Community Development Specialist, Stability in Key Areas (Eastern Region)

  Management Systems International (MSI)
  Afghanistan Unspecified 277
Date Posted:Dec 11, 2010
Closing Date:Jan 8, 2011
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Government Advisory
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:10 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: Yes
Contract Type:Permanent
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:

About Management Systems International (MSI):


Management Systems International (MSI) is a global international development firm based in Washington, D.C. providing specialized short- and long-term technical assistance. MSI is part of Coffey International Development, a global international development consulting firm. Together with Coffey ID, MSI now has more than 1,500 development professionals worldwide, a corporate presence in 11 countries and manages more than 200 projects worldwide. It currently manages more than 20 long-term projects in countries, including Iraq, Sudan, Colombia and Russia. Broadly, MSI implements a range of analytical and field projects in its core technical areas, including democracy and governance, strategic management and performance improvement, organizational capacity building, human development and natural resource management.

Job Summary:

Project/Proposal Summary:
MSI seeks an experienced Community Development Specialist for a three-year Stability in Key Areas (SIKA) project in Afghanistan. The objective of the SIKA – South program is to promote stabilization in key areas by assisting District level Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) officials to provide improved functioning of government and to enable the provisioning of priority GIRoA-led basic services to better instill confidence and build stability for affected populations with the focus on the following areas: Helmand, Kandahar, Urusgan, Zabul, Nimroz, and Day Kundi.

Position Summary:
The Community Development Specialist will report directly to the Chief of Party and will work to engage communities in a participatory process to improve their capacity/commitment to promote local stabilization.

Duties & Responsibilities:

• Guide and lead the USAID SIKA team and partners, including local governments, in the process of engaging communities and building capacity;
• Coordinate with other members of the USAID SIKA team and local government to ensure that project activities are coordinated at the community level;
• Supervise the development and implementation of training programs directed at local government, NGO partners, and communities;
• Work with project Communications Specialist to ensure that communications messages and media are appropriate for reaching community and local government audiences.

Job Requirement:

Required Qualifications:
• Demonstrated experience working with donor-funded programs, preferably with international donors such as USAID;
• Bachelor’s Degree in related field;
• Experience designing and implementing programs at the community level with experience in Afghanistan strongly preferred;
• Knowledge of issues relating to the project preferred;
• Must be willing to travel extensively in the regions where the programs will take place;
• English language fluency required; Dari/Pashto language fluency an asset.

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