|Date Posted:||Nov 24, 2019|
|Closing Date:||Dec 7, 2019|
|Work Type:||Full Time|
|Number of Vacancies:||16|
|Salary Range:||As per NTA salary scale policyAF|
|Years of Experience:||2 Years|
|Contract Duration:||Not specified|
|Probation Period:||3 months|
Agriculture is the foundational basis of Afghan society. Approximately 80% of the population is engaged in agriculture directly or in secondary or tertiary activities. It is in this sector that the future of Afghanistan’s wealth and potential for capital accumulation resides. While some of Afghanistan’s former agricultural infrastructure have been restored, considerably more, remains to be done. Lack of agriculture technology, infrastructure, and difficulty in accessing markets by farmers still remain as challenges in the sector. This is in spite of the enormous potential of agriculture as the sector that can drive economic growth.
These challenges and dependence of rural households on low-value crops on scarce arable land and their vulnerability to increasingly severe droughts and floods due to climate change adversely contribute to viability of opium poppy cultivation as an easily marketable and drought-resistant option. Having said this, it also presents an opportunity as farmers, producers, and processors and traders are demanding increased support from the government, realizing the potential of agriculture as a viable economic option if provided with the requisite technologies and infrastructure.
The Community Based Agriculture and Rural Development (CBARD) project funded by the US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) aims at supporting improved household income reducing dependency on illicit cultivation / production in 170 selected communities in Nangarhar, Farah and Badghis provinces. The project objective is to prove the viability of high-value agricultural-based interventions in improving local economies of Nangarhar, Badghis and Farah as a sustainable alternative to illicit crop cultivation. The project has two outputs: (i) local production of, and market for, high-value crops improved; (ii) community-based agro-business infrastructure are built, developed, and/or strengthened. The project will be implemented by MAIL. The programme supported by UNDP, provides a framework for increased cohesion of policies, strategies, and results of the ongoing and future joint interventions between MAIL and UNDP.
Under the overall supervision of the CBARD provincial coordinator and direct supervision of provincial horticulture and extension officer, one district horticulture and extension associate will be based in each of the below mentioned districts within Farah, Nangarhar and Badghis. The District Horticulture and Extension associate will work closely with lead farmers, farmer groups, individual farmers and CDCs to enhance their capacity to identify extension and agriculture development issues, develop plans under a comprehensive monitoring system and extension methodology.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Under the direct supervision of the Senior Horticulture and extension officer, the Horticulture and Extension associate will manage and support all CBARD interventions in the target district. The associate will work closely with provincial technical team for efficient implementation. Other major responsibilities are as following:
- The horticulture and extension associate together with the senior horticulture and extension officer would take part in community mobilization, beneficiary selection, site selection, land preparation of orchards, greenhouses and other CBARD interventions.
-Assisting in establishment of farmer common interest groups (CIGs), choosing lead farmers in coordination with the Senior Horticulture & Extension Officer and (CDCs).
- Support and train farmers in orchards and greenhouses management to enhance productivity in the operating areas
-Supervision of new orchard plantation and greenhouse establishment
- Support farmer groups through field visits and training using the (FFS) Farmer Field School principle and support Farmer's Learning Resource Centers (FLRCs) in capacity building activities.
- Coordinating closely with DAIL extension unit at district level, train farmers on adoption of new horticulture technologies, motivate participatory on-farmers field school.
-Prepare weekly and monthly activity plans and reports
- Any other tasks assigned by supervisor.
• Bachelor’s Degree with 2 years of relevant experience or baccalaureate degree with 4 years of relevant experience in agriculture, with preference given to horticulture/ Agri. Economics & Extension graduates:
Badghis (Bala Murghab, Jawand, Qadis and Ghormach),
Farah (Pushte rod and Khak-e-Safed)
Nangarhar (Rodat, Achin, Khoqyani, Chaparhar, Kot and Sherzad)
Must be able and willing to travel in all targeted communities where the project operates.
• Working knowledge of the sector and experience in horticulture and in agricultural extension
• Must be familiar with the operating area and project interventions
• Should pay respect to custom and cultural behavior of residents of operating area
• Good report writing skills.
• Must be fluent in local languages and able to speak some English
• It is preferable that the incumbent is from the operating district and ability of working in rural areas (targeted or preferable District and village).
• Good written and oral communication skills, as well as strong interpersonal skills.
• Must have basic computer knowledge (office packages and internet)