The Grain Research and Innovation (GRAIN) project was conceived in response to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s (GIRoA’s) need to build the wheat research capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) and Provincial Directorates of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (DAILs) and the Agricultural Research Institute of Afghanistan (ARIA). The USAID-funded project is being implemented by Michigan State University’s (MSU) Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI), and channeled as a buy-in from USAID/Afghanistan through the Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) of USAID’s Global Development Lab. The project period is March 29, 2017, through September 30, 2022.The project focuses on human and institutional capacity building. It will serve as an integral component of the Wheat Sector Development Program (WSDP) implemented by the GIRoA through MAIL and the provincial Directorates of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock (DAIL). The primary goals of the project are to build effective in-country agricultural research capacity that provides wheat producers with the knowledge, inputs and technologies they need to increase yields, reduce postharvest losses, enhance grain nutritional and milling quality, reduce susceptibility to disease, drought and pests, minimize financial risks, and manage and sustain limited natural resources.
The role of the Program Manager is to provide overall project support for the GRAIN program team based in Afghanistan by facilitating and overseeing necessary administrative processes at the MSU GCFSI home office, liassing with USAID stakeholders at USAID/Washington, and providing technical and operational support to program leadership and staff in the U.S and in Afghanistan. The position is situated in the Global Center for Food System Innovation. Position responsibilities include interacting with project leaders on a regular basis, and providing guidance and resources needed to complete contractual requirements of project. She/he will also be responsible for designing and supervising subcontracts with other U.S. universities and international organizations under the GRAIN program. The Program Manager will also provide management of reporting to the sponsor (USAID) and will provide leadership in monitoring and evaluation of program activities.
This position has an end date of September 30, 2022.
About the Organization
The GRAIN project is a five-year, $19.5 million USAID-funded project implemented through Michigan State University’s (MSU) Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI). This project is a human and institutional capacity-building project that will serve as an integral component of the Wheat Sector Development Program (WSDP) being implemented by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) through the Ministry and Directorates of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL/DAILs). The primary goals of the project are to elevate research capacity to support increased production of quality wheat, to institute effective methods of post-harvest storage as well as to develop improved capacity to test, certify, and produce new and better varieties of wheat seed for Afghanistan’s agricultural sector. The DCOP, as a critical member of the MSU GRAIN implementation team, will work with MAIL, selected DAILs, USAID, provincial university faculty researchers, private sector stakeholders, CIMMYT, ICARDA, and other projects/donors to enhance Afghanistan’s ability to conduct wheat research that will address national and regional food security and economic development goals.