PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:The Economic Infrastructure Development for Afghanistan is part of the NRM Sector of the Mercy Corps Afghanistan Country Program. The Project concerns the rehabilitation of existing yet dysfunctional or inefficient small irrigation systems mainly used for wheat growing in the Northern provinces of Afghanistan. The purpose of the Project is geared towards (i) a quantitative and qualitative increase in yield and yield stability of wheat cultivation per hectare and farming family; (ii) an increased share in created value at the producers’ level through better marketing timing, lower production and transport costs; (iii) a reduction of losses along the wheat value chain from seeds to standing crop to grain; (iv) the creation and/or safeguarding of up to 5,000 jobs or income equivalent; (v) raising incomes for some 7,500 families by at least 600 USD p.a. The Project thus contributes to a sustainable economic development by improving wheat cultivation as well as the efficiency and effectiveness of the wheat value chain thus raising incomes and creating jobs in rural areas of Northern Afghanistan.
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:The Agriculture & Wheat Value Chain Specialist will be based in Baghlan province, work under the direct supervision of the Senior Agriculture & Value Chain Specialist. S/he will be responsible for providing technical assistance in the planning and implementation of the Agriculture and Wheat Value Chain component of the program; ensuring that this component is managed and implemented in line with our program’s contractual requirements. He/she will be working closely with Senior Agriculture & Value Chain Specialist, community mobilizers, irrigation engineers, Monitoring Consultant and MRRD/DRRD staff, CDC, CLCDC, WUA/IAs and Mirabs. The Agriculture/Wheat Value Chain Specialist will be responsible for providing support to the program team to ensure achievement of program goals and mitigation of program risks; this will be undertaken through the following activities.
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