National Technical Advisor to Agriculture and Rural Development Cluster (ARD)

  Afghanistan National Development Program
  Afghanistan Unspecified 203
Date Posted:Sep 7, 2010
Closing Date:Sep 18, 2010
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Administrative
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: false
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:

About Afghanistan National Development Program:


Job Summary:

Described bellow

Duties & Responsibilities:

Summary of Key Functions:

• Provide technical support to the Cluster strategy
development, program and project analysis and design as
well as other planning and implementation work of the
Clusters, with particular support provided to the Cluster
• Maintain a close working relationship and coherent
coordination with ARD Cluster line ministries.
• Undertake consultative missions and meeting with partners
to determine needs, identify areas of cooperation and
support and inform them regarding ARD priorities and
• Provide technical advice and guidance to enable ARD
members to define priority action programs and projects
which will address economic and infrastructure
• Collect and analyze information on ARD Cluster matters
and politico-economic data; Coordinate the development of
up-to-date thematic and country files;
• Supervise information packaging and clearly and concisely
communicate data to the ARD.
• Analyze progress in ARD as the basis of sustainable
• Contribute to a dynamic process that assists ARD Cluster
members to think outside of the box, encourage difficult
choices if needed, and assist in developing and
implementing cutting edge programs.
• Ensure consistency of Cluster concepts and planning
approach among Clusters by helping to identify linkages
between Cluster objectives, and facilitating technical
coordination within and across the Clusters.
• Provide facilitation for Cluster strategy and planning
sessions as well as technical working group meetings
focused on implementation, when appropriate.
• Assist Sr. Advisor in developing programs and their
projects that have been outlined by the Cluster,
including costing portions of the programs, developing
budgets, indicators, etc.
• Liaise, as appropriate and desired by the Cluster
Coordinator, with various donor governments/organizations
to solicit tentative feedback on Cluster plans; provide
information on donor activities to the Cluster when
relevant, and maintain donor interest and buy-in of the
Cluster process.
• Support the Cluster Manager in ensuring the proper and
efficient flow of information between the CCC Secretariat
and the Cluster.
• Provide technical support to the program teams at
individual ministries/ agencies as requested by the
Cluster Secretariat.

Reporting to:

Agriculture and Rural Development Cluster Secretariat, Office of Deputy Minister for Policy of Ministry of Finance and ANDP Project Manager


• Ensure that the Cluster’s National Priority Programs are
implemented in an integrated manner with the larger
national plan and the plans of other Clusters.
• Provide technical assistance to the Cluster secretariat
and ministry focal points to facilitate planning and
implementation of the Clusters process and identified
national programs in support of the envisioned objectives.


• Professionalism: Demonstrated competence in program
management, policy making, planning and monitoring.
Conscientious and efficient in observing deadlines,
achieving results. Takes accountability for goals and
• 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
• 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.
• 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:

• Advanced university degree (Master's degree or
equivalent) in Economics, Public Administration,
Agriculture and or Rural Development, Rural Sociology or
a relevant scientific discipline. A first level
universitydegree with a relevant combination of academic
and professional qualifications may be accepted in lieu
of the advanced university degree.

• At least six to eight years of progressively responsible
experience in a field relating to sustainable
development, post-war recovery and/ or Public
• Direct senior-level experience in Afghanistan interacting
with GoA officials and ministries.
• Skill in translating policy directives into practical
application through ministry national priority programs.
• Possess linkages to donor governments and organizations
and be knowledgeable of non-GoA aid programs and
activities related to the Cluster.

Language Requirements:

• Fluency in written and oral English is a must and
proficiency in Dari and Pashto.

Job Location:

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