Scholarship Placement Specialist

Master's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 439
Date Posted:Jul 6, 2019
Closing Date:Jul 18, 2019
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Administrative
Salary Range:NTA, Grade C
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Open Ended
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Fixed-term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:Persian,pashto,English

About HEDP / MoHE:


Afghan policy makers perceive higher education as a vital engine of growth and development. The higher education system produces a pool of high level human resources, including policy makers, administrators, managers, entrepreneurs, engineers, medical personnel, highly skilled technicians, as well as qualified teachers and academics, that are essential for economic development. The availability of such a pool of well-educated human resources will be of central importance for the overall future development of the country. Recognizing this, the Government of Afghanistan and the World Bank (WB) have agreed to support the higher education sector through a Higher Education Operation that will succeed the previous Strengthening Higher Education Project (SHEP). The new Higher Education Development Project (HEDP) will support the overall Government’s own effort to expand and strengthen its higher education sector.


The proposed project contains two components: (1) A program component that finances strategic initiatives to develop the higher education sector. The strategic initiatives are (a) increasing participation in universities in priority degree programs for national economic development, (b) modernizing and enhancing the quality and relevance of teaching and learning; (c) expanding the professional qualifications and skills of academic and technical staff; (d) strengthening governance, quality assurance and accreditation; and (e) stimulating development orientated research. And (2) a program operations and technical support component that would support project coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, research activities, human resource development for academic managers and administrative and technical staff, policy studies, beneficiary satisfaction surveys, communications and policy dialogues. The Director of Operations and Monitoring Support Team (OMST) in the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) will coordinate and facilitate the implementation of HEDP in close collaboration with its relevant departments. 

Job Summary:

The Scholarship Placement Specialist will report to the Project Director. The main duties and responsibilities of the Scholarship Placement Specialist are to:

Skills Required:

Administrative Team Working skillsMeeting deadlinesInterpersonal Strong Communication Skills Negotiation

Provinces to travel:

Skills Description:

Ability to speak, read and write excellent English, produce project reports in English for regular and continuous presentations, and be computer literate

Ability to interact with senior academics and administrative staff in the universities

Ability to work with and be a partner of a team of diverse backgrounds

Ability to work efficiently and to meet deadlines

Ability to function effectively in a team environment inspiring trust and cooperation of other team members

Strong communication, negotiating skills and good interpersonal relations

Duties & Responsibilities:


Promote and disseminate information about the MoHE, HEDP scholarship program with universities and other relevant institutions.

Admissions and placement of all the faculty members selected for scholarships.

Identify and select universities abroad for the scholarship programs.

Develop procedures and processes for administering the MoHE, HEDP scholarship program.

Review scholarship applications and academic transcripts for compliance with HEDP criteria.

Communication and follow up with scholarship holders.

Manage and monitor scholarship accounts and budget.

Develop and establish scholarship calendar for the academic year; set deadlines.

Offer and conduct group workshops for teachers and staff to provide information about the scholarship program.

Research and document demand for new scholarships, and forecast future scholarship development needs.

Develop promotional materials for the program and distribute to lecturers and faculty staff about the scholarship program.

Support the MoHE in the development of a Human Resource Development (HRD) plan for academic staff in priority programs through the provision of scholarships for postgraduate degrees for young academics.

Support the MoHE in establishing a comprehensive plan for the development of Master’s degrees in the priority degree programs including training of faculty to obtain Master’s degrees in the relevant priority degree programs. Special preference for these scholarships will be given to female academics.

Provide progress reports monthly progress report to the project director.

Any other task assigned by the Project Director and the Director of Foreign Affairs.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul


Having a Master’s Degree and a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience, of which preferably some years in Human Resource Management in a donor-funded development project and /or in the public/private sector

Experience in World Bank-funded higher education or other relevant projects will be an advantage

Experience in building up a staff development and Human Resources would also be an advantage

Job Keywords:

Scholarship Specialist
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