Duties and Responsibilities
The incumbent will undertake the following responsibilities under the direct supervision of the Head of Field Unit:
• Consistently apply International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct.
• Provide counselling on protection issues to persons of concern; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documentation.
• Support activities in protection related Age Gender Diversity (AGD) based programming, Gender Based Violence (GBV) awareness with implementing and operational partners.
• Participate in individual protection case management including cases of SGBV and child protection.
• Conduct preliminary information gathering and interviews in support of eligibility, status determination, durable solutions and social needs assessment.
• Contribute to measures to identify, prevent and reduce statelessness.
• Contribute to a country-level child protection plan as part of the protection strategy.
• Monitor Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.
• Monitor and report on cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents.
• Assist in identifying durable solutions for persons of concern in voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement.
• Contribute to the design, implementation and evaluation of protection related AGD based programming with implementing and operational partners.
• Assist in drafting reports, routine correspondence, updating relevant databases and compiling statistics for the protection unit / section.
• Contribute to initiatives to enhance national and local protection capacities.
Select Persons of concern for preliminary interviews and decide which relevant information
• Enforce integrity in the delivery of protection services by local implementing partners.
• Performs other duties as required.
The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a private international, nonprofit, and non-denominational development agency. It seeks sustainable solutions to long-term problems of poverty, with special emphasis on the needs of rural communities in mountainous, coastal and other resource poor areas across the world. Concentrating its efforts in health, education, rural development and strengthening civil society sectors, AKF’s approach is based on a long-term commitment that is maintained despite political and social uncertainty.
The Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan (AKF (Afg)) is a member agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a dynamic network of development agencies currently operating in over 30 countries across Central and South Asia and East and West Africa. AKF (Afg) currently manages and implements the largest multi-sectoral development programme within the network and has built a strong reputation with the Government of Afghanistan, donors and local partners in a number of technical fields.
The AKDN is a group of international, private, non-denominational development agencies and institutions that seek to empower communities and individuals, usually in disadvantaged circumstances, to improve living conditions and opportunities. AKF (Afg) is part of AKDN and has been working in Afghanistan since 2002, with programs focused on Rural Development, Education and Health.
AKF (Afg) is seeking a PMU Manager who will oversee coordination, implementation and achievement of all consortium activities, and provide necessary technical expertise, with strategic and operational leadership to the PMU, to ensure program objectives are met. The PMU Manager will directly report to AKF (Afg) Rural Development Director and simultaneously have an open line of communication with AKF’s Senior Management Team in the USA.
AKF Afghanistan, in partnership with ACTED, Mercy Corps Afghanistan, and First Microfinance Bank Afghanistan, are currently mobilizing funding for a large program to address licit livelihood in number of provinces across Eastern, Northern, and Western Afghanistan, including poppy-prone provinces. This will be a multi-year, multi sector program.
The potential program will focus on strengthening licit livelihoods and encourage licit crop production among farmers through a holistic and sustainable approach designed to meet the gaps in agricultural input and service provision systems in Afghanistan. The project will help farming communities convert agricultural challenges into opportunities and help them become more economically productive. Five core objectives of the project will be to 1) Improve agricultural yields of high potential licit crop systems, 2) Increase economic return for high potential licit crop systems, 3) Improve farmer’s access to finance, 4) Reduce vulnerability of at-risk populations to engage in the illicit economy and 5) Improve sub-national governance systems.
Scope of work will include:
Provide overall strategic leadership and manage on-going project design and implementation with partners in order to maximize impact and achieve project objectives;
Develop and maintain strong relationships between program Partners, coordinating partners to ensure a high-quality, transparent, and evidence-based program implementation and evaluation;
Manage external relationships and represent program Partners in relevant meetings and working groups with external stakeholders;
Oversee all relevant monitoring, evaluation and research efforts, ensuring high quality of reports and good knowledge management and dissemination of program learning and results;
Manage overall financial and budget oversight;
Lead on developing and implementing a program learning agenda that draws on different approaches of program Partners;
Lead on development of a Risk Management Strategy, in collaboration with program Partners.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
Leadership: Provide strategic and operational leadership for the PMU and coordinate all annual work planning, technical and financial project reviews, evaluation, and implementation activities with team members, Partners, and other stakeholders.
Systems Development and Management: Identify, design and implement effective and efficient systems to support the smooth implementation of all aspects of the program (including operations, financial management, monitoring, and reporting).
Quality oversight: Oversee the design of monitoring tools, coordination between partners, regular tracking of project results, and ensure adequate data collection for high quality donor reports. Develop case studies that analyse and document key lessons.
Knowledge Management: Manage the extensive Monitoring, Research and Evaluation component of the program, including development of a Program Learning Agenda. Oversee development of thorough electronic records; produce and disseminate records of meetings with external stakeholders.
Staff Management and Development: Responsible for enhancing staff capacity; recruiting key staff, identifying staff development requirements, locating appropriate training/development opportunities and managing these accordingly within the approved program budget.
Coordination and Facilitation: Organise and facilitate regular coordination with PMU team, Partners, donors and other stakeholders to coordinate workplan development, implementation activities and evaluations and studies.
Technical Reporting and Documentation: Ensure high-quality and timely submission of all narrative reports and deliverables to the Donor, the Government and stakeholders.
Financial monitoring: Oversee the monitoring of expenditure, budgeting and variance and address any problems in good time; Ensure the preparation of accurate and timely financial reports.
Strategic Communications: Oversee the development of studies and communications materials for external audiences, articulating achievements, impacts and lessons learned.
External relations: Develop constructive working relationships with relevant stakeholders including donors and relevant government ministries; represent program Partners in external meetings in national policy fora and working groups with other key stakeholders; develop opportunities for synergies with external organisations and potential private sector partners. Seek out and develop relevant links within the private sector in line with Project goals.
Equity and Diversity: Actively promote equity, diversity and respect, both within the PMU and through the program. Together with Partner gender teams, ensure that all aspects of the project, including the design, approach, workplans, staffing, monitoring, evaluation and research, consider the specific needs of girls and boys, women and men. Accurately track and report on gender considerations throughout the program.
To carry out the responsibilities of the role in a way which reflects AKF-A’s commitment to protecting children in accordance with the Child Safeguarding Policy.
Occasional Significant Duties:
From time to time the PMU Manager will be required to take on additional duties and tasks, as need within the PMU and program arises
Required Qualifications and Experience:
Advanced University Degree.
Extensive experience implementing complex development programs in high-speed, challenging environments in developing countries or post-conflict contexts, with preference for past Afghanistan experience.
Minimum 5 years sector related experience in value chain development, market development, natural resource management, governance, alternative livelihoods, private sector development, and/or a related field.
Extensive experience managing multi-partner development projects and ensuring sub-grant financial and programmatic compliance for international bi-lateral donors (like USAID, CIDA, KfW and others), preferably with project budgets larger than $10million.
Demonstrated skills in leadership, as well as strategic program design, planning, and implementation.
Demonstrated ability to develop and manage transparent and effective internal reporting systems.
Ability to respond effectively to deadlines and high pressure situations.
Strong understanding of key development concepts, particularly in relation to integrated programming and alternative livelihoods.
English fluency in written and spoken communication.
Ability to use initiative and work with limited supervision.
Ability to work and communicate effectively within an international team.
Demonstrated experience in research and learning.
Diplomatic, flexible and facilitative leadership skills with a good sense of humor.
High level of cultural adaptability and sensitivity.
Please apply through our Career Centre: http://www.akdn.org/careers
Only short listed candidates will be contacted for further assessment.
Aga Khan Foundation – Afghanistan recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safeguarding of children from abuse.
1.Introduction to Harakat-AICFO:
Harakat – Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility Organization (AICFO) is an independent, not-for-profit, Afghan managed organization that provides grant funds to the private sector, government and civil society to implement projects that reduce or remove institutional and regulatory barriers to doing business in Afghanistan. Harakat – AICFO aims to improve Afghanistan’s business environment by removing obstacles to private investment.
Harakat does not implement or manage investment projects; it funds the activities of others, supporting the reform role of the Government and complementing the vision of the Private Sector. Harakat is an initiative of the UK’s Government, Department of International Development (DFID), which provides the initial seed funding. Other multilateral, bilateral and private sector funders will augment this seed funding to support practical, result-oriented projects that promote the following 8 priority areas:
1. Financial markets that provide greater access to finance and affordable credit to all sizes of business, especially SMEs;
2. Streamlined and more effective regulations and creation of regulatory impact assessment systems;
3. Increased private sector investment in infrastructure, especially energy, water and transportation;
4. More equitable and efficient taxation and customs systems;
5. Strengthened property rights and more effective contract enforcement;
6. Higher workforce productivity and mobility and improved labour market regulation;
7. Strengthened competition policy that reduces anti-competitive practices; and
8. Improved capacity of government and institutions to tackle corruption.
Harakat’s aim is not to replace the government, or civil society’s important work in reducing barriers to sustainable business. It supports the positive initiatives already happening in various sectors, works in partnerships with existing and emerging key players, and provides support to them so that more of these become reality. Harakat will use the available funds to identify and fund practical projects that will increase the attractiveness and ease of investing in Afghanistan.
2. Job Summary:
PURPOSE OF THE POSITION
Communications and Stakeholder Relation Specialist will work within the Harakat Communications Department and provide communications operational support to develop and execute tailored communication strategy. Reporting directly to the Head of Communications, the individual is responsible for the development, coordination and implementation of communications, stakeholder relations, marketing and advocacy and strategic plans designed to inform the audience about Harakat mission, mandate, projects outcomes and relevant investment climate topics in Afghanistan.
The individual is required to produce key and specific messages to each stakeholder groups in order to achieve Harakat communication objectives through appropriate means of communications which would potentially increase stakeholders' knowledge about business and investment environment, enhance these stakeholders to use their influence and to put pressure on relevant entities for promoting business reform agenda.
Communications and Stakeholder Relations Specialist will manage the content development, production and dissemination of all communication products which is including but not limited to the followings:
• Better Business, Better Future Pamphlet
• Call to Action Posters
• Events and workshops (PSD donor, provincial, anti-corruption, project-specific, and project partners)
• Post-event reports
• Success Stories (Case Studies)
• Online engagement: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn
• Engagement via mobile phones
• Annual Harakat Investment Climate Meetings
• Developing articles and pitching to relevant media outlets
• Biweekly email
• Project documentaries
• Topical White Papers
• Radio Spots
• TV roundtables
• Multimedia business climate presentations
• Media monitoring
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