e-Government Advisor (Short Term Consultant)

  Harakat- Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility (H-AICF)
  Afghanistan Unspecified 377
Date Posted:Jan 30, 2010
Reference:2010 - 003
Closing Date:Feb 12, 2010
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Gender:Male
Functional Area:Consulting
Nationality:International
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:Fresh
Contract Duration:Not specified
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:

About Harakat- Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility (H-AICF):

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Job Summary:

1.Background

The Land Lease and Management One Stop Window is a project to be implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and livestock of Afghanistan with the financial support of Harakat. The goal of the project is to create a mechanism that will significantly increase the amount of public land that would be made available to the business community for productive investment. Obtaining land to use for commercial purposes remains one of the most significant constraints to economic growth. Potential investors face considerable uncertainty concerning the availability of suitable land, its cost and the time required to secure the land after it is identified. Survey in recent years has consistently shown that access to land and electricity are the two most frequently cited obstacles for investors. The lack of workable mechanisms for making land readily available at market cost significantly discourages existing businesses from undertaking new investment and effectively prohibits new investors from entering the market.

2.Project Objectives

The objective of this project is to establish the Afghanistan Land Authority (ALA), as an autonomous public entity subjected to Government policies. As a statutory body responsible for leasing public land, the ALA will operate as a single reference point or one-stop window for investors seeking to obtain access to land for commercial activities. It will have a mandate to consult closely with the president, the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA), line ministries and the National Assemble as well as private sector organizations to ensure that land needed for productive investment is made readily available throughout the country. It will coordinate its activities with ministries and donors to ensure that investment in infrastructure, including irrigation facilities, water and power supplies, and roads, contribute to attracting productive investment.

The ALA will have responsibilities to i) Maintain a public land inventory database with detailed information about mapping locations, size, land categories and descriptions, prices and availability of services, ii) Offer a comprehensive land-lease solutions, by delivering a public service in a cost-effective, timely manner that promotes transparency, competition and accountability, iii) Assume management responsibility for making state-owned land available for commercial purposes (including agriculture, industry and services investments). It will supervise the compliance of the lease contracts and will collect the lease revenues and iv) Promote land improvement investments, directly or indirectly.

Phase 1 of the project will take 04 months (mid-Feb – mid-June, 2010) to design the key aspects required for project implementation, including legal aspects, organizational policies and procedures, land inventory standards, land lease procedures, IT protocols etc. At the end of the design, it will be possible for MAIL to start the project implementation, legally establishing the ALA, staff it and start the preparation of its public services.

Duties & Responsibilities:

3.Consultancy Objectives

The e-Government Advisor will be in charge of designing the virtual architecture of the new agency, able to sustain the provision of on line services as well as to support electronically the internal operational systems. The consultant will include in the design all aspects concerning hardware, software components, security protocols, information structure in the front and back e-office, etc.

4.Supporting National Team

A team of 14 permanent national staff from the Ministry of Agriculture will be in place to collaborate with the consultant on a full time basis. The team will integrate the future management staff of the entity to be created (1 CEO, 6 Directors, 6 Deputy Directors, 1 Executive Assistant). Each one of the national MAIL staff will be instructed to interface on a daily basis with the consultant’s personnel, supporting in the organization of key meetings with public officers, collection of national documents, participating in brainstorming sessions, reviewing draft documents produced by the consultants, etc. as a result of the daily interaction with the consultant’s experts, it is expected that enough capacity will be built in the national tam to guarantee smooth implementation of the project after the conclusion of phase 1.

5.Deliverables

The e-Government Advisor will be fully responsible for the development of the project deliverable number 18 (LLOSW virtual services).

To conclude, he/her will be responsible for at least 20 hours of technical training to the national staff participating in the project, in order to ensure the fully understanding of the deliverables by the future users.

6.Location

The e-Government Advisor should be interacting on a daily basis with the national team, sharing office space inside the Ministry of Agriculture (MAIL) compound.

7.Contract Duration

The e-Government Advisor will have 03 months (12 weeks) to present the mentioned deliverables, detailed also in Annex 1. Contract start date will be March 1st, 2010 tentatively.

8.Report and Supervision

The consultant should report and will be supervised by the Team Leader assigned by MAIL. He will receive the deliverables the consultant will produce and approve them after complete satisfaction.

Job Requirement:

9.Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate has a master degree in Computer Engineering and at least 10 years of working experience related to virtual platform delivering public or private services (online banking, for example).. Additionally, it is expected to have Knowledge in the areas of software development and security. Personal Skills and Abilities of the candidate should include:

•Demonstrated experience in developing and maintaining effective work relationships
•“Self-starter” mentality with strong personal motivation, enthusiasm, perseverance and entrepreneurial spirit.
•Exceptional interpersonal communication, relationship building and networking skills.
•Demonstrated leadership skills and a supportive management style.
•Ability to communicate with persons of various cultures and disciplines.
•Excellent written communication skills.
•Ability to work in a dynamic and responsive environment.
•Ability to work under pressure and respond to multiple tasks.


10.Nationality
The position is opened for all afghan and foreign citizens.

11.Salary
Competitive salary will be offered based on experience and qualification

12.Facilities to be provided by the client
Accommodation and transportation will be provided

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Annex 1 (Detail of Deliverables)

DELIVERABLE
Number 18 Assessment of IT needs for LLMOSW’s virtual service


OBJECTIVE

To design a virtual system, and e-government platform able to attend the technical requirements of the entity in terms of record keeping, information and communications, on line delivery service, integrality of the system, transparency and accountability. The IT solution, including comprehensive hardware and software components, must integrate as much as possible the operational and public service activities of the LLMOSW, providing reliable daily operations records. Specifically the platform should integrate and connect four main information areas:

1.Land Inventory Database, with detailed surveyed plot information including maps and including information like GPS coordinates (property lines), land zoning codes, tax information, price information, water rights, weather information, etc.
2.Land Lease Database, with detailed contract information including tenant information, contract dates, contract price, business plans, use of the land, etc.
3.Land Lease Contract Management Database, with contract performance information regarding payments, field inspections, etc.
4.LLMOSW internal operations including finance registers, staff database, score card information, etc.

The platform should be established based on the development, customization and linkage of existing software in the market like GIS software, project management software, balance score card software, call center software, accounting software, etc. By doing that, resources should be maximized in terms of cost and time and the main effort should be focused on developing the appropriate linkages between existing and already developed software. Additionally, the platform will include strong security systems to avoid attempts to corrupt information internally and externally and also options to present and deliver monitoring reports in a reader-friendly, customized manner (land lease contracts per month, income per month, hectares leased per province and year, for example). The platform will also be able to distinguish information access between external users (through the Web site) and internal users (LLMOSW staff through the intranet)

DESCRIPTION
The deliverable will include the following 4 sections or parts:

1.IT proposal including requirements highlighted in the previous section and presenting and discussing possible alternatives.
2.Demo version of proposed software to be purchased.
3.Investment budget required in order to implement the virtual platform.
4.Power Point Presentation to be used during the orientation process of new staff members, summarizing the key information of the entity virtual platform, plus any training material that can be needed.

Job Location:

Afghanistan
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