|Date Posted:||Jun 11, 2022|
|Closing Date:||Jun 24, 2022|
|Work Type:||Full Time|
|Number of Vacancies:||1|
|Functional Area:||Business Development and Growth ,Agriculture,Enviromental Science,Natural Resource Management,Social Science|
|Salary Range:||As per company salary scaleAF|
|Years of Experience:||5 - 7 Years|
|Contract Duration:||6 month(s)|
|Possibility of Contract Extension:||Yes|
|Contract Type:||Service Contract|
|Probation Period:||3 months|
About Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations:
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
Position is in Kabul – Afghanistan: with possible travel to inside the country as required and subject to security permitting.
Combating land degradation and biodiversity loss by promoting sustainable rangeland management and biodiversity conservation project is a five year intervention of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) funded through the Global Environment Facility (GEF). This project aims to improve the sustainability of agriculture, forest, and land-use management through rehabilitating degraded rangelands, biodiversity conservation and enhancing and maintaining the livelihoods of Afghan rural communities in Khost, Laghman and Nuristan provinces in Afghanistan by employing the community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) approach. The project has three major components: (i) capacity-building at the national, sub-national, and district levels in community based natural resources management for sustainable rangeland and forest planning; (ii) Integrated management and restoration of degraded landscapes for biodiversity conservation and sustainable/regenerative rangeland management; (iii) Systematic creation and sharing of knowledge, project coordination, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and institutional capacity development.
The Value Chain Specialist will be responsible for conducting value chain analysis for selected rangeland/livestock/ agroforestry products, including validation with local stakeholders. S/he will support implementation of selected value chain interventions including establishment or improved facilities, technical assistance and capacity building, sustainable production and conservation of medicinal plants and agroforestry products. S/he will also be extensively involved in value chain development and implementation.
The Value Chain Specialist will closely work with appointed specialists and support the project task team in devising strategies and plans for implementation of sustainable natural landscape planning. S/hee will provide technical guidance for the implementation of forest restoration and management, agroforestry and small-scale greenhouses under various project outputs.
FAO is looking for qualified national staff to fill the position of Value Chain Specialist. This position will support the work of the GEF-funded” Combating land degradation and biodiversity loss by promoting sustainable rangeland management and biodiversity conservation” project in Afghanistan.
The National NRM Specialist will work under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative, and under the direct guidance/supervision National Professional Officer/GEF Program Manager.
Support the work of the GCP/AFG/102/GFF funded” Combating land degradation and biodiversity loss by promoting sustainable rangeland management and biodiversity conservation in Afghanistan” project.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Tasks and responsibilities
• Conduct value chain analysis for selected rangeland/livestock/ agroforestry products, including validation with local stakeholders, under Output 2.2.1(Value chain analysis conducted for selected rangeland/agroforestry products and recommendations formulated on value-addition and market access).
• Support implementation of selected value chain interventions under Output 2.2.2 (Value chain interventions implemented for rangeland/agroforestry products, including strengthening of RMA/FMA and community enterprises’ capacity to support value chains), including establishment or improvement of facilities, technical assistance and capacity building, sustainable production and conservation of medicinal plants and agroforestry products.
• Assist the NPM/NPO in managing project staff and consultants working at field sites and ensure that their reports and results are delivered on time.
• Provide any other necessary support to the NPM/NPO in field implementation of the project;
• Perform any other related duties as required.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
• Advanced degree (Master) or University degree (Bachelor) in forestry, rangeland or horticulture or agribusiness.
• For advance degree at least five (5) years of relevant work experience in value chains of natural resource management, forestry, rangeland.
• For university degree at least seven (7) years of relevant work experience in natural resource management, forestry, rangeland, water and watershed management.
• Working knowledge (level C) of English and local languages (Pashto and/or Dari);
• National of Afghanistan.
FAO Core Competencies
• Results Focus
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Prior experience with international organizations, including INGOs, bilateral or multilateral agencies, and UN agencies is desirable;
• Ability to effectively coordinate an extensive, multi-stakeholder project with results-based management;
• Ability to deal with technical, and people management challenges, administer budgets and work effectively with all staff and with groups involved in the project;
• Experience in multi-stakeholder analysis, and in mobilizing or creating awareness about development projects;
• Good written communication skills, including in emergency settings;
• Demonstrated initiative and ability to deliver results within deadlines;
• Experience organizing stakeholder meetings or workshops at national and provincial level;
• Ability to establish and maintain good working relations with other staff/colleagues from different cultural backgrounds as well as with line departments, counterparts, and other stakeholders at the province level;
• Proficient in Microsoft Office package.
• Experience, Skills, and Abilities
• Qualification, Awareness, and Knowledge Sharing
• Demonstrate A High Level Of Effective Team Management
• Interpersonal and Administrative Skills
• Written and Oral/Verbal Communication Skills
• Knowledge of Context, stakeholders, Challenges, and Opportunities
- FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
- Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help please contact: Careers@fao.org
- Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
- Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/ ;
- For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/ ;
- Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.