AREA FACILITATOR for the Support to the Fruit Tree Nursery Industry Project

  Afghanistan Unspecified 469
Date Posted:Aug 23, 2010
Closing Date:Sep 3, 2010
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Agriculture
Salary Range:31000 - 35000 USD undefined
Years of Experience:2 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: false
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:1 month
Required Languages:



MADERA is a French NGO implementing humaniterian aid programs in Afghanistan since 1988. MADERA was registered with Ministry of Economic of Afghanistan in No. 199, 1/2/2006. MADERA implements rural development projects in various fields (Agriculture, Animal Health, Forestry, Horticulture, Civil Engineering, Handicraft, Community Driven Development etc.) in 5 provinces: Wardak, Kunar, Laghman, Nuristan and Ghor. MADERA’s headquarter is located in Kabul while MADERA is also represented at regional and provincial levels through several offices and sub-offices. Finally MADERA general delegation is based in France (Paris).

Job Summary:

I. About the Fruit Tree Nursery Industry Project

The Project has been planned in recognition of the need to provide support to the development of the private sector fruit tree industry, so as to facilitate rural development and economic recovery in Afghanistan. In particular, the project will address the need for improved production capacity and management systems among Nursery Growers Associations (NGAs) and the need to support nursery growers to improve their technical skills, in order to ensure certified fruit tree saplings are available for the orchard industry, eventually leading to higher quality fruit, higher incomes and an expansion of the fruit industry.

The Project is implemented by a consortium of five partner NGOs (GPFA, CHA, ADA, SAB and MADERA) and build on the work and outcomes of previous projects in the field of perennial horticulture, including the EC-funded Perennial Horticulture Development Project (PHDP).

The action is implemented in the Western, Southern and South-eastern regions of Afghanistan, primarily in the following 9 provinces: Herat, Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar, Kandahar, Zabul, Logar, Wardak and Paktya.

Duties & Responsibilities:

II. Job Description

MADERA is looking for an Area Facilitator for the 3 provinces under its direct supervision meaning Laghman, Kunar, and Nangarhar. The Area Facilitator will be responsible for the work with the 3 NGAs (Nursery Growers Associations) related to these provinces dealing mainly with production of stone-fruit and citrus saplings.

Main Duties
The Area Facilitator will be responsible for:
• Working with NGA Board Members, ANNGO Board Members (Afghan National Nursery Growers Organisation), and other stakeholders to implement various project activities.
• Managing and coordinating the Field Officers in their province(s) of activity.

Main objectives and specific activities will include:

Promote, structure and develop the NGAs
• Guide the development of procedures for identifying the needs and expectations of members about NGA membership and ensuring regular collection of feedback from members;
• Guide the review of the by-laws of the NGAs to ensure they meet the needs of members and are within the limits of the guidelines of the Ministry of Justice;
• Guide the preparation of Action Plans by NGA Board Members;
• Work with NGA Board Members to design NGA membership cards;
• Guide the NGA Board Members to determine improved methods for calculating membership fees;
• Provide guidance for NGA Board Members for ensuring good record keeping of members and payment of fees, and better manage membership;
• Work with NGA Board Members to ensure all NGA members are registered and participating in the ANNGO programme;
• Guide the development of procedures for ensuring that members’ nurseries are managed in accordance with ANNGO standards;
• Work with NGA Board Members to prepare a set of administrative tools (data sheets, etc) that will assist nursery owners to record and follow-up their activities, in order to improve the management of their nursery businesses;

Work on the financial viability of the NGAs and provide them with the means to sustain their activities
• Ensure NGAs have the required tools and equipments for effective functioning;
• Ensure NGA Board Members are familiar with their tasks and responsibilities;
• Organize business management training of NGA Board Members;
• Assist NGA Board Members to develop systems for monitoring production costs and sales revenues of nursery owners;
• Work with NGA Board Members to devise and implement strategies whereby NGAs can justify the support (fees) of members;
• Work with NGA Board Members to devise and implement strategies whereby NGAs can raise additional revenues from sources outside the membership in order to maintain their activities in line with the programme objectives.

Support NGAs in marketing the outputs of their members’ nurseries
• Support the NGAs in organising training for their members on small enterprise management;
• Provide marketing and sales training to NGAs’ board members;
• Assist NGAs to develop mechanisms to provide orchard owners and other customers with up-to-date information about the available products and benefits of those products;
• Support Field Officers and NGAs to maintain and develop demonstration orchards as a marketing tool.

Support the production by NGA members of certified fruit and nut saplings or vines matching with the standards set by ANNGO
• Support Field Officers to ensure NGA members are aware of the benefits of high-quality certified saplings;
• Work with NGAs and Field Officers to ensure all NGA members are familiar with current ANNGO standards and have access to certified propagation material;
• Support Field Officers and NGAs to ensure all NGA members’ nurseries are certified and these nurseries offer certified planting material for sale to customers;
• Facilitate the training of Field Officers by the PHDP Technical Assistance in best practices and in methods of ensuring NGA members adopt best (and new) nursery practices;
• Facilitate exchange visits between Field Officers in order for them to share experience and knowledge.

Internal relationships
• The Area Facilitator will work under the direct supervision of the Consortium Project Coordinator. They decide priorities while planning activities and related means together. The Area Facilitator reports achievements and difficulties encountered. He participates to coordination meetings with Project Coordinator and other Area Facilitator;
• He/she will supervise, monitor and coordinate the activities of the Field Officer(s) in the provinces under his/her responsibility (the Field Officers are responsible for carrying out technical activities at the provincial level).

Job Requirement:

III. Qualifications

• Afghan nationality.
• Degree, Diploma or equivalent professional experience in the field of business management.
• At least 2 years of experience in business or project management, including managing human resources and budgets.
• Fluent in English (spoken, written and reading).
• Management and teaching capacities.
• Ability to work closely with NGA Board Members in a respectful and positive manner.
• Willingness to be based in a provincial capital and travel to remote areas.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office (particularly Word and Excel).

IV. Conditions

• Fixed term salaried contract – 12 months renewable.
• Salary: between 31,000AFA and 35,000AFA depending on experience.

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