Information and Communications Technology Coordinator, Afghanistan Foreign Affairs Institutional Reform
|Date Posted:||Jan 4, 2011|
|Closing Date:||Feb 2, 2011|
|Number of Vacancies:||1|
|Functional Area:||IT - Software|
|Salary Range:||As per NTA salary scale policyUSD|
|Years of Experience:||10 Years|
|Contract Duration:||Not specified|
|Possibility of Contract Extension:||No|
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.
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 the information and communications structure of the ministry to communicate effectively and securely within the ministry and between the ministry and embassies and consulates overseas. The information technology component of the project addresses some of the ministryâ€™s most urgent and important issues regarding communications, information technology, and secure voice, internet, and email connections and services.
The ICT Coordinator will be the primary manager of the ICT technical assistance component of the project. S/he will be responsible for overseeing the assessment of the ministryâ€™s needs and current equipment and capabilities; recommending an IT platform for secure email, internet, and voice connections to embassies and consulates abroad; overseeing the mapping and automation of internal administrative procedures and processes; training; and managing ICT staff, suppliers, sub-contractors, and others effectively. This is a 12-month assignment, based in Kabul, for which USAID has options to renew for a second and third year.
Duties & Responsibilities:
â€¢ Review existing assessments of the ICT infrastructure, needs, and requirements of the Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
â€¢ Conduct follow-up technical assessments as required or appropriate;
â€¢ Identify the appropriate IT platform for improved internet, email, and voice communications within the ministry (including border offices inside Afghanistan) and between the ministry and embassies and consulates abroad;
â€¢ Coordinate with the ministryâ€™s ICT working group to make decisions regarding appropriate solutions and design training programs;
â€¢ Develop a coordination strategy with Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) for technical guidance and government-wide standards;
â€¢ Develop scopes of work and manage short-term experts supporting specific technical aspects of the projects and solutions;
â€¢ Develop an ICT training program for ministry officials and ICT staff;
â€¢ Assess communications, distribution, data-retrieval, and archive options;
â€¢ Assess software options and recommend appropriate solutions;
â€¢ Oversee the procurement and installation of equipment;
â€¢ Report regularly on ICT progress and related costs to the ministryâ€™s ICT working group and the MSI chief of party.
â€¢ 7+ years experience in ICT, including experience assessing and managing ITCT projects overseas, particularly in less developed countries;
â€¢ Familiarity with internet networks and network security protocols;
â€¢ Experience with USAID preferred;
â€¢ Advanced degree in computer science or related field preferred.