Project Manager

Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 1530
Date Posted:Oct 6, 2018
Reference:VA#40/2018
Closing Date:Oct 24, 2018
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Gender:Any
Functional Area:Management
Nationality:Afghan
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Open Ended
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Long-term
Probation Period:2 months
Required Languages:

About The Asia Foundation:

Non-Governmental Organization

Job Summary:

The Project Manager is responsible for project management from inception to the end of the project, including reporting, project budget management, implementation and closeout of “Encouraging Innovation for Women’s Empowerment in Afghanistan” project. The Project Manager is also accountable for the successful delivery of all project deliverables in a timely manner, ‘on budget’, and with the required results as specified in the donor agreement, including quality control, accuracy and timeliness of deliverables, while ensuring compliance with TAF and donor’s requirements, policies and procedures.

Job Purpose


Project management from inception to the end of the project.

Accountable for successful delivery of the project, ensuring that it is on time, on a budget, and with the required results as specified in the donor agreement.

Strengthen implementing partners and short-term staff capacities.

Contribute to development of M&E framework, and design activities in a manner which contributes to achieving the outcome and output indicators.

Skills Required:

Not available

Provinces to travel:

Skills Description:


Fluency in spoken and written English, Pashto and Dari languages is an essential requirement.

Documented quality report writing skills in English language is essential.

Excellent computer skills, including MS Office are required, use of excel is appreciated.


Other

Willingness to develop collaborative work with others.

A commitment to working in a non-partisan manner.

A commitment to learn and be open for new ideas and approaches.

Willing to travel outside Kabul at short notice.

Ability to work under pressure and to strict deadlines.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Responsibilities:

1. Provide advice and support to project management and implementation


Formulate project implementation & mobilization plans for target provinces/districts.

Provide management and oversee technical requirements, which includes program deliverables and results.

Develop work plans for the project, and ensure that the project is implemented in accordance with the specific work plans and schedule.

Establish and maintain appropriate project governance and controls, project gates, documentation, reports and information management.

Ensure achievement of all project milestones within the planned timeframe.

Review and evaluate incoming proposals from grassroots women’s organizations (GWOs), acquire supplementary information/research as needed.

Seek endorsements and communicate with advisors on grant proposals.

Enhance and sustain grantee and advisor networks.

Write reports and prepare analyses from field reports of grant making activities.

Support the preparation of the grant making program budget.

Share administrative duties within the grant making team including database management and grants administration.

Develop strategic grant making priorities for different provinces and districts.

Design and conduct institutional capacity building support for recipients of funding based on their own understanding and analysis of their needs.

Align the project with national commitments and priorities on women’s rights and influence fulfilling these commitments.

Design and implement the annual survey on women’s empowerment to evaluate the impact of the project on the overall goal of improving women’s empowerment in Afghanistan.

Review partners’ narrative and financial reports to ensure they are accurate and matching the requirements.

Respond to all project reporting requirements, including monthly, quarterly, bi-annually and annual program reports, and other deliverables, as specified in the contract.

Contribute to fundraising initiatives, including assisting in the writing of proposals.

Oversee performance management of project staff, technical experts and consultants and ensure compliance with TAF and donor’s rules and regulations and policies, and provide timely feedback to them.

Design a closeout plan and prepare project closeout report.

2. Advocacy and promotion of Foundation’s mandate and mission


Manage events and publications on project related issues contributing to strengthening women’s voice and leadership in Afghanistan.

Strengthen Foundation’s networking with grass roots women, women networks/alliances and other relevant organizations to develop grant making and programmatic partnerships and collaborations.

Participate and represent in relevant forums, conferences and trainings.

Support formulation of strategies and monitor progress towards the achievement of project goals.

Implement relevant, high-impact advocacy campaigns with key partners.

Contribute to knowledge networks at the provincial and local level.

3. Budget & financial management


Develop project budgets and ensure spending projections are kept up-to-date, expenditures are within approved budgets, that spending targets are met, and that appropriate steps are taken in managing the project budget in accordance with the donor agreement.

Lead on initiating relevant procurement processes in line with programme spending and procurement planning.

4. Monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning


Assist the Director WEP with ongoing reviews and evaluation of whether initiative is reaching the right target group and achieving its goals.

Ensure, in conjunction with the M&E staff an effective monitoring & evaluation, accountability and learning of the entire project, including meeting the progress of the Key Performance Indicators.

Contribute towards shared learning initiatives including documentation of best practices emanating from the project.

5. Internal and external relations


Extensive interaction with Director WEP, project teams and relevant departments.

Represent the programme along with the Director WEP and project staff in meetings, and with government and implementing partners.

Maintain healthy relationship with government agencies/line departments and cooperating organizations operating in the districts and provinces of the operation

6. Identify problems or risks


Identify any potential issues or risks that could affect the progression of the programme(s).

Must communicate these items with the Project Manager, and work to identify potential solutions.

7. Communication


Maintain good communication with colleagues and implementing partners.

Checking that everything is working smoothly, and alerting the Project Manager if they endanger the programme(s).

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul

Qualifications:

Knowledge/Qualification


Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in related field, or equivalent work experience.

Sound knowledge of women’s empowerment, gender equality, women’s voice and leadership concepts.

Familiarity with risk management and quality assurance control.

Experience


A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience at the national level in women’s empowerment programmes, community organizations, advocacy and or grant-making.

Experience in providing capacity building services and establishing/maintaining networks or alliances.

Demonstrated project design and management experience.

Demonstrated experience in advocacy, monitoring and evaluation of development projects.

Demonstrated experience in developing of project work plans and budgets.

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