Project Director

  ( Ministry of Agriculture) AAIP Project
Master's Degree   Afghanistan, Kabul Full Time 1488
Date Posted:May 28, 2017
Reference:Reference: 01/MAIL/SGR
Closing Date:Jun 9, 2017
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Management
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:4 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:96,90,66

About ( Ministry of Agriculture) AAIP Project:


Building on the Agriculture Master Plan, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoA), in collaboration with its development partners, has defined a number of appropriate priorities for agricultural investments and policies under the National Agricultural Development Framework (NADF). In order to increase farmers' incomes and improve the food security situation, the GoA is giving foremost attention to strengthening of the agricultural production base. In this respect the government has asked the World Bank for assistance in strengthening agricultural input supply systems. Specifically, the GoA has requested the World Bank for assistance in the implementation of the Afghanistan Agriculture Inputs Project (AAIP) that will consist of the following four components: (i) Improve seed production and certification; (ii) Establish infrastructure and policies regarding quality control and safe use of fertilizers and agrochemicals; (iii) Improve input delivery systems; and (iv) Establish efficient project management, implementation and coordination mechanisms. The development objective of AAIP project is strengthened institutional capacity for safety and reliability of agricultural inputs and sustainable production of certified wheat seed. The implementation phase of the project is expected to start around mid 2013. Under its Seed Component, the project assists the Agricultural Research Institute of Afghanistan (ARIA) with their mandates of variety selection, maintenance breeding and production of Breeder’s Seed, the Improved Seed Enterprise (ISE) with their mandate to produce Foundation and Registered Seed, and the Afghan National Seed Organization (ANSOR) and its member Private Seed Enterprises (PSEs) with their mandate to produce and market Certified Seed. (NB Seed Certification is supported by another project, funded by the EU) Moreover the project will support the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) with the overall coordination of the seed sector. Support provided by the project consists of hardware (equipment, constructions, etc.) and software (capacity building, organization, legislation, technical support, etc.). In order to coordinate the activities and provide the support mentioned, the project‘s Management Unit (PMU), apart from administrative and other technical units, contains a seed team consisting of a National Seed Program Coordinator and two National Seed Officers. It also provides short and long term national and international consultants and staff to the implementing partner organizations.

Job Summary:

The Project Director will have overall responsibility for the performance of the project implementation unit. The core duties of this position include coordinating project implementation activities such as personnel management, financial management, procurement/contracts management and facilitation, grants management, monitoring and evaluation and overall project management with other units within SGR project. He/she will lead and guide the project staff in the preparation and work plans in accordance with the project documents and agreements between MAIL and World Bank in order to achieve desired goals.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Have responsibility for the day to day management and implementation of the SGR project.

General need assessment of the implementation unit and development of Term of Reference for the unit.

Develop project implementation plan for the unit and monetize the project activities in term of multiyear budgeting.

Coordinate with finance unit in respect of financial management of project. Responsibilities include preparation of periodic financial forecasts, preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual financial expenditure and budget versus actual reports, and ensuring compliance to the overall financial operation manual of SGR.

Work with procurement unit on all project related procurement matters. Responsibilities include preparation procurement specification, participating actively in the bid opening and bid evaluation, assist in drafting contracts, follow-up the administration of contracts as per the policy of SGR.

Review and write of SGR reports, project documents and proposals as and when needed.

Ensure that the program is implemented in accordance with its design and within the available budget, produces the expected impacts and that the right target groups are being reached.

Supervise the tendering, purchasing, installation of equipment and transportation of facilities in good working order in accordance with World Bank and Government procurement procedures.

Project coordination, cooperation, and communication with beneficiaries and related stakeholders.

Lead and supervise all Project Implementation Unit (PIU) staff in their daily assignments.

Ensure that the timely organization of monitoring and evaluation at identifying implementation bottlenecks and assessing program impact.

Prepare monthly progress reports, monthly financial reports and other ad-hoc reports as required by SGR project.

Timely reporting and communication with the MAIL management team and adoption of program compliance with all requirements of World Bank.

Analyze all performance reports collected from contractors or service provider.

Able to travel to project sites as and when needed. The incumbent would be required to travel occasionally to provinces of Balkh, Baghlan, Herat, Kandahar, Badakhshan and others as needed.

Ability to work under pressure and work extra hours when required.

Perform any other task as needed to SGR project.

Job Requirement:

The Project Director must have the following basic qualification and working experience:

At least a master degree holder in the field of Economics/ Agriculture/ Agricultural Economics or any other relevant field.

Applicants with a PhD degree are preferred.

Having at least 4 years of Senior Management Experience.

Be a team player and team leader.

Fluency in local languages as well as English Language.

Familiarity with World Bank will be an advantage.

Familiarity with agriculture/ministry of agriculture.

Computer literacy is a must.

Experience on World Bank, MoF, public project financing or similar projects preferable.

Experience on grain storage policies

Managerial, leadership and staff motivation.

Financial management and administrative skills.

Data analysis and report writing.

Be able to use the MS Office package (Word, Excel and Power Point)

Problems Solving / Coordination Collaboration.

Excellent communication and organization skills.

Have the ability to take a strategic view of the results to be delivered and to conceptualize how the SGR project can fit into the overall development objectives in the project area.

Ability to work under pressure and work extra hours when required.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul
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