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Agriculture Specialist (National Consultant) - Re-announced

Kabul, Afghanistan

Short summary of the job:  Data collection in the field of agriculture and other relevant data to prepare Full-Fledge project Document for Community-based Climate-responsive Livelihoods and Forestry (CCLF) project.

Objective of assignment

The Agriculture Specialist will work under the supervision of the international consultant as well as programme analyst in UNDP country office. He or she will also liaise with the Sustainable Development Unit of the UNDP based in UNDP country office to ensure technical soundness and compliance of the project document with the requirements of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and Least Development Country Fund (LDCF). The Agriculture Specialist will work in a team to collect data, plan and design Community-based Climate-resilience Livelihoods and Agricultural (CCLF) project for the comprehensive project document. During the assignment, the Agriculture Specialist will also liaise and work in close cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and livestock (MAIL), and relevant government officials, in particular from MRRD and the UN agencies like, WFP, FAO and UNEP.

UNDP Sustainability Unit

The focus of the UNDP Sustainability Unit in Afghanistan is on reducing poverty and creating mechanisms that help the country to cope with socioeconomic stresses resulting from limited human development, the humanitarian crisis and climate change. The unit provides quality assurance for the Community-based Climate-responsive Livelihoods and Forestry (CCLF) which may be implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL). 

Project  Description

Community-based Climate-responsive Livelihoods and Forestry (CCLF) aims to address climate change induced disaster challenges related to food insecurity, climate change resilient livelihood and forestry. This will be achieved through (1) Strengthened capacities of national and sub-national governments and communities to address climate change impacts (2) Restoration of degraded lands and climate-resilient livelihoods interventions. (3) Natural forests sustainably managed and new forest areas established by reforestation (4) Knowledge management and M&E. The project is funded by the GEF´s Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF) with a total budget of USD11 million, including UNDP USD 1 million cash co-finance. The project is proposed to be implemented in four provinces Ghazni, Samangan, Kunar and Paktia by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL). The project’s proposed duration is from Jan 2022 to December 2026.

Background and context of the assignment

Following the approval of the Project Identification Form (PIF), a full project document should be developed through the LDCF Work Programme which includes a project preparatory phase that foresees the collection of information and gathering of useful data for project design, the validation of the indicative outcomes and outputs contained in the PIF, the development of a full M&E plan including appropriate indicators and baseline, a participatory plan to involve communities as well as the identification of implementing partners and negotiation pertaining to implementation arrangements and co-financing.

The services of an National is to collect data for the team leader to develop the Full-Size UNDP/GEF Project Document (ProDoc) and Financial Strategy Plan (FSP) on “Community-based Climate-responsive Livelihoods and Forestry (CCLF)”.

Scope of work

  • The Agriculture Specialist will work under the supervision of the international consultant as well as programme analyst in UNDP country office. He or she will also liaise with the Sustainable Development Unit of UNDP based in UNDP country office to ensure technical soundness and compliance of the project document with the requirements of the GEF and LDCF. The Livelihood Specialist will work in a team to collect data, plan and design climate resilience projects for the comprehensive project document. During the assignment, the Livelihood Specialist will also liaise and work in close cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and livestock (MAIL), and relevant government officials, in particular from MRRD and the UN agencies like UNEP.

  • Provide technical and planning support in the area of the climate resilience livelihoods to the PPG team leader.

  • Prepare technical specifications of the livelihoods project

  • Provide technical guidance for the marketing and market forward and backward linkages for the alternative livelihoods.

  • Identify, plan and design rangeland management, forestry and reforestation projects.

  • Prepare cost and estimation for the livelihood’s projects

  • Identify existing livelihood assistance provided by other partners in the selected provinces

  • Map out existing livelihood related support that exists in the target districts/communities and facilitate a dialogue with provincial government authorities about ways in which these agencies can be more effectively integrated into the sub-national development planning process;

  •  Assess the existing livelihood practices in the target sites; assess to what extent these practices (including the livelihood support provided by agencies listed above) take into account future climate change scenarios such as an increasing monsoon rainfall, decreasing dry season rainfall, and increasing variability in rainfall. If “business-as-usual” livelihood support is provided by these institutions, they represent the baseline development that can be made more climate-smart with LDCF resources.

  • Identify, from the global, regional and national good practices, livelihood adaptation measures that can be introduced through this project;

  • Carry out a preliminary costing exercise along with a calculation of potential beneficiaries (individuals or households), which will feed into the Total Budget and Work Plan section and Socio-economic Benefits section of the project document. 

  • Identify the delivery mechanism for such measures taking into consideration financial and institutional sustainability options. In other words, the project should not provide a stand-alone grant or technical assistance to a local NGO if continued assistance from the NGO to farmers beyond the project cannot be ensured; and

  • Facilitate dialogues with other development partners, to formalize a partnership agreement for their contributions during the project implementation.

Expected Outputs, Deliverables and Timelines: Based on the scope of work outlined above, the consultant will be expected to deliver the following outputs:

  • Inception report which contains a detailed data collection work plan for climate-resilience Livelihoods projects in agricultural sector, including timelines and activities that the consultant plans to undertake in order to complete this assignment, to be submitted for review and approval to UNDP; 8 working days; 9% payment of total contract

  • Providing data to the international consultant (team leader) to prepare a draft Prodoc with technical inputs of the climate-resilience Livelihoods projects in agricultural sector with full design and cost estimation and providing necessary data to be used in the comprehensive log-frame of the project, validation workshop reflecting the views of stakeholders after consultations undertaken, to be submitted within two months upon contract signature; 42 working days; 47% payment of total contract;

  • Conducting Pre-PAC and LPAC meeting, integration of and/or responses to comments and/or recommendations of stakeholders received in the agricultural sector during Pre-PAC and LPAC meeting during and Incorporation of any other comments received from all relevant stakeholders including UNDP and GEF-Sec; 20 working days; 22% payment of total contract;

  • Data collection for Final Full-Size UNDP/GEF Project Document (Prodoc) and Financial Strategy Plan (FSP) on “Community-based Climate-responsive Livelihoods (CCLF)”; 20 working days; 22% payment of total contract.

Institutional arrangement: The Agriculture Specialist work under the direct supervision of the team leader and sustainability unit head and programme analyst. Advice and support will also be provided by the UNDP Bangkok team.

Requirements

The consultant should possess the following expertise and qualification:
 

Education:

Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferable) in a relevant area such as natural resource management, agricultural development, socio-economic, climatology/meteorology, water resources management, environmental sciences, disaster management, development studies, and/or related fields

 Experience and Skills:

·      At least 2 years of practical working experience in agriculture, livelihood, natural resource management and rural development project at sub-national and local level;

·        Proven experience in conducting assessment and analysis of agriculture and livelihood related options/activities

·        Strong knowledge and understanding of sub-national institutional contexts of Afghanistan.

·        Experience in working with local government or NGOs on agriculture/livelihood related activities in Afghanistan.

Language requirements:
 

  • Fluency written and oral and English required;

  • Fluency in both Pashto and Dari Language is also required.

 

Contract Type:

Fixed Term

Contract Duration:

90 Working Days within 7 months

Salary & Payment:

As per copmany salary scale - Deliverable bases

Duty station:

Kabul-Afghanistan (with Travel to provinces)

Extension Possibility:

NO