Senior Financial Management Specialist(1249 Views)
This is a unique opportunity. We are looking now for new team members with the potential to be the future leaders of public services in the country. We promise to take you outside of your comfort zone. To expose you to learning from some of the best in the world. To demand extraordinary performance from you. And to give you a career-defining opportunity.
PLEASE READ THIS ADVERTISEMENT CAREFULLY. ONLY COMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED. (This is a re-advertisement for the team, now that funding is in place. Previous applicants are encouraged to re-apply but must please submit new applications in full.)
We are building a team in the Ministry of Labor Social Affairs Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD), with funding from the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund and technical assistance from the World Bank. This team is going to oversee two ground-breaking employment programs under the PLACED Project. The programs will be contracted out with innovative ‘payment by results’. You will be founding members of a new ‘centre of excellence’ in performance-based contracting and program management. In the process, you will deliver real, lasting social impact through helping as many people as possible to find jobs.
For the Senior Financial Management Specialist appropriate experience is required of budgeting and budget management, probably but not necessarily within a government or donor project. You will also be able to demonstrate experience of using commercial drivers to deliver service improvement.
You must also have excellent communication skills, including very high-level written and spoken English. The team will operate in English, managing international contractors and with most of the team’s training in English.
The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) in particular, is planning to prepare for project activities with a Project Preparation Grant (PPG) from the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF). The project is called PLACED. Under the PLACED PPG, three distinct activity components are defined: (i) opening a managed international labor migration corridor to GCC countries, (ii) enhancing the employability and employment outcomes for high school graduate jobseekers through supported job search and possibly private sector internships and, (iii) integrated capacity building at MoLSAMD for the management of the pilots under the PPG as a core for sustained capacity to manage employment programs. The pilots will target two discrete groups of unemployed Afghans, designed to meet the identified needs of these groups and their potential employers, thereby increasing the jobseekers’ employability. The implementation of the pilots will be integrated with extensive on-the-job capacity building at MoLSAMD on key aspects of contracting and managing high-performing labor market programs.
The PLACED pilots will service approximately 4,400 jobseekers. Learning from these pilots will be informed by rigorous monitoring and evaluation, leading to the scaling up and rollout of these interventions. Following a period of MoLSAMD team building, procurement, (c.6 months) and implementation (c.4 months), the pilots will run for up to 21 months, with interim evaluations (and emerging recommendations) prepared after the first, and second years. The components are expected to be structured as follows:
Component 1: PLACING LABOR ABROAD (PLA) Pilot: This component will target unskilled and low-skilled Afghan male jobseekers, with the objective of: (a) preparing them for identified job opportunities in GCC countries; (b) matching them with those vacancies; (c) facilitating their travel to the host country and settling in; (d) supporting the employer (and covering salary costs) for the first two weeks of on-the-job training, and; (e) establishing systems for payroll deductions and remittances to cover some program costs as well as transfers back to families. The objective is to enhance these jobseekers in the eyes of GCC employers and inform the development of efficient systems for managed labor migration to GCC countries. The project will also aim to include mechanisms to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the participants while working abroad. The proposed pilot will finance activities to help approximately 2,000 participants.
Component 2: CONNECTING WITH EMPLOYMENT DOMESTICALLY (CED) Pilot: The biggest challenge for young job applicants with a reasonable level of appropriate skills (notably literacy and numeracy), as identified by employers, is a lack of soft skills and workplace awareness, including knowledge of workplace culture and employer expectations. Often this is as a result of a lack of work experience, and it is exacerbated by a lack of any understanding of how to find and communicate with potential employers. This component will target beneficiaries between 18 and 29 years of age who have completed high school. The pilot aims: (a) to assist as many jobseekers as possible to secure good jobs through intensive supported job search, and (b) for those who cannot access employment given personalized job search support, provide private sector internships to enhance employability through supported work experience. The pilot will ensure parity of outcomes for women and men, providing additional support as required for any female jobseekers. The proposed pilot will finance activities to help approximately 2,400 youth (50% male and 50% female) during the two and a half years of implementation.
Component 3: Integrated capacity building: This component will aim at strengthening the capacity and performance of MoLSAMD in delivering the PLACED pilots, and eventually contracting and managing national employment programs, through an innovative program of technical assistance. In particular, a team recruited with support under this component within MoLSAMD will undertake procurement, implementation, and contract/performance management, including monitoring and evaluation activities. A capacity-building program will be launched, with each stage of the pilot programs preceded by technical assistance workshops equipping the MoLSAMD team with the required knowledge and skills. The personnel initially recruited under the PPG are expected to transition to civil service positions requiring similar competencies learned throughout the PPG implementation.
The Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled, implements this project under the overall supervision of the Deputy Minister for Labor Affairs (and in his/her absence the Minister). In close cooperation with the Director of Labor Market Studies, and under the guidance of the Steering Group, the project is led by the PLACED Project Director.
The scope of duties of the Senior Financial Management Specialist will relate to all financial management activities required to successfully implement the PLACED project. These activities will be followed within the strict guidelines of the World Bank and Government’s financial management rules and regulations. The Senior Financial Management Specialist will lead and coordinate the financial management activities of the PLACED Project, under the direction of the Project Director, and this entails the following:
The duration of the assignment will be 24 months. The Senior Financial Management Specialist will use their knowledge and experience of finance (ideally related to World Bank projects) to ensure the pilots, and the Contract Management Unit, have the required resources to deliver effective and efficient programs. This Specialist will build an in-depth understanding of the contractors’ commercial models in order to monitor their spend and provide assurance that bid commitments are being honoured with investment targeted on driving higher performance (i.e. more employment outcomes). They will additionally have responsibility for:
|Date Posted:||04 Mar 2018||Reference:||MoLSAMD-ILM-DLMI/IC-05|
|Closing Date:||27 Mar 2018||Work Type:||Full Time|
|Number of Vacancies:||1||Gender:||Any|
|Functional Area:||Account/Finance||Open Ended:||NO|
|Nationality:||Afghan||Salary Range:||As per NTA Salary Scale Policy|
|Contract Type:||Consultant||Years of Experience:||7 Year(s)|
|Contract Duration:||1 Year(s) & 0 Month(s)||Extension Possibility:||Yes|
|Probation Period:||3 Months|
Duties and Responsibilities
Establishing sound financial management procedures and practice for the PLACED project – in accordance with the regulations of the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and the World Bank;
Ensuring the installation of the agreed accounting system;
Establishing all financial reporting procedures for the project, ensuring they conform with the Government and World Bank/ project regulations/requirements, and making timely submissions of financial progress reports and Quarterly Financial Monitoring Reports (FMRs) to the MOF and the World Bank;
Developing audit/ internal control procedures for the project accounts and liaise with the Control and Audit Office/ MOF for the auditing of the project;
Preparing and updating as necessary the Project Implementation Plan (PIP), Procurement Plans, and Financial Management Manual (FMM) and systems, in consultation with the Ministry’s technical teams, and the managers and technical teams of the World Bank;
Design and oversight of the processes for timely and accurate payments to contractors;
Design and management of systems to capture data, providing the wider team with analysis of performance;
Management of the team’s IT facilities (and the IT Officer);
Liaising with the central MOF staff and MOF staff based at MoLSAMD, regarding all financial issues of the project;
Checking the accuracy of B27, M16 and other budgetary forms required to be submitted to MOF;
Ensuring timely expenditure reconciliation with MOF;
Reporting on improper use of any stock and/or cash;
Any other tasks and responsibilities as required for the implementation of the project and requested by the Project Director.
Travels to Provinces
Require Travels to Provinces
a. Having at least a Masters or an equivalent degree with 5 years working experience or having Bachelors degree with 7 years experience;
b. Sound knowledge and understanding of World Bank and/or the Government’s financial management guidelines and procedures;
c. Sound judgment and interpretative skill for dealing with finance-related issues and documents;
d. Effective communication and interpersonal skills including (i) a full working knowledge of English (ii) fluency in one national language and (iii), the ability to interact and coordinate with PLACED Project staff, contractors, Government officials, consultants and the World Bank staff.
The team will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers
Salary will be as per the National Technical Assistance (NTA) Remuneration Policy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Afghanistan - Kabul: PROVINCIAL CENTER (KABUL)
The selection process for these unusual positions is going to be unusually rigorous. Only the best need apply! We expect at least half of our team to be female.
Interested candidates should submit their applications, in writing, to the National Skills Development Program (NSDP), Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled located in first Macroryan, Kabul, or e-mail their application (indicating in the subject line the VA number and the title of the post applied for) to: Mohammad Haroon Sherzai
In the first instance, please send the following THREE things (all in English):
• Your curriculum vitae (including full contact details);
• A covering letter of no more than one page, telling us which role(s) you are applying for and why you are interested;
• One page explaining how a jobs program can be good value for money for government.
Please note that if you do not submit these three things as described, your application will NOT be considered.
The closing date for applications is midday on the 18th March 2018. Selection days will commence 25th March. Selection will be conducted in English and will include a written test, an interview and a presentation.
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