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Re-advertised Agronomist Officer- Female Only

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Activation Date: 26 May, 2021   Announced Date: 26 May, 2021   Expire Date: 01 Jun, 2021

Job Location: Nangarhar
Nationality: National
Category: Program
Employment Type: Full Time
Salary: Grade D, Step 1-3 (NTA)
Vacancy Number: 083-2021
No. Of Jobs: 1
City: Jalalabad City
Organization: IRC (International Rescue Committee)
Years of Experience: 3-4 Years relevant
Contract Duration: 12 Months with possibility of extension
Gender: Female
Education: University Graduate
Close date: 01 Jun, 2021

About IRC (International Rescue Committee) :

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity, and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
The IRC opened the country program in Afghanistan in 1988. Our programs span the range from humanitarian relief to early recovery and development activities, focusing on child protection, education, economic wellbeing, health, and power. The IRC works in 9 provinces throughout Afghanistan, among which some of the most security volatile, and employs over 500 staff.

Job Description:

  • Conduct a sustainable land management study and develop an action plan on agro-based interventions and activities accordingly.
  • Provide technical support, inputs, and agricultural extension services to farmers, farmers groups, and cooperatives for the production handling of high-value agricultural and horticultural commodities.
  • Train farmers in new agriculture technology and horticulture techniques and methods to enhance productivity in the area.
  • Support farmers through field visits and training using the (FFS) Farmer Field School principles.
  • Training of the female beneficiaries on the poultry production and implementation of the poultry
  • activities;
  • Lead the development of agricultural technical standards, training manuals, and other implementation tools for the development of agriculture;
  • Establish Farmers Field Schools (FFSs) and Resources Committee and train them on improved production methodologies and community-based natural resources management (CBNRM)
  • Establish demonstration farm and conduct participatory trials and research, and demonstrate comparative results of improved agro-based production methodologies with selected FFS members.
  • Ensure proper selection of households and FFS members and distribute agro-inputs for the FFS / demonstrational plots with necessary technical support and extension services to the producers. 
  • Link farmers, kitchen gardening, poultry, and livestock beneficiaries to the local markets to generate income;
  • Work with CDCs and develop and implement joint agro-production and ensure necessary technical and extension supports. 
  • Conduct value chain and market assessment, identify potential farming groups and FFSs; and develop value chain and marketing projects.
  • Closely collaborate with the existing dairy farms and link the female livestock beneficiaries to these dairy farms;
  • Design, develop training manuals, presentations, IEC Materials required for the training;
  • Embark extensive field visits, monitor the progress of activities, document lessons learned and best practices and ensure collection and compilation of M&E data and information from the field and prepare progress report. 
  • Ensure close communication and coordination with the project team, district authorities, and community elders through regular visits, participation in meetings, organize joint field visits, and submission of reports.
  • Conduct, accordingly, necessary training for the district and provincial extension staff involved in the project for implementation of demonstration and FFS to improve their skills and capacity. 
  • Review the guidelines for operational strategies and implementation of demonstration plots and FFS with other project staff.
  • Organize necessary field visits to the schemes where demonstration plots and FFS have been established to assess the progress of demo/FFS plots and ensure necessary technical support to the Farmers and district extension staff.
  • Provide recommendations to farmers on improving soil fertility irrigated agronomic measures such as raised-bed furrow irrigation, fertilizers application rates and methods, and water-saving for increasing crop production;
  • Train university and Agriculture department interns on the principles of FFS. 

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor Degree in Agriculture, Horticulture, Agronomy or Agriculture Extension
  • At least 3 – 4 years of progressive work experience in similar roles in the field of food security and nutrition, livelihoods, agricultural extension, value chain, and marketing projects with INGO or Afghan NGOs.
  • Experience in agricultural marketing and business linkages; delivery of field level extension activities; organizing training and delivery; and training received in related subjects
  • Experience in developing agriculture/horticulture-based training curricula, agriculture value chain, marketing, and business development.
  • Experience in facilitating agricultural extension methodologies particularly Farmers Field School and Self-help Groups with a demonstration of participatory research and technology development following Demonstration farms is preferred. 
  • Understanding on research and survey methodologies, designing and implementing food security and nutrition survey, value chain study and market assessment are required.
  • Good spoken and written skill in English, Pashto, and Dari Languages and possess good skills in report writing 

Submission Guideline:

All qualified candidates are requested to open the given link and follow the instructions:

https://rescue.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home/requisition/15934?c=rescue

applications received without a given link and/or online system will be disqualified and remove from the entire process. 

Shortlisted candidates will be directly contacted for a written test and after that for interviews. If you are not contacted TWO or FOUR WEEKS after the closing date .please know that your application has not been successful for the post. IRC Afghanistan Country Office, Qala-e-Fathullah, Street # 3, District 10, Old UNOCHA Office, Beside Fatemia Mosque.

Submission Email:

Refer to submission guideline

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