Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Plan Consultant

Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 655
Date Posted:Dec 6, 2018
Closing Date:Dec 20, 2018
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Banking
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:10 Years
Contract Duration:Open Ended
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:96,90,66

About OXUS Afghanistan:

OXUS Afghanistan started Operation in 2005 under support of ACTED, a development and relief NGO, which is operating in twenty five Countries of the world, and Microfinance Investment Support Facility for Afghanistan (MISFA). Currently, OXUS Afghanistan has a portfolio of over AFN 816 million with an outreach of about 22,000 customers managed through 19 Branches, 10 provinces. OXUS Afghanistan is a part of OXUS Group, a global network of Microfinance Institutions created by ACTED, a leading international NGO operating in 25 countries. OXUS Afghanistan was created with funding from the Microfinance Investment Support Facility for Afghanistan (MISFA), a Government Apex agency set up by international donors in 2003 in order to develop and support the microfinance sector in Afghanistan. OXUS Afghanistan Provides conventional and Islamic financing. OXUS -Afghanistan has individual and group lending which helps Afghan people have access to finance. OXUS-Afghanistan provides financing for youth and women as women improvement process and support them for better access to finance.

Job Summary:

2. About the Project

Owing to the long history of foreign invasions, evolving political situation, relationships with the neighboring countries and related security issues, the security situation in the country cannot be termed as adequate. This leads for the businesses to assess the situation, monitor the risk and ensure that the business remains working in unwarranted situations, if such situations arise. We are faced with multiple internal as well as external threats, some of which are man-made e.g. terrorist attacks, thefts, wars etc. and others are natural e.g. earthquakes, fire, rain, drought etc.

Hence, business continuity and disaster recovery are critical parts of any business operating in the country. Businesses need to ensure that the customers receive uninterrupted services though, the situation deteriorates or any unforeseen event occurs. On the other side, the business need to ensure that its assets are protected and the related risks are mitigated accordingly.

3. About Consultancy:

The purpose of this consultancy (Individual & Independent Consultant) is to produce detailed outline / guidance related to the Business Continuity Plan (BCP) in context of the business operation of OAF.

The consultancy should result in composite and comprehensive documents outlining all the areas related to the BCP which can be applied by the OXUS Afghanistan. The consultant is also expected to prepare security manual for all the branches of the OXUS in terms of the security of the property, asset, data, documents and personnel.

Skills Required:

Not available

Provinces to travel:

Skills Description:

e) Strong writing skills, and experience of presenting complex technical information in an easily comprehensible way for non-specialist readers
f) Fluency in English.

The Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Plan Consultant will report to the Chief Executive Officer or anyone designated by CEO.

Duties & Responsibilities:

4. Main Responsibilities:

4.1 Develop a detailed business continuity plan and all accompanying background materials for implementation at OAF:

The consultant is expected to develop and deliver a comprehensive business continuity plan. An outline of such plan is also being provided along with the Terms of Reference. The plan should be based on the best practices and should be applicable in the context of the business operations at Afghanistan.

4.2 Review the existing arrangements & gap analysis identified by OXUS and security Company:
An initial survey of the OXUS branches has been carried out by OAF management and the security company providing services to OAF. Certain recommendations have been made by the Security Company and OAF management which include:

Installation of security cameras,

Construction of strong rooms

Development of a monitoring mechanism

The consultant will review gap analysis done by OAF and Security Company.

Physically visit and review the arrangements in the branches.

Review of current infrastructure reinforcement

Design security manual and plan

Recommend the upgrades required

Come-up with Provide OAF with Guide OAF about the adequacy

The consultant will also check and guide OAF about the adequacy of the measures taken and the expected improvement which the plan will have on OAF’s business continuity.

4.3 Suggest ways and areas for improvement:
The consultant shall suggest ways and means to improve the existing security plan in place at OAF according to the best practices.

4.4 Provide training and coaching:
The consultant shall intervene on-site at the HQ and in Kabul’s branches, possibly in one province if security conditions allow it. The consultant will work jointly with the Training and Security Managers in adjusting and designing trainings, which will favor on-the-job training for the OXUS Afghanistan managers. The consultant will deliver training of trainers and will oversee the first trainings sessions delivered by OXUS staff, in order to make sure that OXUS trainers are conveying the right messages.

4.5 Travel:
The consultant will be required to visit at least 05 Branches inside Kabul (if possible all of them) and visit at least 02 regions in Afghanistan (to be decided by the management depending on availability of flights, weather and security situation) in order to assess the on ground arrangements inside the branches, their locations and measures to be taken to improve the security situation in the branches. Local security Manager will accompany, coordinate and support these visits.

5. Deliverables include:

Business Impact Analysis

Comprehensive Business Continuity Plan

Comprehensive review report of existing systems and setup and recommendations for improvement

Review of infrastructure reinforcement

Training and awareness-raising materials

Training of Trainers

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul


a) Minimum Qualification required is Graduation
b) At least 10 to 15 years of professional experience in security installations, security operations and related areas, with added experience dealing with IT-related security issues
c) Relevant training in IT will be preferred
d) Experience in review of security arrangements

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