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International Procurement And Contract Management Advisor

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About DABS

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 .
The duration of the assignment is for about One Year. The duration of the contract may be extended based on the satisfactory performance on need basis with mutual agreement.
The working environment of office space, desk, and transport from office to residence is provided by the World Bank funded projects DABS while in Kabul.
The contract will be between the International Procurement and Contract Management Advisor and DABS. He/she will be directly accountable to the Director World Bank funded projects.

Job Summary

The purpose of the International Procurement and Contract Management Advisor is to serve as an expert in the smooth process of procurement activities, contract management and implementation of an efficient, effective funded programs in DABS so as to establish an effective platform to protect the existing electricity/power and enhance it through Afghanistan. The International procurement and contract management advisor will also support in the technical details of implementation procedures of various processes including obtaining incentives, fund raising, procurement planning and provide technical assistance to DABS procurement unit.

Job Details

Date Posted: 04 Sep 2017 Reference: VA-DABS-HQs/96-0135
Closing Date: 30 Sep 2017 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Procurement Open Ended: Yes
Nationality: Any Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Contractor Years of Experience: 15 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: No
Probation Period: 6 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

It is expected that the International Procurement and Contract Management Advisor in overall procurement issues will provide conceptual, technical and implementation support for the World Bank funded projects in DABS. Meanwhile S/he will technically oversee the current procurement modalities/appeals/complains/grievances redresses mechanism then S/he will develop the result note on functionality of targeting mechanism in the context of Afghanistan and S/he will particularly carry out the following:

The duties and functions of the International Procurement Advisor will include, but are not limited to:
• Providing advice and ensure that all the procurement activities of the project conform and are compliant with Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan laws and World Bank Procurement Guidelines;
• Providing planning and management oversight for all procurement activities for World Bank funded projects including the continuation of the development of national staff capacity such that there may be an assumption of full management responsibility for procurement by the national manager;
• Preparing Bidding Documents for the procurement of works, goods and services in accordance with activities defined in the Procurement Plan for the program;
• Preparing Bid/Proposal Evaluation Reports and Award Recommendations for approval by the Authorities;
• Preparing Contracts for approval by the Competent Authority;
• Preparing Requests for No-objection from the World Bank for stages of procurement activities as required by World Bank Guidelines;
• Providing contract management oversight for Goods, Works and Consultancy Services Contracts;
• Providing critical procurement advice to the Procurement Unit on commercial aspects of Terms of References (TOR) and Request for Proposals (RFPs), evaluation of Expression of Interest (EOI) and Technical and Financial Proposals for selection of Consultants for Technical Assistance;
• Initiating, coordinating, and preparing updated Procurement Plans (PPs) and Procurement Activity Schedules (PAS) in consultation with the World Bank funded projects Procurement Unit and World Bank funded projects Senior Management according to the latest needs, developments and progress of the project;
• Initiating, coordinating, and preparing updates to the World Bank funded projects Procurement Manual as directed by the Procurement Committee for submission to the World Bank for approval;
• Establish a comprehensive monitoring system to track progress including a procurement reporting capability;
• Establishing and make operational the complaints mechanism as described in the World Bank funded projects Procurement Manual;
• Coordinating and responding to procurement queries, disputes, and complaints;
• Preparing procurement reports for Financial Monitoring Reports (FMRs) for the World Bank and other donors and other procurement reports required by the Procurement Unit and Senior Management;
• Support National FM Specialist on financial matters (if required).
• Other procurement tasks that may be assigned.

Skills

Excellent writing and communications as evidenced by a body of written work,
Excellent computer skills including MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
The International Procurement and Contract Management Advisor is expected to have excellent knowledge latest National and International Procurement Guidelines, Procurement Policies of International Organizations. Experience of working in different countries in Procurement and Contract Administration will be an advantage.
The applicant may indicate their previous publications, Reports; Consultancies details, Experience Outputs with supporting evidence (manual, technical papers, technical reports, assignments end reports, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills, etc.) and three referees.

Qualifications

The International Procurement and Contract Management Advisor is expected to have a Master’s Degree or higher in Procurement, Economics, Statistics, Development Studies, Social Work, Public Administration, Electrical Engineering or any other related field.
An advanced degree (16 years of education) in a suitable discipline or field of study, preferably in civil or electrical engineering. Additional procurement related qualification shall be accorded due weightage
At least fifteen (15) years’ experience after acquiring stipulated qualification in the field of Procurement and Contract Administration
Demonstrated experience with procurement of goods, works & services; preferably, in the public sector

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul

Education:

Masters Degree, Procurement

Submission Guideline

Dear Applicant,
It is your responsibility to verify that information entered in your Resume / CV that are uploaded are received and are accurate. Documents must be uploaded as the correct document type Word Format) or they will not be considered. Example: Resume must be submitted as a Resume. Recruitment Team will not modify, change or contact you regarding the completeness or accuracy of your application. If a document is not legible, you will not be able to attend the interview and you must again upload it by the close date.
NOTE: DO NOT upload performance appraisals, letters of recommendations, miscellaneous certificates, training plans or position descriptions. These documents will not be used qualify you.
Resume / CV: A Resume / CV in English is required. It must contain your full legal name, address, phone number, a detailed description of your law enforcement duties and the dates you performed those duties (DD/MM/YY). Upload as 'Resume' / ‘CV’

Submission Email

hr@dabs.af

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