Master's Degree   Afghanistan, Kabul Full Time 450
Date Posted:Jun 30, 2022
Closing Date:Jul 20, 2022
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:3
Functional Area:Agriculture,Social Science
Salary Range:As per company salary scale
Years of Experience:5 - 7 Years
Contract Duration:6 month(s)
Possibility of Contract Extension: Yes
Contract Type:Service Contract
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations:


Organizational Setting

FAO Afghanistan is investing, across all 34 provinces, in resilience reinforcing actions that focus on protecting agriculture livelihoods and local ecosystems, boosting local production of nutritious foods and cash-incomes, and safeguarding critical agriculture sectoral development gains achieved over the past couple of decades through revitalizing rural markets and economy. In 2022-2023, FAO will, under the life-saving assistance Outcome (1) of the UN Transitional Engagement Framework (TEF), focus on the following four priority actions: (i) Safeguarding Wheat Seed Security, (ii) Enhancing Local Production of Nutritious Food, (iii) Livestock Protection and Dairy Sector Support, and (iv) Restoring Irrigation Structures to Boost Cash Incomes. Additionally, FAO will contribute towards resilience building activities under Outcome 2 of the TEF.

Job Summary:

Reporting Lines

The Emergency Project Specialist will work under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative and the direct supervision of the National Professional Officer (Programme) / Emergency Response Coordinator.


Technical Focus

Support the implementation of FAO Afghanistan emergency projects and coordination with implementing partners.  

Duties & Responsibilities:

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Liaise with Implementing Partners (IPs) for the timely submission of weekly updates, profile survey reports, and Letter of Agreement (LoA) supporting documents such as (inputs distribution lists, project photos and other related documents), final narrative and financial reports. Contribute towards ensuring that all reports have the necessary clearances and revisions prior to submission for releasing LoA instalments to the Implementing partners (IPs).
  • Receive and analyse weekly reports from IPs, alert supervisors and Regional Offices about delayed LoA implementation against the work plan or any other challenges faced by the IP.
  • Work closely with IPs and Regional Offices to ensure reports meet all requirements and capture the required content accurately (e.g. including alignment to the LoA, deviation from planned activities, challenges, delays, etc.).
  • Contribute towards the technical review of proposals which are received through Request for Proposals (RFPs).
  • Review and follow work plans of LoAs to ensure the implementation is on track as per the agreed work plan.
  • Contribute towards updating the Reporting Matrix with the distinct requirements of each LoA, and track progress to satisfy these in a timely manner.
  • Participate in need assessment missions particularly pertaining to the resilience of livelihood to threat and crisis at provincial and district levels, and report to the FAO Emergency Response Coordinator.
  • Organize on the job training relating to reporting for IPs.
  • Contribute to monitoring the resilience projects' implementation in order to ensure quality implementation in timely manner.
  • Provide technical inputs for the establishment of the Community-Based Drought Early Warning System in FAO’s humanitarian response projects areas.
  • With the support of the Head of Food Security, Agriculture and Risk Analysis Team provide technical feedback and advisory messages to the IPs for further dissemination to the target communities.
  • Support the quality control of inputs (seeds, fertilizers, tools, poultry and concentrated animal feed).
  • Coordinated with superintendents for the quality control of all inputs ready to be shipped to the project areas.
  • Monitor input delivery plans and follow with suppliers and IPs about timely delivery.
  • Prepare documentation of the inspection process, which includes detailed reports and performance records.
  • Support staff in capacity-building activities and initiatives to increase their level of ability to contribute towards quality project implementation.
  • Support the Head of Food Security, Agriculture and Risk Analysis Team in developing crop calendars, technical analyses of impacts of disasters on the agriculture sector and developing related analytics and visualizations.
  • Perform any other related duties as required.

Job Requirement:



Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced University (Master) degree or University (Bachelor) degree in Agriculture, Emergency Response, Food Security, Social Sciences or closely related field;
  • For an Advanced University degree a minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in food and agriculture-related emergency response activities and coordination with partners;
  • For University degree a minimum of seven (7) years relevant experience in food and agriculture-related emergency response activities and coordination with partners;
  • Working knowledge (level C) of English and the local languages (Pashto and/or Dari); 
  • National of Afghanistan.


FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement


Technical/Functional Skills

  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills, as well as strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to analyse problems, make appropriate recommendations, effective decisions, including in emergency settings;
  • Experience in supporting coordination and relationship management with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated experience in reviewing, analysing information, providing feedback/guidance and supporting trainings;
  • Excellent knowledge of humanitarian principles;
  • Prior experience with the UN or an international organization is a strong advantage.



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  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at ; 
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  •  Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. 
  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO's values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality


FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions. 

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul
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