Master's Degree   Afghanistan, Kabul Full Time 960
Date Posted:Aug 10, 2022
Closing Date:Aug 18, 2022
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:2
Functional Area:OPERATIONS,Business Administration ,Computer Science,IT - Software,Agriculture,Social Science ,Project Management
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:

Organizational Unit: FAAFG

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)

Grade Level: N/A

Primary Location: Afghanistan-Kabul

Duration: 6 months (with extension subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability)

Post Number: N/A

Reporting Lines

The Operations Specialist will work under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative, and the direct supervision of the National Operations Officer. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

Tasks and responsibilities

•   Act as a focal point for all project operational matters, organize and handle the day-to-day operational activities of the field programme (including emergency, rehabilitation and development projects,) and take action in consultation with supervisors on any issues which arise during the execution period;

•   Develop and maintain the online and offline Afghanistan Programme Dashboard which will keep track of all the FAO projects in the country with project summary and data; 

•   Develop a system to ensures the timely provision of project inputs (personnel, technical support services, subcontracts, training, equipment and supplies) directly by the Organization or, when appropriate, through contractors and in liaison with other support units; 

•   Develop and maintain database/MIS for FAOAF that will facilitate and track the internal administrative processes of functions from different users at field level and to the focal units at the FAO Representation through eManagement. 

•   Ensure that the web-based tools are capable of preparing statistical tables, graphs, maps and other information outputs; 

•   Organize project task force meetings (as required) and act as the secretariat to such meetings; 

•   Update the status of LFM, work-plan and budget in FPMIS for pipeline and ongoing projects; 

•   Contribute towards ensuring the timely provision of project inputs (personnel, technical support services, subcontracts, training, equipment and supplies) directly by the Organization or, when appropriate, through contractors; 

•   Ensures the completeness and quality of data and documentation in the FAO corporate systems (e.g. GRMS, FPMIS), for all assigned operational field projects and activities and all data stored in the database is checked for accuracy; 

•   Monitor progress of the projects, facilitate/support operational and financial closure and, where necessary, identify corrective measures to overcome operational constraints; 

•   Manage project budgets and Field Budget Authorization (FBAs) and ensure the correct revisions of budget/FBAs as required; 

•   Raise Purchase Requisitions (PR), in GRMS;

•   Contribute towards ensuring the timely preparation and submission of the project progress/implementation, terminal reports and any other reports required by the Organization and contribute towards the preparation of analytical reports on project performances, as required; 

•   Coordinate action concerning the completion of field projects and arrange for timely and adequate reporting, including identification of project follow-up requirements; 

•   Analyse the project status and take action or provide recommendations to the responsible units and officers for correction action on timely basis;

•   Analyse country level portfolio and draft presentation to report country level status of projects/ programme;

•   Provide operational support and promote capacity development at the country-level;

•   Contribute to the resource mobilization activities in the preparation and/or assessment of new projects;

•   Participate in the identification and preparation of concept note and project formulation as required, and provide necessary support on the development of project work plans, operational clearance, appraisal and approval process in FPMIS, quality assurance 

•   Perform any other tasks as required. 

Job Requirement:



Minimum Requirements

•   Advanced (Masters) degree or University (Bachelor) degree in Agriculture, Agri economics, Computer science, Software engineering, Business Management or a closely related field.

•   For advanced degree at least five (5) years of relevant work experience in planning, implementation, and administration of agricultural development programmes, including the preparation, monitoring or evaluation of development projects;

•   For university degree at least seven (7) years of relevant work experience in planning, implementation, and administration of agricultural development programmes, including the preparation, monitoring or evaluation of development projects;

•   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 

•   Working experience in complex programme management; 

•   Previous work experience with the UN is an advantage; 

•   Good knowledge of corporate information systems; 

•   Experience working with donors and other partners; 

•   Additional relevant professional experience in Afghanistan, particularly in project cycle management, public administration or project operations is a strong advantage; 

•   Excellent data visualization skills;

•   Excellent data reading and data reporting skills.




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Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul
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