Senior –International Technical Advisor to Agriculture and Rural Development Cluster (ARD)

  Afghanistan National Development Program
  Afghanistan Unspecified 269
Date Posted:Oct 28, 2010
Reference:ANDP/MoF/09/018 (Re-Advertised)
Closing Date:Nov 4, 2010
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Administrative
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:10 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: Yes
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:

About Afghanistan National Development Program:


Job Summary:

Described Bellow;

Duties & Responsibilities:

Summary of Key Functions:

• Provide senior technical support to the Cluster strategy
development, program and project analysis and design as
well as other planning and implementation work of the
Clusters, with particular support provided to the Cluster-
lead Coordinating ministry.
• Maintain a close working relationship and coherent
coordination with cluster line ministries.
• Provide technical advice and guidance to enable ARD
members to develop priority action programs and projects.
• Provide technical assistance to the cluster secretariat
and ministry focal points to facilitate planning of the
cluster processes in support of the program proposal
• Together with the national technical adviser, collect and
analyze information on ARD Cluster matters and politico-
economic data; Coordinate the development of up-to-date
thematic and country files;
• Contribute to a dynamic process that assists ARD
participations to think outside of the box, encourage
tough policy choices if needed, and assist in developing
and implementing cutting edge programs.
• Ensure consistency of Cluster concepts and planning
approach among Clusters by helping to identify linkages
between Cluster objectives, and facilitating technical
coordination within and across the Clusters.
• Provide facilitation for Cluster strategy and planning
sessions as well as technical working group meetings
focused proposal development and on implementation, when
• Assist in developing programs and their projects that
have been outlined by the Cluster, including costing
portions of the programs, developing budgets, indicators,
• Support the Cluster Manager in ensuring the proper and
efficient flow of information between the CCC Secretariat
and the Cluster.
• Provide technical support to the program teams at
individual ministries/ agencies as requested by the
Cluster Coordinator or the Cluster Manager.
• Any other emerging task and assistance related to cluster
issues as requested by the Cluster-lead ministry and the
cluster secretariat

Reporting to:

H.E. Minister of Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and livestock– H.E. M.Asif Rahimi, H.E. Deputy Minister of Policy (MoF) – Humayun Hamidzada,the Cluster Secretariat, and ANDP Project Manager.


• Ensure that the Cluster’s National Priority Programs
proposals are developed and implemented in an integrated
manner with the larger national plan and the plans of
other Clusters.
• Provide technical assistance to the Cluster secretariat
and ministry focal points to facilitate planning and
implementation of the Clusters process and identified
national programs in support of the envisioned objectives.


• Professionalism: Demonstrated competence in program
design and management, policy making, planning and
monitoring. Conscientious and efficient in observing
deadlines, achieving results. Takes accountability for
goals and challenges.
• Communication: Effective and distinct communication
ability with excellent written and verbal communications
skills. Ability to defend, explain with tact and
diplomacy difficult positions addressing key policy
• Teamwork: Demonstrated team building and team leadership
skills; Ability to work collaboratively with and to
establish and maintain effective working relationships
with colleagues of different nationalities and cultural
backgrounds, in order to achieve organizational goals.
• Planning and Organizing: Ability to identify priority
activities and assignments within the areas of
responsibility consistent with agreed strategies and
organizational goals; Track record of excellent time
management and ability to meet tight deadlines.
Demonstrated ability to plan, budget, coordinate and
manage complex projects.
• Leadership: Ability to develop strategies and empower
others to accomplish objectives and solve problems,
ability to evaluate performance and mentor; Ability to
take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives
into substantive work and commitment to the goal of
achieving gender balance in staffing.
• Judgment/Decision-making: Good judgment initiative,
imagination and resourcefulness; ability to identify key
issues in a complex situation, and come to the heart of
the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before
making a decision, makes tough decision when necessary;
proposes a course of action or makes recommendations based an all available information.

Job Requirement:

• Demonstrated expertise and experience in the Agriculture
and Rural Development sector, particularly as it relates
to Afghanistan.

• Direct senior-level experience in Afghanistan interacting
with GoA officials and ministries.
• Proven expertise and experience in translating policy
directives into practical application through ministry
National Priority programs / projects.
• Proven skills to facilitate linkages with donor
governments and organizations and share knowledge of non-
GoA aid programs and activities related to the Cluster.
• At least eight to ten years of progressively responsible
experience in a field relating to sustainable
development, post-war recovery and/ or Public
Administration of which five years should be at the
international level. Knowledge of the Government system
is an asset, and a track record of diplomatic

Language Requirements:
• Proficiency in English Language.

Job Location:

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