Technical Unit Head

Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 876
Date Posted:Jan 4, 2020
Closing Date:Jan 13, 2020
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Engineering,Agriculture
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:7 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Long-term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English




Agriculture is the foundational basis of Afghan society. Approximately 80% of the population is engaged in agriculture directly or in secondary or tertiary activities.. 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 163 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; (iii) potential national and international markets for CBARD products. The project will be implemented by MAIL. 

Job Summary:

Under the direct supervision of the National Project Manager, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

Skills Required:

TechnicalInterpersonal SkillsCommunication Coordination

Provinces to travel:


Skills Description:

Familiarity with the socio-economic and political context of Afghanistan

Familiarity with project execution modalities such as national execution as well as the UNDP and Government rules and requirements.

Strong interpersonal and communication, reporting and presentation skills.

Work experience with projects funded by international donors.

Extent and relevance of experience in leading and building project teams to set and achieve clear goals.

Extent and relevance of experience in planning, managing, implementing and monitoring projects that are consistent with agreed work plans and key performance indicators.

Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills.

Strong partnership building and networking skills involving multiple types of partners and stakeholders.

Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems.

Extent and relevance of experience in provision of supervision, advice and mentoring to project team and project partners in the international technical cooperation.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Manage and ensure synergy of the activities of the specialists in 1) horticulture, 2) extension, 3) agriculture and Irrigation infrastructure, 4) value chain development, 5) business development services, 6) integrated pest management; and 7) women’s Empowerment on alternative development initiatives.

Be responsible for all technical soundness of CBARD interventions on alternative development, poppy reduction, horticultural inputs, agricultural and irrigation facilities/infrastructure development and capacity building;

Lead cross-project knowledge management and up-scaling of best practices in all the technical aspects of the project and assist the Project Manager to establish cross-project linkages on these aspects.

Ensure the quality and deadlines of report writing/compilation and submission including monthly, quarterly unit Progress Reports,

Ensure the delivery of information in formal unit progress reports or as presentations and desk-level briefings to Project Manager,=.

Lead formulation of operating and technical documents, manuals, policies, designing new concept and introducing of good practices.

Facilitate and support/participate in the regular CBARD project supervision/oversight missions, spot checks, periodic and terminal evaluation of the project in close cooperation with the assigned external parties.

Take accountability for and ensure effective delivery of project outputs as per annual work plan, and identify constraints and issues that require timely resolution and corrective actions;

Recommend agricultural strategies, policies, and procedures by evaluating project outcomes; identifying problems; evaluating trends; anticipating requirements.

Ensure good coordination with provincial teams and service providers, together with good working relationship with relevant departments within MAIL.

Plan, organize and participate in tendering or request for proposal processes for the selection of implementing partners for CBARD technical interventions and ensure the preparation of clear tender bidding evaluation reports. 

Participate in transparent and competitive selection, recruitment, supervision and mentoring of respective project technical staff. Develop terms of references of relevant positions. Ensure efficient HR management, conduct regular performance appraisal exercises for project technical staff.

Develop Terms of References for recruitment and selection of the technical consultants.

Ensure establishment and maintenance of proper electronic and paper filing systems.

Work closely with tight deadline to ensure that technical standards are maintained

Conduct any other task assigned by the Project Manager;

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul


·        The candidate must have a Bachelor Degree in business administration, management, engineering, agriculture, or other related field), from a recognized university with at least 7 years of working experience in managing agriculture and development projects in Afghanistan, and must have experience in managing technical team with diverse professional background and master degree with 5 years of relevant experience.


·        Must have understanding of the mandate of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and livestock.

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