National Knowledge Management & Stakeholder Engagement Specialist

Thu, Apr 02 2020 6:56 PM

Publish Date

Closing Date


Issued Date:                                     02 April 2020

Closing Date for Applications:    16 April 2020                    


Functional  Title:

National Knowledge Management & Stakeholder Engagement Specialist

Type of Contract:

National Project Personnel / Service Contract (NPP/SC)

Grade / Level:


Number of Post (s) :

1 (One)

Duration :

12 Months

Extendable / Renewable:

Extendable, Based on Satisfactory Performance and Budget Availability

Probationary Period:

Initial 3 Months

Project / Programme / Unit: 

Strengthening Country Capacity for Engagement with GCF and Direct Access to Climate Finance: (GCF Readiness II) - GCP/AFG/105/GCR Project

Duty Station:

Kabul – Afghanistan, with frequent domestic travel to provinces

Sub – Station:



Organization Settings:

Through its Country Offices, or FAO Representations, FAO assists governments to develop policies, Programmes and projects to address hunger, food security and malnutrition, and provides technical support for the sustainable development of their agricultural, livestock, animal health, and irrigation and forestry sectors as well as emergency preparedness and response. The activities of the FAO Representation include design and implementation of country-tailored field Programmes, liaison with local donor representatives and active public awareness raising and outreach activities related to the mandate of FAO.

FAO assistance in Afghanistan achieves its objectives through capacity development and direct project implementation in four specific areas of FAO’s technical expertise: 


  • Better governance through improved capacity for policy planning, land reform, decentralization, and management of common natural resources;
  • Fostering expansion of irrigation and field water management; 
  • Intensive agriculture for surplus commercialization, value chains development, and job creation;
  • Supporting vulnerable farmers for improved food and nutrition security, resilience, and emergency response to natural and man-made disasters and climate change.

This position is established under the GCP/AFG/105/GCR Project in Afghanistan, and the duty station is in Kabul, with frequent travels to other project locations in the provinces covered by the respective project.

Project Background:

Afghanistan is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. A high proportion of the population rely on climate-sensitive sectors, particularly agriculture and animal husbandry. Increasingly uncertain and extreme climatic conditions such as droughts, floods and erratic rain fall patterns impact the productivity of these sectors. Climate change therefore poses a direct threat to marginalized, vulnerable communities and sustainable economic development in the country. In this context, Afghanistan will need to build and manage a fruitful partnership with the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA) has been engaged with the GCF to help the country develop and implement durable adaptation and mitigation actions to pursue climate resilient and low emission development pathways. The National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA) – GCF National Designed Authority (NDA) – is implementing an initial Readiness and Preparatory Support project (hereafter referred to as ‘Readiness I’) to strengthen the NDA’s capacity and coordination mechanisms, develop No Objection Procedures (NOP) and an initial GCF country programme.

To further strengthen the NDA’s capacity for strategic engagement with GCF, the NDA has requested FAO to develop this second Readiness proposal (hereafter referred to as ‘Readiness II’) to:

  • Further strengthen NDA capacity, addressing the gaps identified in Readiness I;
  • Increase stakeholder engagement, particularly at sub-national levels and of civil society and private sector;
  • Strengthen capacity for gender considerations in GCF country programming and projects;
  • Further develop the Country Programme;
  • Develop system and capacity of NEPA for MRV of climate finance;
  • Prepare for DAE accreditation; and
  • Develop climate finance strategy including strategy for the private sector to access GCF and for unblocking private investments in climate actions.

The Readiness II implementation will draw on the NDA office and coordination mechanisms established under Readiness I while providing critical technical support a more strategic engagement with the GCF to boost climate finance in Afghanistan.

This project will support NEPA to put in place necessary arrangements to access and effectively implement GCF resources, responding to the needs to strengthen capacities mentioned above.

Purpose of this vacancy announcement:

FAO is looking for qualified national staff fill the position of National Knowledge Management & Stakeholder Engagement Specialist. This position will support the work of the FAO – Green Climate Fund (GCF) funded project “Further Strengthening Country Capacity for Engagement with GCF and Direct Access to Climate Finance (GCF Readiness II)”. The post is located in NEPA compound, Kabul - Afghanistan.

Key Result:

The project activities are implemented successfully, timely and effectively in conformity with the objectives of the project.

Reporting Lines / Supervision Received/Exercised:

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Afghanistan and the direct supervision of National Project Manager, and in close collaboration with the relevant staff in FAO Representation and counterpart entities, the National Knowledge Management & Stakeholder Engagement Specialist will carry out the following tasks;

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Assist the National Project Manager and NEPA staff in coordination and managing project tasks in line with the project objectives and FAO guidelines;
  • Work proactively with NEPA to identify opportunities for capturing and sharing knowledge, and disseminating information about major progress and results;
  • Liaise with MAIL, MEW, MRRD and other line ministries as required to provide them with information on the project, climate financing, and the portal.
  • Ensure that all outreach information material to be used by the media is written in a way that concepts and issues can be readily understood by the public; 
  • Produce GCF toolkits, Flyers and Brochures and disseminate to all line ministries  
  • Ensure that media is informed about key workshops/seminars and project outputs;
  • Assist in facilitating the communication of NEPA nominations of entities to the GCF Fund;
  • Assist in preparing monthly, quarterly and bi-annual reports using standard formats and submit to FAO Representation/Country Office;
  • Manage web developer and work with them closely to ensure that portal is designed to address NEPAs and other government stakeholder needs for climate information;
  • Liaise with MAIL, MEW, MRRD and other line ministries as required to provide them with information on the project, climate financing, and the portal;
  • Lead conducting continuous basis advocacy campaigns to engage private sector and public sector.
  • Support the project team in preparation and delivery of stakeholder workshops;
  • Lead Identification and mapping of stakeholders and audiences including private sector;  
  • Facilitate multi-stakeholder discussions coordinated by the NDA;
  • Together with project experts develop stakeholder engagement plan for consultations on the development of Afghanistan’s roadmap to achieve its NDC and GCF country programme with proposed methodology, timelines and outputs;
  • Maintains regular contact with key private sector and enhance their capacity with regard to GCF;
  • Provide necessary contributions to preparation of stakeholder and consultation plans;
  • Support the project team to deliver consultation events;
  • Prepare and deliver relevant communication plans on how to engage public and private sector for the GCF projects/programs related;  
  • Assist in preparing monthly, quarterly and bi-annual reports using standard formats and submit to FAO Representation/ Country Office.

Other Activities:

  • Perform any other related duties as may be his/her directed supervisor.

Expected Outputs:

  • Assist in preparing of Communication material for project;
  • Assisted in Project Inception workshop conducted, and report cleared by PTF;
  • Assisted in finalizing annual Work Plan and Budget (AWP/B);
  • Thoughtful, well-synthesized and analyzed workshop reports drafted;
  • Assisted in drafting six-monthly Project Progress Reports
  • Contributed to the evaluation report
  • Assisted in drafting quarterly and annual reports;
  • Advocacy campaigns to engage private sector and public sector conducted on continuous basis.
  • Support the project team in preparation and delivery of stakeholder workshops.



  • University Degree (preferably master’s degree) in Journalism, Mass Communication, Media, International Relation, Environmental Science or other closely related fields;

Work Experience and Additional Skills:

  • At least five (5) years of demonstrated experience in support of knowledge management, stakeholders engagement, monitoring and evaluation, communication and other similar performance of the tasks described above, preferably experience with UN, GEF funded projects and Government of Afghanistan;
  •                Previous work experience with UN is an advantage;

Technical/Functional Skills:

  • Thorough understanding of knowledge management and communication theory and practice;
  • Excellent interpersonal communications and coordination skills, and proven ability to work constructively with a variety of stakeholders to achieve common goals;
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • Strong familiarity with environment and climate change management issues in Afghanistan, including the political, institutional and socio-economic contexts;
  • Strong computer skills with extensive experience in word processing, spreadsheets, and other basic software applications;

Language Skills:

  • Excellent knowledge of English and local languages (Pashto and Dari), both spoken and written skills.


  • Core competencies: FAO core competencies include: Understanding FAO’s mandate and its global context; planning, organizing, and delivering quality results; communicating to build understanding and support; working together in teams and partnerships; engaging in continuous learning.
  • Operational Effectiveness: Working independently, structuring tasks, establishing priorities and adhering to deadlines. Show a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail. Contribute ideas and suggestions for process improvement.
  • Client Orientation: Focus on results for the client. Attend to inquiries from internal and external clients in an effective, timely and courteous manner. Treat clients with courtesy and respect even when working under pressure. Express a high level of professionalism.
  • Interpersonal Communications and Teamwork: Work effectively and efficiently with staff at all levels, listen to others and openly share own ideas. Express sensitivity, cultural empathy and respect for diversity. Productively handle differing views and opinions and strive for achievement of shared goals. Respond positively to feedback.
  • Knowledge Exchange and Learning: Share own knowledge and promote a learning culture within the work environment. Actively work towards professional development, including personal learning.  Apply newly acquired skills and support flexibility within the work environment.


Interested Afghan nationals should complete the FAO Personal History Form (PHF) and submit it along with their application letter and CV to the email address below, clearly mentioning the vacancy number and post title (National Knowledge Management & Stakeholder Engagement Specialist - FAO/KBL/PRJ/SC/08-2020) in the subject line of the email, otherwise your email will not be considered for further process.

NOTE: Applicant who failed to attach the FAO Personal History Form (PHF) to their Application will not be considered for further process.

The above required documents can also be submitted in writing (marked “Confidential” and clearly indicating on the sealed envelope the Vacancy Announcement number and position title) to: the Assistant FAO Representative (Administration), FAO Representation, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Jamal Mina, Opposite Kabul University, Kabul, Afghanistan.

The FAO PH Form can be downloaded using the following internet link:

The last date for receiving applications is 16 April 2020. Please note that applications received after closing date will not be given consideration. Only short listed candidates whose applications respond to the above criteria will be contacted for test/interview.


  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce gender diversity
  • Qualified females are strongly encouraged to apply
  • People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
  • The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization
  • Candidates endorsed in the selection process for this vacancy announcement will be considered for the FAO NSHR Roster for a period of two years. The Roster is used to fill other similar positions at the same or lower grade, and in the same or another duty station inside the country;
  • FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.
  • Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).
  • Candidates who wish to apply for the positon should indicate their preferred duty station(s) in their application letter (or email).
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview/test.
  • Application received after closing date will not be given consideration.
  • Please make sure to sign the first page of your PHF while applying for the vacant post.
  • Do not forget to write the post title and VA number on subject of your email.
  • Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments;
  • Email will only be sent to the interviewed candidates.

Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply!