National Project Associate (CN)

  UNODC Afghanistan
  Afghanistan Unspecified 275
Date Posted:Feb 1, 2011
Closing Date:Feb 13, 2011
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Programme
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: Yes
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:

About UNODC Afghanistan:



Job Summary:

Vacancy Announcement No. 2011-CN01-003

Proposed Post Title: National Project Associate (CN)
Organization: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Type of Contract: Service Contract
Post Level: SB-3/4
Number of Posts: One
Location: Kabul
Duration One year with possibility of extension*
Closing date: 14 February 2011

*Subject to availability of fund

The UNODC project Strengthening Provincial Capacity for Drug Control (AFG/I87) operates in partnership with the Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MCN) to help strengthen effectiveness of, and coordination on, CN responses in Afghanistan. The Project provides assistance in four key areas: i) physical and operational capacity building for the MCN; ii) technical capacity building and the development of analysis and reporting systems for the MCN; iii) support for CN public awareness and pre-planting campaigns; and, iv) support for the implementation of high impact alternative livelihoods activities. The Project has been refined to harmonies with the new MCN strategy finalized in mid-2010.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Duties and responsibilities:
Under the overall direction of Counter Narcotics Senior Program Officer and direct supervision of the UNODC Project Coordinator, the CN Project Associate will assist in the planning, coordination, implementation, and monitoring of Project AFG/I87.

 Assist in project planning coordination and implementation, with particular emphasis on construction activities, including coordination and preparation of administrative matters related to the organization of meetings, seminars, workshop and conferences, and other arrangements.
 Liaise with UNODC supporting units and liaise with regional and provincial offices for project-related administrative and operational matters such as payments, contract management, recruitment of staff, procurement of goods and services, and asset management.
 Assisting in monitoring project progress, periodic, annual and final reports and documents, ensuring correctness of style and compliance with UN procedures and standards.
 Work closely with administration in the preparation of budget and other planning documents, and on project/budget revisions. Maintain a record of actual expenditures and assist in carrying out financial controls of the project including monitoring of expenditures against budget allocations, towards preparation of financial reports.
 Support and assist the National coordinator and team members on strategic project planning, design, and implementation.
 Work together with the provincial and central procurement section in Kabul to undertake administrative action related to the procurement of equipment and services including preparation of purchase orders, contracts, and payment to the related requests.
 Assist in preparing quarterly reports and any other reports as required.
 Liaise with counterpart personnel.
 Travel to provinces away from duty station if required.
 Fulfil reporting requirements, and coordinate timely reporting from the provincial team.
 Carry out any other tasks as assigned by the Representative and/or Project Manager of UNODC Country Office for Afghanistan.
Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of concepts and approaches relevant to project management with particular relation to the UNODC Country Office for Afghanistan’s mandate and programmes. Good research, analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. Takes responsibility for incorporating project objectives, ensuring the participation of project team members/supervisors and other support structures in all areas of work; fully proficient computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications, e.g. word processing, graphic software, spreadsheets, database applications, Geographic Information Systems etc; ability to analyze project requirements and assist in drafting memos and reports in support of existing projects or for developing new ones.
Planning and Organizing: Proven ability to establish priorities and to plan, organize, coordinate and monitor own work plan and provide advice and guidance to others;
Creativity: Ability to actively seek to improve programmes/services, offer new and different options to solve problems/meet client needs.
Communication: Excellent and effective communication (verbal and written) skills, including ability to assist in preparing reports and conduct presentations with the use of common software applications by clearly formulating positions on issues, articulating options concisely conveying maximum necessary information, making and defending recommendations; diplomacy and tact; ability to convey difficult issues and positions to senior officials.
Teamwork: Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Job Requirement:

High School graduate with a certificate in Management, Business Administration, Economics, or other related discipline.
University Degree in Business Administration, Social Sciences, Economics, Natural Sciences or other related disciplines is desirable, but it is not a requirement

Work Experience
Minimum 5 years of work experience in project management/administration or other related disciplines; or a university degree with at least 3 years of related work experience would also compensate.
Experience either with criminal justice, law enforcement, rural development, agriculture, teaching, drug demand reduction and/or HIV related issues are an asset.

Excellent command of written and spoken English, Pashto and Dari.

Other Skills
Good oral communication and writing skills.
Excellent command of MS Office particularly MS Word and MS Excel
Familiar with UN office systems.

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