|Date Posted:||Jul 9, 2017|
|Reference:||(Application Code AFGR001253 – 2132|
|Closing Date:||Jul 15, 2017|
|Work Type:||Full Time|
|Number of Vacancies:||1|
|Salary Range:||Salary is negotiableNone|
|Years of Experience:||1 Year|
|Contract Duration:||Not specified|
About United Nations volunteers:
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers.
In most cultures volunteerism is deeply embedded in long-established, ancient traditions of sharing and support within the communities. In this context, UN Volunteers take part in various forms of volunteerism and play a role in development and peace together with co-workers, host agencies and local communities.
In all assignments, UN Volunteers promote volunteerism through their action and conduct. Engaging in volunteer activity can effectively and positively enrich their understanding of local and social realities, as well as create a bridge between themselves and the people in their host community. This will make the time they spend as UN Volunteers even more rewarding and productive.
. Organizational Context/Project:
UNDP Local Governance Project-Afghanistan (LoGo) is a new project, building upon the lessons from UNDP’s Afghanistan Sub-National Governance Programme (ASGP). LoGo aims to improve service delivery by enhancing the accountability and transparency of the local government. Its main focus is on: 1) upwards and downwards accountability; and 2) service delivery through linking planning and budgeting in a broad participatory process. LoGo provides support to the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), 13 Provincial Governors Offices (PGOs) and Provincial Councils (PCs), 22 provincial and district Municipalities and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in 17 provinces.
The project will focus on the following areas:
1) Capacity of PGOs and Provincial Councils have improved for accountability and transparent service delivery
2) Municipalities with improved revenue generation are able to deliver services in an accountable and participatory manner
3) Civil society has improved oversight capacity of local governance
4) IDLG is able to develop policies to improve local government accountability and service delivery.
The project will work with the relevant government ministries that cover subnational planning and budgeting, monitoring and evaluation and representative bodies as well as civic society. These include the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), the Ministry of Economy (MoEc), and the Ministry of Finance (MoF)
The Provinical Budgeting officer will work under output one (Subnational Governance) and to support on provincial budgeting in 13 LoGo supported provinces.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager and with the day-to-day supervision of Component Lead-of Subnational Governance (Output One) the national UN Volunteer (Provincial Budgeting Officer) will provide expertise and supports in provincial budgeting in LoGo Supported 13 Provinces undertake the following key tasks:
Provide support to the Component Lead- of Subnational Governance (Output one)
Provides technical guidance and assistance
Facilitate knowledge building and management
Provide support to the Component Lead- Subnational Governance, by focusing on the following results:
Assist the component lead in providing inputs for AWP, detailed implementation plan, and procurement plan including budget
Assist in preparing monthly, quarterly and annual progress reports as well as case studies and periodic updates and briefs
Assist in identifying bottlenecks and proposing solutions for better performance of the component
Provides technical guidance and assistance, by focusing on the following results:
Assist in providing technical guidance and support to implementation of Provincial Budgeting Policy in LoGo supported provinces
Support the implementation of sub-national procurement and financial management systems for the provincial budgeting policy (PGO, DGO, Provincial Development Committee members and secretariat, Moustafiats, provincial sectoral departments)
Coordinate with officials from Ministry of Finance and provide technical assistance to roll out provincial budgeting and gender responsive budgeting in LoGo supported provinces.
Engage Provincial Council, Women, Youth and Civil Society in provincial budgeting and strengthen their role in implementation of accountable and transparent service delivery
Assist in building and fostering partnerships between various sub-national state institutions including CSOs for effective and provincial budgeting
Support and coordinate to conduct trainings on provincial budgeting for provinces supported by LoGo
Assist in enhancing PDP/PSP implementation capacities in provinces
Engage women, youth and civil society in provincial planning & Budgeting and strengthen their role in planning and budgeting for delivery of basic services;
Assist in providing advice and support on clearly defining provincial council’s role in provincial budgeting
Facilitates knowledge building and management, focusing on achievement of the following results:
Assist in developing, publishing or disseminating knowledge products (case studies, compilation of best practices and lessons learned)
Under guidance of the component lead, conduct studies and share best practices on sub-national governance
Promote teamwork, information sharing and collaboration within the sub-national governance arena of the project and between the component and field staff
Provide learning opportunities for the regional and NTAs in provincial budgeting
Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:
Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark IVD);
Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.
11. Results/Expected Output:
The key results have an impact on the overall effectiveness of UNDP´s development results in Afghanistan. The efficient and timely achievement of project´s results will strengthen UNDP’s position as a strong and reliable development partner and satisfaction on the part of the development partners in the country.
A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.
Bachelor’s degree in Urban or Regional Development, Development Studies, Public Administration, Public Finance, Strategic Management or other relevant discipline
With Bachelor’s degree one year of relevant experience is required
In-depth knowledge of local governance realities in Afghanistan
Prior experience in provincial budgeting is advantage
Strong communication skills
Ability to coordinate different stakeholders in a complex work environment.
Experienced in capacity development
Ability to work independently
Able to use computer programs/applications (MS. Word, Excel, Power Point,)
Strong communication skills
Ability to work independently
Fluency in written and spoken English plus local Afghan languages (Dari and/or Pashtu).