Agricultural Development Officer
Last Date: September 16, 2011
Foreign Service Limited Officer Positions in Afghanistan
Agricultural Development Officer Ė Afghanistan
This requires US Citizenship and is a term-limited and non-career
seeking to recruit strong development professionals to serve as Agricultural
Development Officers for assignment in Afghanistan. These assignments will
directly support USAIDís mission to promote the rapid transition of Afghanistan
to a more stable, productive, and democratic country with sustainable social
development and economic growth. Tai Pedro and Associates TPA, a global
management and technology firm, is currently partnering with USAID to recruit
highly experienced development officers, in a number of technical specialties,
to design and manage programs in each of these areas. The Agricultural
Development Officer position offers a competitive salary and benefits package,
including allowances such as danger pay and hardship supplements. The
Agricultural Development Officer will serve as the head of a USAID field office
co-located with the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), as a senior advisor at
a Regional Platform (RP)/Regional Command (RC), or in various positions in other
areas of the country.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Agricultural Development Officer: (1) Implements, monitors, and evaluates
agriculture programs that encompass a range of activities such as natural
resource management, agribusiness, and agricultural institutional development;
(2) Directs the work of the organization, providing administrative and technical
management necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit; (3) Manages
administrative support functions including organizational and human resources,
budgeting, and procurement;(4) Supports activities within the agriculture sector
by reviewing and analyzing data, developing strategies, analytical models, and
methodologies, providing assistance and advice on agricultural development
issues; and (5) Develops, oversees, manages, and evaluates agricultural
development policies and program activities in a wide range of agricultural
one year to start, renewable up to five years.
Bachelorís degree with six years of relevant development experience of which at
least four years were in a developing country, OR
Masterís degree with five years of relevant development experience, of which at
least three years were in a developing country; OR
Doctorate degree with four years of relevant development experience, of which at
least three years were in a developing country.
U.S. citizenship required.
All positions are unaccompanied (family members cannot accompany FSL officers to
Candidates must be able to obtain security and medical clearances.
Experience leading teams and projects in a multicultural environment.
Prior experience in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, or another conflict
commit for a two year assignment, which must be approved by the Mission in
Afghanistan prior to the start of the second year.
Civilians working in the field may be required to wear
30-40 pounds of body armor/helmet on a daily basis, as well as carry their
daypack and water, usually in a backpack weighing an additional 8-10pounds.Field
personnel are required to walk over uneven and rocky terrain over long
distances. This includes field patrols of 5 miles or more to meet with local
community members; these field patrols typically occur 2-3 times per week.
Generally, personnel will be on their feet 5-6 hours per day. Transportation by
armored vehicles will be used. Personnel working in the field are required to
embark and disembark from such vehicles, which have high clearances and limited
individual space to sit and maneuver. Clearances may be up to four feet off the
ground, there will be high step rails and/or ladder-type steps, and doorways may
be smaller than those of commercial vehicles. Living conditions are austere. At
many field posts, housing consists of fortified shipping containers or tents and
is often shared. Only basic medical care is available locally. Field
environment is challenging. Desert temperatures often reach 100-105 degrees
Fahrenheit in the summer. Temperatures at night and can become very cold; field
personnel must take precautions against frostbite. At times, field personnel may
be required to evacuate quickly from an area under their own power due to
security concerns such as hostile fire.
How to Apply:
For full position descriptions and to apply to these openings, please visit our
through the link below. Applications for this position are being processed
through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically
configured for US Agency for International Development applicants. Even if you
have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line
system to complete the application process. To
obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on the
following link to be directed to the USAID application site:
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