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Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist


About DABS

د افغانستان برشنا شرکت یک شرکت خود کفا و مستقل است که طبق قانون شرکت های سهامی و محدود المسولیت جمهوری اسلامی افغانستان ایجاد گردیده است. د افغانستان برشنا شرکت با تمام اسهام سرمایه خود یک شرکت محدود المسئولیت بوده که به دولت افغانستان تعلق دارد. شرکت مذکور به تاریخ 15 ثور 1387 مطابق 4 می 2008 به د افغانستان برشنا شرکت تغییر شخصیت نمود و بحیث یک شرکت ملی برق جایگزین د افغانستان برشنا موسسه گردید. د افغانستان برشنا شرکت تولید، تورید، انتقال و توزیع برق را بگونه تجارتی در سراسر افغانستان تنظیم و اداره می نماید.

1.1 Projects Background

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA), through its 2006 Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS), set out ambitious three to five year goals for increasing access to electricity. The aim was for electricity supply to reach at least 65 percent of households and 90 percent of non-residential establishments in major urban areas and at least 25 percent of households in rural areas. This would have represented a considerable increase over the rate of electrification – which had last been reliably estimated at six percent nationwide in 2003. More recent estimates suggest that some 25-30 percent of households have access to grid electricity. There appears to be no reliable estimate for the number of people with access to off-grid electricity although there is some 134MW of small hydro, diesel generators and solar power installed.

Responsibility for management and operation of the electricity system rests with Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), the national electricity utility. Until 2009, DABS was a department of the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW). DABS’s corporatization has been accompanied by a strong program of commercialization supported by the World Bank and more recently by USAID. DABS are responsible for the installed domestic generation capacity, including about 230MW of hydropower and with it Naghlu Hydropower Plant, although only about 138MW is currently in service. Since 2006 the World Bank has been financing the rehabilitation of the electrical and electromechanical parts of Naghlu hydropower plant which was built with Soviet assistance during the 1960s.

DABS World Bank funded projects Unit currently handling four projects namely:

1. Naghlu Hydropower Rehabilitation Projects (NHRP)
2. Afghanistan Power Sector Development Project (APSDP)
3. DABS Planning and Capacity Support Project (DPCSP)
4. Herat Electrification Project (HEP)

1.2 Project description, Naghlu Hydropower Rehabilitation Projects (NHRP):
The Naghlu Dam is a gravity dam on the confluence of Kabul and Panjshir Rivers in Surobi district, Kabul province, Afghanistan. It is located 80km (50 mi) east of the Afghan capital Kabul. The primary purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power generation and it supports a power station with a rated capacity of 4X23.5 MW at rated net head of 61m. It is the largest hydropower plant in Afghanistan and provides a large proportion of Kabul's electricity. Currently only three out of the four generating units are operational. The dam is ~100 m (328 ft) high and 280 m (919 ft) long and its reservoir has a storage capacity of 550,000,000 m3.
The project development objective (PDO) is to improve dam safety and to increase the supply of electricity at the Naghlu Hydropower Plant.
The project will help realize the full generating potential of the NHPP and thus provide considerable benefits to most sectors of the economy in the Kabul region. The population as a whole will also benefit directly and indirectly. The direct beneficiaries will be the electricity users, including industry, households, and farmers who will get more electricity at lower cost and suffer fewer blackouts.
The project will also contribute to the socioeconomic development of the communities in the project area. The local population is also expected to benefit to a certain extent from employment opportunities during the project repair and rehabilitation phase. The DABS, the main implementing agency, will also benefit significantly by improving its capacity to plan, develop, manage, and maintain existing hydropower systems and services and consequently from increasing the ability to deliver better, more reliable, and cost-effective services to customers.

The proposed NHRP comprises three main components.
Component 1: Mechanical, Electrical, and Electromechanical Works
Component 2: Dam Safety and Power Generation Improvement
Component 3: Environmental and Social Sustainability, Project Management Support, and Future Project Preparation
In sum, Components 1 and 2 focus on addressing the technical issues related to electromechanical rehabilitation of the NHPP and improving safety and power supply from the NHPP, while Component3focuses on building institutional and managerial capacity.

1.3 Project description, Afghanistan Power Sector Development Project (APSDP)

The original project became effective on March 19, 2009 and its additional financing was approved on 7.July.2015. The Afghanistan Power System Development Project (APSDP) finances three main subprojects: (i) rehabilitation and of the distribution system in Charikar, Gulbahar and Jabul-Seraj in Parwan province; (ii) rehabilitation of the distribution system in Pul-e-Khumri; and (iii) rehabilitation of the switchyards at the Mahipur and Naghlu hydropower plant on the Kabul River. In addition, the APSDP also finances the services of a PMF, which undertakes all day to day management of the project, and a small energy efficiency pilot program that is now complete. The PDO of the project is “to increase the number of electricity connections for the urban centers of Charikar, Gulbahar and Jabul-es-Seraj and Pul-e-Khumri and to improve the availability of power from Naghlu and Mahipar switchyards”.

The additional grant finances the costs associated with (a) the supply of meter boxes and the final connections to the houses for the rehabilitation of distribution networks at Charikar, Gulbahar and Jabul-Seraj and Pul-e-Khumri; (b) support to the implementing agency, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS, the electricity utility) to supervise the rehabilitation of the switchyard at Naghlu; and (c) incremental cost of the rehabilitation of the switchyards at Naghlu and Mahipur hydropower plant. In order to fully implement the project activities and satisfactorily achieve the PDO, the AF also switched the implementation agency from the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) to the state-owned utility company, DABS, and extended the project closing date to May 31, 2017.

1.4 Project description, DABS planning and Capacity Support Project (DPCSP)

The planned Afghan power sector growth will place additional demands on the capacity of DABS. To cope with its increased responsibilities for investment, DABS will need to improve its capacity in the areas of planning and implementation of investment projects and then operating and maintaining them. To meet the demands placed on it, DABS must build its organizational capacity through the development of systems, procedures, and standards and of its staff through technical and other training and then ensure that these new capacities are applied to the task in hand.
The proposed project is intended as an entry point for scaling up investment in the power sector. It is motivated by the need to move DABS towards a model in which it drives the investment and O&M process.
The Project Development Objective is to improve the capacity of DABS to plan the investment and maintenance of the electricity distribution system.

1.5 Project Description, Herat Electrification Project (HEP)
The Herat Electrification Project is to provide electricity to households, institutions, and businesses in the selected areas of Herat Province, Afghanistan, with focus on the districts of Chesht, Obe, Karrokh and Pashtun-Zarghoon of Herat Province. The Project is expected to contribute to Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat’s (DABS) overall objectives of alleviating poverty and ensuring inclusivity of access to electricity for all segments of the population.

The overall project will benefit the local population in these areas by providing grid electricity.
The proposed project has 3 components: Component 1, Electrification of Four Districts in Herat Province, Component 2, Grid Densification, Extension, and Off-grid pilots in Herat Province; Component 3, Technical Assistance (USD 4 million):

The HEP will be implemented in Herat Province and includes Chesht, Obe, Karrokh and Pashtun-Zarghoon districts.

Implementation Arrangements: The implementing agency is Da Afghanistan Brishna Shirkat (DABS). The Chief Operating Officer (COO) of DABS will have overall responsibility for ensuring compliance with the requirements set out in the ESMF and RPF. The environmental and social safeguards officers assigned to the Herat Electrification Project (HEP) will also take responsibility for overseeing the implementation of the project’s ESMF & RPF provisions during preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all investment activities under
component one.

Job Summary

1.6 Objective of the assignment:

The main objective of the assignment is to develop an operational Monitoring and Evaluation system for all WB funded projects in DABS. This system is to the provide project team with tools such as progress reports, weekly meetings, monthly meetings etc to effectively monitor project progress and achievement, and to provide monthly, quarterly, mid-term and end-of-project evaluation (reports) with sufficient information to assess project’s results.

The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will serve as the main focal person for all monitoring and evaluation related activities for all World Bank funded projects. S/he will prepare all necessary reports in a timely manner; ensure updating of monitoring indicators, safeguarding/filing data and reports, and any other tasks necessary for the appropriate monitoring and evaluation of World Bank projects.

The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will be providing support in monitoring and evaluating ongoing projects at World Bank PIU in DABS. The incumbent will be responsible for overall M&E and learning needs of all projects and will come up with findings based on real data to show performance of the projects. The incumbent will also help the PIU team in strengthening its M&E functions based on his/her experiences from the projects. M&E of the projects will be an assessment as well as support function hence the related departments and stakeholders will get support through M&E findings in enhancing flow of information and its management. The incumbent will play role in promoting of key learnings for the improvement of the projects and for wider leaning of the organization.

Job Details

Date Posted: 31 Jul 2017 Reference: VA-DABS-HQs/96-0048
Closing Date: 31 Aug 2017 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: M & E Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Contractor Years of Experience: 7 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: No
Probation Period: 6 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

7 Responsibilities/Scope of Work

The M&E Specialist would work closely with internal and external stakeholders and will be responsible for coordinating and supporting all data collection and reporting arrangements on project progress in accordance with the Project Results Framework.
Specifically, under the supervision and guidance of the Project Director and Project Managers, the M&E Specialist, will perform the following duties and responsibilities:
• Lead the development of and oversee the review of project level Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) plan and associated work plans for each component/activity (as reflected in the results framework);
• Develop TORs for M&E tasks to be carried out for consulting firms (e.g. the design of surveys, evaluations (mid-term and final evaluation), etc. using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods;
• Be responsible for sourcing data and information for specific M&E needs directly from other implementing agencies and stakeholders particularly for indicators not requiring a survey;
• Support technical work such as reviewing M&E methods, carrying out training needs, designing M&E tools and providing M&E technical assistance;
• Oversee and participate in evaluations and assessments.
• The M&E Specialist may also serve as the evaluation team member of selected evaluations conducted;
• Ensure quality control of M&E outputs (e.g. surveys etc.), including by contributing substantively to the design and field testing of the monitoring methodology, review, supervise design and implementation of the survey, participatory data collection methods and protocols, data verification techniques, and other technical evaluation and analytical tasks conducted;
• Develop and maintain a M&E database for the projects and contribute to the maintenance of a database of World Bank Funded Projects;
• Maintain a detailed knowledge of all relevant issues impacting his/her field of Monitoring &Evaluation;
• Ensuring mentoring and training of project team to foster capacity building on M&E knowledge.
• Support monitoring and evaluation missions commissioned by the donors on the projects;
• Review monitoring and evaluation system/mechanism, process and procedures of the project and forms and formats for project activities under its various components;
• Monitor project progress through field visit as may be required, offer feedback, keep regular communication with related field, and centre level staff.
• Attend, participate and provide necessary inputs for preparation of and during project meeting, Workshops and trainings;
• Serve as focal point for providing M &E inputs on Implementation Progress Reports(IPRs);
• Prepare and submit M&E inputs as per the Results Framework to the consolidated quarterly/ annual project implementation progress reports meeting the deadline as per the requirement of projects and World Bank;
• In close collaboration with DABS monitoring and evaluation department, support the design and implementation of an integrated M&E system and procedures;
• Provide quarterly M&E reports to Project Director, Project Managers as well as to the World Bank M&E team and also related departments;
• Guide the process for identifying the key performance indicators and parameters for monitoring Local Government and comparing them to targets, and design the format for such performance reports
• Prepare consolidate progress reports for project management to submit to the relevant stakeholders, in accordance with approved reporting formats and schedule;
• Support other relevant staff of the Project to support the PM in coordinating the preparation and consolidation of annual work plans, monthly and quarterly, Project reports and other deliverables;
• Review monitoring reports, analyze them for impact evaluation and to identify the causes of potential bottlenecks in project implementation and make recommendations;
• Tracking progress made on the Project's Results Framework during project implementation;
• Undertake relevant field visits to ensure achievement of the objectives of his/her assignment;
• Accomplish others tasks related for preparing, monitoring, evaluation and management information system as per the need of project assigned by Project Director.
• Any other assignment given by direct supervisor.

As the focal person for the M&E at the PIU, the M&E specialist will work closely with all other members of the PIU and work in close coordination with M&E Officers of the key stakeholders (DABS and WB).

1.8 Reporting/Deliverables

The M&E Specialist will report directly to the PD/PM. the following deliverables are among those that are expected to be prepared by the consultant:
• M&E inputs to Monthly/Quarterly/Yearly Project Implementation Progress Report;
• M&E implementation plan for all WB Projects;
• Monitoring and Supervision report as per the requirement;
• Prepare and submit Guidelines/Manuals of concerned fields as per the need of the project; and
• Reports and proceeding of seminars, workshops and training


environment as well as the ability to work with minimal supervision.
Very strong planning, system development and organizational skills including results based management.
Fully proficient in the following software applications: Word, Excel and Power Point, Primavera
Fully proficient in English and local languages in both speaking, reading, and writing.


Bachelor degree (Master degree is highly preferred) in Engineering/ Public Administration / Business Administration or Financial Management or any relevant field from an accredited university.
Seven years relevant work experience in M&E, five of which must have been at a managerial level within an internationally funded project or NGO. Experience working in areas directly related to public sector reform would be a plus;
Experience in the design and/or implementation of an M & E system, preferably in the public sector;
S/he must demonstrate strong interpersonal and motivational skills and sensitivity to the local environment as well as the ability to work with minimal supervision.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul


Bachelors Degree, Engineering

Submission Guideline

Dear Applicant,
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