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About FAO:

Organizational Setting

FAO Afghanistan is investing, across all 34 provinces, in resilience reinforcing actions that focus on protecting agriculture livelihoods and local ecosystems, boosting local production of nutritious foods and cash-incomes, and safeguarding critical agriculture sectoral development gains achieved over the past couple of decades through revitalizing rural markets and economy. In 2022-2023, FAO will, under the life-saving assistance Outcome (1) of the UN Transitional Engagement Framework (TEF), focus on the following four priority actions: (i) Safeguarding Wheat Seed Security, (ii) Enhancing Local Production of Nutritious Food, (iii) Livestock Protection and Dairy Sector Support, and (iv) Restoring Irrigation Structures to Boost Cash Incomes. Additionally, FAO will contribute towards resilience building activities under Outcome 2 of the TEF.

Two positions to be filled: one with the duty station of Bamyan and one with the duty station of Ghazni. 

Job Description:

Organizational Setting

FAO Afghanistan is investing, across all 34 provinces, in resilience reinforcing actions that focus on protecting agriculture livelihoods and local ecosystems, boosting local production of nutritious foods and cash-incomes, and safeguarding critical agriculture sectoral development gains achieved over the past couple of decades through revitalizing rural markets and economy. In 2022-2023, FAO will, under the life-saving assistance Outcome (1) of the UN Transitional Engagement Framework (TEF), focus on the following four priority actions: (i) Safeguarding Wheat Seed Security, (ii) Enhancing Local Production of Nutritious Food, (iii) Livestock Protection and Dairy Sector Support, and (iv) Restoring Irrigation Structures to Boost Cash Incomes. Additionally, FAO will contribute towards resilience building activities under Outcome 2 of the TEF.

Two positions to be filled: one with the duty station of Bamyan and one with the duty station of Ghazni.

 

Project Background

The Community-based Sustainable Land Forest Management in Afghanistan project is the six-year intervention of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) funded through the Global Environment Facility (GEF). This project aims to improve the sustainability of agriculture, forest, and land-use management through rehabilitating degraded forests and rangelands, enhancing and maintaining the livelihoods of Afghan rural communities in Bamyan, Badghis, Ghazni, Kunar, and Paktia provinces in     Afghanistan by employing the community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) approach. The project has four major components: (i) capacity-building at the national, sub-national, and district levels for sustainable land and forest management; (ii) biodiversity conservation and carbon sequestration in forest landscapes; (iii) community-based rangeland management; and (iv) knowledge management, monitoring, and evaluation.

 

Reporting Lines

The Provincial Field Coordination Specialist will be under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative, and under the direct guidance/supervision National Project Manager/National Professional Officer.

 

Technical Focus 

Support the work of the GCP/AFG/084/GFF funded “Community-Based Sustainable Land and Forest Management in Afghanistan” project. The project activities are implemented successfully, timely, and effectively and conform to the project’s objectives. The position holder will ensure strong coordination, partnership and follow up with stakeholders as well as the beneficiaries.

 

Tasks and responsibilities

•    Provide support and guidance to provincial- and district-level partners and local communities on SLM/SFM and other relevant activities;
•    Facilitate the capacity development of provincial- and district-level partners and local communities;
•    Facilitate community-based planning at the province, district and local levels;
•    Facilitate farmer/pastoral field schools, exchange visits and other training, knowledge sharing and awareness-raising activities;
•    Oversee implementation of SLM/SFM practices in the Project target districts;
•    Provide support for M&E activities;
•    Facilitate dialogue between national- and district-level partners, including by providing feedback on Project progress and conflict resolution;
•    Conduct field visits as and when required based on the project work plan and facilitate joint monitoring visits with project stakeholders;
•    Prepare monitoring reports and conduct interviews to write high-quality success stories;
•    Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual project progress and technical reports;
•    Lead project activities in the province and monitor project progress;
•    Provide technical assistance and coordination for capacity building activities at field sites on carbon mitigating forestry activities and sustainable forest and land management;
•    Working with the support of Kabul-based communications staff, clearly and effectively communicate about and promote the project to partners, stakeholders, and the FAO national office;
•    Maintain a good network with local stakeholders;
•    Work closely with the NPM and NPO and Kabul-based management staff to report on indicators;
•    Assist the NPM/NPO in managing project staff and consultants working at field sites and ensure that their reports and results are delivered on time;
•    Provide any other necessary support to the NPM/NPO in field implementation of the project.

Job Requirements:

CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

Minimum Requirements

•    Advanced degree (Master) or University degree (Bachelor) in forestry, environmental sciences, rangeland or watershed management;
•    For advance degree at least eight (8) years of relevant work experience in SLM/SFM and/or climate change adaptation and mitigation projects, ideally in Afghanistan, four (4) years of which must have been in a multi-cultural office environment with an international NGO, Embassy, donor project, or a UN Organization;
•    For university degree at least ten (10) years of relevant work experience in SLM/SFM and/or climate change adaptation and mitigation projects, ideally in Afghanistan, four (4) years of which must have been in a multicultural office environment with an international NGO, Embassy, donor project, or a UN Organization;
•    Strong familiarity with climate change and sustainable land and forest management issues in Afghanistan, including the political, institutional and socio-economic contexts;
•    Working knowledge (level C) of English and local languages (Pashto and/or Dari);
•    National of Afghanistan.

 

FAO Core Competencies

•    Results Focus
•    Teamwork
•    Communication
•    Building Effective Relationships
•    Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

 

Technical/Functional Skills 

•    Ability to effectively coordinate an extensive, multi-stakeholder project with results-based management;
•    Ability to deal with technical, and people management challenges, administer budgets and work effectively with all staff and with groups involved in the project;
•    Experience in multi-stakeholder analysis, and in mobilizing or creating awareness about development projects;
•    Good written communication skills, including in emergency settings;
•    Demonstrated initiative and ability to deliver results within deadlines;
•    Experience organizing stakeholder meetings or workshops at national and provincial level;
•    Ability to establish and maintain good working relations with other staff/colleagues from different cultural backgrounds as  well as with line departments, counterparts, and other stakeholders at the province level;
•    Proficient in Microsoft Office package.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help, please contact: Careers@fao.org
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/ 
  • For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/
  •  Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required. Vaccination status will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.
  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

 

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions. 

Submission Guideline:

HOW TO APPLY

• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
• Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
• Incomplete applications will not be considered
• Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
• We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.
If you need help, or have queries, please contact: Careers@fao.org

 

Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

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