The National Solidarity Program is the largest of the Afghanistan Government’s national priority programmes and is the second largest development programme in the world. The Program is implemented by the Afghanistan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) and currently into its 12th year and 3rd phase. NSP consists of four core elements:
Facilitation at the community level to assist communities establish inclusive community institutions known as Community Development Councils (CDCs);
Building the capacities of CDC and community members;
Providing direct block grant transfers to fund approved subprojects; and
Linking CDCs to government agencies, NGOs, and donors to improve access to services and resources.
NSP proposes to cover an estimated 39,200 rural communities to achieve full national coverage. In addition to its core structure comprising over 800 national employees, the NSP contracts an international firm to serve as its Financial Management Agent (FMA) and other individual international and national consultants to provide technical assistance to its various departments. The NSP also contracts around 30 firms (including UN agencies and NGOs) to serve as Facilitating Partners (FPs).
I. Introduction to the NSP Donor Relations Manager:
MRRD’s priorities have evolved since the design and initial implementation of the NSP I and II. Donors are now actively supporting new initiatives to assist CDCs in utilizing Block Grants. To ensure these new projects are implemented in a collaborative and transparent way, the MRRD/NSP will employ a Donor Relations Manager. The Relations Manager will serve a dual role in the programme. Working under the direction of the Executive Director of the NSP, the Donor Relations Manager will provide overall management of the projects funded by bilateral donors which cannot be implemented using normal NSP guidelines. The Donor Relations Manager will also act as the direct focal person for the bilateral donors providing development, participatory planning, advice and technical assistance on behalf of the NSP.