Program Advisor (International)

  Afghanistan Unspecified 277
Date Posted:Jun 16, 2010
Closing Date:Jun 28, 2010
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Management
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:Fresh
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: Yes
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:1 month
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Job Summary:

In response to rapid expansion of programme, the NABDP is looking for an international advisor who would will provide support to the overall work of NABDP, with a focus on strategic planning and program delivery, organization and management for the delivery of results; and development of analytical and knowledge products that will help advocate for the program. He/she will help to lead future program planning processes, and ensure that the program design reflects the local context. . In addition, the consultant will facilitate coordination with various stakeholders such as the UNDP, other MRRD national programme as well as various Donors.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Strategy planning and program delivery:
• Ensure that operational and implementation plans are developed according to the agreed vision, mission and strategic direction – not only within the NABDP, but within the context of MRRD’s mandate.
• Develop policies and procedures as needed for optimal implementation of NABDP work plans to ensure that communities receive appropriate support in line with intended goals.
• Pursue and actively promote an understanding of gender issues and the promotion of gender mainstreaming in NABDP
• Pursue and actively promote an understanding of environmental issues and the promotion of environmental awareness within NABDP

Management and operational support:
• Support NABDP Management in planning, organizing and implementing operational systems, processes and procedures.
• Drive the development of NABDP strategies and programming, in consultation with MRRD, UNDP and national / international partners;
• Analyze and advise senior management on opportunities and overall direction in this sector;
• Assess the capacity and development needs of NABDP management and operations, including support to the Programme / Deputy Programme Manager in formulating and implementing capacity development plans.
• Help to coordinate the work of other Units and Departments by maintaining close working linkages with them;
• Represent NABDP at relevant meetings (internal/external) as required.
• Other technical support and backstopping to NABDP programme departments and components as deemed suitable.

Advocacy and networking:
• Network with relevant ministries and stakeholders to strengthen a coherent approach to rural development;
• Support other colleagues, including ministerial staff in networking with international partners;
• Provide intellectual or substantive leadership in the subject area through identification of key policy issues and formulation of best possible and alternative policy and programme options at local and national levels;
• Create or establish a positive, team based atmosphere in the NABDP; advocate for the work of the NABDP specifically, as well as for MRRD in general.

• Keep abreast of the development of national development policy frameworks (eg: Afghanistan National Development Strategies) as well as UNDP country strategies and advise / ensure that NABDP development interventions are effectively linked with these.
• Support the programme and deputy programme manager in relation to their work with other units and departments within the NABDP and the MRRD.
• Other duties as requested

Job Requirement:

• Related degree in Social Sciences Public Administration, Management, Development or other related areas.
• Experiences in a advisory position in a development program, preferably dealing with donor relations or contract and grants management.
• Previous experience of working in Afghanistan and/or understanding community participation and context in Islamic environment is highly desirable
• Ability to work well in a team and to act both responsively and proactively to ensure effective implementation of the NABDP activities.
• Proven management skills; Excellent communication skills
• Demonstrated interpersonal skills including diplomacy, tact, and the ability to negotiate and influence; Facilitation, consulting, and/or training skills highly desirable;

• Team Work: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
• Leadership: Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support
• Communication: Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed
• Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all background
• Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the NABDP and MRRD in daily activities and behavior and does not abuse power or authority
• Partnership building: Promotes partnerships and is proactive in pursuing new partnerships ; Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors; Promotes team work and In-depth understanding of donor relations in post-conflict situation
• Knowledge Management and Learning: Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office ; Shares knowledge and experience and contributes to NABDP Practice Areas and actively works towards continuing personal learning and development; In-depth practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues
• Development and Operational Effectiveness: Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting; Ability for planning and establishing priorities; coordinating and monitoring the work of others, and delegating responsibility where appropriate; Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills; Excellent analytical skills Good interpersonal skills; Good command of MS Office applications (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
• Management and Leadership: Flexible and responsive with a client-oriented approach; Effective problem-solver; demonstrated capacity-building and facilitation skills; Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to critical feedback; Encourages risk-taking in the pursuit of creativity and innovation; Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

The incumbent will report to Head of Programme Management Support Unit (PMSU), and also liaise closely with the NABDP Project Manager.

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