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Procurement Advisor (International)

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About Ministry of communication and IT

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has received Project Preparation Grant from the World Bank to prepare for implementation of Digital CASA Afghanistan Project and intends to apply part of the proceeds to hire a qualified Individual Consultant to provide advisory and capacity building services to MCIT and Digital CASA Project Implementation Unit (PIU) on the implementation of Digital CASA project in Afghanistan.

This Consultancy Support will be provided to MCIT at Kabul, under the Project Preparatory Fund of Digital CASA Afghanistan Project.

The project aims to increase access to more affordable Internet, crowd-in private investment in the ICT sector, and improve the Government’s capacity to deliver digital Government services in Afghanistan, by contributing to the development of a regionally integrated digital infrastructure and enabling environment.


To contribute towards achievement of the above-mentioned project development objectives of Digital CASA Afghanistan Project, MCIT has decided to avail the consultancy services of an Individual Consultant to provide procurement advisory and capacity building services to MCIT and Digital CASA Implementation Unit on the implementation of Digital CASA project in Afghanistan.

Job Summary

The purpose of the International ProcurementConsultant/Advisor is to serve as an expert in the smooth process of procurement activities, contract management and implementation of efficient, effective funded activities under PPG and actual project Digital CASA and to establish effective platforms for the successful implementation of the project activities.

The International procurement will also support the MCIT procurement department in implementation of various procurement processes, procurement planning and provide technical assistance to MCIT procurement department.

Job Details

Date Posted: 11 Aug 2018 Reference: D-CASA/PIU/INT-IC2
Closing Date: 24 Aug 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Consulting Open Ended: NO
Nationality: International Salary Range: As per NTA Salary Scale Policy10000.0
Contract Type: Consultant Years of Experience: 7 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 6 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 2 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work and Tasks:
It is expected that the International Procurement Consultant/ Advisor will provide conceptual, technical and implementation support particularly to Digital CASA Implementation Unit in procurement related issues and overall support to MCIT procurement department.
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. S/he will particularly carry out the following duties and function but 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 the project including the capacity development of national staff of the project;
 Support the Digital CASA PIU in preparing the Procurement Plans and execution of all procurement related activities and not limited to the following;
o Preparation of Bidding documents for the procurement of works, goods and services in accordance with activities defined in the Procurement Plan of the project;
o Preparing Shortlisting and Bid/Proposal Evaluation Reports and Award Recommendations for approval by the Authorities and WB;
o Provide support to Senior Procurement Specialist in all procurement related activities of Digital CASA project.
o Provide support to the Contract Management Specialist in preparing, execution, monitoring and follow up of the project contracts.
o Preparing documents for obtaining No-Objection from the World Bank for stages of procurement activities as required by World Bank guidelines;
o 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;
o Participate/Assist in the evaluation of EOI, Technical and Financial Proposals.
o Preparing and reviewing evaluation reports to submit for approval;
 Analysis of all aspects of giving subsidy to private firms to develop OFC network in economically unviable areas, and prepare necessary documents for such contracts.
 Initiating, coordinating, and preparing updated Procurement Plans (PPs) and Procurement Activity Schedules (PAS) in consultation with the Procurement Unit and Senior Management of Digital CASA according to the latest needs, developments and progress of the project;
 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;
 Support and direct assist in preparing procurement reports for Financial Monitoring Reports (FMRs) for the World Bank, Withdrawal Applications and other donors and other procurement reports required by the Procurement Unit and Senior Management of Digital CASA;
 Provide support to the MCIT procurement department in overall project and procurement related activities and develop the capacity of the national procurement staff;
 Other tasks that may be assigned by the Project Director of Digital CASA.

Payment Structure and the Deliverables:

This is a full-time assignment expected to commence from the start of joining date of the incumbent. The contract will be signed for an initial period of 6 months with a probation period of three months, during which the contract can be terminated. The contract can be extended beyond the original term subject to the consultant’s satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

The Consultant should submit reports to the Project Director of Digital CASA Afghanistan Project.

The Consultant will be paid on monthly basis as per the government rules.

Based on the submitted progress report at the end of each month, salary will be paid monthly, within 30 calendar days after the submission of the monthly report of activities.

Qualifications

I. The Consultant/Advisor is expected to have a Master’s Degree or higher in Procurement, Economics, Finance, Law, Commerce,Business Administration, Public Administration, Civil, Electrical/Telecom Engineering or any other related field.
II. Additional procurement qualification shall be given preferences;
III. Prior relevant experience in World Bank funded projects is required.
IV. Prior experience in Technology, ICT and Telecomrelated World Bank funded projects would be an advantage.
V. The Individual Consultant should have at least 7 years of relevant experience at international level in the field of Procurement and Contract Administration
VI. Demonstrated experience with procurement of goods, works & services; preferably, in the public sector;
VII. Has the ability to complete procurement of complex contract packages within the time schedule;
VIII. Demonstrated ability to work with, motivate and train national staff in procurement and contract management.
IX. The Consultant should have a world class experience in preparation of Strategies, Policies and Procedures relatively to the scope of assignments;
X. Proficiency in English Language (reading, writing, and speaking) is required.
XI. Proven inter-personal skills and good team work spirit.


Facilities to be given by MCIT:

1. The following facilities and support will be provided to the Consultant by the client (MCIT):
• A suitable working space and a computer with Internet connectivity for the Consultant will be provided inside MCIT’s Main Building in Kabul;
• Facilitation of entry visa, if required;
• Relevant background documents;
• Facilitation and arrangement for meetings with relevant stakeholders and partners;
• Provide or Pay for Office transportation.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul: PROVINCIAL CENTER (KABUL)
AF AF 12

Education:

Masters Degree, Procurement

Submission Guideline

Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) by MCIT:

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) now invites eligible Consultants to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested Consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (CV, Brochures, Description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions and availability of appropriate skills etc.).
A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (January, 2011 edition).

Expressions of interest (Cover Letter and a detailed Resume) must be submitted by 24th of August 2018, 16.00 Kabul time to the following email addresses:



Applicants are requested to write the name of position Individual Consultant (International) as Procurement Advisor in the subject line of their email, otherwise the application will not be considered.

Females are highly encouraged to apply.
The vacancy announcement is open only for international applicants.
APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

ONLY SHORT LISTED CANDIDATES WILL BE CONTACTED FOR INTERVIEW.

Submission Email

Submission Email To: hr.digitalcasa@mcit.gov.af CC: saleemsaha@yahoo.com CC: fawad.anwarzai@gmail.com

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