|Date Posted:||Aug 9, 2022|
|Closing Date:||Aug 22, 2022|
|Work Type:||Full Time|
|Number of Vacancies:||1|
|Functional Area:||Project Management|
|Salary Range:||NTA, Grade BAF|
|Years of Experience:||5 Years|
|Contract Duration:||9 month(s)|
|Possibility of Contract Extension:||Maybe|
|Probation Period:||3 months|
About Agha Khan Foundation:
The Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan (AKF (Afg)) is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of international, private, non-denominational development agencies working to improve living conditions and opportunities for people in some of the poorest parts of the developing world. The Network’s organizations have individual mandates that range from the fields of health and education to architecture, rural development and promotion of private-sector enterprise and institutions that seek to empower communities and individuals, usually in disadvantaged circumstances, to improve living conditions and opportunities.
The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a non-denominational international development agency established in 1967 by His Highness the Aga Khan. Its mission is to develop and promote creative solutions to problems that impede social development, primarily in Asia and East Africa. Created as a private, non-profit foundation under Swiss law, it has branches and independent affiliates in 19 countries.
AKF seeks to provide sustainable solutions to long-term problems of poverty, hunger, illiteracy, and ill health. In Afghanistan, AKF works with rural communities in mountainous, remote or resource poor areas to improve quality of life in the areas of natural resource management, market development, governance, education, and health.
Ensure high quality implementation, reporting, compliance with donor requirements and communications for a complex Multisector grant in close coordination with national Economic Inclusion (EI), Agriculture and Food Security (AFS), Civil Society and Governance (CSG) and Monitoring and Evaluation Research and learning (MERL) sector team and regional office of Badakhshan, Takhar, Bamyan and Baghlan.
Duties & Responsibilities:
• Lead on reporting, donor relations and internal coordination for a complex multisector grant under the guidance of the National Lead EI and in close coordination with AFS, CD/CSG, MERL and Program Support Unit (PSU) at National Programme Office (NPO), regional Senior Program Manager (SPM), EI, AFS, CD/CSG and MERL sector teams and Program Management Support Officers (PMSOs).
• Lead on compliance measures for the grant according to UNDP guidelines (vetting, recruitment, restricted goods approval, ensuring collaboration agreement is following). This requires a strong understanding of UNDP regulations and compliance issues, as well as positive organizational skills with regards to ensuring that measures are undertaken and maintained to meet UNDP requirements.
• Develop detailed plan of donor requirements and work closely with EI, AFS, CD/CSG program, gender, environment, finance, and MERL teams to ensure that all donor requirements are met timely and effectively. Where appropriate, develop and deliver internal capacity building to strengthen AKF staff understanding of donor requirements.
• Coordinate the preparation of Project inception, Project Implementation Plans, annual workplans, narrative reports and other adhoc requests from donors, AKF donor country offices, AKF-A internal management, the AKDN office and Geneva in close collaboration with program team.
• Work closely with the Project M&E Coordinator to ensure that Program Monitoring Plan and technical indicators are accurate.
• Participate in the MERL Working Group and contribute to ABADIE Learning Agenda.
• Proactively identify potential bottlenecks, performance issues and provide advice to senior program management on how to resolve these issues in a timely manner.
• Work closely with the Finance team to monitor the financial performance of the grants.
• Subject to security guidance, frequently visit project sites for internal monitoring and prepare reports for use by AKF senior program management.
• Ensure good internal communications and productive quality relationships within AKF concerning the grants.
• Represent AKF in donor meetings and proactively maintain communications to ensure a productive working relationship.
• Lead on preparation of communications products related to the grants with the technical support of the Communications team.
• Lead on the coordination of donor visits, visits of AKF donor country offices, and external evaluations; act as the focal point for ongoing external monitoring by donors.
• Carries out the responsibilities of the role in a way which reflects AKF-A’s commitment to protecting children in accordance with the Child Safeguarding Policy.
• To carry out the responsibilities of the role in a way which reflects AKF’s commitment to protecting children in accordance with the Child Safeguarding Policy.
OCCASIONAL SIGNIFICANT DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
· Participate in key strategic and team planning meetings related to Policy and Partnerships.
· Any other tasks relevant to the core duties & responsibilities of this position, as assigned by the supervisor.
DECISION-MAKING & AUTHORITY
· Closely work with the Programme management to finalize the annual plans, department budget allocation and any other modifications to the project.
· As and when delegated by supervisor.
• Master’s degree in Economic, Business, or international development with 2 years’ experience or bachelor’s degree in Economic, Business, or international development with 5 years’ experience in grants management including donor relations, reporting and compliance.
• Prior experience working with UN agencies or International NGOs and understanding of regulations and compliance procedures.
• Experience of coordinating/ managing multi-sector grant will be added advantage.
• Experience in program/project planning, monitoring and design would be an asset.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills I English and Dari.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others in ambiguous context.
• Willingness to live in an insecure environment in which there may be restrictions on personal freedom.
REQUIRED CORE COMPETENCIES
• Ability to work under difficult circumstances.
• Ability to manage tight deadlines and excellent time management skills.
• Quality orientation.
• Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to work with complex management procedures and rules and regulations.
• Excellent understanding of the project context, Afghanistan in general and Badakhshan in particular.
• Attention to details.