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Livelihoods Officer

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Date Posted: Dec 15, 2021
Reference: 0509
Closing Date: Dec 22, 2021
Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 8
Gender: Any
Functional Area: Data Collection
Nationality: Afghan
Salary Range: 1200 – 1300 USD monthly
Years of Experience: 1 – 3 Years
Contract Duration: 12 month(s)
Possibility of Contract Extension: Yes
Contract Type: Permanent
Probation Period: 1 month
Required Languages: Dari,Pashto,English

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Job Summary:

Objective of the assignment:

There’s a need for 8 Livelihoods Officer to assist implementation of Area Based Project activities in Mazar, Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Kabul, Kunduz, Bamiyan and Gardiz. The Livelihoods Officer are assisting the Field Coordinators. Their main responsibility is to collect data from the field and survey, plan, design livelihoods related projects and then monitors projects on the field. They will assist in coordinating between UNDP and community on implementation of the activities expected in the 8 provinces mentioned above. The incumbents will be assisting the Field Coordinator in coordination with provincial administration such that implementation challenges are avoided. The incumbents will be responsible for providing full support in implementation of the UNDP ABP activities in the respective regions and necessary technical assistance will be provided from the project’s office.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Scope of work:

The Livelihoods Officer will work under the direct supervision of the Field Coordinator and in close collaboration with head of the ABADEI programme. The field Livelihoods Officer will have the following duties and responsibilities:

·        Design livelihoods project as per the ABADEI requirements.

·        Provide technical guidance for the marketing and market forward and backward linkages for the alternative livelihoods and SMEs.

·        Design livelihoods project for women such as SMEs, green houses, honey and beeswax processing and marketing

·        Management of livelihood resources as identified in the ABADEI project document in the field.

·        Implementation of livelihood operational plans in the field.

·        Development of livelihood assessment at the community level.

·        Contribute technical specifications for the market surveys, training of beneficiaries on various skills.

·        Provide technical guidance for the marketing and market forward and backward linkages for the alternative livelihoods and SMEs.

·        Contribute to rangeland management strategies and reforestation.

·        Apiculture, including honey and beeswax processing and marketing.

·        Map out existing livelihood related support that exists in the target districts/communities and facilitate a dialogue with provincial government authorities about ways in which these agencies can be more effectively integrated into the sub-national development planning process.

·        Assess the existing livelihood practices in the target sites; assess to what extent these practices (including the livelihood support provided by agencies listed above) take into account future climate change scenarios such as an increasing monsoon rainfall, decreasing dry season rainfall, and increasing variability in rainfall.

·        Carry out a preliminary costing exercise along with a calculation of potential beneficiaries (individuals or households), which will feed into the Total Budget and Work Plan section and Socio-economic Benefits section of the project document. 

·        Identify the delivery mechanism for such measures taking into considerations financial and institutional sustainability options; and

·        Mapping and Assessment report of existing livelihood assistance, socio-economic aspect, describing ways in which they are integrated into the sub-national development planning process

·        Research on the identification of recommended livelihood adaptation measures and proposed delivery mechanism for such measures that can be introduced through the project

·        Perform any other duties as required by the supervisor.


Institutional arrangement: The Livelihoods Officer work under the direct supervision of the field coordinator in each region. Advice and support will also be provided by the UNDP Country office.

Job Requirement:

Experience and Skills:

Bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, agricultural development, socio-economic, climatology/meteorology, water resources management, environmental sciences, disaster management, development studies, and/or related fields

Experience and Skills:

·        At least 1-3 years practical experience with bachelor’s degree

·        Proven experience in conducting assessment and analysis of Livelihoods related activities

·        Strong knowledge and understanding sub-national institutional contexts of Afghanistan.


Functional Competencies:

·        Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

·        Excellent English written communication skills, with analytic capacity and ability to synthesize project outputs and relevant findings for the preparation of quality project reports.

·        Ability to speak, read and write technical and conversational English.

·        Ability to understand new terminology and concepts easily and to synthesize information from different sources into a coherent project document.

·        Skill in negotiating effectively in sensitive situations.

·        Skill in achieving results through persuading, influencing, and working with others.

·        Skill in facilitating meetings effectively and efficiently and to resolve conflicts as they arise.

·        Maturity and confidence in dealing with senior and high-ranking members of international, regional, and national institutions.

·        Displays sensitivity and adaptability to different cultures, genders, religions, races, nationalities, and age groups.

·        Good oral communication skills and conflict resolution competency to manage inter-group dynamics and mediate conflicting interests of varied actors.

·        Good team player, self-starter, has ability to work under minimum supervision and maintain good relationships.


Language Requirements:

Proficiency in written and spoken English and fluency in the national languages (Dari / Pashto).

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul, Nangarhar, Paktya, Kunduz, Balkh, Kandahar, Herat, Bamyan

Submission Guideline:

Submission Guideline: Qualified candidates should submit a Cover Letter and Resume. Please include “Livelihoods Officer – and mentioned the province in the email subject line, and save documents (cover letter, resume, and references) in one PDF as ‘Last Name_First Name.pdf’ (e.g., Smith_Jane.pdf). [email protected]

Submission Email: [email protected]

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