NSP Project Manager

  Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA)
  Afghanistan Unspecified 216
Date Posted:Oct 5, 2010
Reference:HRM 55-10
Closing Date:Oct 19, 2010
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Management
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:10 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension:No
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:1 month
Required Languages:

About Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA):


Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) invites all qualified candidates to apply for the following position. SCA actively promotes and encourages Women and People with Disabilities to apply The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) is a non-profit, non-governmental humanitarian organisation working to assist in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. SCA’s interventions inside Afghanistan began in 1982. Today SCA runs four major development programmes within Disability, Education, Health and Rural Development and is one of the largest NGOs in the country. SCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment based on their skills, abilities and experience without regard to age (18-65 years), race, colour, religion, marital status, sex, physical disability, or veteran status. Non-monetary Benefits for Females: Transportation close to residence and work, child nursery at workplace, safe travel facilities and companion to field trips, female association membership, trainings and capacity building

Job Summary:

The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) is sponsored by the World Bank, to mobilise villages into identifying their needs and development priorities, prepare project proposals and, after approval of MRRD, implement community development projects under National Solidarity Programme (NSP). SCA is the NSP facilitating partner for MRRD in Wardak province. The NSP Project Manager for SCA is responsible for the direct and daily development and maintenance of the project; ensuring that the quality, goals and standards of work is according to the Operational Manual of NSP and the contractual obligations of SCA. The NSP Project Manager will administer and manage the project by leading a team of key staff that will ensure recurring tasks, as well as innovative methods, are fulfilled and implemented that will build community capacity. Implementation of participatory processes in all aspect of the project will be the key to the successful implementation.
The NSP Project Manager is expected to be able to work independently, establish strong local support networks and to invent and improve local solutions for the problems if and when necessary. Good cooperation and capacity building at provincial and district level will be important with a focus on gender and local community participation.
The Manager has to be prepared to compile plans, budgets and reports at regular intervals and travel extensively in the field. The successful implementation of the project is measured on performance based criteria. The NSP Project Manager is reporting to the Head of Rural Development Programme at Kabul Management Office (KMO)

Duties & Responsibilities:

• To oversee and guide the implementation of the project according to the MRRD Operational Manual, SCA’s contractual obligations and the SCA policy, rules and regulations.
• In close cooperation with the Rural Development Management Unit (RDMU) analyse and evaluate data and ensure achievements of objectives and/or take corrective actions when necessary to meet project objectives.
• To regularly undertake field visits to monitor activities at district level.
• To develop efficient and adequate management systems and routines to ensure high quality in performance.
• To promote and initiate meetings between CDCs, government agencies, NGOs and other actors at the provincial and district level.
• To be innovative, creative and have the ability to deal with different models for service delivery with special focus on community participatory strategies
• To ensure timely reporting by all units in the project and that needed data for monthly and quarterly reports are available, compiled and reported to the RDMU.
• To ensure the active involvement of NSP staff in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the project, including but not limited to, SCA work-plan and budget and annual donor report, as well as, monthly and quarterly reports to MRRD/NSP and PMU.
• To ensure that important and relevant information about SCA/NSP will be disseminated to local communities
• To give extra attention and promotion to female participation and training, both in regards to SCA/NSP staff and at CDC level

Job Requirement:

• University Graduate with an engineering or social science degree
• At least 5 years experience in a similar field (most preferably NSP) at senior level, preferably with a well known NGO or UN agency, with project management familiarity
• To have a sound knowledge of administration, planning, budgeting and report writing
• To have a very good command in English, Dari and Pashto (spoken and written)
• Good computer skills especially in MS Word, MS Excel and Internet
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills and capacity to deal with different rural communities with varied political/socio-economic and educational background Sound communication skills, to be honest, well mannered
• To be familiar with the region where the NSP activities are situated is an advantage
• Ready to work, live and travel in an intricate and strenuous environment
• Being an Afghan citizen

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