Nurseries Development Specialist

Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 590
Date Posted:Jul 15, 2020
Closing Date:Jul 29, 2020
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Agriculture
Salary Range:NTA, Grade C
Years of Experience:5 - 7 Years
Contract Duration:1 year(s)
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Fixed-term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About Kabul Municipality:


About KMDP

The Kabul Municipality (KM) has received a grant from the World Bank toward the cost of the proposed Kabul Municipal Development Project (KMDP). That builds upon the now closed Kabul Urban Reconstruction Project (KURP) which financed upgrading similar to the works envisaged under the proposed project.

The Kabul Municipality is responsible for implementing Kabul Municipal Development program (KMDP) and Eshteghal Zaiee Karmondena (EZ-KAR) Project on behalf of the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The primary focus of the KMDP is to increase access to basic municipal services in selected residential areas of Kabul City and strengthen municipal finance management of Kabul Municipality and the project development objective of EZ-KAR is to strengthen the enabling environment for economic opportunities in cities (including Kabul Municipality) where there is a high influx of displaced people.

The KMDP Development Objectives are to: (i) Increase access to basic municipal services through investments in critical infrastructure in selected residential areas of Kabul; (ii) redesign KM’s Financial Management system to support better service delivery when reforms are implemented. In the event of an eligible emergency or crisis, this operation will also enable early emergency response through the provision of a quick access to funding. During the project restructuring for the Immediate Response Mechanism (IRM), the results framework will be adjusted to capture the results from the use of the funds for the IRM and reflects any significant changes expected in the original PDO.

The EZ-KAR Development Objectives are to (i) Support for Afghan Refugees in Pakistan, (ii) Short the term employment opportunities and market enabling infrastructure under IDLG, (iii) Prioritized urban investments in four provincial capital cities, (iv) Market enabling infrastructure and reforms for Kabul Municipality and (v) Project Management, Implementation support and national regulatory reforms.

Background of Kabul Greenery Department:

The Kabul Greenery Department (KGD) functioning under Kabul Municipality owns more 112 parks within and in the outskirts of the city covering a total area of 6.6 km . Majority of these parks are not in good condition requiring improved irrigation system and facilities required for a typical park management. Roadside and medians are the other major source of urban greenery in the city. Kabul City Urban Design Framework views urban forests and greenery as integral part of city landscape. In line with KUDF strategic views, there is need for robust investment in reforestation of hilltops and city greenery. The KGD is responsible for urban greenery development and maintenance. The KGD facilitates all activities with the collaboration of 22 districts within the city. Major activities include parks establishment, roadside and median greenery, hills and slopes plantations, maintenance, and nursery stock production. The current efforts have a visible and qualitative effect on aesthetics of neighborhoods, enhanced soil, water and air quality, urban health improvement, wildlife habitat, and possibly climate change mitigation.

Job Summary:

The Nurseries development specialist must effectively plan and manage the plant production schedule, soil availability and plants capacity requirements in the different locations of Kabul. Main duties will include following areas.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Preparation of action Plan for the development of model nursery system in Kabul
  • Prepare recommendations for sustainable growth of nursery system in Kabul
  • Prepare annual planting plans for Kabul city.
  • Create, layer, and analyze maps showing precision agricultural data, such as crop yields, soil characteristics, input applications, terrain, drainage patterns, or field management history
  • Develop comprehensive production guides for all kinds of plants and flowers suitable for Kabul climate.
  • Have a broad scope of knowledge that includes crop and soil science, meteorology, crop physiology, and related fields like predictive modeling
  • Oversee the preservation of site integrity - especially critical in the field
  • Engage in technical report preparation and submittal
  • Provide counseling and advisory services to farmers and gardeners on production issues, for example cultivation, fertilization and harvesting
  • Conduct research and implement new technology and practices.
  • Plans, organizes, and manages the operation of a large Nurseries
  • Prepares budget estimates and recommendations for personnel, equipment, and operating supplies.
  • Selects, trains, and supervises farm and other personnel.
  • Collect information about soil or field attributes, yield data, or field boundaries, using field data recorders and basic geographic information systems (GIS).
  • Identify spatial coordinates, using remote sensing and Global Positioning System (GPS) data.
  • Recommend best crop varieties or seeding rates for specific field areas, based on analysis of geospatial data.
  • Identify areas in need of pesticide treatment by analyzing geospatial data to determine insect movement and damage patterns.
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and bi-annual and annual reports
  • Perform any other duties as required by the department

Job Requirement:

  • Bacelor’s degree in Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture or other related field
  • Master’s degree with (3) years of relevant experience and Bachelor’s with (5) years of demonstrated experience in Surveying, master planning and project management of landscape-oriented projects.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul
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