|Date Posted:||Sep 7, 2019|
|Closing Date:||Sep 20, 2019|
|Work Type:||Full Time|
|Number of Vacancies:||1|
|Salary Range:||As per NTA salary scale policyAF|
|Years of Experience:||4 Years|
|Probation Period:||3 months|
About MAIL (CDRRP, CBARD & CCAP):
Agriculture is the foundational basis of Afghan society. Approximately 80% of the population is engaged in agriculture directly or in secondary or tertiary activities. It is in this sector that the future of Afghanistan’s wealth and potential for capital accumulation resides. While some of Afghanistan’s former agricultural infrastructure have been restored, considerably more, remains to be done. Lack of agriculture technology, infrastructure, and difficulty in accessing markets by farmers still remain as challenges in the sector. This is in spite of the enormous potential of agriculture as the sector that can drive economic growth.
These challenges and dependence of rural households on low-value crops on scarce arable land and their vulnerability to increasingly severe droughts and floods due to climate change adversely contribute to viability of opium poppy cultivation as an easily marketable and drought-resistant option. Having said this, it also presents an opportunity as farmers, producers, and processors and traders are demanding increased support from the government, realizing the potential of agriculture as a viable economic option if provided with the requisite technologies and infrastructure.
The Community Based Agriculture and Rural Development (CBARD) project funded by the US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) aims at supporting improved household income reducing dependency on illicit cultivation / production in 170 selected communities in Nangarhar, Farah and Badghis provinces. The project objective is to prove the viability of high-value agricultural-based interventions in improving local economies of Nangarhar, Badghis and Farah as a sustainable alternative to illicit crop cultivation. The project has two outputs; (i) Local production of, and market for, high-value crops improved; (ii) Community-based agro-business infrastructure are built, developed, and/or strengthened. The project will be implemented by MAIL. The Programme supported by UNDP, provides a framework for increased cohesion of policies, strategies, and results of the ongoing and future joint interventions between MAIL and UNDP.
Under the direct supervision of Female Agronomy Specialist and overall supervision of Senior Horticulture Specialist, the Female Extension Officer will do the following activities:
Requires travel to provinces:
Duties & Responsibilities:
Contribute and support the Female Agronomy Specialist in the proper planning and efficient implementation of high value agricultural interventions of the project for women beneficiaries.
Timely oversight, proper follow up and monitoring of women oriented activities in the provinces including gender sensitive issues.
Identify, assess and suggest effective activities, interventions and implementation methodologies for household economy improvement through high value agriculture farming.
Identify effective investment opportunities for involvement of woman farmers in high value agricultural interventions.
Insure proper coordination with MAIL, DAIL and other related projects working in same area in the provinces.
Support women lead-farmers/farmers, involved in the value chain of high value horticultural crops, toward economic independency.
Conduct need based TOT and capacity development program through FFS and other activities
Train the women farmer groups and farmers in good agricultural practices, agricultural production and postharvest activities of high value horticultural crops.
Utilize effective use of agricultural tools/equipment distributed to farmers and introduce good farming technology, finance, and other postharvest and marketing tools for market growth.
Conduct frequent field monitoring visits to project implementation site specially for women activities.
Generate success stories, videos and reports from the field activities of woman farmers.
Provide and submit timely and quality report to the direct supervisor and project manager.
Any other duties, task and responsibilities given by supervisors and PM.
Job Location:Afghanistan, Nangarhar
The candidate must have bachelor degree in Agriculture or related field with minimum 4 years of similar experience in the field of agriculture/horticulture.