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ACTED Looking for Permaculture Manager for Pakistan Relief

© ACTED 2010

Contract: Fixed Term
Duration: 10 months
Starting Date: ASAP
Location: Sindh, Pakistan

Background on ACTED

ACTED is an independent international, private, non-partisan and non-profit organization that operates according to principles of strict neutrality, political and religious impartiality, and non discrimination.

ACTED was created in 1993 to support populations affected by the conflict in Afghanistan. Based in Paris, France, ACTED now operates in 28 countries worldwide, with over 200 international and 3000 national staff. ACTED has a 62 million € budget for over 240 projects spanning 8 sectors of intervention; including emergency relief, food security, health promotion, economic development, education & training, microfinance, local governance & institutional support, and cultural promotion.

Country profile

Capital Office : Islamabad, Pakistan

National Staff : 139 (may 2009)

International Staff : 9 (july 2010)

Areas : 4 (Southern Punjab, AJK, NWF Province, Fata Province)

On-going programmes: 4

Budget : over 15 M€ (July 2010)

ACTED began emergency relief activities in Pakistan after the fatal earthquake of October 2005, and in 2006 and 2007 emergency intervention evolved to a development focus. Currently ACTED-Pakistan strengthen its previous interventions and diversify them to new areas in North West Frontier Province and the Southern Punjab Province with a special focus on immediate relief operations to meet the basic needs of communities affected by conflicts in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and floods in August ’08 in Rajanpur District (Penjab). Following the floods of August ’08 ACTED has started emergency response projects in Dir Area, with disaster preparedness programmes and hygiene promotion. ACTED also works on a 3-year project for the promotion of primary health care launched in 2007, with Village Organizations (VOs) heavily involved.

© ACTED 2010

To meet the needs of the unexpected influx of IDPs/Returnees related to the resumption of conflict in FATA, ACTED began an intervention to improve living conditions in tented camps (health, food security, IGA activities, and hygiene promotion), focusing winterization on 3 IDP camps hosting about 5000 families. With the growing crisis in 2009, ACTED now focuses its interventions on the IDPs needs.

ACTED Pakistan also assists in the implementation of the EC’s ‘South Asia Invest’ microfinance initiative.

Position profile

The Permaculture Manager will be tasked to:

  • Support the design, set up and implementation of the permaculture project component
  • Research permaculture methods and practices applicable to the context in Sindh based on reference material, stakeholder meetings, field visits etc.
  • Identify and make linkages with relevant partners and stakeholders on the local, provincial and national level. For example, academic institutions, government departments, agricultural research institutes, local, national and international NGOs and donor institutions etc.
  • Undertake training sessions in permaculture with ACTED staff and local Community Based Organizations (CBOs).
  • Support monitoring and evaluation of the project, including working with the internal monitoring and evaluation department to develop processes.
  • Support the development of a longer term permaculture project in Pakistan.
  • Manage relevant project staff and support the integration of permaculture and provide support to other related projects.
  • Explore opportunities to develop productive gardens at selected schools in the area and provide training to teachers and school staff as required.
  • Undertake necessary research to establish tree nurseries with native or adapted tree species that are suitable to the local climate and beneficial to the local environment.

© ACTED 2010 / Thomas Van Van Houtryv

The expected outputs will be fine-tuned during discussions over project implementation and key deliverables will be determined. Tentatively however, the following constitute key expected outputs for this assignment:

  • 50 villages integrate permaculture into their planning through CBOs.
  • Permaculture methods are integrated into project planning and implementation of the project.
  • Home gardens (zone 1) established using permaculture design and principles in all the 5,000 houses targeted for reconstruction.
  • Network of permaculture interested/active stakeholders is established.
  • Designs are put in place for the continuation and rolling out of the project post-February 2012.
  • Model garden/s established in key locations within the target area established.
  • Tree nurseries established in appropriate locations around the target area.


  • Permaculture design courses delivered and permaculture designs created for clients.
  • Project management experience (management, planning, staff development and training skills) in development programmes.
  • 2-5 years previous work experience in a relevant position in rehabilitation, agriculture or environment.
  • Proven capabilities in leadership and management required.
  • Excellent skills in written and spoken English.
  • Strong negotiation and interpersonal skills, and flexibility in cultural and organizational terms.
  • Ability to work well and punctually under pressure.


  • Salary defined by the salary grid; educational level, expertise, hardship, security, and performance are considered for pay bonus.
  • Additional monthly living allowance.
  • Free food and lodging provided at the organisation’s guesthouse/or housing allowance (depending on contract length and country of assignment).
  • Transportation costs covered, including additional return ticket + luggage allowance.
  • Provision of medical, life, and repatriation insurance + retirement package.

Submission of applications

Please send, in English, your cover letter, CV, and three references to [email protected]



Att: Human Resources Department
33, rue Godot de Mauroy
75009 Paris

Fax. + 33 (0) 1 42 65 33 46


  1. Sounds fantastic. Too bad I don’t meet the employment criteria, but that said I’ve still unfinished business in this country :)

  2. I will post at my blog that is about green world in Brazil – heaps of people studying Permaculture, but to get this job well done needs someone with not just permaculture skills, but a tough gut.

    I will spread the word, who knows?

  3. Hi would like know if the post offer is still available ?
    I’m actually working on Permaculture project in Zanskar(Jammu &Kashmir India)with a Swiss Association for the last 15 month and my contract with the ONG finished on the 12 of June so it could be just perfect.

    Just let me know and i will send my details..



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