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About Afghanaid:

Afghanaid is a British international NGO (www.afghanaid.org.uk) that has been working in Afghanistan since 1983. Headquartered in Kabul, Afghanaid implements projects directly in 4 provinces and through partners in a further number of provinces and maintains a marketing and fundraising office in London. Afghanaid works in some of the most remote areas of the country and through a range of programme interventions supports development of basic services, such as water and sanitation, access roads, education facilities and other community infrastructure; strengthens livelihoods through improved natural resource management, agricultural and small enterprise development, and improved access to markets; and provides humanitarian assistance in times of emergencies. Gender mainstreaming, local governance and community development are integrated into all of Afghanaid’s work. The results achieved have earned Afghanaid the respect and recognition of stakeholders as an effective and collaborative charity.

Job Description:

Under the supervision of the Project Coordinator, the project officer will implement the project at the community level. She/he will closely work with field staff and project beneficiaries in Ghor provincs. Impart regular visits to beneficiaries in the field, provide technical agriculture and livestock management training to project farmers, distribution agriculture inputs and livestock inputs to strengthen livelihoods and food improve food security farming families. He/she will also provide support to the Project Coordinator in compiling monthly and quarterly Progress Reports.

Job Requirements:

Key Responsibilities:

Management and supervision

  • Advise and assist the Project Manager in planning, implementing and further developing the project components to ensure that they are technically sound, cost-effective and relevant to the target beneficiaries’ needs.
  • Ensure cash grant  are distributed to the target SHGs in transparency manner
  • Keep the Project Manager and relevant staff informed of any significant changes / opportunities in the local environment, problems and quality of the work.
  • Develop quarterly and monthly work plans and budget planning in all the project components with support and guidance from the Project Manager and in close cooperation with other relevant provincial staff.
  • Prepare quarterly and monthly procurement plans and provide technical assistance to the Operations team in procurement processes and quality control of the project materials.
  • Coordinate all project activities with relevant stakeholders, including project participants, their household members, and communities outside of the project, Community Development Council representatives, religious leaders, governmental departments, NGOs and other national and international institutions and make sure the implementation is in compliance with the national, organisational and donor’s regulations and policies.
  • Actively participate in sectorial meetings of government departments and meetings of other relevant stakeholders in consultation with the Project Manager.
  • Assist the Project Manager in responding to enquiries of a technical nature from field staff, the government, donors and other stakeholders.

HR management

  • Participate in the recruitment and technical appraisal of all relevant staff.
  • Continually assess the quality of work and technical competence of all relevant field staff and ensure that capacity building needs are met through training, on-the-job coaching or other methods, as appropriate.
  • Regular visits to all project sites to assess the performance of staff and quality of project implementation, and provide information, encouragement and technical support as required.
  • Develop capacity building plans and conduct trainings for field staff if necessary.
  • Provide logistical and technical support to external consultants and visitors monitoring the project.
  • Facilitate and actively participate in staff meetings at the provincial and national level.

M&E

  • Provide support, collect and consolidate monthly reports from the team and submit monthly progress reports to the Project Manager.
  • Support the Project Manager and the M&E Officer in preparing quarterly and annual project reports.
  • Work closely with the M&E Officer and the team to document and share case studies, success stories and field visit reports as and when required.
  • Assist the project M&E Officer in monitoring the project activities.
  • Carry out joint monitoring of technical aspects of the project with the representatives of different stakeholder groups and ensure field visits can happen on a regular basis.
  • Perform any other duties as required.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Education & Professional Qualification

(To be added by Hiring Manager, a template is highlighted below)

University Degree or diploma in enterprise development, business management, marketing or a related field.

Work Experience

(To be added by Hiring Manager, a template is highlighted below)

  • Minimum three years of experience in a similar capacity
  • Proven experience in assessing training needs and building the capacity of a mixture of literate and illiterate project participants
  • Experience with and strong technical knowledge of small enterprise development.

Professional Skills, Competencies, Values and Attitudes

(To be added by Hiring Manager, a template is highlighted below)

  • Dependable professional with strong organisational and coordination skills, initiative, judgment and adaptability with significant levels of autonomy.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, setting priorities and meeting tight deadlines; results-oriented approach to delivering work priorities
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous learning and professional development; ability to convert lessons learnt and experiences gained from delivering trainings in the field to improving the training approach;
  • Strong communication, analytical and report writing skills with fluency in spoken and written Dari and Pashto
  • Willingness, enthusiasm and experience in working with vulnerable women with a focus on their economic and social empowerment.
  • Specifically, the holder of this position should also demonstrate the following:
  • Strong interpersonal skills in working in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • A clear and firm commitment to human rights, equality, role and empowerment of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.
  • Understanding and knowledge of Islamic perspective on women’s rights and strong understanding of the local context.
  • Responsible, committed and honest in his/her work
  • Detail-oriented person.

Resilience to live, travel and work in isolated and possibly insecure locations.

Specifically, the holder of this position should also demonstrate the following:

Key Skills and Competencies

Essential

  • Highly developed reporting, budget monitoring, and management skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of community development and social mobilisation.
  • Proven management ability and strong interpersonal skills – team player.
  • Problem solving and leadership skills.
  • Proficiency in the most common computer software including word processing, and excel spreadsheets.
  • Ability to deal with difficult, often frustrating work situations.
  • A willingness to live, travel and work in isolated and possibly dangerous locations.
  • Gender sensitivity.
  • Sensitivity to the Islamic culture.
  • Commitment to support/develop the capacity of the national staff and of rural communities.
  • Personal integrity and a sense of humour.
  • Knowledge of personal strengths and weaknesses.
  • Ability to manage conflicting priorities in personal workload.
  • Knowledge of exit strategies and sustainability issues.

Desirable

(To be added by Hiring Manager, a template is highlighted below)

  • Experience or familiarity other INGOs working Ghor province
  • Previous work experience in Ghor with Afghanaid
  • Proficiency with data enter

Submission Guideline:

Please email a covering letter and your CV, by no later than Monday 11th July 2022 to vacancies@afghanaid.org.uk, including your name and the job title in the subject line. Your covering letter should be no more than 1 standard A4 page in length and explain how you meet the essential and desirable position requirements and why you feel you would be a suitable candidate for this role. Your CV should be no more than 4 pages and include 3 professional references including your current employer. The precision and style with which you present yourself in your covering letter and CV will be given significant weight in short listing candidates. Application with no proper subject (requested above) will not be considered.

Submission Email:

vacancies@afghanaid.org.uk

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