Senior Officer for Northern Rural Fund (Female)

  Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA)
  Afghanistan Unspecified 230
Date Posted:Feb 12, 2011
Reference:HRM 11-11
Closing Date:Feb 27, 2011
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Programme
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:2 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: false
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:1 month
Required Languages:

About Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA):


Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) invites all qualified candidates to apply for the following position. SCA actively promotes and encourages Women and People with Disabilities to apply The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) is a non-profit, non-governmental humanitarian organisation working to assist in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. SCA’s interventions inside Afghanistan began in 1982. Today SCA runs four major development programmes within Disability, Education, Health and Rural Development and is one of the largest NGOs in the country. SCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment based on their skills, abilities and experience without regard to age (18-65 years), race, colour, religion, marital status, sex, physical disability, or veteran status. Non-monetary Benefits for Females: Transportation close to residence and work, child nursery at workplace, safe travel facilities and companion to field trips, female association membership, trainings and capacity building

Job Summary:

The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) will be implementing the SCA Northern Rural Fund project (NRF) funded by the Embassy of Sweden/Sida. NRF will contribute to development of four to five districts in the Northern Provinces by responding to assistance proposals from CDCs. The development goal for the NRF is Strengthened rural civil society by means of community mobilization and short term financing and will follow principles similar to the National Solidarity Programme (NSP) and be complementary to it.
The project activities will be based on proposals from CDCs which will be selected for implementation. The projects may entail vocational training skills, repair and construction of buildings for education and health services, establishment and repair of water supply and sanitation structures, road improvements, rehabilitation of irrigation structures, and other social sector/collective purpose needs identified by the communities.
The NRF Senior Officer will be based in Kabul Management Office and responsible for technical backstopping of Northern Fund Project. NRF Senior Officer has to ensure that the quality, goals and standards of work is according to the project design and contractual obligations of SCA. She should regularly compare the achievements against the plan, conduct field visits to Mazar, compile the project field reports and propose corrective actions to the Head of Programme. Implementation of participatory processes in all aspect of the project will be the key to the successful implementation.
The NRF Project Senior officer is expected to be able to work independently, establish strong local support networks and to invent and improve local solutions for the problems if and when necessary. Good cooperation and capacity building at provincial and district level will be important with a focus on gender and local community participation.
She has to be prepared to compile plans, budgets and reports at regular intervals. The NRF Senior Officer is reporting to the Head of Rural Development Programme at the SCA Kabul Management Office (KMO)

Duties & Responsibilities:

• Providing adequate technical backstopping to various units of NRF project through regular planning and monitoring.
• To follow up the expenditure against the budget and provide feedback when required.
• To prepare and process invoices to Swedish Embassy/ SIDA as per contractual agreement
• Ensuring that NRF project activities are really contributing for the well-being of rural poor communities
• In close cooperation with Head of RD, analyse and evaluate performance according to the developed objectives/indicators.
• To promote and implement participatory approach in targeted project area and make sure that targeted communities with special focus on female inclusion, are involved in different project cycle plan
• Together with RDMU staff, develop means of communication with other stakeholders’ governmental and non-governmental agencies in targeted areas

Job Requirement:

• Relevant University Degree, preferably BBA
• At least 2 years experience in a similar field with a well known NGO or UN agency
• To have a sound knowledge of planning, budgeting and report writing
• To have a very good command in English, Dari and Pashto (spoken and written)
• To have a good monitoring, analytical and trouble shooting skills
• Good computer skills in Word, Excel and Internet
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills, to be honest, well mannered
• Familiarity with the northern region where the NRF activities are situated and skills in gender issues is an advantage.
• Ready to work, live and travel in an intricate and strenuous environment
• To be an Afghan citizen

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