A degree in agricultural marketing agriculture economics or other agriculture discipline with work experience in rural agriculture and or marketing and agribusiness.
Knowledge & Skills
Ability to conduct assessments especially agriculture systems technology markets and products assessments and using market data for decision making.
Good communicator and ability to train other staff to high levels of competency.
Ability to coordinate multi stakeholder forums and training.
Ability to plan and execute training programs.
Good knowledge of livelihoods security framework.
Good time management and scheduling skills.
Honesty and personal integrity
Able to work in a cross-cultural environment with multi-national and international staff.
Willingness to travel on a regular basis within the country and in other countries.
Demonstrated capacity building approach to supporting staff development.
Requires emotional maturity and ability to adjust to harsh living conditions.
Willingness to be based in Qala I Naw Badghis Province.
Committed to the mission and core values of World Vision.
Excellent interpersonal communication networking and negotiation skills including working in teams in a cross-cultural context.
Knowledge of World Vision and its working systems is an added advantage.
Knowledge and Experience in working with ECHO resources.
Fluency in Dari is an advantage.
At least five years experience working with agricultural production and rural agribusiness.
Work experience in volatile and conflict-affected context.
Duties & Responsibilities
WORK CONTEXT / BACKGROUND:
World Vision is implementing an ECHO funded Drought response project (Life-Saving Support to Drought-Affected Populations in Herat and Badghis). This project will be implemented in the 3 Northern Districts (Gulran Koshk Kona and Koshk Robat Sangi) of Herat and 3 Districts in Badghis (Muqur Jawand and Balamagab). The project focuses on increasing food water and health services access to drought affected communities in the targeted districts.
The project seeks to provide immediate appropriate and coordinated cash food water and medical assistance to ease the effects of the drought for the most vulnerable while implementing durable measures to mitigate displacement of families and strengthen resilience to future shocks. The position of Livelihoods Specialist is a full time project position based in Qala I Naw town of Badghis province in Afghanistan.
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
To provide technical assistance and project oversight for WV Afghanistan’s ECHO project livelihood interventions. The Livelihoods Specialist is responsible for the development planning implementation evaluation and reporting of all livelihoods activities under his/her supervision. The specialists will provide technical and training support under WVA ECHO to help establish food security in the operational districts of Herat and Badghis province. The position will specifically work to enhance knowledge and capacity of communities agricultural groups businesses Department of Agriculture and other local partners to implement a series of activities designed to increase food production using improved techniques for sustainable food supply. The specialist will further direct monitor and initiate necessary fieldwork related to the project’s agricultural efforts. The position will supervise planning and coordination of ECHO Project’s agricultural work regularly inspect project sites oversee implementation of activities provide technical assistance to staff DAIL and community groups and assure quality standards of all agricultural and food access activities.
The Livelihoods Specialist will work under the direction of the Emergency Response Coordinator and in collaboration with the Zonal Managers to perform the designated tasks in order to achieve programmatic objectives and demonstrate a quality of excellent work standards that is an example to others.
ROLE DIMENSION / DESCRIPTION
I. Program Management and Evaluation
Provide technical guidance and expertise necessary to fulfil program requirements.
In coordination with the Program Manager develop and periodically update the Detailed Implementation Plans (DIPs) for ECHO activities under his responsibility.
Provide leadership in developing and rolling out plans for the acceptance of new agriculture technologies and farming practices in Herat and Badghis.
Guide the monitoring and evaluation aspect of Livelihoods.
Prepare monthly quarterly and annual reports in a timely manner.
Monitor project progress ensuring goals and objectives are achieved within approved budgets.
Build up the capacity of local communities government’s Department of Agriculture and World Vision national staff by providing and facilitating the provision of relevant training.
Provide agronomical technical assistance and follow up to Livelihoods activities and other approaches to strengthen market-lined agriculture.
Strengthen capacity of communities to help communities create or improve productive assets for food production for household consumption and marketing.
Oversee work planning and coordination monitoring and tracking of food crop activities; assist with analysis of activities problems and issues which may adversely affect overall crop production.
Develop and guide training focussing on among other issues seed selection improved farming practices more efficient crop production including best methods of planting cultivation harvesting post-harvest handling pest control and effects of various climatic conditions on crops weed control crop diseases and storage as well as environmentally sustainable agricultural practices.
Initiate a market-based agricultural approach including analysing food value chains and linking private sector to targeted farmer groups and communities to improve agriculture production agribusiness and marketing of food crops and facilitate access to price information and connect farmers to markets by creating linkages between farmer groups and the private sector.
Evaluate technical interventions for all agriculture interventions and make recommendations where necessary to strengthen the overall interventions and outcomes ensure sustainable crop production and to link farmer production to markets to generate income.
Ensure the involvement of women beneficiaries in agriculture training activity participation and technical support.
II. Human Resource Management
Oversee recruitment of livelihoods technical staff.
Conduct regular staff appraisals based on WV HR procedures. Discuss and support realistic individual development plans.
Train staff to fully meet job requirements assuring space and opportunities for individual development.
Applications closing date is 20-Oct-2018. Please submit your resume and one page cover letter outlining how you meet the job requirements by email to [email protected]
Please write on the subject of your Email the Vacancy Number (WVA786) also Avoid sending attachment of big size (above 1024 KB) if you want your application/CV to be considered.
Only short listed candidates will be invited for written test and interview.
Local Candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
You can also submit your hard resume and Application to the office by this address:
WV Afghanistan Alley Opposite of Herat Agriculture Department Walayat Main Street Amiriat Boulevard Herat Afghanistan. Phone +93 40224568 | Mobile:+93 797 297 296