Watershed Management Officers

Vacancy Number:VA-2018-73
Title: Watershed Management Officers
Duration:12 Months
Exp.: 2018-10-20-(6 Months Ago)
Jobs no:3


Organization: Afghanaid | About Afghanaid
City: Kunduz, Takhar
Country: AF


Work Experience:At least 3 of working experience. Years

Education/ Training

Bachelor’s degree in NRM watershed management forest or rangeland management or environmental science.

Work Experience

More than 5 years of professional (practical) experience in forest/rangeland or watershed management.

Professional Skills Competencies Values and Attitudes

Afghanaid seeks a responsible and dependable district NRM-rangeland specialists with strong initiative judgment technical backstopping and adaptability as well as excellent skills in communication community sensitization and mobilization skill and participatory natural resource management.

Specifically the holder of this position should also demonstrate the following:

  • Proficiency in computer software including MS Office etc.

  • Working/practical knowledge and skill of programme input output outcome and impact monitoring.

  • Behavioural role model for peers and fellow team members.

  • Competent to work with significant levels of autonomy and able to meet tight deadlines.

  • A results-oriented approach to delivering work priorities in personal workload

  • Creative and innovative in conceptual and analytical thinking

  • Sensitivity to gender issues.

  • Fluency in Dari Pashto and English (written and oral).

  • Knowledge of personal strengths and weaknesses active listener

Duties & Responsibilities

In 2009 Afghanaid initiated a community based natural resource management project entitled “Upper-Catchments Rehabilitation and Management” (UCRAM -I) funded by the European Union. In order to ensure the longer term impact of the initiative and to have wider coverage Afghanaid started to implement a second phase of this project by extending the implementation from four to eight catchments with the financial support of the EU.  Another initiative Participatory Watershed Management (PWM) began its implementation in Badakhshan with funding from the EU.  A bridging fund project as continuation of both PWM and WUCAM- II is implemented between June-2015 to June-2016 and will cover eight catchments of the Badakhshan province. Afghanaid is developing a new proposal on forest rangeland and watershed activities that will be implemented in two districts of Kunduz and one district of Takahr provinces. The watershed trainer’s responsibility will be to make sure the capacity of community base organizations are built on watershed technical and management aspects during the project timeframe.                                 

Key Responsibilities:

The watershed management officer will serve as:

  • District level rangeland specialist who will shoulder the responsibilities of community mobilization help project management in base line survey Establishment of FMA/FAM/RMAs capacity building of FMA/FAM/RMAs facilitation of FMA/FAM/RMAs Plan mobilize communities for physical work in catchment area.

  • Support conservation and rangeland officer in catchment planning area measurement rangeland rehabilitation planning project documentation reporting training programme implementation and FAM/RMA general assembly and management committees meetings

Specific responsibilities:

  • Selecting watershed sites for intervention with close coordination with NRM and other members of the implementation team;

  • Collecting baseline data for all watershed related activities necessary for soil water and plant conservation and design of watershed projects;

  • Mobilizing local community for establishing community-based institution for Community-based Watershed Management (CBWM);

  • Forming Forest Management Associations (FMA) and registering them with MAIL;

  • Developing NRM plan together with engineering and design team and FMA members at the watershed level;

  • Participating in capacity development needs assessment of the FMA and local community members;

  • Enhancing the capacity and ability of FMA members for better implementation and adaptation of CBWM;

  • Developing and designing the best suited soil and water protection and conservation structures such as check dam and retaining walls along with the other members of the implementation team;

  • In accordance with the climate and soil condition of the watershed sites identifying the most appropriate plant and tree species for the rehabilitation and conservation of natural resources in the watershed sites;

  • Supporting local communities in adapting the best practice of livestock grazing in rangeland areas at the watershed level;

  • Conducting evaluation and monitoring of the watershed management and conservation activities on a regular basis;

  • Conducting frequent surveys and field work for problem identification and suggesting of new watershed sites for intervention in project areas;

  • Providing advice on watershed and natural resources areas suitable for scientific research to contribute in improving natural resources through scientific solutions; and

  • Synergizing the watershed management activities with on-farm water management activities to ensure the use of integrated approach designed for the project.

Community mobilization:

  • Play key role in start off of the project with a transparent catchment/community selection process and share results with line manager at district/ provincial level.

  • Identify rangeland users source of existing and possible conflicts over rangeland use and its dividers and connectors also provide daily report to line manager on possible ways to mitigate the risk of existing and possible conflicts over rangeland use.

  • Through contact with community level influential lead community level meetings explain the project objectives activities expected outcomes and impacts to community people including influential I-Mams Arbabs Livestock owners Land owners including women and men and sign community level contracts.

  • Map community priorities and identify community leaders through community/ catchment level assessments share the proper data with line manager and help line manager in decision making.

  • Facilitate community level meetings to identify catchment level priorities.

Establishment and development of FAM/RMAs

  • Facilitate establishment of FAM/RMAs following proper 9 steps for establishment of FAM/RMAs.

  • Develop curriculum for capacity building of FAM/RMAs and district level agriculture department of the government of Afghanistan.

  • Hold general assembly meetings of FAM/RMAs and facilitate election process for election of management committee members of FAM/RMAs.

  • Facilitate FAM/RMA meetings to develop their rangeland management plans based on their priorities for improved rangeland and livestock management.


  • Rangeland Physical Work:

  • Help project construction engineer to implement construction work in arrangement management.

  • Manage non-construction work of rangeland management through active participation of community rangeland users and government relevant employees.

  • Technically support project operation manager in procurement of project inputs especially those required for rangeland management.

  • Support project operation manager in transparent wages management which will undertake as result of check dams construction contours trenches and other relevant activities at rangeland level.

Project Documentation and coordination:

  • Attend relevant meetings at district level and in some cases provincial meetings and provide report to line manager.

  • Closely coordinate project activities with district level agriculture department and other government and non-governmental organizations at district level.

  • Study grazing patterns to determine number and kind of livestock that can be most profitably grazed and to determine the best grazing seasons.

  • Develop new and improved instruments and techniques for activities such as range reseeding etc…

  • Manage social organizers to help you in community mobilization establishment of FAM/RMAs through proper and locally accepted approaches.

  • Conduct the assessment to identify Wild plants Medicinal plants Forage plants Oil plants Forest residues Soil type Size of soil erosion Types of natural disasters to grassland and rangeland inducing other technical aspects of rangeland management and provide quality report to project manager and technical expert based in ministry of agriculture irrigation and livestock of Afghanistan.


Undertake any other duties as and when required by the line manager and/or overview manager.

Submission Guideline

Please email a covering letter and your CV by no later than 15th Oct 2019 to [email protected] including your name and the job title in the subject line. Your covering letter should be no more than 2 standard A4 pages in length and explain how you meet the essential and desirable position requirements and why you feel you would be a suitable candidate for this role. The precision and style with which you present yourself in your covering letter and CV will be given significant weight in short listing candidates.

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