Senior Irrigation Specialist in Kabul

Job Location: Kabul
Nationality: National
Employment Type: Full Time
Category: Agriculture
Salary: As Per NTA (Grade-B)
No. Of Jobs: 1
Organization: Roots of Peace
Experience: Minimum 6 years of experience with bachelor’s degr
Contract Duration: One Year Extendible Subject to Project Funding
Gender: Male/Female
Education: Master’s degree in water management / Water Resources Engineering.
Closing Date: 2022-01-18

About Roots of Peace:

Roots of Peace is a humanitarian organization whose mission is to rid the world of landmines and other remnants of war by transforming toxic minefields into thriving farmland and communities, through a focus on sustainable, organic farming practices. Roots of Peace is implementing the 3-year, USAID-funded Agriculture Marketing Program.

The Agriculture Marketing Program (AMP) builds on the successes of Roots of Peace’s 10-year Commercial Horticulture & Agriculture Marketing Program (CHAMP), and aims over the 3-year period of implementation to increase export volumes and values, introduce new agricultural products to the market, diversify export markets and increase value-added processing. The increased exports will create additional demand for agricultural products that will drive job growth in rural areas. Key objectives/targets include increases in exports by US$450 million, domestics sales by US$50 million and jobs by 4,500.

Activities will include: researching new market opportunities for Afghan products; operating trade offices in key markets; organizing or participating in international B2B events, trade missions and trade shows; organizing promotional activities in key markets; providing incentives for businesses exporting new products or to new markets; training in new markets, food safety, access to finance, etc.; facilitating access to trade credit; and mitigating trade impediments.

Job Description:

Senior Irrigation Specialist will work under the overall supervision of the National extension
Director. He will lead the irrigation team for the effective implementation of irrigation
projects. Irrigation intervention will increase irrigation efficiency and water use efficiency in
rural areas. It will contribute a significant amount of water that will be available for the crops
during the high-demand period. S/he will ensure that all activities are undertaken in
compliance with USAID and ROP regulations, policies and procedures, and AMP objectives.
S/he will undertake both administrative and technical tasks.

Senior Irrigation Specialist will work in close synergy with extension team, domestic market
improvement and business development Teams for achieving project deliverables in better
manner within planned timeframe.

Tasks to Support Role:
1) Provide the overall Organizational Planning process and design of an efficient
Planning system for the effective implementation of irrigation projects in the target
2) Assist the National extension Director, for the efficient implementation of the
irrigation projects.
3) Assess irrigation training and development needs of field staff and provide
appropriate induction and orientation, training, supervision, and support as required.
4) Supervision of the water management aspects of the target irrigation channels and
provision of directions to the technical team
5) Design surface irrigation layouts for the high value crops in the targe areas
6) Assess local capacity for community led subproject implementation
7) Coordinating all implementation activities among the team members.
8) Assigning duties and responsibilities to the technical team members in consultation
with project leadership based on Project Implementation Plan.
9) Participate in selection and verification of the project sites in terms of efficient and
effective use of water for high value crops.
10) Assessment of the performance of the selected sites and preparation of need
assessment/diagnostic reports for irrigation schemes and low-cost soil and water
conservation sites.
11) Flow and discharge measurement, water losses calculation, water use efficiency and
crop water productivity.
12) Collection of climatic data (Rainfall, humidity, wind speed, sunshine hours, etc.) from
different stations in region.
13) Do Agro- Meteorological and hydrological data analysis for selected sites and irrigation
14) Ensure and implement soil and water conservation techniques in the established
15) Design various water distribution /regulators structures based on the rehabilitation
needs of an irrigation channel
16) Provide training and field support to project provincial Team regarding surface
irrigation lay-outs sustainable water management / conservational practices and
optimum water use for horticulture crops / irrigation programs according to agreed
plans and timelines for increased production
17) Compliance with essential environmental regulations and regulations and good
customs and practices related to workmen safety .
18) Provision of recommendation for improvement of water management practices in
irrigation schemes.
19) Preparation of plan of operations for water management improvements in irrigation
schemes and watershed sites.
20) Perform other duties as assigned by the relevant supervisor

1) Provide inputs (text and photos) for AMP monthly and quarterly reports.
2) Oversee the utilization of fund in the irrigation projects
3) Provide data and information to the AMP M&E personnel, as required.

Job Requirements:

1) Master’s degree in water management / Water Resources Engineering.
2) Minimum 6 years of experience with bachelor’s degree & 3 Years of Experience with
master’s degree in the related field
3) Good knowledge of Management, practical irrigation on farm water management
concept, analyses, report writing, evaluations, assessment, and presentation.

Work Experience:
1) Experience in using crop water requirement estimation model (CROPWAT 8.0), Aqua
Crop etc.
2) Have proven experience in low const soil and water conservation techniques and
3) Having extensive experiences in high efficiency irrigation system
4) Practical experience in the analysis of hydrological data.
5) Proven recent experience in On-Farm Water-Use management / irrigation lay-outs
designs of irrigation methods in Afghanistan
6) Experience in sustainable water management of orchards and vineyards planted with
temperate / sub-tropical crops like Almonds Apricots Apples Pomegranate Grapes

1) Must have demonstrated understanding of coordination, Supervision and project
management skills with diverse team and large flow of information and activities.
2) Must be able to work independently and prioritize, show initiative experience in an
NGO setting.
3) Ability and flexibility to work under stress and understanding to address sensitive
social and/or political issues.
4) Fluency in English language both spoken and written, in addition to local languages
Dari and Pashto
5) Demonstrated planning, analytical and problem-solving skills.
6) Ability to set priorities and manage time effectively.
7) Ability to think and communicate clearly with others, motivate and lead people.
8) Advance computer skills specially in Micro soft Office
9) Strong analytical and communication, report writing and presentation skills
Supervisory responsibility:
1) Should directly supervise the Irrigation technical team for smooth implementation of
the program requirements.

Submission Guideline:

Qualified applicants are encouraged to send their Applications with clearly mentioning the job title and duty station of the vacancy in the subject line

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