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Regional Agriculture Specialist


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Job Posting

: 28/Nov/2023

Closure Date

: 13/Dec/2023, 3:29:00 AM

Organizational Unit: FAAFG

Job Type

: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)
Grade Level: N/A

Primary Location

: Afghanistan-Kandahar

Duration: 12 months (with extension possible)
Post Number: N/A

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device

  • 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


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 2023, FAO will contribute to the humanitarian components of the UN Strategic Framework 2023-2025 through 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.  FAO will also contribute towards resilience building activities and longer-term transformational processes as part of the implementation of the UN Strategic Framework 2023-2025.

These are National Project Personnel positions – SC8-1.


Reporting Lines

The incumbent will work under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative (FAOR) in Afghanistan. S/he will work under the direct supervision of the Head of the Regional Office south Region, who will be responsible for all day-to-day supervision and under the technical guidance of the Team Leader, Crop Production & Plan Protection Team. As and where appropriate, the performance evaluation will be done by the direct supervisor in close consultation with the Team Leader, Crop Production & Plan Protection Team.

Technical Focus 

The incumbent will support the regional level agriculture sector activities and provide technical support in the seed multiplication and certification process. Also, the incumbent gives technical advice to various stakeholders, including FAO’s implementing partners (IPs), on wheat and other crops’ cultivation as per climate smart and sustainable cultivation practices.

Tasks and responsibilities

•    Support Regional level actions in agriculture sector in the country guided by FAO Afghanistan’s Country Programming Frameworks (CPF), regional priority frameworks and global level strategic framework of the FAO to transform its knowledge products into regional-level results and impacts;
•    Ensure the quality, consistency and appropriateness of regional and country-specific technical communication materials, activities, processes and messages on agriculture sector shared with partners at regional level in the country;
•    Provide technical advice to various stakeholders, including FAO’s implementing partners (IPs), on wheat and other crops’ cultivation as per climate smart and sustainable cultivation practices;
•    Promote the image of FAO through advocacy of the Organization’s mandate, programmes, national priorities and activities;
•    Support the promotion of public-private sector partnership, and facilitate the implementation and promotion of collaborative activities with UN agencies, development partners and private sectors, including NGOs/CSOs in the agriculture sector as part of FAO’s programming priorities for the respective Regions;
•    Support Regional Coordinator on coordination issues with various stakeholders including IPs and Food Security and Agriculture Cluster (FSAC);
•    Assist on management of overall projects activities as per approved work plan and budget;
•    Identification of potential IPs for emergency response in the region;
•    Assist in monitoring of distribution of inputs (Wheat seed, fertilizer, vegetable seeds and hand tools) to selected beneficiaries;
•    Carry out regular field visits for the monitoring of FAO emergency and resilience projects, including agriculture input distribution campaigns, plant pests and diseases management, locust control, and agricultural sectoral growth and resilience building, agriculture sectoral disaster risk reduction (DRR), and such;
•    Liaise with technical staff in the FAO Representation to address project implementation and program development activities;
•    Support the Emergency and Resilience Unit planning and formulation of FAO’s Emergency and Livelihoods Response Plan (ELRP) as well as formulation of agriculture sectoral growth and resilience building plans;
•    Coordinate with relevant stakeholders, and directorates of key stakeholders including mandated departments, divisions and institutions working in agriculture sector, especially with the Cereal Crops Directorate, Agriculture Research Institute of Afghanistan (ARIA), Seed Certification Directorate and General Directorate of Extension to ensure coordination and exchange of technical information/analysis;
•    Provide technical support in the seed multiplication and certification process of improved wheat, soybean, vegetables, and other legume / oilseed crops in Afghanistan;
•    Prepare all training packages for the IPs (Implementing Partners) related to agro-technique of wheat and others crops;
•    Provide technical trainings on wheat and vegetable crops agronomy to various stakeholders;
•    Support with the assessment of natural and conflict affected households and share this information with FAO Kabul for fund raising and response;
•    Collect, interpret, aggregate, and analyse data to assess project progress and impact against each established indicators;
•    Review and refine process of working collaboratively with partners, including meetings, information sharing, networking, organization of joint events and campaigns, etc.;
•    Assist on surveys / data collection / analysis / identification of any constraints and issues in agriculture sector and support in identifying solutions to address the identified issues and constraints;
•    Provide raw data of agriculture to the technical, progress and terminal reports of the projects;
•    Prepare monthly and weekly reports as well as assist Regional Coordinator on preparation of technical report when required;
•    Perform any other related duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

•    Advanced university degree (Master or equivalent) or University degree (Bachelor) in Agriculture, Agronomy or other agriculture related subject;
•    For Advanced university degree (Master or equivalent) at least five (5) years of professional experience in Agronomy or seed management including the design and implementation of agricultural emergency and resilience projects;
•    For university degree (Bachelor) at least seven (7) years of professional experience in in Agronomy or seed management including the design and implementation of agricultural emergency and resilience projects;
•    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

•    Experience of working with the United Nations or other international organizations (especially those working in the field of agriculture) is preferred;
•    Ability to work independently, to organize and coordinate with demonstrated ability to write clearly and concisely in working languages;
•    Experience of work under emergency conditions is preferred;
•    Experience organizing stakeholder meetings or workshops with various partners;
•    Strong professional command of Microsoft Office, in particular Word and Excel.


  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
  • 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.

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


• 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.

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