|Date Posted:||Nov 20, 2010|
|Closing Date:||Dec 3, 2010|
|Number of Vacancies:||2|
|Functional Area:||Government Advisory|
|Salary Range:||As per NTA salary scale policyUSD|
|Years of Experience:||2 Years|
|Contract Duration:||Not specified|
|Possibility of Contract Extension:||Yes|
|Probation Period:||1 month|
About International Development Organization :
This program is an initial step in bringing stability to violence-prone areas of Afghanistan. The program aims 1) to create conditions that build confidence between communities and the GIRoA through the improvement of the economic and social environment in the region; and 2) increase public access to information about the GIRoAâ€™s social, economic and political activities and policies in Afghanistan.
The Field Officer will be located in Zhari and/or Panjwayi Districts of Kandahar Province and will undertake field-based program work at the direction of the District Development Director.
Note: it is imperative that applicants either live in or have extensive work experience in either Zhari or Panjwayi Districts of Kandahar Province.
Duties & Responsibilities:
â€¢ To be located in, and responsible for monitoring and supporting programming in area of responsibility.
â€¢ Act as the point of contact in district for all program staff; Liaise between program staff and grantees, communities, and leaders specified areas; Liaise between community, government and implementing partner on project implementation and related issues.
â€¢ Monitor ongoing grants, which may include: attending activity events, gathering information and providing updates requested by staff, attending coordination meetings for grant activities; and monitor activities to ensure that implementation adheres to the activity concept and timeline;
â€¢ Demonstrate understanding of project strategy in Afghanistan, and the goals and objectives of small grant and technical assistance activities; Pro-actively identify and conceptualize new potential activities that are appropriate to respond to the current political situation and established program goals.
â€¢ In coordination with program staff, work with potential grantees to design or refine grant concepts and proposed activities; In coordination with the program staff, assist with processing grantee paperwork and gathering information for grant application;
â€¢ To provide surge capacity to the district development teams for small-scale on-the-spot procurement, verification of grant implementation, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, translation, and logistics, such as transporting documents and small amounts of cash; assist with any ad hoc procurement, logistics, or coordination needs that may arise;
â€¢ Support the formation of community committees representative of the range of stakeholders in the community; Organize regional meetings with grantees, focus groups, community leaders and members; Report on relevant community or regional meetings, possibly with translation of relevant documents;
â€¢ Demonstrate understanding of on-going local events and trends (political and security) in the relevant district, particularly as they relate to the strategy, goals, and objectives of the project; Acquire a basic knowledge of the various phases, at the community level, of project implementation as they relate to grants management and monitoring and procurement procedures.
â€¢ Provide District Development Director with weekly updates via phone
â€¢ Other duties as assigned by the Director of District Development, and/or Field Director or his/her designee.
â€¢ The Field Officer will be from the assigned district and/or have extensive district-level experience. (NOTE â€“ this is important for gathering information but also for security of the Field Officer).
â€¢ Experience â€“ Experience in community development, small infrastructure projects, or other development experience required. Experience working with international agencies, and/or experience working community mobilization is preferred.
â€¢ Education â€“ 12 grade or higher preferred.
â€¢ Language Skills â€“ Basic English abilities preferred.Fluency in Pashto required.
â€¢ Self-Motivation and guidance - demonstrated initiative and self-motivation in handling all assigned tasks required.