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

  Afghanistan Unspecified 225
Date Posted:Oct 30, 2010
Reference:ANDP/MoF/09/018 (Re-Advertised)
Closing Date:Nov 4, 2010
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Government
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:Fresh
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: false
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:

About MBAW/MoF:


The Budget Department within the Ministry of Finance (MoF) is responsible for the preparation of the national budget and for monitoring and reporting on its implementation. The national budget activities, at present, are largely donor/aid co-ordination function with considerable liaison and involvement of international partners. The budget is used as a major co-ordination mechanism of the Government through which it consults, agrees and articulates to all national and international stakeholders the expenditure programmes and priorities of the Government for the year ahead. The National Budget is also the primary instrument for the Government to allocate and manage its financial resources (both internal and external revenues) in a balanced, transparent and accountable manner within a short to medium term framework. The Budget Team is composed of Directorate General Budget, Budget Execution Sectors, Budget Policy, Coordination & Reporting Unit, Provincial Budgeting Unit and Program Budgeting Unit. In addition, the Project Management, Office Management and IT Units provide administrative support to the Budget Department including plan development trainings and office and logistics management. The Project Management, Office Management and IT Unit also coordinate and implement a public information strategy on the National Budget and develop mechanisms to measure and monitor the effectiveness of the delivery of Budget Department’s products and services to key stakeholders and clients.

Job Summary:

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
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 development.
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 appropriate.
Assist in developing programs and their projects that have been outlined by the Cluster,
including costing portions of the programs, developing budgets, indicators, etc.
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

Duties & Responsibilities:

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
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
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.
VA Number: ANDP/MoF/09/018 (Re-Advertised)
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 issues.
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 negotiations.
Language Requirements:
Proficiency in English Language.

Job Location:

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