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Honeybee Farm Management Specialist

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Date Posted: Jan 5, 2022
Reference: DAI/AVCL/2021-019
Closing Date: Jan 14, 2022
Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1
Gender: Any
Functional Area: Veterinary
Nationality: Afghan
Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Years of Experience: 3 – 4 Years
Contract Duration: Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: No
Contract Type: Consultant
Probation Period: Unspecified
Required Languages: Dari,Pashto,English

About DAI/AVCiLivestock: Founded:   The Afghanistan Value Chains – Livestock (AVC-Livestock) is a USAID funded program expected to run through June 2023. AVC-Livestock utilizes a market systems approach to strengthen and facilitate key transactions at either end of the farmer in targeted value chains – the commercial vendors of the goods and services that farmers need to grow higher volumes of quality produce, and the processors and traders who purchase farmers’ harvests. AVC-Livestock is a market-driven, private sector-focused program that aims to sustainably strengthen the dairy, poultry, honey, red meat, fiber and fish value chains throughout Afghanistan resulting in increased incomes, employment and productivity throughout targeted value chains.Akhund Zada Beekeeping is an Afghan honey production and input supply company located in Paktia Province. Akhund Zada is one of the business which is under the AVC-Livestock partnership agreements. The firm lacks modern and updated technical knowledge and skills in beekeeping operations which results in low quality and quantity of honey, bee wax and other beekeeping inputs. In addition, the firm suffers financial losses due to the high mortality rate of honeybees during the winter and the attack of pests in different seasons. Lack of the technical knowledge in rearing of queen bees in emergency cases. Also, the firm’s honey suppliers lack knowledge and skills in improved beekeeping practices which also results in receiving the low quality of unprocessed honey by the firm. AVC-Livestock plans to hire a Honeybee Farm Management Specialist to work closely with Akhund Zada Beekeeping to increase and build the technical capacity of the firm on honeybee farm management.

Job Summary:

The honeybee farm management specialist will provide theoretical and practical trainings to the AVC-Livestock partner firm, Akhund Zada Beekeeping. This15-day training will cover the most important topics including honeybee disease and pest diagnoses, control and treatment, beekeeping management in four seasons, proper and timely use of bee medicines, bee swarming management, techniques of royal jelly collection and processing, pollen and propolis collection practices, queen bee rearing techniques and linking of orchard farmers to beekeepers for fruits and crops pollination.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Tasks include, but not limited to the following:

• Conduct a quick assessment of the company’s capacity, resources, market and other beekeeping related factors that impacts on the company’s production.

• Make a comprehensive training package on honeybee farm management to the company technical staffs.

• Train the firm technical staffs on hiving and swarming.

• conduct training sessions to the firm technical staffs on diagnosing, control and treatment protozoon, bacterial, viral diseases and bee mites.

• Train the firm technical staff members on honeybee nutrition including proper usage and application of drugs.

• Build the capacity of firm technical staff’s methods for rearing the queen bee practices.

• Build the capacity of firm technical staffs proper and safe use of medicines to avoid contamination of honey,

• Build the capacity of firm technical staffs on process of collection pollen.

• Build the capacity of firm technical staffs on methods of Royal Jelly collection.

• Build the capacity of firm technical staff’s method of propolis collection.

• Build the capacity of firm technical staffs that how convince the farmers for plants pollination.

• All training shall comply with all applicable health and safety measures and safety standards regarding Covid-19, including social distancing, approved and safely used disinfectants and use of PPE.

• The trainer shall develop training material for the safe use of Oxalic and formic acids and conduct a safety training for the oxalic and formic acids

• Deliver final presentation to the AVC-Livestock technical team on assignment achievements.

• Other duties as assigned by the COP or designee

Job Requirement:

• A university degree in Animal science or Animal Health (MSc levels will be given priority).

• At least 4 years of work experience in the field of honeybee farm management 

• Previous experience in conducting assessments and trainings.

• Excellent analytical, communication and report writing skills.

• Good computer and presentation skills.

• Fluency in Pashto/Dari and English.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Paktya

Submission Guideline:

To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter, with the position name and the Job Location in the subject line, by email to [email protected]

To apply for any AVCL vacancies, please make sure you put the title and the Job Location on the subject of your email, or your application will be disregarded by the system.

Please note that applications received after the closing date and without Subject line will not be given considerations. Only shortlisted candidates whose applications responds to the above criteria will be contacted for test/interview.

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