|Date Posted:||Apr 9, 2017|
|Closing Date:||Apr 23, 2017|
|Work Type:||Full Time|
|Number of Vacancies:||1|
|Salary Range:||As per NTA salary scale policyNone|
|Years of Experience:||5 Years|
|Contract Duration:||Not specified|
|Contract Type:||Short Term|
|Probation Period:||3 months|
About ( Ministry of Agriculture) AAIP Project:
Building on the Agriculture Master Plan, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoA), in collaboration with its development partners, has defined a number of appropriate priorities for agricultural investments and policies under the National Agricultural Development Framework (NADF). In order to increase farmers' incomes and improve the food security situation, the GoA is giving foremost attention to strengthening of the agricultural production base. In this respect the government has asked the World Bank for assistance in strengthening agricultural input supply systems. Specifically, the GoA has requested the World Bank for assistance in the implementation of the Afghanistan Agriculture Inputs Project (AAIP) that will consist of the following four components: (i) Improve seed production and certification; (ii) Establish infrastructure and policies regarding quality control and safe use of fertilizers and agrochemicals; (iii) Improve input delivery systems; and (iv) Establish efficient project management, implementation and coordination mechanisms. The development objective of AAIP project is strengthened institutional capacity for safety and reliability of agricultural inputs and sustainable production of certified wheat seed. The implementation phase of the project is expected to start around mid 2013. Under its Seed Component, the project assists the Agricultural Research Institute of Afghanistan (ARIA) with their mandates of variety selection, maintenance breeding and production of Breeder’s Seed, the Improved Seed Enterprise (ISE) with their mandate to produce Foundation and Registered Seed, and the Afghan National Seed Organization (ANSOR) and its member Private Seed Enterprises (PSEs) with their mandate to produce and market Certified Seed. (NB Seed Certification is supported by another project, funded by the EU) Moreover the project will support the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) with the overall coordination of the seed sector. Support provided by the project consists of hardware (equipment, constructions, etc.) and software (capacity building, organization, legislation, technical support, etc.). In order to coordinate the activities and provide the support mentioned, the project‘s Management Unit (PMU), apart from administrative and other technical units, contains a seed team consisting of a National Seed Program Coordinator and two National Seed Officers. It also provides short and long term national and international consultants and staff to the implementing partner organizations.
In close collaboration with project colleagues and counterparts and under the supervision of the National Seed Program Coordinator, establish good relationships and liaise with national project implementing partners, and provide assistance and guidance in their project related operations. His/her specific duties are:
Duties & Responsibilities:
Key Responsibilities of National Seeds Coordinating Officer:
Under the supervision of the National Seed Program Coordinator and in close collaboration with the International Seed Program Advisor, ANSOR and PSEs:
- Liaise with ANSOR, PSEs and other private sector operators in the seed sector on project matters on behalf of AAIP;
- Participate in the planning of certified seed production by PSEs throughout the country;
- Coordinate site selection, registration of growers, use of best technical practices and recommendations for the production of certified seed by PSEs including field and post-harvest handling operations;
- Keep close contact and involvement with the processes of data collection and analysis for certified seed production and marketing;
- Coordinate all internal quality control measures for certified seed production including processing and safe seed storage;
- Work closely with the seed certification service to obtain and scrutinize information on field inspection, seed sampling and seed testing for certified seed throughout the country;
- Participate in seed-related awareness creation and promotional activities at ANSOR and PSEs;
- Coordinate in-country training activities in seed production, seed processing, quality assurance and seed marketing relating to ANSOR and PSEs;
- Coordinate seed promotion and marketing activities carried out by or for PSEs under project support;
- Compile relevant information for preparing project progress reports for the seed component of the project.
- To carry out Functional and organizational assessment for ANSOR/PSEs that includes a capacity needs assessment with the help of International Seed Production adviser (who will be based in ISE)
- Any other tasks as required by the Project Director.
University degree in Agronomy or any other agricultural fields.
At least 5 years of professional experience in seed activities in development projects with BSc & 2 years of relevant experience with MSc
Familiarity with the agricultural production and an understanding of field problems, particularly as it relates to seed production, conditioning, storage and marketing.
Background in designing, implementation and analysis of Capacity building programs
Experience of working for World Bank funded agricultural programs would be a great advantage;
Fluency in Dari, Pashto and English language (written and spoken) - essential;
Proven communications and reporting skills.
Mature judgment combined with a proactive, resourceful and energetic approach to problem solving.
Excellent communication and report writing skills
Capacity to work under pressure and to meet strict deadlines.
Understanding of Afghan agriculture and its challenges;
Able to operate MS office computer programs (Windows, Word, Excel and Email)
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Able to work with less guidance