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Climate Resilient Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

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Activation Date: 07 Jun, 2021   Announced Date: 07 Jun, 2021   Expire Date: 30 Jun, 2021

Job Location: Kabul
Nationality: International
Category: Program
Employment Type: Full Time
Salary: .
Vacancy Number: VA-2021-20
No. Of Jobs: 1
City: Kabul
Organization: Afghanaid
Years of Experience: 10 years
Contract Duration: 2 years
Gender: Male/Female
Education: Bachelor’s degree
Close date: 30 Jun, 2021

About Afghanaid:

Afghanaid is a British international NGO (www.afghanaid.org.uk) that has been working in Afghanistan since 1983. Headquartered in Kabul, Afghanaid implements projects directly in 5 provinces and through partners in a further number of provinces and maintains a marketing and fundraising office in London. Afghanaid works in some of the most remote areas of the country and through a range of programme interventions supports development of basic services, such as water and sanitation, access roads, education facilities and other community infrastructure; strengthens livelihoods through improved natural resource management, agricultural and small enterprise development, and improved access to markets; and provides humanitarian assistance in times of emergencies. Gender mainstreaming, local governance and community development are integrated into all of Afghanaid’s work. The results achieved have earned Afghanaid the respect and recognition of stakeholders as an effective and collaborative charity.Afghanaid is a British international NGO (www.afghanaid.org.uk) that has been working in Afghanistan since 1983. Headquartered in Kabul, Afghanaid implements projects directly in 8 provinces and through partners in a further number of provinces and maintains a marketing and fundraising office in London. Afghanaid works in some of the most remote areas of the country and through a range of programme interventions supports development of basic services, such as water and sanitation, access roads, education facilities and other community infrastructure; strengthens livelihoods through improved natural resource management, agricultural and small enterprise development, and improved access to markets; and provides humanitarian assistance in times of emergencies. Gender mainstreaming, local governance and community development are integrated into all of Afghanaid’s work. The results achieved have earned Afghanaid the respect and recognition of stakeholders as an effective and collaborative charity.

Job Description:

Responsibilities are divided into two main categories: Directly responsible and Indirectly responsible. Direct responsibility include activities where the CRSA specialist is directly responsible for delivering. Indirect responsibility includes activities where a partner level staff is responsible for delivering, but the CRSA specialist is responsible for ensuring implementation by providing technical support and/or monitoring implementation.

Output 1: National and international policy makers and sub-national government have improved knowledge of eco-DRR and CRSA. 

Build awareness among national and global policy makers and practitioners through participation in meetings, workshops and other fora at the national global levels (Directly responsible)
Develop factsheets, articles, policy briefs, presentations and films based on data, analysis, lessons learned, and best practice (Directly responsible)
Film screening/presentations to raise awareness of Eco-DRR and CRSA among provincial government staff (Directly responsible)
Training workshops and exposure visits for district ANDMA, DAIL and NEPA staff to build capacity in Eco-DRR and CRSA service delivery (Indirectly responsible)
Provincial and district government staff accompany ARC staff for activity implementation as ‘on the job training (Indirectly responsible)

Output 2: Communities repair/maintain watershed management and disaster mitigation interventions implemented under CBED I, and replicate selected eco-DRR interventions.

Awareness raising of eco-DRR among non-nucleus communities using existing IEC materials (Indirectly responsible)
Exposure visits for non-nucleus communities to nucleus communities to see Eco-DRR interventions (Indirectly responsible)
Technical training for interested CBDMCs on soil and water conservation measures (Indirectly responsible)
Social and technical survey and assessments of the watershed sites (Indirectly responsible)
Develop watershed master plan for non-nucleus communities (Indirectly responsible)
Non-nucleus communities mobilise own labour and resources to implement selected Eco-DRR interventions, as per their watershed master plans (Indirectly responsible)
Technical support to non-nucleus communities in implementation of Eco-DRR interventions (Indirectly responsible)
Completion of plantation and vegetation in nucleus communities (Indirectly responsible)
CBDMC/WMC monitoring of watershed and disaster mitigation interventions (structures and plants) after floods and in summer (Indirectly responsible)
Analysis and lesson-learning with CBDMCs/WMCs if/when watershed and/or disaster mitigation structures are damaged (Indirectly responsible)
CBDMCs/WMCs trained to manage the repairs/replacements with technical and financial support from ARC (Indirectly responsible)

Output 3: School children gain knowledge and skills in disaster response, eco-DRR and climate resilient sustainable agriculture.

First aid training and distribution of first aid kits to schools (Indirectly responsible)
DRR and Eco-DRR education messages for schools (distribution of education posters and ToT for teachers) (Directly responsible)
Provision of water supply in schools without an existing water supply (Indirectly responsible)
Establishment of schools gardens/plantations to teach school children about climate resilient sustainable agriculture and biodiversity (Indirectly responsible)

Output 4: Men and women gain improved skills, resources, access to irrigation, and access to services for climate resilient sustainable agriculture and livestock.

Assessment and selection of sites for irrigation infrastructure (Indirectly responsible)
Construction of small-scale irrigation infrastructure (Indirectly responsible)
Improvement of irrigation efficiency (Directly responsible)
Training for men and women farmers in efficient irrigation/water use methods and technologies (Directly responsible)
Assessment to select main climate resilient crops (Directly responsible)
Community dialogue sessions to promote community acceptance of women’s participation in economic life (Indirectly responsible)
Participatory appraisals to identify political and technical challenges relating to agriculture based livelihoods (Directly responsible)
Development of manuals and training materials (Directly responsible)
Training of trainers for project team (Directly responsible)
Identifying local knowledge, local alternative practices, and local innovation (Directly responsible)
Support men and women to form producer groups (Indirectly responsible)
Training for women’s producer groups in women’s rights, empowerment and leadership (Indirectly responsible)
Distribution of agricultural/livestock inputs to men and women (Indirectly responsible)
Training for men and women in climate resilient sustainable agriculture and livestock production, followed by continuous support (Indirectly responsible)
Capacity building for agricultural extension service providers (DAIL and private sector)
Agricultural extension service providers and ARC jointly deliver agriculture trainings in target communities (Directly responsible)
Establishment of community grain and fodder banks (Indirectly responsible)
Construction of improved storage infrastructure (Indirectly responsible)

Job Requirements:

Professional Skills, Competencies, Values and Attitudes

Afghanaid seeks an experienced, adaptable and creative programme leader with sound judgment, strong initiative and excellent skills in communication, interpersonal relations, decision-making, financial management, project design and reporting.

Afghanaid needs to attract an individual with international living experience, accustomed to living and travelling to sometimes-insecure environments. Women are especially encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will be ambitious, enthusiastic and set high professional standards for him/herself and others. Minimally, s/he will have the following education, work experience, skills and qualities:

Education & Professional Qualification

Essential:

At least a Graduate degree in Agriculture from a well-recognized University.

Work Experience and Knowledge

Essential:

Minimum 10 years of practical experience in Agriculture extension, Climate Smart/Dry land Agriculture, Watershed management, Drip/sprinkler irrigation etc.
A career path that reflects ambition, commitment and determination.
Leadership experience, including proven ability to positively influence others, facilitate participatory strategic processes, and develop the capacity of colleagues and team members.
High level of networking, negotiation and facilitation experience proven through managing partner and donor relations.
Advanced skills in developing and implementing value chain and/or microenterprise, microfinance, or livelihoods programs in developing countries, including with gender-sensitive, nutrition-sensitive and resilience frameworks,
Proposal development experience, including experience leading the technical aspects of complex, large proposal efforts;
Minimum of 2 years living and working overseas, including at least 2 year experience living and travelling in rudimentary and insecure environments; with a strong understanding of the cultural, security and operating environment of Afghanistan or a similar context.           

Professional Skills, Competencies and Qualities

Essential:

Native fluency in written and spoken English language and demonstrated ability to both write and layout high quality documents and to confidently give clear, succinct presentations to diverse audiences
Personal integrity, initiative and drive to get things done and achieve results on time
Strong organisational and coordination skills, able to work with significant levels of initiative and autonomy, manage organisational and personal priorities and meet tight deadlines
Endurance, fitness, effective under pressure and willing to work beyond normal work hours; able to work and manage teams to tight deadlines. 
An outgoing and engaging personality with a strong sense of humour, able to built trust, work collaboratively in teams and manage relationships with a variety of stakeholders, from donor agency heads to field-level project staff. A proven ability to persuade and positively influence others
Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and ability to enjoy living and work in diverse multi-cultural environment
Creativity, flexible and excellent problem solving skills with the ability to deal with difficult, often ambiguous and challenging situations
Proficiency in common computer software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
Knowledge of personal strengths and weaknesses and a commitment to continual learning and improvement
Commitment to the vision and mission of Afghanaid

Submission Guideline:

Please email a covering letter of application and your CV to [email protected] including the job title and your name in the subject line by 30th June 2020. Your covering letter should be no more than 4 standard A4 pages in length and explain how you meet capacity required for the key responsibilities and why you feel you would be a suitable candidate for this role. Your CV should be no more than 4 pages and include 3 professional references including your current employer. The precision and style with which you present yourself in your covering letter and CV will be given significant weight in short listing candidates.

Submission Email:

[email protected]

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