General Information

Name of Host Institution: Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL)

Background Information about Host Institution

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) is one of the ministries of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The ministry is working on the development and modernization of agriculture, livestock and horticulture. Agriculture accounts for the source of livelihood of 80 per cent of the country’s population, and hence the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture is an institution that is continually trying to improve agriculture, increase yields, and crop farming.
The Ministry launches programs in the fields of agriculture, livestock and horticulture to support the farmers, manage natural resources, and strengthen agricultural economics. The Ministry of Agriculture’s programs include promotion and introduction of higher-value crops, strengthening traditional products, identifying and publishing farm-tailored land technologies, boosting cooperative programs, agricultural economics, and export with marketing.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) with a focus on enhanced capacity and expertise through the provision of technical support and placement of technical personnel and experts under the General Directorate of Extension is determined to recruit an agriculture value chain expert. This will be carried out with the support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) which works to encourage social and economic development through migration and remains committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.


Organizational Unit/Department: Horticulture Extension and Development Directorate
Duration of assignment: 3 months

Objectives of Assignment

  • To find out the main challenges and problems of the horticulture sector by conducting physical surveys
  • Draft and develop appropriate concepts and models in order to bring positive changes to the policy and planning level
  • To conduct a training needs assessment at central and provincial level
  • Build the capacity of the Horticulture department based on the TNA result
  • Build the capacity of the Horticulture department based on knowledge gaps regarding the Horticultural value chain concept
  • To strengthen the important value chains of Afghanistan for new techniques, productivity and access to international markets.


• Number of staff trained with increased capacity (Max – 150)
• Number of concepts/models developed (Max – 15)
• Increase/improve Horticulture crops productivity and market access.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Phase one:
    • Review the current value chain reports of horticulture crops
    • Assess the important value chains of Afghanistan
    • Provide technical support on the Value Chain of Agriculture projects proposed under Growth Accelerator package.
    • Actively participate in the detailed project formulation and assessments and analyzing data from the assessment
    • Undertaking of the qualitative and quantitative analysis on the project proposals in the area of irrigation, agriculture and livestock.
    • Devise and upgrade plans and process that will increase the profitability of Afghan agricultural enterprises, which should ultimately improve crop and livestock productivity and net revenues
    • Conduct assessments of demand and market conditions for products within selected value chains including analysis of input and output markets, their structure and dynamics between actors, procurement processes, related standards, identification of lead firms, etc.
    • Assist in the development of agriculture value chain assessment tools that could be used in future similar analysis by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock
    • Help in the development of concepts for important horticultural value chains
  • Phase two:
    • Develop a training manual on the agriculture value chain including production, process and market sector
    • Provide technical trainings to the staff of the DG Extension on modern and model value chains
    • Introduce and train staff on tools and models used in agriculture value chain studies
    • Conduct a model value chain study for a single and most important crops
    • Provide technical support to the team for conducting value chain analyses for each of the selected commodities. The value chain assessments will entail: the agronomic production profiles (e.g. agricultural management practices, land ownership and use practices); value chain mapping (key stakeholders, flow of supplies and products, flow of funds and information, etc.); functional analysis of each value chain; climate change implications; economic analysis of potential opportunities to add value along the chain; and policy and institutional conditions necessary to create a suitable enabling environment for value chain development;
    • Identify constraints and barriers (financial, technology, infrastructure, human resources/skills, marketing, regulatory, policy, institutional) that must be addressed to enable the development of the value chains for selected commodities
    • Advice on public investments required to support the selected value chains. In the case of public infrastructure (soft and hard), recommend arrangements for financing (i.e. public, private, public-private) and mechanisms for sustainable operation and maintenance.
    • Support the development of appropriate models for public-private partnerships (PPPs) in agribusiness.
  • Phase three:
    • Support in developing a national document (strategy or policy) for Afghanistan Agriculture Sector Value Chain.
    • Help in the development of concepts for important livestock value chains and cereal crops value chains.
    • Work on market chain management of important value chains
    • Perform any other task assigned by the office of the Deputy Minister for Irrigation and Natural Resources Management.



  • Result-oriented
  • Teamwork
  • Strong organizational communication
  • Rapport building
  • Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement
  • Technical writing expertise


  • Ability to use personal computers and related software
  • Expert speaking, writing and consulting skills
  • Considerable interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • Ability to work independently to meet critical and competing deadlines to produce high-quality work in short timeframes
  • Demonstrated competency in research and policy analysis, including ability to identify and explain complex policy issues
  • Ability to work productively with others as part of a team
  • Ability to interpret legislation and prepare drafting instructions for Legislative Council
  • Ability to speak read and write in Dari or Pashto
  • Engaging personality
  • Inspire confidence and effective communication
  • Being discreet and diplomatic, upholding values and ethics that are required of such a post
  • Familiarity with governmental functioning especially at the sub-national level and with field conditions would be an advantage.

Education and Experience

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Agriculture value chain management or relevant subject.
  • At least five to seven years of demonstrable experience in agriculture value chain sector
  • Excellent knowledge of English language with strong oral, written and presentation skills.
  • Experience in research, project planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation coupled with vast knowledge and experience in Environment and Institution building.
  • Proven experience in participatory processes and dialogue facilitation between Government, Development partners, private sector and civil society.
  • Understanding of global functioning and procedures of production, processing and market scenarios and requirements.
  • Good analytical and report writing skills.

Language Requirements

  • Writing skills and demonstrated ability to develop written reports and action plans in both English and Pashto/Dari.
  • Ability to express ideas concisely and clearly preferably in both English and Dari/Pashtu.

Please check the General Requirements before applying and note in particular that the assignments are only open to Dutch nationals, or those with residence in the Netherlands, and in some cases nationals or residents of other EU countries.

The duration of assignments is open to negotiation with to respect to any prior obligations of potential participants (i.e. current employment). In some cases, there is a possibility to split into several shorter assignments.

Due to COVID19, expert assignments might be postponed to a later date than the ones mentioned in the vacancies, or virtual assignments can be facilitated.


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