Lead Manager – DSF Stability Programming and Activity Implementation (Eastern Provinces)

  Management Systems International (MSI)
  Afghanistan Unspecified 235
Date Posted:Dec 18, 2010
Closing Date:Jan 15, 2011
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:2
Functional Area:Government Advisory
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:10 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: false
Contract Type:Permanent
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:

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.

Job Summary:

Project/Proposal Summary:
MSI seeks an experienced Lead Manager – DSF Stability Programming and Activity Implementation for a three-year Stability in Key Areas (SIKA) project in Afghanistan. The objective of the SIKA-East program is to promote stabilization in key areas by assisting District level Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) officials to provide improved functioning of government and to enable the provisioning of priority GIRoA led basic services to better instill confidence and build stability for affected populations with the focus on the the Eastern or Southern provinces.

Position Summary:
The Stability Programming Manager will be responsible for relationships, planning, and projects affecting stabilization activities in the assigned geographic area.

Duties & Responsibilities:

• Liaise with district and provincial officials, police, military, and donors in order to understand the nature and substance of threats to communities and program operations;
• Participate in SIKA team meetings with community leaders in order to understand the service and development needs of unstable communities;
• Supervise the design and management of project interventions that undermine conflict and contribute to stability;
• Oversee and management ongoing project implementation to attain on-time and on-budget achievements;
• Intervene as necessary with government, community, and subcontractors to resolve issues and problems that threaten project implementation;
• Oversee the monitoring and reporting of individual projects and reports of projects by district;
• Advise the SIKA chief of party and regional director regarding strategic planning of projects; interventions to support project achievements; and the potential contribution of SIKA projects to undermining the causes of local conflict.

Job Requirement:

• A bachelor’s degree in infrastructure, business, management, community development, or a similar discipline;
• 5+ years of project management experience with USAID or similar donor projects; experience in Afghanistan strongly preferred;
• Community development and project planning and management experience;
• Excellent spoken and written English and public presentation skills;
• Good negotiation skills;
• Willingness to travel and work in remote areas and under difficult circumstances in Afghanistan.

***Please note: This position is open to expats only; Afghan nationals are not eligible to apply.

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