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13 Apr 2019

Senior Agricultural Production Expert -MoAD

Job Description


Invitation for Applications
Country Somaliland
Project Holder Ministry of Agricultural Development
Project Sustainable Land Management
Fund Somaliland Development Fund Phase 2
IFA Title Senior Agricultural Production Expert
IFA No. P101-025

The Somaliland Development Fund – Phase 2 (SDF2) covers the period 2018-2023. SDF2 is conceived as an inclusive economic development programme. It supports the GoSL in delivering infrastructure that is relevant for inclusive economic development. It focuses on sustainable investments that spur job creation and fast growth, while at the same time laying the foundation for long-term resilience and development, leading to a more stable and peaceful Somaliland. SDF2’s support is fully aligned with government priorities as defined in the National Development Plan 2 (NDP2) 2017-2021 and reflect the priorities set out in Somaliland Vision 2030.

The Ministry of Agricultural Development (MoAD) has developed a Project Concept Note targeting two agricultural areas in Somaliland located in Awdal and Maroodijeex regions. The proposed project is aimed at improving the agricultural production of small farmers through Soil and Water Conservation, research, extension, farmer training and the supply of farm inputs. Lack of these interventions will increase the land degradation and poor crop production which can result in a decrease in crop production and food insecurity in general.

The SDF Secretariat is therefore seeking the services of a Senior Agricultural Production Short-Term Expert (STE) to lead a team of two other STEs including a Soil and Water Conservation Expert and a National Civil Engineer. The team will be responsible for supporting the MoAD in conducting necessary preliminary consultations, assessments and development of a full project proposal.

Required Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Qualifications and skills

  • Master’s Degree in Agricultural Sciences, Agronomy, Soil Science or Agricultural Economics;
  • Demonstrated excellent command of spoken and written English; and
  • Excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills.

General professional experience

  • Extensive previous experience (minimum 12 years) in implementing dryland agricultural projects in African arid and semi-arid lands;
  • Proven understanding of Project Cycle Management (PCM), Logical Framework Approach (LFA);
  • Experience in conducting feasibility appraisal for dryland agriculture and soil and water conservation projects in African arid and semi – arid lands; and
  • Demonstrated understanding of the contribution of the agricultural sector to economic development.

Specific professional experience

  • At least 8 years’ experience in designing and supervising/managing projects related to dryland agriculture or soil and water conservation in fragile and conflict affected countries;
  • Designed and wrote at least one project proposal focusing on dryland agriculture and soil and water conservation in the last three years; and
  • Conducted at least one feasibility or prefeasibility study for dryland agriculture or soil and water conservation in the last three years.

How to apply

Interested candidates should send their application (cover letter and CV) to the Somaliland Development Fund Secretariat through e-mail Candidates should indicate in their cover letter how they fit the criteria outlined in the advert. All applications must be received by 27 April 2019 at 1600hrs East African Standard Time. Applicants should clearly indicate the position they are applying for in the email subject line. Full Terms of Reference can be accessed on the SDF website through the link

Any attempt by a candidate to influence the outcome of the recruitment process in any way which can be interpreted as canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification from being considered for this position.

This Consultancy is open to Somaliland and International Candidates.

Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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