International consultant for Project Proposal Preparation of Energy for Rural Development in Afghanistan (ERDA)

  Afghanistan Unspecified 235
Date Posted:Oct 30, 2010
Reference:ANDP/MoF/10/036 (Re-Advertised)
Closing Date:Nov 4, 2010
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Consulting
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:Fresh
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: Yes
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:

About MBAW/MoF:


The Budget Department within the Ministry of Finance (MoF) is responsible for the preparation of the national budget and for monitoring and reporting on its implementation. The national budget activities, at present, are largely donor/aid co-ordination function with considerable liaison and involvement of international partners. The budget is used as a major co-ordination mechanism of the Government through which it consults, agrees and articulates to all national and international stakeholders the expenditure programmes and priorities of the Government for the year ahead. The National Budget is also the primary instrument for the Government to allocate and manage its financial resources (both internal and external revenues) in a balanced, transparent and accountable manner within a short to medium term framework. The Budget Team is composed of Directorate General Budget, Budget Execution Sectors, Budget Policy, Coordination & Reporting Unit, Provincial Budgeting Unit and Program Budgeting Unit. In addition, the Project Management, Office Management and IT Units provide administrative support to the Budget Department including plan development trainings and office and logistics management. The Project Management, Office Management and IT Unit also coordinate and implement a public information strategy on the National Budget and develop mechanisms to measure and monitor the effectiveness of the delivery of Budget Department’s products and services to key stakeholders and clients.

Job Summary:

Functions / Key Results Expected:
Scope of Work
The consultant needs to prepare a detailed Program project proposal for scaling up existing
programme to the national level. S/he should be work together with MRRD, ERDA official for
developing the proposal. The proposal should comply with the well defined and agreed template
for project proposal preparation of National priority program.
The work will include but not limited to off or onsite work comprising of desk review, field visits,
national consultative process, interview with private, public and other stakeholders. The program
deliverables, implementation and monitoring framework should be well defined along with the
project proposal with logical framework analysis.
The team will work in coordination and consultation with MRRD, MEW, MOF and other
stakeholders of ARD cluster whenever deemed necessary. The mission will be started with
preparation of inception report and detailed mission plan for completion of the assigned work.
Summary of Duties and responsibilities:
There is a need to develop a concrete project proposal with identification of activities and
deliverables that could be implemented by ERDA in coming three years for effective
implementation of the program. The projects should be designed to be completed in the fast track
basis, so that immediate benefits could be distributed to the rural people of Afghanistan. The
need for the human resource development depending upon the existing capacity and need for
reinforcement in its capacity to deliver the project outputs is to be defined. The capacity building
needs and institutional structure required at the various level of governance for implementation of
the program is to be identified in the project document. The consultant will prepare a detailed
project document for ERDA to meet these requirements which will form a basis for project
implementation in short, medium and long term.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Under the general supervision of the HE Deputy Minister programmes (MRRD) and Programme
Manager of NABDP and direct supervision of ERDA manager and in close coordination and
consultation with ERDA energy advisor, the international consultant will carry out;
Review existing programme document of NABDP and ERDA.
Review the documents of Kabul conference specially the ARD cluster for better
understanding of clustering approach of government of Afghanistan
Interact with various stakeholders including, MRRD, MOEW, UNDP, USAID, GTZ that are
working in the renewable energy sector for better understanding of the approaches that
are taken by different organization in the country.
VA Number: ANDP/MoF/10/036 (Re-Advertised)
Carry out assessment of different kinds of renewable energy technology potential and
development efforts in Afghanistan.
Carry our assessment of gaps in existing working modality of ERDA in various sector and
technology promotion.
Define strategic framework of ERDA for short, medium and long term of programme
implementation and identify short term, medium term and long term goals and objectives
of the programme.
Draft a detailed project proposal for next three years for ERDA to be implemented as per
the objectives of ARD cluster. The type of renewable energy technology, its modality,
budget analysis, risk and challenges should be identified during the proposal preparation.
Design results framework including intended outcomes, output indicators, Indicative
activities, responsible parties
Design and elaborate major components of the project implementation.
Suggest suitable institutional structure at centre, province, districts and community level
for implementation of programme.
Identify the capacity building needs and human resource requirement for implementation
of the programme. Develop TOR for key positions
Present draft project proposal to the ministry, cluster secretariat, NABDP management
team and other related stakeholders to have get it reviewed and feedback through a
national consultative process.
Address sustainability issues of institution and renewable energy technology implemented
in the community
Incorporate feedback received and prepare a detailed project proposal for implementation
of the programme.
Three Months
Recipient of Services:
Ministry of Finance, Government of Afghanistan
Reporting to:
Reports to the ERDA manager, NABDP Program Manager and ANDP project manager
Professionalism: Demonstrated competence in program management, policy making,
planning and monitoring. Conscientious and efficient in observing deadlines, achieving
results. Takes accountability for goals and challenges.
Communication: Effective and distinct communication ability with excellent written and
verbal communications skills. Ability to defend, explain with tact and diplomacy difficult
positions addressing key policy issues.
Teamwork: Demonstrated team building and team leadership skills; Ability to work
collaboratively with and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with
colleagues of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds, in order to achieve
organizational goals.
Planning and Organizing: Ability to identify priority activities and assignments within the
areas of responsibility consistent with agreed strategies and organizational goals; Track
record of excellent time management and ability to meet tight deadlines. Demonstrated
ability to plan, budget, coordinate and manage complex projects.
Leadership: Ability to develop strategies and empower others to accomplish objectives
and solve problems, ability to evaluate performance and mentor; Ability to take
responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives into substantive work and commitment
to the goal of achieving gender balance in staffing.
VA Number: ANDP/MoF/10/036 (Re-Advertised)
Judgment/Decision-making: Good judgment initiative, imagination and resourcefulness;
ability to identify key issues in a complex situation, and come to the heart of the problem
quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision, makes tough decision
when necessary; proposes a course of action or makes recommendations based an all
available information.

Job Requirement:

Consultant should have advanced degree preferably P.hd. energy management, rural energy or
natural resource management or any other related field.
Experience and Skills:

At least 10 years’ experience in designing and developing project proposals of international and
multilateral donors in the sector of energy and other development projects.
Demonstrated experience on energy policy issues, renewable energy technology, financing issues.
Extensive experience in undertaking assessment of economic, environmental, technical and social
aspect of different programmes.
Extensive experience in review of program design and monitoring and evaluation for bilateral and
multilateral donor agencies.
Prior experience in Afghanistan will be an advantage;
Excellent interpersonal, writing and communication skills;
Previous experience with the UN or government institutions would be an asset;
Maturity, initiative, cultural sensitivity and tact.
Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.);
Language Requirements:
Fluency in English; Dari / Pashtu language skills are advantages;

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