Senior Project Manager

  Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Programme
  Afghanistan Unspecified 452
Date Posted:Jul 7, 2010
Closing Date:Jul 20, 2010
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:General
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:Fresh
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: false
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:1 month
Required Languages:

About Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Programme:


The Mission of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) is to ensure the social, economic and political welfare of rural society, especially the poor and vulnerable, through the provision of basic services by strengthening local governance and promoting sustainable livelihoods. MRRD accomplishes this mission through donor funded national programs in the areas of governance, infrastructure and economic growth. The newly formed Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Programme (AREDP) is aimed at harnessing the potential of the private sector for inclusive economic growth and sustainable job creation in rural Afghanistan over an anticipated 10 year time period. The program aims at building on the social capital gained under the National Solidarity Program (NSP) and transforming it into economic capital. AREDP is to start full operations in January 2010. The initial stages have included a Project Preparation Facility (PPF) which is funded by the World Bank and is facilitating the preparation of the project and implementing the initial activities which include the establishment of functional and programmatic units at the project management office (PMO), in Kabul. The PMO is developing compliance manuals and operational procedures; hiring national and international staff and consultants; purchasing equipment; implementing a Pilot Project Initiative in Parwan Province; conducting training and workshops for skill development and generally building a solid base from which AREDP will grow. Initially the first phases are funded through the World Bank’s IDA facility and bi-lateral donors including DFID and others with a focus on particular regions of the country.

Job Summary:

Summary of Duties:
The Senior Project Manager (SPM) will be based at the AREDP Provincial Office in Kandahar and shall manage the Rural Enterprise Development – Kandahar (RED-KAN) project of AREDP. These will include, but will not be limited to: i) representation and leadership; ii) managing the implementation of project activities focused in the Kandahar; and, iii) managing all support activities for: administration, finance, human resources and procurement for operations of the Project.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Duties and Responsibility:

ï‚· Plan, manage, and coordinate the implementation of the RED-KAN in Kandahar Province in coordination with the PMO in Kabul to ensure that the activities and delivered as planned;
ï‚· Plan, manage the day-to-day activities and performance of provincial RED-KAN staff including: the Provincial Enterprise Facilitators (PEFs); Business Development Officers (BDOs); Program staff; the Administration and Finance staff (AFA); and the Village Facilitators (VFs);
ï‚· Work closely with SME Development Unit to AREDP to identify and start working with SMEs in Kandahar.
ï‚· Identify and link the Business Development Service providers to AREDP.
ï‚· Ensure effective coordination and representation to, and with, the provincial RRD office, provincial and district governors, the NSP facilitating partner in Kandahar, GoA institutions and NGOs, and all other relevant stakeholders to the Project;
ï‚· Manage, supervise and report on the administration, finance, procurement and logistics activities of the AREDP Provincial Office in Kandahar as performed by the Administration and Finance Assistant in coordination with the Program Support Services Office of the PMO in Kabul;
ï‚· Responsible to constantly assess the security situation in the area of operations and consider the appropriate security measures and response to ensure the safety of AREDP staff, operations, and assets;
ï‚· Prepare weekly and monthly project reports for the Pilot Project and others as required by the PMO;
ï‚· Contribute to the recruitment of Provincial Enterprise Facilitators (PEFs);
ï‚· Plan, manage and implement through the PEF teams the recruitment and engagement of Village Facilitators (VFs);
ï‚· Day-to-day management and support of the four PEF teams to ensure their presence in the communities for at least four hours a day;
ï‚· Support market assessment activities in Kandahar province
ï‚· Contribute to the ongoing development and planning of the design and implementation of the pilot project initiative with the PMO;
ï‚· Other duties as assigned by the Field Operations Manager and the Senior Management Team.

Job Requirement:


ï‚· Qualification: A university degree preferably with a commerce, economics, or business background;
ï‚· Strong project planning and management skills;
ï‚· Fluency in Dari and Pashto, and good working knowledge of spoken and written English;
ï‚· Excellent communication and problem solving skills;
ï‚· Good computer skills using Word, Excel, and the Internet.
3. Abilities
ï‚· Strong team building, interpersonal and negotiation abilities including the ability to address sensitive issues with diplomacy, respect, and tact;
ï‚· Ability to multi-task, be flexible, and lead a large team in a high pressure working environment;
ï‚· Professionalism in appearance and demeanour;
ï‚· Willingness to enhance knowledge through training and personal initiative; and,
ï‚· Willingness and ability to travel throughout Kandahar Province and other areas of Afghanistan.

ï‚· 6 to 8 years general management of field level development project implementation including responsibility for programs staff, administration, finance and procurement;
ï‚· 2 to 4 years experience managing a field office of a GoA institution, an NGO, or a development agency in southern Afghanistan;
ï‚· Experience and knowledge implementing rural enterprise development activities in Afghanistan is a advantage;

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