Horticultural Project Coordinator

  Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and livestock (MAIL)
Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 1008
Date Posted:Jan 11, 2020
Reference:mail-ta-95
Closing Date:Jan 30, 2020
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Gender:Any
Functional Area:General
Nationality:Afghan
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:5 - 7 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Service Contract
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and livestock (MAIL):

Founded:  


The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) is one of the ministries of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Currently, Engineer Nasir Ahmad Durrani is head of the ministry.

The ministry is working on the development and modernization of agriculture, livestock and horticulture.

Agriculture accounts for the source of livelihood of 80 percent of the country's population, and hence the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture is an institution that is continually trying to improve agriculture, increase yields, and crop farming.

The ministry launches programs in the fields of agriculture, livestock and horticulture to support the farmers, manage natural resources, and strengthen agricultural economics. Ministry of Agriculture's programs include promotion and introduction of higher-value economic crops, strengthening traditional products, identifying and publishing farm-tailored land technologies, boosting cooperative programs, agricultural economics, and export with marketing.

The ministry has a large structure in the provincial centers and in each province, an agricultural directorate and in each district, there is an agricultural affairs department. These institutions work to improve and modernize cultivation practices, increase crops, improve gardening, educate farmers, gardeners and livestock, and artificial insemination of animals and increase dairy products.

History

Afghanistan is a mountainous country with vast deserts and brilliant history of several millennia. Its geographic location and topography is comparable only with a limited number of Asian countries.

The geographic shape of the Afghanistan begins from low levels and rise to high altitudes, finally reaching the “Roof of the World”; this shows that this geography has different ecosystems, changing of the ecosystems causes beauty and attractiveness in our land.

Proper weather is one of the important characteristic which has given Afghanistan a specific feature.

Our country is now under construction; these efforts is going on with the cooperation of hard-working people, agriculture forms one of the important areas of it.

The first agricultural management was created during reign of King Amanullah Khan in 1919; during the reign of king Habibullah Khan and after that a series of measures was adopted for agricultural development.

The measures taken by the Ministry of Commerce from 1918-1937 in the field of agriculture, reforestation, construction of rivers, planting of trees, formation of experimental agricultural farms, nurseries and others are as follow:

1.      Construction of dams and excavation of canals from 1918- 1931.

2.      Creation of first independent directorate of agriculture in 1937.

3.      Creation of Ministry of Agriculture in 1948.

4.      Renaming of Ministry of Agriculture to Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation in 1960.


Job Summary:

Horticultural Projects Coordinator will be responsible for all horticulture related activities of the horticulture projects under the direct supervision of the Horticulture Development Director. He/she will lead all horticultural projects unit and provide support to central and provincial uniting term of implementing of the horticultural projects

Duties & Responsibilities:

The Horticultural Projects coordinator Implementation Unit duties will include but will not be limited to the following:

1.    To provide oversight to the horticulture development department, to include leading the team, work planning and budgeting supervision of activities,

2.    To closely work with Horticulture Development Department Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock to ensuring that activities are aligned with Horticulture Development Department priorities.

3.    Work closely with horticulture development team to ensure that technical components are on track according to projects work plans as well as horticulture development department expectations.

4.    To continuously assess projects implementation and propose adjustments where necessary to keep project on track and/or enhance implementation.

5.    To organize in-country or overseas relevant horticulture technical training for horticulture staff.

6.    To coordinate all horticulture related procurement with Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Procurement Department and conduct regular follow up of the requested items.

7.    To supervise and instruct the horticulture field staff according to the horticultural projects plan.

8.    To participate in Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Horticulture Development Department relevant coordination meetings.

9 To provide the provincial support to ensure the technical programs of Horticulture Development t Department are implemented according to agreed plans and timelines;

10. In conjunction with the horticulture development director, provide technical advice to provincial project implementation specialists, on orchard management activities, including pruning, nutrition, soil management , and other orchard activities;

11. This position is strongly focused on field work, and it is expected the Head of Horticultural Projects Implementation Unit will be pending at least 15 working days one month in the field to supervise, monitor and manage the orchard and other technical activities.

12. To provide technical information on pre and post-harvest management.

13. Establishment of horticulture production and processing associations.

14. To provide technical information on marketing and processing of fruits.

15. To provide standard services, control and quality, packaging to facilitate horticultural production for overseas export.

16. Establishment of horticulture collections, monitoring and evaluation to provide certified seedlings.

17. To collect monthly, quarterly and annually report of horticultural projects implementing by Nation Horticulture and Livestock Project NHLP and Horticulture Value Chain Development Strategic Project HVCDSP and submit them to the Horticulture Development Department.

18. To prepare weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually horticultural projects progress reports and submits them to the Horticulture Development Department on time.

19. And some other activities when recommend from horticulture development department side.


Job Requirement:

Master degree in Agriculture with four to five years’ experience, or related agricultural field with bachelor in Agriculture with 5 to 7 years’ experience on commercial horticulture development projects including supervisory experience in managing related projects.

Knowledge and experience of monitoring and evaluation tools, methodologies and approaches (including data collection both quantitative, qualitative as well as participatory)

Strong interest in monitoring and evaluation and supporting rural development and participatory approaches

Ability to work independently and in team. 



·      Strong report-writing skills in English, Dari and Pashto;

·      Able to enter data into computer (proficient in Word and Excel is must);

·      Fluency in the National Languages as well as English;

·      Capacity to interact with policy planners, senior officials of government

·      Outstanding analytical skills.

·      Ability to present coherent and convincing positions both in writing and orally;


Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul
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