Minimum a BSc in Civil Hydraulics or Irrigation Engineering
5-7 of experience Years
Minimum a BSc in Civil Hydraulics or Irrigation Engineering.
At least 8 years of experience in agriculture and irrigation infrastructure development.
5-7years of demonstrable experience in program management and promotion of sustainable development in rural communities.
Key programmatic knowledge includes community mobilization community project administration agricultural development and economic opportunities in rural environments.
Effective leadership interpersonal and communication skills
Ability to command respect and to create a sense of teamwork amongst the members of the project teams.
Good knowledge of planning implementation and monitoring of program.
Good understanding of the procurement process.
Good knowledge experience of program and project management methods.
Good knowledge experience of budgeting and resource allocation.
Excellent report writing skill and fluent in Dari Pashto and English.
General relevant computer skills including Microsoft Word Excel PowerPoint and other engineering software.
Duties & Responsibilities
The Economic Infrastructure Development for Afghanistan is part of the NRM Sector of the Mercy Corps Afghanistan Country Program.
The Project concerns the rehabilitation of existing yet dysfunctional or inefficient small irrigation systems mainly used for wheat growing in the Northern provinces of Afghanistan. The purpose of the Project is geared towards (i) a quantitative and qualitative increase in yield and yield stability of wheat cultivation per hectare and farming family; (ii) an increased share in created value at the producers’ level through better marketing timing lower production and transport costs; (iii) a reduction of losses along the wheat value chain from seeds to standing crop to grain; (iv) the creation and/or safeguarding of up to 5 000 jobs or income equivalent; (v) raising incomes for some 7 500 families by at least 600 USD p.a. The Project thus contributes to a sustainable economic development by improving wheat cultivation as well as the efficiency and effectiveness of the wheat value chain thus raising incomes and creating jobs in rural areas of Northern Afghanistan.
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:
The Program Manager will be based in Takhar province Taloqan field office with frequent travel to Badakhshan Baghlan and Samangan provinces where the program is being implemented PM oversees programs and operations in above-mentioned four provinces where the targeted areas are located. He/she will be Mercy Corps’ senior staff person responsible for overall managing the program under the direct supervision of Program Director_ EIDA. The Program Manager is responsible for the successful delivery of the proposed change co-ordination of the program’s projects and management of their inter-dependencies. He/she will work closely with Program Director program staff supporting staff MEL staff Monitoring Consultant and MRRD/DRRD representatives. He/she will be responsible for providing support to the program team to ensure achievement of program goals and mitigation of program risks; this will be undertaken through the following activities.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Ensure that the program is managed according to the contract agreement work plan flow chart budget and timeline and within EIDA & Mercy Corps Afghanistan’s guidelines policies and procedures.
Provide direct and ongoing supervision and managerial support to all staff including technical and program support staff.
Be familiar with program implementation approach project cycle work plan log frame including program goals objectives and indicators.
Plan and manage pre-selection feasibility study assessment and survey in close coordination and technical support of the team.
Finalize the list of selected projects that proposed for rehabilitation reconstruction and modernization purposes.
Analysis the result of feasibility studies assessments and surveys write technical and analytical reports and submit to the Program Director on due deadline.
Prepare the program progress/status reports on weekly monthly quarterly and annual basis.
Prepare and write project completion report and submit to the Program Director.
Support the technical team in developing the project agreement BoQ work plan official letters project’s contracts.
The program manager should coordinate the programmatic matters with provincial level program stakeholders and communicate with them at professional manner.
He/she should be profoundly updated of each single measures and proactively monitor program progress resolve issues assess the deviation and initiate appropriate corrective action make sure the program overall quality assurance and manage the potential risks to the program outcome.
Ensuring there is allocation of common resources and skills within the programmes separate projects.
Assist the technical team in wheat value chain and wheat market analysis identify the area for project intervention.
Supervise and manage project budget issue with finance department at provincial level.
Forecast expenditure and deficits to enable adjustments to the program in a timely manner.
Promote excellent coordination between the program and the operation staff to ensure proper logistics administration human resources and transport needs of the program conducted within MC policy and with the maximum benefit to the program.
Security permitting travel to project sites regularly to monitor and oversee all project activities and mentor and support staff.
Ensure that all work follows donor and MC quality standards and best practices; that all rehabilitated projects increase the irrigated area maximize the wheat production reduce the unemployment rate support wheat value chain increase the household income reduce water loses and mitigate negative impact on environmental and social safeguards.
Manage staff project personnel and conduct and/or facilitate training evaluations promotions and disciplinary decisions in accordance with the Mercy Corps policy and procedures manual and in close coordination with human resources staff development and organizational learning and administration sections.
In coordination with technical team MEL Support Unit develop a system of monitoring and evaluation to capture key data lessons learned and to measure program progress and impact on an ongoing basis.
Other tasks assigned by supervisor.
Maintenance of relations:
Maintain clear and open lines of communication with program core stakeholders.
Ensure establishment and maintenance of relationships with communities WUA IA and government line departments in the program area.
Assist in facilitating field visits for MC staff and donor visitors.
Coordinate with international and national NGOs working in the target areas.
Ensure close coordination with relevant Afghan government institutions (MRRD MAIL-DAIL MEW-DRRD RBA/SBA DoE) and other government departments as well as WUA and community elders.
While sending your CV & Cover letter please mention the vacancy number and position in the subject line application received after the closing date and without subject line will not be given consideration. Please include three references from you previous and current supervisors in your CV and make sure that their official email addresses are mentioned in the reference information.
Only short listed candidates whose application responds to the above criteria will be contacted for interview. Interested candidates should submit their Application To: Mercy Corps Office: Qala e Fatullah Street # 05 House # 1010 Kabul Afghanistan or Email to: [email protected]