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 sectorial ministries of the Afghan government. MAIL’s mandate is to restore Afghanistan’s licit agricultural economy by assisting farmers to increase production and productivity; to manage and protect Afghanistan’s natural resource base for sustainable growth; to improve rural agricultural infrastructure and irrigation systems, and to expand agricultural markets and develop human resource capacity. The goal is to reduce poverty throughout Afghanistan and assure food security for all. Thus, the new direction for agriculture growth is anchored in increased productivity focusing on agricultural products that have a comparative advantage through various value chain approaches.


Organizational Unit/Department: Directorate of Human Resources
Duration of assignment : 3 months

Objectives of Assignment

  • Build capacity of the HR department based on gaps identified
  • To strengthen the HR department based on the development of strategies and guidelines.


  • Assess the current Human Resources (HR) procedures within MAIL.
  • Develop a precise HR Strategic Plan for MAIL
  • 10 staff trained
  • Develop a guideline for project integration and transition framework
  • Prepare an organizational restructuring plan for MAIL

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Phase one:
    • Draft five and ten-years development strategy respectively for HR Directorate in national languages
    • Draft a knowledge transfer plan to facilitate knowledge transfer from projects’ staff to MAIL formal structures
    • Develop an integration plan to bring the HR functions within the current projects under one umbrella
  • Phase two:
    • Assist the HR Directorate on developing a strategy for staff retention and skills development.
    • Provide expert opinion to the HR Directorate on HR related issues.
    • Assist in aligning Ministry’s organizational structures and, functions to be interlinked and results-oriented, both at the centre and provinces, with a key focus on increased coordination and service delivery
    • To assess capacity development needs of HR staff and to design, implement, coordinate and evaluate capacity development programs for them on issues relating to HR management and organization development.
  • Phase three:
    • Undertake situation analysis including examination of strengths and weaknesses of the existing HR directorate, articulate priority issues, identify gaps requiring assistance and document best practices that can be scaled up
    • Develop training plans and provide on job training to the staff of HR to enable them to carry out their job effectively.
      Phase four:
    • Review and analyse existing policies, guidelines and practices of MAIL to ensure they are compliant with the existing national laws and directives, and that they ensure transparency and equal opportunities for everyone.
    • Carry out a comprehensive review of the policies, legislatures, and other legal instruments
    • Other relevant activities as assigned by the Human resource director from time to time.



  • Core Competencies:
    • Result-oriented
    • Teamwork
    • Rapport building
    • Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement
    • Project management, leadership and problem-solving.


  • Proven track record in working effectively within multidisciplinary teams
  • Computer proficiency in standard office applications (Spreadsheets, word processing, Internet Explorer)
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and team-building skills.
  • Ability to use personal computers and related software

Education and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s Degree with a specialization in Human Resource Management, Public Administration or MBA with specialization in Human Resource is preferred.
  • The candidates must have at least five years of intensive experience in the relevant field.
  • Preference will be given to Master’s Degrees and candidates with additional years of experience in the field of HR.

Language Requirements

Fluent 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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