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Socio Economic Development Specialist

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About ASERD/MRRD

The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) within the Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) Sector Strategy, contributes to the reduction of poverty through the establishment of good local governance, access to rural infrastructure, economic regeneration and the provision of a nationwide disaster and emergency preparedness system. This strategy, however, directly contributes to the achievement of Afghanistan’s Millennium Development Goals.

The project will contribute significantly to increasing the access to thermal energy and electricity through a technology neutral approach, in 19,500 households in 194 rural communities in Afghanistan. This will result in increasing the access to electricity, clean cooking and heating options and will contribute to a tangible reduction in the pre-mature deaths of women and children due to indoor air pollution. The project will pilot seven innovative financing models which once successful will be mainstreamed. The project will also establish conducive policy and regulatory frameworks and capacity development of key stakeholders. It is envisaged that, the project will establish a sustainable rural energy supply approach which can be scaled up beyond the project period.

The ASERD program plans to establish sustainable rural energy services in 194 rural communities in 5 years, providing both electrical and thermal energy services. The efforts will bring sustainable energy to over 19,500 households providing health, economic and social benefits. Most significantly, the major contribution will be the establishment of delivery models that are technology neutral, leverage additional local and international resources, mobilize communities, engage the private sector and financiers to establish a self-sustaining delivery model. The program will also aim to establish the right frameworks for policy, regulation, environmental protection, quality and incentives and develop human and institutional capacities for these delivery models to continue to increase access to energy in Rural Afghanistan.

The Border Electrification Projects aims at providing basic electricity access to border areas adjacent to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Islamic Republic of Iran through the provision of a variety of Solar Home Systems (SHS). A total number of 3,000,000 beneficiaries would benefit from the project encompassing 55 districts in 13 provinces.

The main aim of the project is to provide ample stimulus to entice economic growth, health improvement, education gains and other socio-economic benefits in the target areas.

Job Summary

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Job Details

Date Posted: 30 Jun 2018 Reference: 741/018/HRCSD/ASERD/MRRD
Closing Date: 14 Jul 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 2 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Business Administration Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per NTA Salary Scale Policy
Contract Type: Short Term Years of Experience: 5 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 6 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period:

Duties and Responsibilities

Contribute towards the analysis of general socio-economic conditions of selected villages, as well as in the formulation of methodology for replication of lessons learned;

• Assist the CDCs/DDAs, identifying, and mobilizing community-based and private organizations and individuals, especially service providers and entrepreneurs;

• Identify the economic /income-generating activities that could be promoted within the target project areas using surplus water and energy resources;

• Facilitate in forging business partnerships between the CDCs/DDAs, local financial institutions and private entrepreneurs—key feature of these partnership should be that all involved partners are able to gain something out of the business ventures around which the partnership is developed;

• Develop strategy for the growth and management of Community Revolving Fund, including specific guidelines how communities could tap these resources for local development activities;

• Follow -up with the local entrepreneurs and private business groups, once they have become functional with the project support, to ensure sustainability of their businesses and income streams;

• Develop a systematic database on the entrepreneurial activities as they relate to the overall scope of the project;

• Participate in the development and implementation of overall project work plan, especially the elements dealing with the income-generating activities.

• Prepare semi-annual (six month) progress reports in the area under his/her responsibility.

• Coordinate with those programs and stakeholders whom are focus on economic development.

Skills

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Qualifications

Required Qualifications, Experience & Skills according to (NTA):

Requirements: Academic qualification / technical skills and work experience

Complete higher education in management / Business administration, Economics or other suitable fields Public Administration and general management.

Minimum five years relevant professional experience in a financial management position working with NGO’s, Ministries, international organization or private firms

Strong experience in cash flow

Excellent literacy skills in local Dari and Pashto language as well as in English

Excellent Computer skills (Word, Excel, etc.).

Demonstrated strong writing skills

Proven management skills

Excellent communication skills: Demonstrating openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

Demonstrated interpretation skills including diplomacy, tact, and the ability to negotiate and influence; Facilitation, consulting, and/ or training skills highly desirable

Abilities to set priorities and manage time effectively

Ability to work both independently and as an effective team member

Respect for diversity: working effectively with people from all background

Integrity: Demonstrating the value of the ASERD and MRRD in daily activities and behavior and not abusing power or authority.
Reporting line: The position will be reporting directly to the ASERD/BDEP Program Director.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul

Education:

Bachelors Degree,

Submission Guideline

Interested Afghans with the required qualifications and experience should submit their applications electronically through below email
While submitting your applications please mention the Title of the position plus Vacancy Number in the subject of the e-mail; please do NOT submit any other supporting documentation or educational certificates with your application. If you are short listed you will be asked to submit electronic copies of your educational certificates and if you are invited to written test you will be required to present the original certificates. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date of the position. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for written test Note: In the interests of open and fair competition and a merit based selection process applicants are advised that lobbying for a position , whether by the applicant or by any person acting on his or her behalf, shall result in the immediate disqualification of the candidate from further consideration. Applicants are strongly advised to inform potential supporters of this restriction which shall be strictly enforced.

Please don’t forget to type the Vacancy Announcement Number (741/018/HRCSD/ASERD/MRRD) in Subject while applying online. Application without vacancy number will not be accepted.

The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is highly committed to increase women’s participation in government sector therefore women are highly encouraged to apply.

Submission Email

vacancies.hrcsd@mrrd.gov.af

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