Provincial Manager

Job Location:

Baghlan

Nationality:

Afghan

Category:

Program

Employment Type:

Full Time

Salary:

As per NTA Salary Scale

Vacancy Number:

412/017/AREDP/RETURNEES/MRRD

No. Of Jobs:

1

Organization:

AREDP/RETURNEES/MRRD

Years of Experience:

5 years of experience

Contract Duration:

1 year

Gender:

Male/Female

Education:

Bachelor Degree from any recognized University in Social Science, Management

Close date:

24 May, 2017

 

About AREDP/RETURNEES/MRRD:

AREDP is a national government-led multi-donor funded program that jump-starts and facilitates private sector growth in rural Afghanistan. The program strengthens the private sector through integrated, value chain, top to bottom knowledge-based interventions, bottom to top community enterprise development and by addressing credit and capital needs at all levels and in Nangarhar, Parwan, Bamyan, Herat, Balkh and Kandahar. The key principles of AREDP includes supporting market orientation and linkages, sustainable businesses, improving coordination, building partnerships, facilitating client decisions, sharing best practices and vertical integration. AREDP is focusing on two components: Community-based Enterprise Development that provides knowledge-based and financial services to community-based rural enterprises; and Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) development which provides business advisory and financial services to rural SMEs. Under these two components AREDP undertakes Community Mobilization, Community-based Enterprise Development, Access to Finance, Small and Medium Enterprise Development, Business Development Support for SMEs, Gender Mainstreaming:, Environmental and Social Safeguards. During the year of experience AREDP experienced working with multi dimension and multicultural populations in the rural areas.

Throughout the last 7 years AREDP besides rural poor, as pilot has also included marginalized and deprived communities into program activities and strengthened their entrepreneurship capacity towards income generation and employment. The pilot on enterprise development for these communities proved to be a very successful model on creating sustainable jobs and impacting their social dynamics. AREDP has a proven track record of experience strengthening marginalized groups such as Person with Disabilities (PwDs and Koochies (Pastoral Nomads), Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and Returnees through a model of business incubation.

To develop Returnees income-generating activities from survival to strong and viable enterprises, they need to access the full range of business support services, information, and technical capacity to develop their productive assets, their land and their businesses. AREDP adopted the risk sharing strategy to develop their sustainable enterprises. During the period of this intervention Returnees will be supported with production, packing, packaging, branding, product placement assistance, and will be provided tools, equipment, materials, and other business resources as risk sharing approach, linkages with markets and AREDP supported and developed Financial Credit Institutions (Village Saving and Loan Associations) .

Job Description:

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Director and through regular guidance of Executive Director AREDP, the Provincial Manager will be responsible for overall in charge for conducting all programs in the Province, which includes (but not limited to) representation, management, needs assessment, monitoring, logistics, finance and administration. She/He manages her/his team to achieve the program objectives according to AREDP development objectives.The provincial manager will;

Plan, manage, and coordinate the implementation of the AREDP Project related to Enterprise Development  initiative in Kandahar Province in coordination with the Program Management officer  PMO in Kabul to ensure that the activities and delivered as planned;
Work in close coordination with Community Enterprise Development (CED) Unit, Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Unit and Training Unit in Kabul for the success of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Development;
Plan, manage and monitor day-to-day activities and performance of provincial AREDP staff including: the Provincial Enterprise Facilitators (PEFs); Senior CED Officer, Business Development Support Officer (BDSO), the Administration & Finance Assistant  (AFA); support staff and the Village Facilitators (VFs), and if other staff include in the team also;
Assist in the identification and solution of key points related with the implementation of the project activities regarding Returnees Enterprises Development (RED) through value chain approach, Enterprise Groups (EGs), Producers Associations (PAs), Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Saving Groups (SGs) and Village Saving and Loan Associations (VSLA);
Ensure effective coordination and representation to, and with, the provincial PRRD office, provincial and district governors,  the NSP facilitating partner in Kandahar GOIRA institutions and NGOs, and all other relevant stakeholders to the Pilot Project initiative;
Manage the Provincial team and make sure that the team respect the project/program guidelines;
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;
Mentoring and handholding of all relevant project (CED, SME, SG and VSLA) staff in assessments, designing, implementation and monitoring & evaluation
Provide vision and suggestions for the improvement of the projects of CED, SME, SG and VSLA;
Ensure  presence of field staff in the communities;
Create dynamic of collaboration between staff and communities for the implementation of work related to CED, SME, SG and VSLA;
Organize and help to solve team conflicts and make sure working condition are as good as possible;
Encourage community involvement and contribution in kind or and financial with respect to CED, SME, SG and VSLA;
Support market assessment activities in Kandahar province;
Contribute to the on-going development and planning of the design and implementation of the pilot project initiative with the PMO;
Prepare weekly and monthly project reports for the Project/s and others as required by the PMO;
Develop the capacity of Provincial Staff and where possible the community by providing them with on time supervision and advisories related to their work, on job and off job trainings, mentor and handholding on enterprise development;

Conduct need assessment
Design training session
Design and develop handout, presentations and other relevant material
Conduct the training/session
Evaluate the growth
Provide short report
Assess on the job practicalities of the learning

Other duties as assigned by the Field Operations Manager and the Senior Management Team of AREDP.
The Provincial Manager (PM) of AREDP is the senior position at the Field level in AREDP and one of the important member of AREDP management team and reportable to Operation Director of the Program. The assignment is initially for one (1) year and may be extended with satisfactory job performance and with the agreement of the both parties;
The Provincial Manager (PM) will be nested in Kandahar Province of Afghanistan and report to Director Program Operation, AREDP. The incumbent will submit an Inception Report (not exceeding 10 pages including one page executive summary) within ten (10) days of joining in the position. He/she will prepare and submit Monthly Work Plan and monthly progress reportand submit to the Operation Director of the Program. He/she have to prepare monthly progress report for the achievement in the province and submit to the Operation Director of the Program.  He/she is liable for overall management of the provincial activities of AREDP with remarkable output and finally outcomes;

Job Requirements:

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor Degree from any recognized University in Social Science, Management, Business Administration(major in Marketing or in Business Development);
Excellent in English (listening, reading, writing, and speaking) required;
Fluency in written and spoken Dari/Pashto;
Experience in training, capacity building, system set-upsfollow-up and monitoring and administrative management will be an advantage

 

Knowledge/Experience:

5 years of experience in managing Saving Groups or and Community Groups as tools or means for implementing Enterprise Development Projects/Programs or and similar activities in Afghanistan out of which 3 years general management at field level development project implementation including managing programs staff, administration, finance and procurement and 2 years in managing field office of a GOIRA institution, an NGO, or a development agency in Afghanistan;
Professionalism – an understanding of the management and operations of development organizations in Afghanistan - experience and knowledge of: i) budgeting and finance; ii) procurement; iii) human resources; and iv)  administration operations - experience and ability to represent an organization to external stakeholders including donors, GOIRA, and other development agencies - demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given – extremely high level of discretion;
Planning & Organizing - Ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities;
Management – Ability to manage staff and contribute to the skills and capacity building;
Communications - Good communication (spoken and written) skills, including ability to explain and present program support services-related information/requirements and prepare written documents/communications in a clear, concise style;
Technology Awareness -Highly developed computer skills using Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the Internet;
Teamwork - Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;

 

Abilities

Ability to build and sustain effective work relationships with a diverse range of clients, partners, peers and subordinates to achieve common goals;
Ability to multi-task, be flexible, and effectively lead a team in a high pressure working environment;
Professionalism in appearance and demeanor;
Willingness to enhance knowledge through training and personal initiative;
Willingness and ability to travel in rural areas of Afghanistan.

 

Reporting Relationship

Reports to the Deputy Director Program Operation and seek regular guidance from Executive Director AREDP.

 

Submission Guideline:

Interested Afghans with the required qualifications and experience should submit their applications electronically through vacancies.hrcsd@mrrd.gov.af
While submitting your applications please mention the Title of the position plus Vacancy Number in the subject of the e-mail; please do NOT submit any other supporting documentation or educational certificates with your application. If you are short listed you will be asked to submit electronic copies of your educational certificates and if you are invited to written test you will be required to present the original certificates. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date of the position. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for written test Note: In the interests of open and fair competition and a merit based selection process applicants are advised that lobbying for a position , whether by the applicant or by any person acting on his or her behalf, shall result in the immediate disqualification of the candidate from further consideration. Applicants are strongly advised to inform potential supporters of this restriction which shall be strictly enforced.

Please don’t forget to type the Vacancy Announcement Number (412/017/AREDP/RETURNEES/MRRD) in Subject while applying online. Application without vacancy number will not be accepted.

 

The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is highly committed to increase women’s participation in government sector therefore women are highly encouraged to apply.

 

Submission Email:

vacancies.hrcsd@mrrd.gov.af