Diver / On-Farm Water Management Project


Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL)


On-Farm Water Management Project


Vacancy Announcement





Date Posted

15/ Mar/2017

Closing Date


Type of Appointment




Number of Position(s)


Duty Station




Years of Experience

5 Year(s)

Contract Duration

One Year with possibility of extension

Probationary Period 

3 Months

VA Number




Background and Organizational Context


The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock is implementing “On Farm Water Management (OFWM)” Project, financed by the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), in five (5) regions, namely: Kabul, Nangarhar (Jalalabad), Balkh (Mazar-i-Sharif), Baghlan and Heart.

The overall development objective (PDO) of the OFWM-Project is to improve agricultural productivity in the Project Areas by enhancing the efficiency of water used.

A Kabul-based Project Management Unit (PMU) headed by the Project Manager, with the assistance of Core Team of Specialists, is responsible for execution of the project.  Five Area Teams: one each in Kabul, Nangarhar (Jalalabad), Mazar-i-Sharif (Balkh), Bamyan and Heart, have been established for implementation of field activities. 

The project started its implementation from March, 2011 for a period of 3 years and is being monitored by Worlds Bank. The project closing date has recently been extended up to April 2016. The project has received additional fund from the World Bank (the Bank) and the period of the OFWMP has been extended to December 2019.  

The Project consists of the following parts:

Part A: On-Farm Water Management

  1. Carrying out social mobilization for the establishment of Irrigation Associations (IAs) in the Project Areas, including, inter alia, the provision of: (a) training to communities in organization and management of IAs; (b) facilitation services for communities to develop the IAs’ internal legal rules and regulations (by-laws); (c) assistance to IAs in order for them to be registered under the Water Law (1388); and (d) technical training to IAs regarding water distribution, maintenance of irrigation infrastructure, irrigation methods, water-saving techniques, crop-water requirements, and good agronomic practices.
  2. (a) Carrying out rehabilitation works to small irrigation schemes or tertiary canals (watercourses) covering approximately 40,000 hectares in total in the Project Areas, including, inter alia: (a) rehabilitation of existing intakes, (b) canal lining; (c) construction of control structures and outlets; (d) construction of, culverts, laundry basins and cattle troughs; and

(b) Improving design standards and strengthening the private sector’s capacity for contract management and construction techniques.

  1. Establishing easily accessible pilot irrigation demonstration sites in the Project Areas to showcase improved water management practices/technology and agronomic water saving techniques/measures, as well as proper farm planning and layout for an efficient use of irrigation water.

Part BInstitutional Strengthening and Capacity Building of MAIL

            Developing the institutional capacity of MAIL to plan, design, implement and monitor irrigation programs, including, inter alia: (a) construction and/or renovation of  office buildings, one each in Kabul, Jalalabad, Baghlan, Mazar-e-Sharif and Herat, respectively for MAIL and Project  staff; (b) strengthening of MAIL’s  Directorate of Irrigation at national, provincial and district levels; (c) strengthening the legal framework for the irrigation sector, (d) developing a national irrigation program, (e) undertaking of technical training in the irrigation sector including study tours transferring on-farm water management know-how; and (f) developing a database covering irrigation systems throughout the country.

Part CProject Management, Coordination, Monitoring & Evaluation

            Strengthening the institutional capacity of MAIL for Project implementation, policy development, and technical innovation, monitoring and evaluation, by establishing and maintaining a Project Implementation Unit comprised of a Kabul-based core team, five (5) Project Area Teams and internationally recruited experts.

Part D: Support for Productivity Enhancement

1.         Establishing easily accessible pilot irrigation demonstration sites in the Project Area to showcase improved water management practices/technology and agronomic water saving techniques/measures, improved agronomic and social management practices, as well as proper farm planning and layout for an efficient use of irrigation water.

2.         Promoting land leveling and high-efficiency irrigation technologies in the Project Area.

3.         Establishing Information Centers for farmers at the provincial and district level in the Project Area.







  1. Duties & Responsibilities:
  • This support will include but not limited to: 
    • Drive the assigned vehicle in a correct and sensible manner.
    • Adhere to OFWMP transportation safety policy, weather and road conditions.
    • Adhere to the speed limits on unpaved road and on highways. When the road conditions are poor, drive as slowly as necessary to facilitate safe passage to the passengers and ensure no damage to the vehicle and environment. 
    • Maintain the vehicle and its tools/spare parts in perfect shape and report any issues with regards to repairs/maintenance needs to Transport Assistant and/or Admin Officer.
    • Assist Transport Assistant in ensuring that vehicle is in appropriate driving condition.
    • Facilitate overall scheduled maintenance services to assigned vehicle in coordination with Transport Assistant and/or Admin Officer. 
    • Maintain and update all transport records including vehicle logbooks, fueling history, maintenance and service records in coordination with the Transport Assistant and/or Admin Officer.
    • Calculate and monitor fuel consumption of the vehicle and report to Transport Assistant and/or Admin Officer.
    • Maintain the vehicle neat and clean and service the vehicle on a daily base.
    • Perform any other vehicle or logistics related task instructed by the Logistics Officer and or Transport Assistant..





At least five years of driving experience with NGOs, Government agencies; 
Good oral communication skills in Pashto and Dari


Submission Guideline :



Interested Afghans with the required qualifications and experience should submit their CV's with covering letter explaining how you meet the required competencies electronically through submission e-mail or should submit their applications in writing (clearly indicating on the sealed envelope the Reference No of the position) to: Human Resources Department, On-Farm Water Management Project, MAIL, Pamir Building 7th floor.

Kindly make sure to write the reference number of the position in the subject line of your emails, otherwise your CVs may not be considered for the further process.

 The Subject line should be (   MAIL/OFWMP/93  ) and name of province.

Note: The necessity for ensuring the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity remain the paramount considerations in the employment of personnel. In the interests of open and fair competition and a merit based selection process applicants are advised that lobbying for a position , whether by the applicant or by any person acting on his or her behalf, shall result in the immediate disqualification of the candidate from further consideration. And to ensure fairness and transparency, selection will be made on a competitive basis through a selection panel.


Submission Emails:


ofwmp.vacancies@mail.gov.af; ofwmp.hr@gmail.com