Disaster Management Specialist (International)

  Afghanistan Unspecified 257
Date Posted:Jul 21, 2010
Closing Date:Aug 2, 2010
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Management
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:Fresh
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: Yes
Contract Type:Permanent
Probation Period:1 month
Required Languages:

About Afghanaid:


Afghanaid is a British-registered international NGO, which has worked in Afghanistan for over 30 years. We assist community-driven processes that address the rights and fundamental needs of people in some of the most remote areas of Afghanistan, providing basic services, supporting development of rural livelihoods and responding to humanitarian emergencies. We are headquartered in Kabul, and operate 20 provincial and district offices across Badakhshan (north-eastern region), Samangan (northern region) and Ghor (western region), as well as a Marketing and Fundraising office in London. We employ around 160 personnel, 97% of whom are Afghans.

Job Summary:

Under the overall leadership of Managing Director and direct management of Deputy Managing Director (Programme) the Disaster Management Coordinator (international expert) will lead Afghanaid’s work in this field, including development of its strategy based on ongoing work, lessons learned and best practices in Afghanistan and from similar contexts; will be responsible for impact oriented delivery of the DM strategy in Afghanaid programming areas; will take lead in design and implantation of initiatives to develop capacity of all stakeholders (Afghanaid staff, Community groups, partners and local government authorities); will provide advice and technical backstopping to Afghanaid provincial and district teams; and will lead internal and external coordination and representation of Afghanaid’s DM wok .

Duties & Responsibilities:

Job Purpose
This is a technical leadership role and is required to provide strategic direction and operational guidance in the sector of disaster management, mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction in long term livelihoods and governance work of Afghanaid, including development of capacities of national counterparts at national, provincial and district level, and where required of the local government authorities. The post holder will integrate Community Based Disaster Management (CBDM) approach to prepare, mitigate and reduce vulnerability of rural communities to natural hazards and man-made emergencies. S/he will work closely with other technical sector leads as well as other programme quality leads of different cross cutting themes, to ensure coherence in the larger programme of Afghanaid and build synergies in purpose and outcomes of the different streams of its work. This is a pre-requisite for Afghanaid to achieve bigger, positive and lasting impact on reducing levels of poverty, vulnerability and inequality within the communities where we work in partnership with poor Afghan women and men and with the local government authorities. The post holder would also take the lead on the issues of gender within the disaster management component.
The overall objective of Disaster Management work of Afghanaid is to facilitate rural communities in its programming areas in Samangan, Badakhshan, Nuristan and Ghor province to become disaster resilient to protect their lives, livelihoods and productive assets (e.g. water, crops, water) and to reduce their vulnerability to repeated cycles of natural disasters through appropriate and cost effective preparedness and mitigation measures that are aligned with governmental priorities under Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) agenda.

Core Responsibilities and Duties

In specific, following core responsibilities and duties are essential for this post:

1. Provide strategic and technical leadership to develop sector specific strategy, as part of the Afghanaid overall country strategy development process for 2010-14; while developing the sector strategy, use learning and best practices from within and outside Afghanistan through a consultative and participative process involving relevant stakeholders at micro and macro level. The focus of the strategy will be on reducing vulnerability and risks and threats to the livelihoods and productive assets of poor rural households and communities associated with the repeated cycle of disasters.
2. Lead power and stakeholder analysis to identify key and influencing actors engaged in this sector in the country; including their strategies, policies, plans, resources, and geographical focus. Use this outcome to inform strategy decisions.
3. Lead designing of methodology and in conducting mapping and assessments to develop vulnerability, hazard, risk and capacity profiling of the villages and districts in Afghanaid’s provinces.
4. Design interventions for disaster management work integrated with Afghanaid’s other stream of work particularly livelihoods and local governance; and develop resource plans for effective delivery of DM work, ensuring sustainable quality outcomes and impact.
5. Build up Afghanaid organisational profile and identity in the sector within the country through networking and representation, well designed and resourced programme delivery, and demonstrating evidence of results of Afghanaid’s work on communities affected by the disasters.
6. Actively create new programming opportunities, and explore possibilities of expanding the programme to new areas, including proactively identifying new funding sources.
7. Regular programme monitoring to track progress at intervention, outcome and budget spend level; report to DMD-P and MD on over all progress of the sectoral programme.
8. Lead capacity development process to transfer knowledge and skills to national staff at head office, provincial and district level with the aim to increasingly delegate some of the key responsibilities of this position over a period of time to national counterparts at head office and provincial level.
9. Support the Deputy Managing Director (Programme) and Provincial Programme Managers (PPMs) in review, and in change management where appropriate, of the existing programme delivery structure regarding disaster management to ensure it is aligned with the vision and aspirations of the sector strategy.
10. Working closely with district and provincial teams, integrate and mainstream the DRR in the ongoing agenda and priorities of existing community and cluster level structures of informal governance (i.e. CDC, CLDC) including establishment of village DRR committees, where appropriate.
11. Support community and cluster level governance structures to identify and prioritise appropriate CBDM interventions to reduce vulnerabilities of communities to potential future disasters; develop medium term plans and support the cluster level institutions to identify financial resources through government and non-governmental sources to fund these interventions.
12. Support ANDMA sub-national tiers at district and provincial level through their capacity development, facilitating them to develop district and provincial disaster risk management plans through consultative process involving representatives of rural women and men.
13. Develop institutional linkages and professional networks with other key stakeholders of the sector within and outside the country for exchange of experiences, cross learning, and influencing by positioning Afghanaid as a strategic leader in CBDM, DRR and overall DM in the country.
14. Build relationship and liaise closely with policy makers within the government at national and sub-national level as well as with donors and develop active partnerships with them.
15. Actively support Advocacy and Partnerships Development Department in writing new proposals and on donor reporting, meeting high quality standards and agreed deadlines.
16. Build up knowledge management systems of Afghanaid in this sector.
17. Ensure an exit strategy is built in the implementation of the sectoral projects and programme.
18. Promote gender equality and diversity, ensuring that gender is fully taken into account in all aspects of the programme analysis, design and implementation.

Others: To perform any other related duties as required by the line manager.

Job Requirement:

Postgraduate degree or Diploma, preferably in Disaster Management from a reputable international university with 5 years of experience working in DM field at senior level; of which at least 3 years in international aid sector. Candidates with work experience in Afghanistan or in a similar context will have an advantage. You will bring excellent knowledge and proven skills in design and management of all stages of project cycle in disaster risk mitigation, preparedness, recovery and rehabilitation work at grassroots level with focus on natural disasters, together with well developed skills in rights based community facilitation and social mobilization; experience of working with the local government; and of influencing and advocacy. You will have worked in mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in other projects; designing and facilitating vulnerability and hazard mapping; and of development of community and district disaster management plans. You must have experience of designing and running capacity building initiatives in DM for literate and non-literate groups of women and men. Understanding of ANDMA and its priorities in the country will be an advantage. You must have ability to deal with challenging work situations and be willing to travel, live and work in isolated and remote areas. You must posses proven skills in mentoring, coaching and facilitating learning of national staff; excellent communications skills in English and Dari; computer literacy in word processing and excel; strategy development; programme design and proposal writing; budgeting; analytical report writing; competency to work with significant level of autonomy, take initiative, and be able to meet tight deadlines. You must show respect for local culture and religion, self motivation and knowledge of personal strengths and weaknesses.

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