Advisor (Watershed Management)
About the role
This is nine month unaccompanied role with terms and conditions based in Kabul City, Afghanistan, with frequent travel to Takhar and Badakhshan provinces including other consortium partner project locations depending on security clearance. The salary is Grade 4 ranging from €39,219 - €43,577
You will report to the Concern SRACAD-READ/CBED Programme Manager and will work closely with the Programme Director and Programme Managers.
We would like you to start on the 1st April 201.
Your purpose: proving technical support through training, hands-on coaching and on-site guidance to the Afghanistan Resilience Consortium (ARC) member organisations for the effective implementation of Integrated Watershed Development activities under its SRACAD-READ & Community Based Eco-DRR (CBED).
You will be responsible for:
- Providing technical guidance and advice to relevant staff of the Afghanistan Resilience Consortium (ARC) member organisations, local authorities and communities on the concept and practice of integrated development of watersheds and Eco-DRR activities including their management and enable the effective implementation of watershed activities in the Strengthening the Resilience of Afghanistan’s vulnerable communities against natural disasters (SRACAD) and CBED programme areas of ARC.
- Investigating indigenous or existing watershed practices in the target areas and explore ways to improve, expand and intensify the existing watershed implementation practices.
- Revisit watershed master development plans in all the existing watershed areas, and to realign watershed delineation if necessary, to ensure effective implementation.
- Identify and develop a micro- catchment area within the existing watershed projects with diversified treatment measures (both vegetative and mechanical), which can serve as a pilot area for watershed activities in the future.
- Develop watershed indicators together with the community and staff and develop a participatory monitoring and evaluation system to measure the same. Lead the team in putting in place a participatory impact monitoring system to monitor and disseminate the impact of watershed development on various parameters such as soil fertility, ground and surface water levels, biomass and crop yields etc.
- Liaise with government line ministries, authorities and other International and national NGOs at project area and state level on water-related issues and represent Concern and the Consortium where relevant at various levels.
- Formulate a long-term programme for SRACAD-READ’s and CBED watershed activities that will help the development of proposals to scale up watershed work in Afghanistan.
- Liaise, provide necessary guidance and support to various technical persons (civil engineers, forestry specialists, veterinarians, constructors etc.) involved in implementation of the watershed activities.
- Develop a system of documenting watershed experiences in the programme area.
- Identify needs and develop linkages with national and regional level knowledge centres/ research institutes to avail necessary technical support for effective implementation of the watershed projects.
- Provide support to SRACAD-READ and CBED Programme Manager in preparing annual report, interim and final narrative report as well as any updates as required by the Donor.
- Support the Consortium Manager in preparing similar reports to the donor for the overall consortium project.
Capacity Building of Concern Project team and Consortium members
- Develop appropriate training needs assessment tools to determine training needs of Concern and consortium partners to address knowledge and skills gap in Integrated Watershed Management
- Provide training to all relevant staff on how to organise communities on watersheds and facilitate the process of formation of community-based Watershed Associations and Watershed Management Committees who will oversee all activities related to the development and management of watersheds in an equitable manner.
- Facilitate conduct training for Concern and consortium partners to strengthen knowledge and skills in Integrated Watershed Management.
- Improving the capacity of all partners in the ARC consortium through training in technical knowledge and extension skills related to integrated watershed development and management.
- Develop in cooperation with the implementing partners’ ways to improve community awareness, participation and know-how on watershed issues.
- Concern considers responding to emergencies as a non-negotiable mandate in its work. As such all Concern employees are required to participate in any emergency preparedness and response actions as per the requirement of the situation. The Integrated Watershed Management Specialist agrees to take on such additional responsibilities as may be required by the management.
(Note: This position will provide 75% time for supporting the consortium partners on integrated watershed management activities and the remaining 25% is to support Concern Integrated Watershed Management and Eco-DRR activities under the ARC project).
Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:
- 3rd level qualification (Diploma/Degree) in Agricultural, Engineering or Social Sciences or relevant fields
- At least three years relevant overseas experience in Participatory Integrated Watershed Management
- Five years relevant programme and management experience in a development context
- Practical experience in organising and working with Watershed Development Associations and Watershed Management Committees
- Proven experience in community participatory processes and use of PRA/PLA tools in developing watershed treatment plans.
- Proven experience in designing and facilitating integrated watershed management training courses including related subject matters.
Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:
- Working with Local NGOs
- Knowledge of local language Dari (Farsi) is added advantage
Special Skills, Aptitude or Personality Requirements:
- Empathy with organisational Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives
- Proven work experience in directly managing and implementing Watershed management projects
- Proven skill set in providing technical guidance to staff and communities on various soil and water conservation and watershed treatment measures.
- Experience in monitoring and evaluation systems and techniques
- Ability to work under pressure often to strict deadlines
- Ability to identify problems and facilitate solutions
- Methodical and thorough
- Knowledge of computer applications i.e. Microsoft word and excel. Knowledge of GIS is a plus
- Ability to motivate and develop skills of others
- Analytical and problem-solving skills
- Ability to work both as part of a team & independently
- Cross cultural awareness and sensitivity (especially gender and ethnicity)
- Tolerance and acceptance of diversity
- Excellent communication skills in English both written and verbal
- Flexibility and willingness to live and work in difficult conditions involving physical hardships and little comfort