|Date Posted:||Mar 14, 2010|
|Closing Date:||Mar 16, 2010|
|Number of Vacancies:||1|
|Salary Range:||As per NTA salary scale policyUSD|
|Years of Experience:||5 Years|
|Contract Duration:||Not specified|
|Possibility of Contract Extension:||No|
|Probation Period:||1 month|
Through the Local Governance and Community Development Project for Afghanistan (LGCD), USAID intends to assist the Government of the Islamic Republic of
Afghanistan (GIRoA) to extend its reach into unstable areas and engage at-risk populations; create an environment which encourages local communities to take an active role in their own development; and address the underlying causes of violence and support for the insurgency. The ultimate goal is to create a stable environment for long term political, economic, and social development. This goal will be achieved by increasing citizen support for GIRoA in insecure areas and separating the population from the insurgency bringing about greater stability. Expected outcomes of LGCD include the following:
Duties & Responsibilities:
â€¢ Greater community participation in the selection and implementation of small-scale development activities.
â€¢ Improved provincial and district governance capacities to deliver services that address citizensâ€™ needs.
â€¢ Immediate employment generation through cash for work
â€¢ Significant improvements in rural infrastructure (small roads, pedestrian bridges, irrigation systems, and small-scale power sources).
â€¢ Expanded economic opportunities through training opportunities.
â€¢ Increase access to public services by linking communities to GIRoA officials.
â€¢ Implementation is achieved in collaboration with USAID Field Program Officers (FPOs), Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs), District Stabilization Teams (DSTs) and other US/NATO/ISAF military contingents, as required.
The Senior District Stabilization Officer (SDSO) supports the Provincial Stabilization Director (PSD) with strategic planning as well as all aspects of program design, implementation and management within their assigned district/s and/or components. The SDSO will play a key role in the day-to-day design of new projects as well as the implementation of existing interventions including site visits and reporting, site assessments, community engagement, government engagement, conflict mitigation and the collection of all necessary field level documentation (i.e. community agreements, shura letters, government agreements, photographs, etc). SDSOs may be required to travel to underserved and unstable regions, work with Provincial Reconstruction Teams, and travel to Forward Operating Bases and Fire Bases and with military forces.
In consultation with the PSD and PSMs the SDSO will work with government and community to ensure that accurate information is provided to USAID and PRT actors so that strategic planning represents district level needs and realities:
â€¢ The SDSO will support the PSD and PSM by providing on the ground information, advice, recommendations and feedback from proposed communities and government actors at the district level so as to ensure the â€˜Afghan Voiceâ€™ is recognized in strategic planning;
â€¢ The SDSO will take the lead in assessing community needs, request and priorities so as to inform the creation of sub project portfolios or community small grant clusters.
Program Design, Implementation and Management:
Based upon the established provincial strategies the SDSO will take the lead in the identification of new interventions for upcoming portfolios within their respective districts/s and or components. SDSO will work with PSDs and PSMs to provide technical information relevant to the development of concepts, proposals, budgets and sub project implementation.
â€¢ Conduct site visits and needs assessments at the community level to develop sub projects in line with LGCD SE and community objectives;
â€¢ Collect technical information pertaining to beneficiary numbers and impact, proposed locations for infrastructure interventions and community and government dynamics and support for development, etc;
â€¢ Collect documentation to support development interventions at the district level including community letters of support, Shura agreements, branding consent forms, security assurances, government concurrence letters, etc.
â€¢ Work directly with community and government actors during all phases of roll out and implementation including introducing IPs to community and government leaders, dealing with interim conflicts or community based problems, assessing progress and ensuring that work is progressing in line with LGCD SE obligating documents;
â€¢ Conduct regular and thorough site visits intended to verify accuracy of reports and documentation as provided by IPs throughout the implementation process;
â€¢ Generate site visit reports and photographs on weekly or bi-weekly basis (and as needed) to document implementation progress and quality control;
â€¢ Provide detailed technical comments on all projects on a bi-weekly basis to be used for larger data integrity and reporting efforts.
â€¢ SDSO will serve as the field level point of contact for IPs, community groups and local government partners:
â€¢ Coordinate with and update PSM and PSD about project implementation and troubleshoot program implementation issues.
â€¢ Community directly with IP field staff and community groups about technical aspects of sub projects and ensure that all required messages are passed back to regional field staff such as the PSD and PSM.
â€¢ SDSOs do NOT represent contractual or financial aspects of LGCD SE programming but are seen as front line communicators of community, government or IP needs.
M and E, Branding and Strategic Communications:
â€¢ Branding: The SDSO will take the lead on informing communities about USAID and LGCD SE branding requirements and will make sure that all relevant agreements are collected as well as interim and final branding is accomplished.
â€¢ M and E: The SDSO will verify accuracy of field driven data such as beneficiary numbers, government involvement in sub project development and implementation and community contribution as they relate to LGCD SE reporting requirements. The SDSO will also be required to collect supporting documentation from both community and government actors in support of the data requirements above.
â€¢ Strategic Communications/Reporting: The SDSO will highlight potential success stories for the PSD and PSM and will be required to provide detailed, technical information and photographs to be used in all forms of TAMIS updates, reporting and strategic communications products,
â€¢ BA in relevant field
â€¢ 4-5 years professional experience
â€¢ Prior experience working in rural, unstable locations highly valued
â€¢ Prior experience working with, or on, civilian-military field teams highly valued
â€¢ Experience with USAID regulations and grants, contracts and procurements processes highly valued
â€¢ Oral and written fluency in English
â€¢ Willingness to work with national and international military forces.
â€¢ Ability to trip within the regions of activity whenever required.