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Sustainable Biomass Energy System (SBES)


About Welthungerhilfe(WHH)

Welthungerhilfe it is one of Germany's biggest non-governmental relief organizations. Non-profit making, politically independent and non-denominational, the organization is run by a Supervisory Board of honorary members under the patronage of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its work is funded by private donations and public grants. Welthungerhilfe is working since the 1980’s continuously in Afghanistan and opened the first offices in 1992. Since this time Welthungerhilfe has implemented some 165 project in Afghanistan. Main fields of Welthungerhilfe intervention in Afghanistan are emergency relief, food and nutrition security, rural and regional development and water and sanitation.

Job Summary

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is characterized by a heterogeneous landscape, varying widely in altitude, rainfall and ecosystems. Despite the variability between the country’s eight bio-geographical zones and 15 ecoregions, a common characteristic across all of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces is the widespread reliance of household income on livelihoods based on ecosystems and natural resources. However, as a result of multiple socio-economic factors, including the widespread destabilization and destruction caused by several decades of conflict, Afghanistan has undergone considerable deforestation and ecosystem degradation over the last century. The country’s once-extensive forests and woodlands have been considerably diminished as a result of agricultural expansion, logging of timber, overgrazing and harvesting of wood fuel. Consequently, the majority of the country’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can be attributed to land use, land use change and forestry sectors (LULUCF). Land cover data indicate an average national deforestation rate of ~1.7% in the period 1993 – 2010, with much faster rates observed at a localized scale within the remaining forested areas. The widespread reliance on woody biomass as the primary domestic fuel of rural households results in further emissions of GHGs, in addition to other negative consequences such as: i) deforestation and environmental degradation; ii) poor health as a result of smoke inhalation; and iii) large financial costs to households for purchasing fuel. GEF project will focus on: i) promotion of sustainable and efficient approaches for biomass energy use, including adoption of sustainable biomass energy systems (SBES) such as fuel-efficient stoves and anaerobic biogas digesters; ii) building concomitant national and community-level capacities, and iii) supporting the design and implementation of community-based management plans for forests and natural resources. By promoting the establishment of community forests and the use of SBESs, the project will contribute to reducing the rate of land degradation and deforestation, while promoting efficient use of biomass fuel. The project will reduce GHG emissions and therefore generate global benefits through mitigation of climate change effects. Furthermore, a shift from direct burning of animal dung to the use of manure as a feedstock for biogas digesters will: i) reduce methane emissions from agriculture; and ii) increase the availability of animal dung for use as organic fertilizers, thereby supporting increased household agricultural productivity. The efficiency of the technologies and approaches used by the project will be studied scientifically, and lessons learned will be disseminated via a publicly accessible online platform.

Job Details

Date Posted: 13 Feb 2018 Reference: WHHAFGKBL215
Closing Date: 24 Feb 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Consulting Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Consultant Years of Experience: 5 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 3 Month(s) Extension Possibility: No
Probation Period: 1 Month

Duties and Responsibilities

The overall project objective is to reduce GHG emissions by promoting community forestry, and removing barriers to sustainable biomass energy, while laying the groundwork for climate change mitigation in Afghanistan. This objective will be achieved through four outcomes and associated outputs. The first outcome focuses on the enabling environment for the reduction of GHG through CBNRM and SBESs. Outcome 2 will promote and implement CBNRM through the establishment of Forest Management Committees in two pilot districts in Nangarhar and Parwan provinces. Outcome 3 is focused on the promotion of SBESs, including biogas digesters and efficient wood fuel stoves, in the aforementioned pilot districts. Outcome 4 will focus on awareness-raising, knowledge management and evaluation of the project’s impacts. The proposed outcomes of the project are detailed further below. Outcome 1: The CBNRM approach and sustainable biomass energy systems have been mainstreamed into national policies and frameworks for renewable energy and forestry. This outcome is focused on establishing an enabling environment and policy framework to promote the project’s main activities at a national level. Outcome 2: The CBNRM approach has been incorporated in targeted areas at a district scale. Under this outcome, the project will assist participating communities in two districts in the Nangerhar and Parwan provinces to establish Forest Management Committees (FMCs) and implement community-based management plans for local forests and natural resources Outcome 3: Innovative and sustainable biomass energy technologies, tested and deployed in 2 pilot areas. Under this outcome, the project will demonstrate and promote several approaches to efficient use of biomass energy in Parwan and Nangarhar provinces, in alignment with GEF CCM-1 and CCM-3 focal areas. Outcome 4: Increased national awareness and promotion of SBES and CBNRM. The outputs under this outcome are focused on knowledge management and communication of the project’s outcomes, including terminal evaluation.

Duties and Responsibilities • Conduction of survey/baseline for biogas technology in Dara-i-Nur District of Nangarhar province. • Propose an implementation structure describing the process to realize the construction of 40 biogas digesters. • Provide technical support to ensure the successful implementation of Biogas digesters. Based on the proposal the fixed-dome digesters of 4-8 cubic meters are mentioned. However, the ideal size of a digester based on the organic material available need to be recommended on case by case basis. • Develop a mechanism to ensure quality, after sales services and guarantee and implementation of the mechanism on the ground. • Conduction of market survey/baseline for Energy Efficiency technologies (fuel efficient cooking devices) in Dara-i-Nur District of Nangarhar province and Salang District of Parwan Province. • Propose an implementation structure and provide technical support in the installation and manufacturing of Energy Efficient technologies (Fuel Efficient Cooking Stove, Fuel Efficient Bukhari, Fuel Efficient Tandoor and solar ovens). • To introduce a business model in order to ensure ownership and continuation of construction of biogas digesters after the construction of the 40 biogas digesters supported by the project. • Work closely with project Manager and team in order according to the project outcome the climate change mitigation is linked to Sustainable Biomass Energy System (SBES) and Community Based National Resource Management (CBNRM). • All reports of the survey will be provided in English language. (Market survey, baseline, written implementation structures, written approach, business model) in total six written outputs.

Competencies • Demonstrated ability to effectively work towards the project’s objective and expected outcomes; • Should have strong interpersonal and good communication skills and competence in handling expected work scope’s external relations at all levels; and • Good computer literacy including Microsoft Office. Work schedule The consultant will work for WHH on a full-time basis. The consultant will submit its work plan for the three month contract in first 10 days after signing the contract. Payment schedule The propose payment schedule for this assignment is monthly payment upon the submission of progress report on the completion of mile stone set and agreed with acceptable quality and satisfaction. Place to work and official travel involved The consultant will work full time in WHH Country office in Kabul. Regular office hours are from 08:00 to 04:30PM from Sunday to Thursday. As the project is implemented in Nangarhar and Parwan province, therefore the consultant has to travel frequently to the project areas. Accommodation and transportation will be provided by WHH. Line of communication and supervision The consultant will work under the supervision of Head of Programmes with close coordination to the reginal Manager. The regional manager will provide detail information about the expectation that we need during the contract period from the consultant.


a. Education • Master degree or equivalent in Mechanical / Chemical / Energy engineering, Applied Science, Agriculture, Livestock or Environmental Science. • A post-graduate degree (MSc, MPhil, PhD, etc.) in the related field will be an added advantage b. Experience • Minimum of 05 years work experience in the biogas sector and improved cooking devices • Should have sound knowledge on biogas technology and Energy Efficient Cooking Devices and good experience in construction of different types of digesters • Experience in national/provincial biogas plans/programs with state sector, non-state sector and community engagements; • Previous consultancy experience in donor funded or NGO projects, SBES- biogas in particular, will be an added advantage; and • Experience in conducting capacity building programs and similar activities;

Job Location

Afghanistan - Nangarhar
AF AF 12


Masters Degree, Agriculture

Submission Guideline

The applicants should complete & submit only the WHH Recruitment Form with resume to the following email address (Candidate can download form from and HR Database will not accept only resume of applicant.

Note: Only application send to below address will be considered. Applications send to any other address even within the organization cannot be considered.
Please put the vacancy number and job title in your email subject or otherwise your email will reject from resume database.

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