|Date Posted:||May 13, 2019|
|Closing Date:||May 20, 2019|
|Work Type:||Full Time|
|Number of Vacancies:||2|
|Salary Range:||As per company salary scaleAF|
|Years of Experience:||3 - 5 Years|
|Contract Type:||Short Term|
|Probation Period:||1 month|
1. Project Background:
The AVC-HVC project works with anchor firms nationwide to reverse market failures, strengthen backward and forward linkages, drive growth, and create jobs for men, women, and youth along the fruit and nuts, high-value horticulture, spices, and medicinal crops value chains. The Project contributes to positive and measurable impacts to the sector and ensures that local market actors are involved at every stage of the value chain.
At the request of the USAID Mission to Afghanistan, the AVC-High Value Crops project will conduct a Revision of the Mission-wide Programmatic USAID Afghanistan Pesticide Evaluation Report and Safer Use Action Plan (P-PERSUAP). For this purpose, the project will hire two local short-term advisors for a period of 60 days.
The Technical advisors will work together with an international expert to conduct a thorough inventory of pesticides available in the Afghan market, review the recommendations provided by suppliers and the uses given by farmers. They will organize and manage a series of workshops and meetings with technical experts and policy makers from the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, as well with a series of private and public sector stakeholders and development agencies. They will support the international expert in the collection and analysis of the data, as well as drafting the findings and recommendations.
Provinces to travel:
1. Degree in Agronomy. A post-graduate degree in entomology, or plant physiology will be an advantage
2. In-depth knowledge of the agri-input market in Afghanistan
3. Field experience in crop protection
4. Excellent research and writing skills
5. Willing and able to travel across Afghanistan
Duties & Responsibilities:
a) Conduct a thorough inventory of pesticides available in the country’s major urban centers
(i) Review the recommendations provided by distributors of agro chemicals
(ii) Review the uses given by farmers, as well as current application methods
b) Conduct a survey in collaboration with MEO among USAID Afghanistan project technical staff of pesticide uses and needs in their activities.
c) Organize and manage stakeholder workshops
(i) With government officials to review government policies and regulations regarding the importation, distribution and use of pesticides, in contrast with current practices
(ii) With representatives of farmer organizations to learn about the pesticides currently used for the protection of major crops, as well as the current uses and methods of application
(iii) With USAID’s implementing partners to assess their adherence to the guidelines of the PERSUAP and identify issues constraining their implementation
d) Other activities as assigned by the international expert, or the Chief of Party.
Job Location:Afghanistan, Kabul
Bachelor's degree in Agronomy, A post-graduate degree in entomology