Team Leader/Irrigated Agriculture/Irrigated Engineer

  • Senior-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 7 August 2019

Job Description

The specialists will have a post-graduate degree in agriculture, horticulture or another relevant subject. They will preferably have 15 years of experience in irrigated agriculture, preferably within a south-central Asian context, and with the transition from traditional flood irrigation to micro-irrigation, laser leveling and bed forming technologies, agricultural extension, and farm business management. Based in

Kandahar, the specialists will be responsible for:

Team Leadership:

  • Support the CPMO in the preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annual reporting obligations under the grant;
  • Provide a point of contact between the AISC team, government CPMO, and Kandahar PIU project management structures to coordinate activities of individual specialists;
  • Assist in the preparation of annual work plans and associated budgets for consideration by the government and ADB;
  • Assist the CPMO and PIU in the identification, design, preparation, and implementation of project activities;
  • Manage the inputs of specialist consultants engaged through the AISC contract and guide their activities to ensure inputs are timely and achieve their intended purpose; and
  • Other tasks agreed with project management.

Irrigated Agriculture:

  • Review and strengthen agricultural extension and programming capacity of DAIL;
  • Assess the on-farm agricultural technologies and practices, and identify improved technology and practices to be introduced;
  • Lead the CPMO and Department of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (DAIL) PIU in the selection of demonstration sites and partner farmers based on the prioritized crops, and the site visibility and access by other farmers;
  • Assist the CPMO to prepare Agreements governing the purpose, roles, and responsibilities of the CPMO/PIU and the demonstration partner farmers, and partner agricultural mechanization contractors;
  • Lead the CPMO and DAIL PIU in the design of demonstrations in participation with the partner farmers, including technologies for land preparation (e.g. laser levelling, bed forming), high-efficiency irrigation application, soil moisture monitoring and irrigation scheduling systems, seed and variety selections, nurseries, integrated pest management and integrated crop nutrition, good agricultural practices, protected cropping, trellising;
  • Prepare a schedule of development for each demonstration, and supervise its implementation;
  • Prepare and supervise the implementation of an extension program to promote climate-smart and water-efficient agricultural technologies and practices using the demonstration farms;
  • Lead in the selection of a small number of established agricultural contractors (i.e. who hire out services to farmers using their own tractors), and organize their training and equipping with laser leveling, bed forming implements and other climate-smart improved agricultural mechanization technologies;
  • Prepare and supervise the implementation of a program to demonstrate the improved land preparation and leveling technologies using the partner agricultural contractors;
  • Prepare demonstration design plans and procurement lists, and assist the CPMO in the procurement of materials, works, and equipment for demonstrations;
  • Advise the CPMO and PIU in the selection of on-farm technologies, practices, and systems eligible for investment support under the sub-project matching grant scheme;
  • Foster the development of agro-input suppliers and linkages of farm advisory services to farmers;

About the Organization

SHELADIA Associates is a multi-disciplinary international professional consulting firm with demonstrated experience in the successful management and implementation of development projects throughout the world. SHELADIA believes that practicality and sustainability in development projects require flexible resource management, active participation of all the entities involved, and a shared goal of strengthening institutions, and operational systems, to optimize the use of available resources.

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