Senior WRI Capacity Building and Training Specialist

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Senior WRI Capacity Building and Training Specialist

  • Post Date:August 28, 2022
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  • Career Level Others
    Experience 5 Years
    Gender Both
  • Industry Agriculture
    Qualification Bachelor Degree
    Salary As per Company salary scale
  • Number of Opportunities 1
    Vacancy Number 2202279
    Location Kabul
Job Description

About FAO Organization


Project Background:

Combating land degradation and biodiversity loss by promoting sustainable rangeland management and biodiversity conservation project is a five 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 rangelands, biodiversity conservation and enhancing and maintaining the livelihoods of Afghan rural communities in Khost, Laghman and Nuristan provinces in          Afghanistan by employing the community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) approach. The project has three major components: (i) capacity-building at the national, sub-national, and district levels in community based natural resources management for sustainable rangeland and forest planning; (ii) Integrated management and restoration of degraded landscapes for biodiversity conservation and sustainable/regenerative rangeland management; (iii) Systematic creation and sharing of knowledge, project coordination, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and institutional capacity development.

The Senior GIS specialist will be responsible for all the geospatial data creation and management which would facilitate the implementation of participatory assessment and mapping of natural resources of the target districts. In addition, they will be preparing land-use/land-cover, watershed and topographic maps for RMAs and FMAs and target areas.

The Senior GIS specialist will closely work with appointed specialists and support the project task team in preparing maps of land-use/land-cover, rangeland hotspots, FMAs and RMAs, mission maps etc which would facilitate in devising strategies and plans for implementation of sustainable natural landscape planning. They will provide technical guidance for the implementation of forest restoration and management, agroforestry and small-scale greenhouses.

FAO is looking for qualified national staff fill the position of senior GIS specialist. This position will support the work of the GEF-funded” Combating land degradation and biodiversity loss by promoting sustainable rangeland management and biodiversity conservation” project in Afghanistan.


Job Description


Organizational Unit: FAAFG

Job Type

: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)

Grade Level: N/A

Primary Location

: Afghanistan-Kabul

Duration: 6 months (with extension subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability)


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.


Reporting Lines

The incumbent will work under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative, the direct and technical supervision of the Head of Water Resource and Irrigation Unit, and the International Chief Technical Advisor (CTA).

Technical Focus 

The Specialist will provide relevant technical assistance and support for efficient implementation of component 2: Provision of Water and Resilience Services of the project.


Tasks and responsibilities

•    Review and identify priority areas for training of NGO, universities, private sector and other staff, select and adapt training modules to achieve strengthened capacity to design, supervise and monitor the implementation of EFSP.
•    Conduct need assessment for conducting training.
•    Preparing of a comprehensive capacity building plan;
•    Prepare ToRs for capacity building for any specific types of training in the training plan.
•    Coordinate with relevant departments of agencies and institutions and establish regular working relationships.
•    Conduct Training of Trainers (TOT) with the classroom session and that on the field.
•    Conduct training to the relevant NGO personnel, community representatives, university students, etc.
•    Synthesize lessons learned and best practices gained during the project implementation in collaboration with the WRI team and feed those into the discussions with other stakeholders.
•    Coordinate in the preparation of the technical materials and technical notes for conducting training.
•    Plan and organize in-country and overseas observation tour, exchange visits, Water Day Celebration, National Water Conferences, etc.
•    Help prepare progress reports, intermediate reports covering special topics as needed.


Job Requirements



Minimum Requirements

•    Master’s degree or university degree in agriculture, social sciences, management or related field.
•    Minimum of Seven (7) years of relevant experience with a Bachelor degree or a minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience with a Master’s degree.
•    Experience with the World Bank project will be desirable
•    Working knowledge (level C) of English and the 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 

•    Excellent Knowledge and skill in the Training and capacity building activities
•    Strong computer skills, especially all MS Office applications and basic internet search engines or other relevant online tools.
•    Excellent knowledge and  skill in the management, computer, and networking
•    Excellent interpersonal communication and coordination skills, and a proven ability to work constructively with a variety of stakeholders to achieve common goals.
•    Ability to work with minimum supervision in a multi-cultural environment.
•    Excellent report writing skills

  • 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: [email protected]
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
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  •  Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
  • 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. 

Skills Required

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
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• 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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