit and related services to their client base. Areas of focus include technical advisory support to farmers and agribusinesses; product awareness; policy and procedure modification; training and capacity building of staff in agriculture credit from a microfinance perspective. The position is contractual for the period of the contract.

Duties & Responsibilities:


Provide theoretical and practical training on the use of new technology, improved seeds, right inputs, and any other activities that reduce cost and/or increase profits

Assist management develop tools and strategies to mitigate agriculture lending risks, taking into account client feedback on loan product features

Review agriculture lending processes and procedures, provide recommendations for improvement.

Support Branch Managers and Deputy Branch Managers in assessing disbursement risk

Assist Credit Officers in evaluating clients’ credit worthiness and developing loan schedules (based on crop calendars)

Increase the customer base through revising policies, procedures and modification of existing products to meet the needs of the customers

Identify opportunities to develop new or modified Ag-loan products and services, specifically for agriculture value chain actors; and

Develop tools to monitor and ensure that Agricultural borrowers utilize loans for the right purpose.

Develop trainings modules for agronomists and conduct trainings along with the training department

Provide technical assistance in the field to agronomists

Job Requirement:


University degree in Agriculture is required.

Basic knowledge and understanding of best practices and techniques in crop, livestock and horticulture production

Additional qualification(s) in business management, accounting or finance will be favorably considered.

Minimum five years’ experience in microfinance, with exposure to agricultural and/or rural lending preferred.

Experience in developing and/or marketing microfinance lending products, particularly for women and/or for the agriculture sector.

USAID or other donor experience preferred.

Fluency in Dari / Pashto required. Conversant in written and spoken English.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Badakhshan, Sar-e Pol, Jawzjan, Balkh, Samangan, Baghlan, Takhar, Herat, Parwan, Kabul
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