Social Inclusion & Gender Officer

  Ministry Of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock
Diploma   Afghanistan, Baghlan Full Time 2178
Date Posted:Apr 17, 2017
Closing Date:Apr 30, 2017
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Agriculture
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:4 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Service Contract
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:96,90,66

About Ministry Of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock:


The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock is implementing “On Farm Water Management (OFWM)” Project, financed by the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), in five (5) regions, namely: Kabul, Nangarhar (Jalalabad), Balkh (Mazar-i-Sharif), Baghlan and Heart. The overall development objective (PDO) of the OFWM-Project is to improve agricultural productivity in the Project Areas by enhancing the efficiency of water used. A Kabul-based Project Management Unit (PMU) headed by the Project Manager, with the assistance of Core Team of Specialists, is responsible for execution of the project. Five Area Teams: one each in Kabul, Nangarhar (Jalalabad), Mazar-i-Sharif (Balkh), Bamyan and Heart, have been established for implementation of field activities. The project started its implementation from March, 2011 for a period of 3 years and is being monitored by Worlds Bank. The project closing date has recently been extended up to April 2016. The project has received additional fund from the World Bank (the Bank) and the period of the OFWMP has been extended to December 2019.

Job Summary:

The Project consists of the following parts:
Part A: On-Farm Water Management
1. Carrying out social mobilization for the establishment of Irrigation Associations (IAs) in the Project Areas, including, inter alia, the provision of: (a) training to communities in organization and management of IAs; (b) facilitation services for communities to develop the IAs’ internal legal rules and regulations (by-laws); (c) assistance to IAs in order for them to be registered under the Water Law (1388); and (d) technical training to IAs regarding water distribution, maintenance of irrigation infrastructure, irrigation methods, water-saving techniques, crop-water requirements, and good agronomic practices.
2. (a) Carrying out rehabilitation works to small irrigation schemes or tertiary canals (watercourses) covering approximately 40,000 hectares in total in the Project Areas, including, inter alia: (a) rehabilitation of existing intakes, (b) canal lining; (c) construction of control structures and outlets; (d) construction of, culverts, laundry basins and cattle troughs; and
(b) Improving design standards and strengthening the private sector’s capacity for contract management and construction techniques.
3. Establishing easily accessible pilot irrigation demonstration sites in the Project Areas to showcase improved water management practices/technology and agronomic water saving techniques/measures, as well as proper farm planning and layout for an efficient use of irrigation water.
Part B: Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building of MAIL
Developing the institutional capacity of MAIL to plan, design, implement and monitor irrigation programs, including, inter alia: (a) construction and/or renovation of office buildings, one each in Kabul, Jalalabad, Baghlan, Mazar-e-Sharif and Herat, respectively for MAIL and Project staff; (b) strengthening of MAIL’s Directorate of
Irrigation at national, provincial and district levels; (c) strengthening the legal framework for the irrigation sector, (d) developing a national irrigation program, (e) undertaking of technical training in the irrigation sector including study tours transferring on-farm water management know-how; and (f) developing a database covering irrigation systems throughout the country.
Part C: Project Management, Coordination, Monitoring & Evaluation
Strengthening the institutional capacity of MAIL for Project implementation, policy development, and technical innovation, monitoring and evaluation, by establishing and maintaining a Project Implementation Unit comprised of a Kabul-based core team, five (5) Project Area Teams and internationally recruited experts.
Part D: Support for Productivity Enhancement
1. Establishing easily accessible pilot irrigation demonstration sites in the Project Area to showcase improved water management practices/technology and agronomic water saving techniques/measures, improved agronomic and social management practices, as well as proper farm planning and layout for an efficient use of irrigation water.
2. Promoting land leveling and high-efficiency irrigation technologies in the Project Area.
3. Establishing Information Centers for farmers at the provincial and district level in the Project Area.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The Social Inclusion and Gender Officer will be responsible for regional gender mainstreaming, and promoting beneficiary accountability. She will work with the regional office to ensure that gender equity and social inclusion principles are incorporated into all policies and activities. She will work under direct supervision of the Core Team’s Gender Specialist. She will help the regional office with selecting new Irrigation Association (IA), election for selecting the new IA chairman, meeting with the women Community Development Councils (CDCs) and female community members especially Project Affected People (PAP) and female beneficiaries. She will conduct training sessions for the regional OFWMP staff on gender and social inclusion related topics, as well as required sessions for female beneficiaries of the project.
Her main responsibilities will include, but not limited to:

Assist social team on conducting election and selection of the Irrigation Association (IA) as per the regulations developed by the OFWMP. Encourage and stimulate full participation by all community members; with special attention to poor and marginalized groups and women especially female-headed households.

Consult marginalized groups and women of the community to the extent possible prior to sub-project design and during the sub-project implementation phase to discuss and consider their suggestions and concerns on the gender, social inclusion and sub-project related issues; considering the need of female community members in the design of the sub-projects

Ensure that all social groups including marginalized and vulnerable groups equally benefit from the project activities and avoid social exclusion particularly, ensure that all poor, marginalized people and women have access to information about employment opportunities and are employed based on the selection criteria. Also to ensure that they are well aware of the grievance redress mechanism (GRM) and that it is available and accessible to them.

Monitor the OFWMP sub-projects related and gender related issues in the region. Identify priority issues and analyze their causes and solutions;

Involve all social groups and women in selection of the Irrigation Demonstrative Sites (IDS) through involvement of the IA members and female representative of the community and explore ways to enhance their participation in the project.

Raise awareness among community

members, marginalized groups and women on the sub-project activities and as well on the operation and maintenance of the canal by conducting training sessions and meetings with the IAs and Women.

Initiate actions aimed at breaking down non-participation previously excluded people, poor and marginalized groups and women, apathy and attitudes of letting others do things for them.

Provide training to the OFWMP and DAIL regional staff on gender and social inclusion related topics. And provide training to the women Community Development Council, and poor and marginalized female community members.

Must have close coordination with other regional teams (i. e Institutional Mobilization, Social Safeguard, Environmental and M&E teams…). And close coordination with other World Bank funded projects (i. e NHLP, IRDP, NSP…) in the respective region.

Prepare all the gender and social inclusion related documents (i. e forms, pictures, checklists, videos…)

Guide the project and provincial offices on collecting gender disaggregated data in the project; number of male and female beneficiaries, number of jobs created, number of female community members consulted for developing ESMPs, and number of complaints registered by men and women, etc.

Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual gender and social inclusion reports and coordinate the reports with the Gender and Social Specialist at national level

Any other duties and tasks as assigned by the Gender Specialist and the regional manager.

Job Requirement:

14th Grade Diploma in the field of, environmental science, social science, education, gender or any other relevant field. University bachelor degree would be preferable;

At least 4 years of experience in working with community mobilization activities and empowerment of local actors.

Ability to read and write well in local languages (Pashto, Dari etc), and good understanding of English language

Ability to speak and listen well in local languages (Pashto, Dari)

Good communication and interpersonal skills

Computer skills or potential to learn them, focus on (Ms. office)

Must have social strength to stand in front of a group of women farmers without showing fear or arrogance

A desire to contribute to national development through community mobilization and empowerment

Should be courteous to the local farming community, and must have strong morals, honesty, transparency, generosity, and respect

Well-motivated, good team-player, able to work in a team and alone with or without supervision

Ability to observe and analyze social indicators

Good problem solving skills

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Baghlan
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