Deputy Chief of Party, Afghanistan Foreign Affairs Institutional Reform

  Management Systems International (MSI)
  Afghanistan Unspecified 265
Date Posted:Dec 30, 2010
Closing Date:Jan 29, 2011
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Government Advisory
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:10 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: false
Contract Type:Permanent
Probation Period:Unspecified
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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:
FAIR is a major USAID program to help improve the structure and capacity of the Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). The project consists of organizational development, institutional reform, improving human resource management, foreign policy analysis, and operational and information technology in support of the ministry and its links to embassies and consulates abroad. The Deputy Chief of Party is the primary administrative officer for the project; he/she also provides technical assistance to the ministry in human resources, personnel management, recruitment, and training.

Position Summary:
Reporting to the Chief of Party, the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) is the primary program coordinator and manager for the project. The DCOP will work with the team leaders and technical advisors on the organizational assessment of the ministry in partnership with participating ministry officials. This team will develop organizational and administrative recommendations and options for the ministry; design training programs based on departmental mandates and the roles and responsibilities of individual foreign service officers; support the MOFA’s competitive recruitment and appointments system; and develop a training program in support of the ministry’s primary functional areas. In addition to serving as a technical expert in one of the ministry’s primary functions, the DCOP will also oversee MSI’s administrative and finance components in support of the project. This is a 12-month assignment based in Kabul, for which USAID has options to renew for a second and third year, and starts in January.

*Please Note: This is a local position. Only Afghan nationals are eligible to apply.

Duties & Responsibilities:

• Serve as a senior team member and coordinate the organizational development, administrative review, and training strategy for the MOFA;
• Serve as the technical advisor to the ministry’s human resource, recruitment, and personnel system (or another technical area);
• Provide training and technical assistance to MOFA human resource and other staff;
• Define scopes of work for short-term expert support to priority technical areas within the ministry; oversee the work of experts; receive, review, and approve consultant work and reports;
• Manage the development and operations for an orientation training program for new foreign service officers;
• Provide data for the monitoring and evaluation plan and reports;
• Review project program and financial reports before submitting them to the COP for approval;
• Oversee the project’s administrative and financial operations and reports in cooperation with MSI’s Senior Project Manager.

Job Requirement:

• A degree in human resource management, public administration, foreign relations, or a related area;
• Five or more years of experience managing USAID training, capacity building, or similar programs in Afghanistan strongly preferred;
• Fluency in Dari/Pashto and excellent English speaking and writing skills required;
• Excellent public presentation and training skills;
• Previous experience designing and delivering training programs;
• Willing to travel as necessary in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

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