Project Coordinator (PC)

  Harakat- Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility (H-AICF)
  Afghanistan Unspecified 257
Date Posted:Feb 3, 2011
Reference:001 - 2011
Closing Date:Feb 17, 2011
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Management
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: false
Contract Type:Permanent
Probation Period:1 month
Required Languages:

About Harakat- Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility (H-AICF):


Harakat is an independent, not-for-profit, Afghan-managed organisation that aims to improve Afghanistan’s business environment. We provide grant funds to the private sector, government and civil society to implement activities to reduce or remove barriers that currently make it difficult to do business in Afghanistan.

Job Summary:

The Project Coordinator will be responsible for everything from the inception all the way to implementation of the projects. Designing of projects with significant measurable impacts on the environment doing business and quality assurance of the implementation process will be guaranteed by the PC. PC will be the main focal point for liaison aspects requiring cooperation and coordination with external parties (grantee, implementers and other third parties) and equally the main point of contact with other departments, projects and initiatives within HARAKAT-AICFO. PC will achieve this without direct control over the project.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Head of the PDU, the key responsibilities and accountabilities of the Project Coordinator are outlined as follows:

• Providing feedback to strategic reviews conducted by the CEO and Head of the PDU

The PC is responsible for implementation of all aspects of the HARAKAT-AICFO project selection cycle. Key responsibilities include:

Concept Note Stage/Proposal Stage:
• Liaising with the CEO and Head of the PDU to identify potential project opportunities;
• Facilitating “matchmaking activities” to generate interest in project opportunities among potential implementing partners;
• And encouraging those implementing partners to take ownership of opportunities and turn them into project concepts for consideration by the Proposals Sub Committee.
• Prior to the concept note stage, stakeholder engagement and promotion of the in order to solicit initial project concepts. (i.e: informal networking; advertising; promotional events; updating relevant pages of the website);
• Ensuring “hard to reach” potential applicants are actively engaged and encouraged to submit applications to the HARAKAT-AICFO;
• Providing advice to HARAKAT-AICFO applicants in the development of their funding proposals in line with the requirements of the Proposals Operation Manual;
• Conducting pre-screening on project concepts; and pre screening and due diligence on proposals as set forth in the Proposals Operational Manual;
• Supporting the provision of Secretariat services to the Proposals Sub Committee as directed by the CEO and Head of the PDU;
• To work with the Finance and Procurement Unit to issue contracts to grantees;
• To support the M and E Unit in developing project log frames and key performance indicators for approved projects and provide advice and guidance to project based M and E;
• To liaise closely with colleagues in the Finance and Procurement, M and E and Communications Units to ensure effective flow of information and internal coordination;
• And, serves as the administrative focal point on behalf of HARAKAT-AICFO on all aspects of project implementation.
Grant Stage
• Grant Agreement preparation;
• Grant Agreement negotiation;
• Coordination of Grant Agreement event with the applicant and the Communication Department within HARAKAT-AICFO;
• Coordination of Press Release with the Communication Department;
• And, working closely with the M and E Department on reporting frequency and template developments for the project.
Implementation Stage
• Preparation of the first installment request;
• Preparation of subsequent installments request;
• Preparation and revision of the TOR’s for proposed positions;
• Preparation and revision of RFP’s for the proposed consultancy services;
• Facilitation project procurement;
• Ensure that progress activity report and financial report are submitted timely to the relevant departments in HARAKAT-AICFO;
• Follow-up with clients on issues highlighted by M and E, FPU and the CEO;
• For the better project documents records management, every PC is supposed to keep comprehensive filing records for the projects he/she is developing and managing.
Professional Conduct
• Comply with personal legal liabilities and fiduciary requirements of diligence and care in carrying out the duties of the HARAKAT-AICFO.
• Act honestly in all the affairs of the HARAKAT-AICFO and avoid conflict of interest and, should this arise, it must be declared. It is essential that the CEO does not seek to make a profit from the HARAKAT-AICFO or engage in transactions that provide personal profit or advantage.
• Effective contribution to the HARAKAT-AICFO’s delivery against the key performance indicators set by the Board.
• Report to the Head of the PDU on Project Design and Quality of Proposals and Concepts and as well as status of projects being implemented.

Job Requirement:

• Tertiary qualifications in a field of relevance with postgraduate qualifications an advantage.
• Proven experience in stakeholder engagement; project design; project management and project evaluation;
• Strong management experience preferably in both public AND private sector organisations;
• Demonstrated experience in developing and maintaining effective work relationships;
• Prior experience of project management and conducting due diligence on proposed projects a strong advantage.
• Prior experience of working within a grant making facility preferred.
• Demonstrated understanding of legislation and regulations that facilitate business, trade, investment and job creation in Afghanistan.
• Demonstrated knowledge of support infrastructure required for private sector investment.
• Demonstrated knowledge of the social, political and economic environment in Afghanistan, with particular emphasis on knowledge of the Afghan private sector and private sector facing institutions in government.
Personal Skills and Abilities:
• Exceptional interpersonal communication, relationship building and networking skills.
• Ability to communicate with persons of various cultures and disciplines.
• Excellent written communication skills.
• Ability to work in a dynamic and responsive environment.
• Ability to work under pressure and respond to multiple tasks.
• Ability to give solution oriented advice and assistance to staff, clients and stakeholders.
• Ability to allocate and review priorities and meet deadlines.
• Ability to work in a team environment.
• Ability to communicate in English, Dari and Pashto preferred.
• Professional presentation and approach.

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