Project Manager for Northern Rural Fund

  Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA)
  Afghanistan Unspecified 234
Date Posted:Feb 12, 2011
Reference:HRM 08-11
Closing Date:Feb 27, 2011
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Programme
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:10 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension:No
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:1 month
Required Languages:

About Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA):


Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) invites all qualified candidates to apply for the following position. SCA actively promotes and encourages Women and People with Disabilities to apply The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) is a non-profit, non-governmental humanitarian organisation working to assist in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. SCA’s interventions inside Afghanistan began in 1982. Today SCA runs four major development programmes within Disability, Education, Health and Rural Development and is one of the largest NGOs in the country. SCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment based on their skills, abilities and experience without regard to age (18-65 years), race, colour, religion, marital status, sex, physical disability, or veteran status. Non-monetary Benefits for Females: Transportation close to residence and work, child nursery at workplace, safe travel facilities and companion to field trips, female association membership, trainings and capacity building

Job Summary:

The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) will be implementing the SCA Northern Rural Fund project (NRF) funded by the Embassy of Sweden / Sida. NRF will contribute to development of four to five districts in the Northern Provinces by responding to assistance proposals from CDCs. The development goal for the NRF is Strengthened rural civil society by means of community mobilization and short term financing and will follow principles similar to the National Solidarity Programme (NSP) and be complementary to it.
The project activities will be based on proposals from CDCs which will be selected for implementation. The projects may entail vocational training skills, repair and construction of buildings for education and health services, establishment and repair of water supply and sanitation structures, road improvements, rehabilitation of irrigation structures, and other social sector/collective purpose needs identified by the communities.
The NRF Project Manager for SCA is responsible for the direct and daily development and operation of the project; ensuring that the quality, goals and standards of work is according to the project design and contractual obligations of SCA. The NRF Project Manager will administer and manage the project by leading a team of key staff that will ensure recurring tasks, as well as innovative methods, are fulfilled and implemented that will build community capacity. Implementation of participatory processes in all aspect of the project will be the key to the successful implementation.
The NRF Project Manager is expected to be able to work independently, establish strong local support networks and to invent and improve local solutions for the problems if and when necessary. Good cooperation and capacity building at provincial and district level will be important with a focus on gender and local community participation.
The Manager has to be prepared to compile plans, budgets and reports at regular intervals and travel extensively in the field. The successful implementation of the project is measured on performance based criteria. The NRF Project Manager is reporting to the Head of Rural Development Programme at the SCA Kabul Management Office

Duties & Responsibilities:

• To oversee and guide the implementation of the project according to the plan and SCA’s contractual obligations and the SCA policy, rules and regulations
• In close cooperation with the Rural Development Management Unit (RDMU) analyse and evaluate data and ensure achievements of objectives and / or take corrective actions when necessary to meet project objectives
• To regularly undertake field visits to monitor activities at district level
• To develop efficient and adequate management systems and routines to ensure high quality in performance
• Development of regular, participatory and documented staff meetings is expected
• Promote and initiate meetings between CDCs, government agencies, NGOs especially NSP facilitating partner and other actors at the provincial and district level
• To ensure timely reporting by all units in the project and that needed data for monthly and quarterly reports are available, compiled and reported to the RDMU
• To ensure the active involvement of project staff in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the project, including but not limited to, SCA work-plan and budget and annual donor report, also the incumbent will be responsible for preparation of the NRF inception report
• To ensure that important and relevant information about the project will be disseminated to local communities
• To give extra attention and promotion to female participation and training, both in regards to staff and at CDC level
• To actively evaluate the security situation at provincial and district level and implement strong adherence by staff on security regulations and precautions

Job Requirement:

• University Graduate with an engineering or social science degree. Qualified female applicants will be preferred
• At least 5 years experience in a similar field (most preferably NSP) at senior level, with a well known NGO or UN agency, with project management familiarity
• To have a sound knowledge of administration, planning and budgeting and report writing
• To have a very good command in English, Dari and Pashto (spoken and written)
• To have a good supervisory, monitoring, leadership, analytical and trouble shooting skills
• Good computer skills in MS Word, Excel and Internet
• Documented familiarity of hands-on implementing development projects at community level and with community participation and mobilisation
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills and capacity to deal with different rural communities with varied political/socio-economic and educational background Sound communication skills, to be honest, well mannered
• Familiarity with the northern region where the NRF activities are situated is an advantage
• Ready to work, live and travel in an intricate and strenuous environment
• To be an Afghan citizen

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