Extension Specialist

Full time Internship/Job @Ministry Of Agriculture Irrigation And Livestock (MAIL) posted 10 months ago

Opportunity Description

About Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL):


The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is launching the Emergency Agriculture & Food Supply Project (EATS) in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The Project objective is to support critical food supply chains and create short-term economic opportunities. The Project includes three components: (A) Productive agricultural water systems; (B) Critical food supply chain management; and (C) Project management. The Project will be implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) and financed by grants from the International Development Association (World Bank) and the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF).

The Project design is based on the experience and knowledge acquired from several on-going or recently closed projects, including On-Farm Water Management Project (OFWMP), National Horticulture and Livestock Project (NHLP), Afghanistan Agricultural Improvement Project (AAIP), all three projects implemented by MAIL and Irrigation Rehabilitation and Development Project (IRDP) implemented by MEW. The Project will use a community-driven development approach through the Community Development Councils (CDC) building on the experience of the Citizens Charter Afghanistan Project implemented by MRRD, among others.


A Project Management Unit (PMU) staffed with National Technical Assistance (NTA) is financed by the Project to support the national, provincial, and district offices of MAIL for its implementation. The PMU is led by a Project Director based in Kabul.

Job Summary:

Extensin specialist will work under component A and B. Component A support increased production capacity in irrigated and rain-fed areas that are primarily engaged in grain production. It comprises two Subcomponents: (i) rehabilitation and improvement of irrigation schemes to improve irrigated agriculture productivity; and (ii) watershed management and rainfed agriculture support for dryland farming through the development of productive assets and use of climate-smart practices.

Component B: This component will support and strengthen critical commercial food supply chains for food crops with a strong—but not exclusive—focus on wheat.

Under the direct supervision of the Sr. Agriculture Specialist and overall supervision of the Project coordinator.

Under the direct supervision of the Sr. Agriculture Specialist and overall supervision of the Project coordinator.


Duties & Responsibilities:

§ Work closely with the Project Team to identify the needs of extension services to be provided under the project.

§ Strengthen the planning, implementation, and monitoring capacities of the provincial extension workers.

§ Provide support to Extension workers and Agronomists in the establishment of orchards, Farmers Field Schools (FFS), and Kitchen Gardening.

§ Support the provincial extension workers in the introduction and adoption of appropriate horticultural and agronomic technologies both for rain-feed and irrigated areas.

§ Provide technical support to the General Directorate of Extension and Agriculture Development (GDEAD) in the distribution of improving seed under component B of the project.

§ Advice, support, and guide regional Agronomist, horticulture officers, and Provincial extension workers on extension agriculture and horticulture-related issues at the field level.

§ Develop a detailed action plan for the project extension-related activities with close coordination of extension workers.

§ Work closely with the project team on extension activities of modern agronomic practices, watershed management,  and Dry Land Farming.

§ In close coordination and consultation with senior agriculture specialists and IMP specialists develop different training material and brochures for extension services and provide training to regional Agronomist, horticulture officers, and provincial extension workers when needed.

§ In close coordination of ARIA and Extension directorate disseminate improved seed varieties in different regions with the support of Extension workers.

§ Developed comprehensive plan for improved seed distribution with close coordination of Cereal crop directorate in 34 provinces.

§ Frequent visits to project sites in different provinces to oversite project activities and build the capacity of extension workers.


Any other task assign by Sr. Agriculture Specialist or Project coordinator.

Job Requirement:

·      Bachelor’s degree in agriculture (Extension, horticulture or Agronomy)


At least 5 years of work experience in related fields with a Master degree and 7 years experience in a similar position with a degree

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul

Submission Guideline:

Interested Afghans with the required qualifications and experience should submit their applications electronically through an Email address


Submitting your applications please mention the Title of the position (Extension Specialist) plus Vacancy Number and province in the subject of the e-mail; please

do NOT submit any other supporting documentation or educational certificates

with your application. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for

written test or interview

Note: please do not forget to mention the province name in the subject line of your email.

Submission Email:

   [email protected]

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