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Project Officer

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About Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation (the Foundation) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region. Drawing on 60 years of experience, the Foundation supports initiatives to improve governance, law and civil society; women's empowerment; economic reform and development; sustainable development and the environment; and international relations. The Asia Foundation has offices in 18 countries throughout Asia and is headquartered in San Francisco. In Afghanistan, the Foundation supports four primary themes: Governance and Law, Women’s Empowerment, Education, and Survey/Research and Knowledge Development.
In the Education department, the Foundation, with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is implementing a six-year project titled Strengthening Education in Afghanistan (SEA-II). A key deliverable is to implement the Kankor preparation activity by utilizing a sustainable approach to steadily increase the number of female students entering higher education by strengthening their knowledge in science, maths and computer subjects. The Foundation is implementing this activity in a scalable manner through two activities:
1. Improving Kankor preparation learning in 300 girls’ high schools across all 34 provinces; and
2. Providing science and math training to teachers in 140 schools in the following provinces: Kandahar, Badakhshan, Khost, Laghman, Nuristan, Samangan, Takhar and Kapisa.

Job Summary

To implement the above two projects, the Foundation has eight Coordinators in eight regions, and also engages an Implementing Partner (IP). In addition, the Foundation works closely with two specific directorates within the Ministry of Education: General Directorate of Academic Supervision and Learning Assessment (GDASLA) and General Directorate of Science and Educational Technology (GDSET). The focus of this job is to ensure, through a variety of activities:
• students increase their interest and performance in science,
• teachers receive adequate in-service training;
• school administrators support both teachers and students to improve science learning and teaching;
• parents are engaged with the school; and
• Kankor preparation training is integrated into the regular science and math teaching curriculum.

Job Details

Date Posted: 07 Oct 2018 Reference: VA#41/2018
Closing Date: 20 Oct 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Education Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per NTA Salary Scale Policy10000.0
Contract Type: Short Term Years of Experience: 3 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 6 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period:

Duties and Responsibilities

Technical support
• Provide administrative and logistics support required for the successful implementation of project activities such as workshops and conferences;
• Maintain project electronic and hard copies documents and ensure that the education folder on TAF intranet is accurate, update and organized.
• Review documents prepared by IPs and provide input in the areas of distance learning, web-site development, and ICT tools recommended for use in these areas;
• Develop and implement activities (through the field coordinators and IP) that increase the interest of students in science and math subjects;
• Work closely with the Ministry and selected schools to develop and implement strategies for engaging parents to improve their children’s interest in science and math;
• Assist the procurement department and IP in purchasing laboratory equipment for schools;
• Takes notes/minutes at meetings and ensure follow up; and
• Perform other duties assigned by Project Manager and senior management.
Planning and Coordination
• Support Regional Coordinators in the development of schools’ physical visit schedules.
• Review field reports to recommend solutions to challenges and activities that foster continued improvement in teaching/learning of science and maths;
• Support efforts to strengthen the integration of Kankor preparation;
• Support M&E team in the development M&E work plans by providing relevant field data such as start/end dates of academic year, examination schedules and so on; and
• Work closely with the central GDSET and GDASLA staff to ensure they are fully informed and involved in the implementation of the activities
Reporting
• Follow up with grantees on timely submission of the reports.
• Review the weekly reports received from IPs and send feedback for further development.
Internal Contacts
TAF AG Education Team, HR, Procurement; Administration and Finance & Grants Departments
External Contacts
Sub-grantees, Afghan government ministries, schools and universities

Skills

• Demonstrated experience and knowledge of the education sector with a very good understanding of its challenges and opportunities.
• Have strong background in the use of ICT tools: databases, websites and so on.
• Fluency and ability to write official letters and reports in English, Dari or Pashto required.
• Proven skill of M&E planning and reporting.
• Demonstrated ability in prioritizing, multi-tasking, meeting deadlines while functioning amicably under pressure.
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office package and Internet usage.

Qualifications

Education:
• Bachelor’s degree in science, mathematics, or Computer Science.
Experience:
• A minimum of three to five years of working experience with academic institutions, national and/or international organizations in the field of education, preferable with focus in science and technology.
• Demonstrated experience in the areas of coordination of work to be done by others, organizing workshops and conferences, knowledge of key M&E concepts, and writing reports such as weekly reports and meeting minutes.
• Experienced in working with ministries – preferably MoE and MoHE.
• Experienced in working on USAID projects, but not necessary.
• Must be willing to travel to secure provinces / areas within Afghanistan. Mahram costs are provided.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul
AF AF 12

Education:

Bachelors Degree,

Submission Guideline

Qualified applicants should submit a copy of their CV accompanied by a detailed application letter, contact details and completed Biodata 1420 form, no later than October 20, 2018 to submission email. Applications without a completed Biodata 1420 form (Attached is the file) will be automatically disqualified. Please clearly indicate the position applied for in the subject line. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


***Women are strongly encouraged to apply. The Foundation, within reasonable limits, provides transportation from home to office and back***

Submission Email

afghanistan.jobs@asiafoundation.org

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