International Training Specialist (Individual Consultant)

  Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Programme
  Afghanistan Unspecified 230
Date Posted:Feb 13, 2011
Closing Date:Mar 11, 2011
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Training
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:10 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension:Yes
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:

About Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Programme:


The Mission of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) is to ensure the social, economic and political welfare of rural society, especially the poor and vulnerable, through the provision of basic services by strengthening local governance and promoting sustainable livelihoods. MRRD accomplishes this mission through donor funded national programs in the areas of governance, infrastructure and economic growth. The newly formed Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Programme (AREDP) is aimed at harnessing the potential of the private sector for inclusive economic growth and sustainable job creation in rural Afghanistan over an anticipated 10 year time period. The program aims at building on the social capital gained under the National Solidarity Program (NSP) and transforming it into economic capital. AREDP is to start full operations in January 2010. The initial stages have included a Project Preparation Facility (PPF) which is funded by the World Bank and is facilitating the preparation of the project and implementing the initial activities which include the establishment of functional and programmatic units at the project management office (PMO), in Kabul. The PMO is developing compliance manuals and operational procedures; hiring national and international staff and consultants; purchasing equipment; implementing a Pilot Project Initiative in Parwan Province; conducting training and workshops for skill development and generally building a solid base from which AREDP will grow. Initially the first phases are funded through the World Bank’s IDA facility and bi-lateral donors including DFID and others with a focus on particular regions of the country.

Job Summary:

The International Training Consultant (ITC) shall, in a collaborative partnership with the national Training Unit Manager and staff and working in an integrated manner with the Technical Services Officer, be responsible for leading the development of a comprehensive training program for AREDP including establishing the Training Unit, building the capacity of national staff, and curriculum development.

Duties & Responsibilities:

• Develop and establish the structure and operating methodologies of the Training Unit for the PMO, and developing all AREDP training manuals.
• Work in collaboration with the other units of the Technical Support Office to develop detailed training modules (curricula) for: Business Development Officers (BDOs); Provincial Enterprise Facilitators (PEFs); Savings Groups (SGs) and Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs).
• Survey the market to identify and assess other available training modules/curricula that may be relevant and immediately applicable to AREDP needs.
• Contribute to the identification and assessment potential training vendors/firms for the delivery of specialized training for Enterprise Groups (EGs) and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
• Prepare a training plan/schedule for the first 18 months of the program.
• Train and mentor the Training Manager/Training Unit Officer over a 3 month period.
• Develop and establish a form and methodology for certifying Business Development Officers and Provincial Enterprise Facilitators and qualifying through the training programs of the Training Unit.
• Develop and establish a continuing education program within the Training Unit for BDOs, PEFs, and other AREDP staff to refresh and exchange best practices through the life of the program.
• The Consultant will have to travel to provinces for accomplishment of tasks.
• Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Assignment Deliverables: Produce an end of assignment Final Report with: 1). details of the structure established for the Training Unit; 2). Future planning for the Training Unit including personnel requirements and training needs; and 3). A work-plan for the Training Unit for 18 months of the program

Job Requirement:

Knowledge/Experience, Qualifications/Skills and abilities required:
The successful candidate will be able to work without direct supervision, pay attention to detail and will exhibit personal commitment, drive for results, efficiency, flexibility, respect for diversity, creative thinking and problem solving.

• Minimum 7 years experience managing/developing training programs in developing countries where a focus upon rural enterprise development is desirable;
• Demonstrable experience developing effective training curricula/modules for development projects;
• Knowledge of the development context of Afghanistan is preferred;
• High-level understanding of competency-based training polices and processes;
• Thorough understanding of quality principles and procedures and their application to skills training programs and recognition systems;
• High-level understanding of qualification frameworks and their application.

• A Masters Degree in Education or Business Administration;
• Strong curricula planning and training development skills;
• Good management skills for staff, systems, and planning;
• Good computer skills for Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Internet;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills;
• Fluency in English; ability to speak Dari and/or Pashto languages would be an advantage.

• Ability to communicate effectively and quickly establish positive working relationships with persons of varying cultures and value systems;
• Ability to modify and adapt training techniques and methodologies to suit the Afghan context
• Ability to rapidly determine work priorities and plan accordingly to ensure ouputs are delivered on time;
• Ability and willingness to multi-task and work under pressure;
• Professionalism in appearance and demeanour.

Reporting relationships
Reports to the Executive Director of AREDP.
Period of Assignment
The assignment is for period of 6 months. This assignment is to commence from 1st April 2011 or earlier.

AREDP now invites eligible individual consultants to indicate their interest in providing the above mentioned services. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (in addition to the educational qualifications, experience of similar assignments and country of work etc. should be incorporated in the CV to be submitted along with expression of interest/application).

A consultant will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in section V of the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (May 2004) revised in October 2006 and May 2010.

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