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Work type: Contract
Location: Afghanistan
Categories: International development

Agricultural Value Chain Experts– Afghanistan

Independent Technical Reviewer (ITR), Comprehensive Agriculture and Rural Development Facility (CARD-F)

  • Value Chain Experts for third-party agriculture monitoring project
  • Afghanistan

 

The Programme

CARD-F is an agricultural value chains development programme, jointly funded by DFID and DANIDA that aims to generate jobs and increase incomes. Under Phase 1 (2009 to 2014), it delivered five integrated Economic Development Packages (EDPs) at district level in the provinces of Balkh, Badakhshan, Nangarhar and Helmand. EDPs provide a mix of infrastructure, technical assistance, and grants to farmers and entrepreneurs to help develop agricultural production, value addition and access to markets. CARD-F Phase 2 is designed to scale up the support for EDPs, increasing the number of provinces covered and developing additional value chains.  It is also aimed at consolidating CARD-F’s role both as a key component of the Government of Afghanistan’s development of the Agricultural Sector, and as a lead programme in the sector for delivering economic development in rural areas.

As the ITR, Coffey’s role is to provide assurance to DFID and DANIDA that designed interventions are appropriate to the context and beneficiary needs and are producing the required results. CARD-F is implemented by a Management Unit (MU) that has been set up to administer the programme. As the ITR, we are responsible for reporting on the extent of progress and achievement of objectives, reviewing the technical appropriateness and quality of interventions, and collecting and verifying information to inform the continual improvement of CARD-F during the lifetime of the programme.

The Position

In February 2017, Coffey established a smartphone-based data collection system where enumerators deploy every month to project locations across all programme provinces and collect data (including GPS tagged photographs) from CARD-F grantees as well as on agricultural facilities established by grantees with support from CARD-F. These facilities consist of value chain infrastructure such as commercial broiler farms, grape trellises, cotton processing plants and greenhouses. Once the field data is collected, enumerators synchronise their smartphones and the data is verified, analysed and uploaded to an online dashboard by the team in London.

We are recruiting a number of short-term technical experts with a strong understanding of Afghanistan’s livestock and horticulture value chains. We require experts in any of the following areas:

  • Greenhouses (specifically knowledge of good practice in building, operating and maintaining these structures)
  • Grapes
  • Pomegranates
  • Saffron
  • Cotton
  • Poultry
  • Dairy
  • Apiculture (bee keeping)

You will use your understanding in these areas to review, validate and provide assistance in understanding the monthly survey data and prepare written recommendations and guidance for the CARD-F Management Unit to improve these value chain facilities. You will be required to conduct site visits to EDP locations to conduct physical quality inspections and interview grantees and other respective value chain stakeholders.

Following a review of monthly quantitative datasets and/ or upon completion of EDP visits, you will prepare written reports for DFID and the CARD-F Management Unit which detail key strengths, weaknesses, gaps and areas of concern within current EDPs and agricultural facilities. You should also include clear recommendations for how identified gaps and weaknesses can best be addressed so that the MU can take necessary course correction.

These roles are open to only Afghan Nationals or those who are resident in Afghanistan and have a legal right to work there. l. 

The Person

Essential

  • Advanced university degree in agricultural economics, agribusiness management, rural development or related field.
  • Extensive experience working in Afghanistan’s agricultural sector, particularly in one or more of the areas identified in the table above.
  • Strong working experience with key value chain stakeholders (producers, traders, processors, enterprise groups and rural financing institutions/ banks).
  • Experience in monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL)
  • Experience developing ‘donor ready’ technical reports
  • Advanced proficiency in English (excellent communication, writing and presentation skills) 

Desirable

  • Experience working with DFID
  • Dari or Pashto language skills would be an advantage

Applications close:  30 June 2018

About us

Coffey has a 40 year history in successfully delivering international development projects on behalf of donors right around the world, including Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, USAID and the UK’s Department for International Development. Our people work side by side with local partners to support stability, economic growth and good governance, positively changing people’s lives.

Coffey’s Evaluation and Research practice is one of the largest specialist advisory services providers to DFID within the international development sector. This is an exciting and fast-growing practice, with the opportunity to also get involved in a number of interesting projects. The team is currently delivering evaluations across the globe, including large scale longitudinal surveys, randomised control trials and qualitative research).

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