Position: CHIEF OF PARTY
Project: Agriculture Marketing Program (AMP)
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
Reports to: ROP Executive Director
Start Date and Contract Period: January 2, 2023 --- Contract expected to be for Two Years (subject to project extension)
Roots of Peace (RoP) is a humanitarian organization that has worked in war-torn countries around the world, with our partners, to remove the remnants of war, landmines, and unexploded ordinances, and restore the land to rebuild peaceful communities for generations to come. Our proven methodology is rooted in a philosophy of providing market-driven solutions tailored to farming communities of war-torn lands, serving as a catalyst for industry-wide development. By improving farming techniques, addressing supply chain gaps, and supporting local exporters in reaching high-value markets, Roots of Peace improves livelihoods and contributes to building peace in war-torn lands. We work with farmers and local communities to remove the remnants of war, then identify the agricultural challenges hindering the ability of client beneficiaries to achieve maximum income potential. This may involve introducing grape farmers to trellising, which more than doubles output, or replacing low-value cereal crops with high-value fruits and nuts. We also train farmers in the latest agricultural techniques and provide machinery grants so that exporters can transition to high-volume processing. We make sure exporters have the tools and training to meet the demands of discerning overseas markets, then link them with buyers in those markets, thereby generating greater revenue for exporters and the farmers they serve. By repairing gaps in the agricultural value chain, we help our clients achieve greater economic independence, a fundamental requirement for peace.
In Afghanistan, Roots of Peace has facilitated the export of $450 million in fresh and dried fruits, nuts, and spices to new and existing overseas markets, provided training for nearly 200,000 Afghan farmers in a wide variety of horticultural skills, provided $1.5 million in machinery grants and created 15,000 full-time jobs in all areas of farm production and export. Roots of Peace is currently implementing the USAID-funded Agriculture Marketing Program (AMP) and the INL-funded Community Based Agriculture and Rural Development (CBARD) in Afghanistan.
The Agriculture Marketing Program (AMP) is a three-year USAID-funded program that follows on the successes of the ten-year USAID Commercial Horticulture and Agricultural Marketing Program (CHAMP). The program works in 11 provinces of Afghanistan, focusing on increasing farm production and domestic sales through interventions aimed at farmers and agribusinesses. During the first two years of the program, AMP worked with leading Afghan processing and export firms to increase export volumes and values, introduce new agricultural products to the market, diversify export markets and increase value-added processing. The program's market-based, demand-driven approach focused on supporting private sector growth and sustainability, thereby creating demand for agricultural products that drive job growth in rural areas.
In its final year of implementation, following the Taliban takeover, AMP pivoted to an approach addressing food security challenges precipitated by the challenging economic and humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. Objectives included increasing farm productivity and food security, facilitating domestic market linkages, adding value to, or prolonging the shelf life of agricultural products, and agribusiness strengthening and capacity building.
AMP works primarily with private sector agribusinesses, farmers, and other USAID-funded agricultural programs. Specific attention is given to support the participation of women and youth in AMP activities.
Roots of Peace anticipates the award of a two-year extension to the program, complementing other USAID-funded agricultural programs, and focusing particularly on orchard/vineyard establishment/improvement, vegetable/legume intercropping, product quality improvement, irrigation, cold chain development, food processing, and business strengthening.
Assume overall responsibility for Roots of Peace AMP Program.
Budget & Financial Management
Communications & Reporting
Throughout the assignment, the COP will reside in Kabul
The COP reports directly to the Executive Director but will work closely with all Home Office Staff.
The COP qualifications should include but not be limited to the following requirements:
For those candidates who meet the criteria above, evaluation will be based on:
How to Apply Instructions: Please submit a current updated CV to firstname.lastname@example.org that clearly shows you meet all required qualifications requirements above, and add "Chief of Party - AMP, Afghanistan" in the Subject Line. The client requests that you also include a list containing at least three work references/referees, with contact information (phone, email, address) for each.
Deadline for Applications: Open until filled