Regional Agriculture Specialist

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Regional Agriculture Specialist

  • Post Date:November 10, 2022
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  • Career Level Officer
    Experience 7 Years
    Gender Both
  • Industry Agriculture
    Qualification Master’s Degree
    Salary As per Organization Salary Scale
  • Number of Opportunities 8
    Vacancy Number 2203042
    Location Kabul, Nangarhar, Bamyan, Paktya, Kunduz, Balkh, Kandahar, Herat
Job Description

About Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations:


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.

Job Summary:

Afghanistan is suffering its worst drought in recent history, putting millions of people at risk of acute food insecurity. FAO is on the ground supporting the most vulnerable farmers with agriculture inputs such as certified wheat seed, fertilizers and vegetable kits on time for the main planting season as well as focusing on investments in agriculture sectoral growth and resilience building. In order for taking forward FAO’s humanitarian response in the agriculture sector as well as the longer term sectoral growth and resilience building, there is a need for the position of Regional Agriculture Specialist who can assist Regional Coordinator on technical issue of agriculture.

There are eight positions, one per duty station: Bamyan, Kandahar, Jalalabad, Kunduz, Mazar-e-Sharif, Kabul, Gardez and Herat.

These are National Project Personnel positions – SB4.

Reporting Lines


Overall supervision of the FAO Representative, the direct supervision of the Regional Coordinator and the technical supervision of the Head of the Emergency Response and Resilience Programme Team as well as the Head of the Agriculture Team

Duties & 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.

Job Requirement:

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.









Job Location:

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

Submission Guideline:


  • 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: [email protected]

Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply.