|Date Posted:||Jul 6, 2010|
|Closing Date:||Jul 10, 2010|
|Number of Vacancies:||1|
|Salary Range:||Salary is negotiableUSD|
|Years of Experience:||5 Years|
|Contract Duration:||Not specified|
|Contract Type:||Short Term|
About Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Programme:
The Project Development Specialist (PDS) works at the PMO at the MRRD in Kabul as part of the Project Development Unit.
The PDS is responsible for the management and leadership of the Program Development Unit to develop and prepare new project proposals for AREDP in collaboration with the Technical Services Office and Senior Management. The PDS will support the international Project Development Advisor in the day-to-day research, writing and formatting tasks to prepare proposals that describe the whole project cycle including the rationale for projects, AREDP goals and objectives, project interventions (activities), indicators and targets, and monitoring/reporting frameworks.
Following the completion of the PPF phase and the transition to full AREDP operations the responsibilities of the position are anticipated to increase substantially to include staff supervision and other leadership duties.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Prepare, draft and finalize project proposal documents (Project Concept Notes; Project Approval Documents and Project Work Plans where needed) for submission to donors and other Program stakeholders;
ï‚· With the support and mentoring of the international Project Development Advisor the PDS will develop the services and operating procedures of the PDU;
ï‚· Develop and implement monthly and annual work-plans of the PDU to respond to donor demands for AREDP related project documents for bilateral and ARTF funding;
ï‚· Develop and maintain a thorough and broad understanding of the rural enterprise development context in Afghanistan;
ï‚· In collaboration with the PMO MIS and M and E specialists, prepare, draft and finalize program/project reports for donors, MRRD management, GoA and other program stakeholders. Includes liaising and coordinating with graphic designers the production and publication of high quality reports and information brochures, leaflets, publications for the Program;
ï‚· Proactively prepare, draft, and finalise content for the AREDP website to ensure that information is current and dynamically communicated through the website forum;
ï‚· In collaboration with the M and E specialist, define and conduct needs assessments/surveys
throughout Afghanistan in collaboration with Provincial Offices and members of the PMO to continually assess and gather information to contribute to the development program strategies, intervention methodologies and project proposal;
ï‚· Participate and contribute to regular reviews of program strategies, goals and objectives particularly reflecting upon the results and information gained from monitoring and evaluation;
ï‚· Manage the filing and record keeping of the Project Development Unit;
ï‚· Other tasks and assignments as required.
The successful candidate must demonstrate critical thinking and reflection on key issues in economy, business or community development in general and on the principles and strategies of the ARDEP in particular. Able to work without direct supervision, they will exhibit a desire to understand rural communities and SMEs and their relations to the development goals and objectives of AREDP.
S/he must also be prepared to take initiatives to learn about donor strategies and concerns and to describe the AREDP rationale and development objectives to donors so that proposals respect the needs of Afghanistan and the donors. S/he must be able to pay attention to detail while being able to relate those details to a general knowledge and comprehension of rural communities and the rural experience.
They will exhibit personal commitment to excellence in work and behavior, drive for results and efficiency, flexibility to respond to difficulties and challenges, respect for diversity in clients and colleagues, creative thinking and problem solving. The PDS must be able to work outside of traditional Ministry times as proposals are often prepared to respond to donor needs in different time zones.
The PDS must be able to commit to and promote an agenda of gender inclusion and advocacy particularly as it relates to outreach to rural women.
4.1 Knowledge and experience
ï‚· At least 3 years relevant professional experience;
ï‚· Experience in project development with development NGOs, donor agencies, international organizations, or consultancies is highly preferred;
ï‚· Preparing, drafting and finalising project proposals and reports or official documents (and able to provide examples).
ï‚· Proven experience in report writing;
ï‚· Proven experience in the planning, scheduling and meeting proposal deadlines for submission;
ï‚· Good office administration skills.
ï‚· Bachelorâ€™s Degree in relevant field e.g. Economics, Commerce, Humanities, Social/Environmental Science, or Law;
ï‚· Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint; Outlook);
ï‚· Excellent written and spoken English;
ï‚· Good written and spoken Dari/Pashto;
ï‚· Good communication skills and ability to work in a team to achieve organizational goals;
ï‚· Good analytical skills; resourcefulness and pro-active/dynamic approach to work; Self-motivated, and able to provide flexible and effective solutions to challenging situations.
ï‚· Ability to assess needs for rural development and conceptualise project interventions;
ï‚· Ability to work rapidly, be flexible and to multi-task to prepare all aspects of project proposals;
ï‚· Professionalism in appearance and demeanour;
ï‚· Willingness to enhance knowledge through training and personal initiative; and,
ï‚· Willingness and ability to travel in rural areas of Afghanistan.
5.0 Reporting relationships:
The Program Development Specialist reports to the International Project Development Advisor* and is accountable to the Senior Management.
6.0 PERIOD OF ASSIGNMENT
5 Years - subject to annual renewal extensions based on performance. There is an initial probation period of 3 months, and the initial contract will be until 31 December 2010.