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Strategic Communication and Coordination Advisor


About Ministry of Education (MoE)

The Ministry of Education (MoE) is the largest employer among governmental bodies of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, employing 65% of the civil service. In order to reach its goals and objectives, the MoE recruits employees through open competition and merit-based selection; consequently enhancing civil service capacity and strengthening the current system of governance.
Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking as the 18th least developed country on the Human Development Index. According to the National Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (ALCS, 2013-14), 39% of the Afghan population lives below the poverty line. Thirty years of conflict have resulted in the destruction of the country’s education system in terms of infrastructure, resources, and curricula (NVRA, 2011-12). Following the Back-to-School Campaign in 2002, school enrolment has registered a dramatic increase. In the primary and secondary sub-sector, enrolment increased from around 900,000 children, in 2001, almost all boys, to over 8.6 million in 2013, of which 39% are girls.
Despite significant progress, access to education continues to be a challenge in Afghanistan. An estimated 3.5 million children of primary school age remain out of school, the majority of them being girls (75%). A combination of demand-side, supply-side, and systemic barriers and bottlenecks have been identified as reasons for children being out of school.

Job Summary

Overall, the purpose of the technical assistance is to support the MoE and especially H.E the Minister of Education in achieving the results set out in the National Education Strategic Plan 2017-2021 (NESP III). This will include implementing and supporting recently developed program communication and coordination strategy, which response to oversight needs and priorities.
• The main areas of concerns for the Strategic Communication and Coordination Advisor will include internal communications, external stakeholder communications and coordination program communications with donors and the international community, programme messaging to community-level actors, program messaging to wider stakeholder groups, and procedures/processes to contain and counter negative publicity.
The Strategic Communications and Coordination Advisor will have a mandate to liaise with all MoE program teams to ensure that the strategy is being implemented effectively and to coordinate specific activities and approaches as needed. Via these relationships, s/he will advise the senior leadership team and donors on how to adopt the program’s strategic communications and coordinated approach and image to ensure that the program remains relevant, effective and responsive to the needs of MoE beneficiaries.

Job Details

Date Posted: 10 Jul 2018 Reference: MoE/MO/NTA/001
Closing Date: 16 Jul 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Communication Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per NTA Salary Scale Policy10000.0
Contract Type: Short Term Years of Experience: 7 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 1 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: No
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

he key tasks of the Strategic Communication and Coordination Advisor are as follows:
• Serves as the focal point among H.E. the President’s Office, the Chief Executive, and the MoE.
• Facilitates communication and coordination between the MoE and other ministries.
• Facilitates and coordinates meetings among H.E. the Minister, with donors, and other stakeholders.
• Provides strategic guidance and technical support to H.E. the Minister’s Office for reputational management in line with all policies and guidelines and strengthening the capacity of the MoE thematic/pillar groups/staff to continuously design, coordinate, and implement joint development assistance initiatives.
• Develops and updates strategies, procedures, and systems for MoE communications and coordination with other development stakeholders.
• Serves as a round-the-clock special assistant and gatekeeper to H.E. the Minister, organizing His schedule, internal and external meetings, as well as international and local travel.
• Supports and facilitates MoE leadership of various coordination mechanisms, including support to lead departments of outcome and thematic groups, as well as inter-ministerial task forces.
• Supports and facilitates assessments and other analytical work to inform dialogue and technical discussions on the elaboration of joint strategies and programmatic approaches in areas identified as priorities for the MoE within the NESP III.
• Develops a comprehensive program-coordination work plan to assist the achievement of MoE overall goals and objections.
• Handles all communications and coordination for and to H.E. the Minister, including – but not limited to – official correspondence on behalf of the MoE to Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, other national and sub-national entities, international organizations, embassies, and development partners.
• Prepares talking points for H.E. the Minister and reviews His speeches.
• Works closely with the MoE and UNICEF on developing a smooth strategy for engaging and coordinating education stakeholders.
• Ensures that monthly and quarterly coordination reports are prepared and shared with H.E. the Minister’s Office for review and feedback.
• Provides technical advice, guidance, and support to H.E. the Minister and MoE program staff on the integration of communications, coordination and awareness components into project activities.
• Provides technical verification of activity implementation and completion as related to strategic communication and coordination components.
• Provides periodic briefs and updates to MoE leadership and its partners on the progress made in the education sector.
• Identifies and supports opportunities to create visibility for the MoE through its partner network, high-level champions, relevant events and partnerships with like-minded organizations, line ministries, the international community, academic institutions, and donors.
• Establishes and maintains a donor (Development Partner) database and portfolio.
• Organizes and supports a donor portfolio review on an annual basis.
• Facilitates and strengthens MoE and donor communication and coordination, as well as limits informal and ad-hoc communications on MoE projects and programs.
Performs any other task assigned by H.E. the Minister.

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces


Master’s degree in Management Studies, Communications, Marketing, Development studies, IR, Economics or Education.
• At least 7 years of relevant working experience with a bachelor’s degree, 5 years of relevant experience with a Master’s degree (preferred).
• Experience in a government ministry, the education sector, and/or communications and coordination management (essential).
• Demonstrated analytical, organizational, and communications and coordination experience.
• Experience in social media management and monitoring.
• Experience in representing a government ministry to key stakeholders and funders (desirable).
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills (essential).
• Strong organizational, coordination and effective time management skills (essential).
• Strong ICT skills, including the MS Office software package – Word, Excel, Outlook (essential).
• Excellent writing and presentational skills (essential).
• Understanding education development terminology (essential).
• Understanding of issues related to education development and effective communications (essential).
• Strong communications and public-speaking skills.
• Personnel management and coordination skills. An ability to delegate, follow up, supervise, and support.
• Fluency in spoken and written English as well as Dari or Pashto (essential).
• Ability to work in a team as well as under own initiative (essential).
• Tact and diplomacy at all times (essential).
• Understanding of the Islamic faith and Afghan culture.
Commitment to Afghanistan’s development.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul
AF AF 12


Bachelors Degree, Communication

Submission Guideline

Interested Afghan candidates should submit their letter of interest (cover letter) along with the updated resumes to:
Deh Afghanan, Ministry of Education, 4th floor first Corridor first office, Kabul, Afghanistan
no later than 16th July 2018, candidates who have access to the Internet can send their applications to the below email.

You are requested to send your letter of interest along with the updated resume, Please mention post title and vacancy number in the subject line of your email. However, do not email us heavy sized files such as your certificates, recommendation letters and etc. THOSE WHO DO NOT FULFILL THE APPLYING REQUIREMENTS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR SHORTLIST. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted with and called for the test and interview. The test & interview dates, time and place will be determined and communicated with the shortlisted candidates only sooner after the deadline of the vacancy announcement.

Ministry of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
MoE does not and will not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, handicap, religion, ethnic origin or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Candidates with disabilities and qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

According to NTA Policy, this position will be placed in B Grade

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