Regional Cooperation Expert/ Consultant (Re- announced)

Vacancy Number:29/2018
Title: Regional Cooperation Expert/ Consultant (Re- announced)
Duration:4-month initial contract subject to renewal and 1 months’ probation
Exp.: 2018-10-24-(6 Months Ago)
Jobs no:2
Salary:As per NTA salary scale


Organization: The Asia Foundation | About The Asia Foundation
City: Kabul
Country: AF


Education:Holding a Master’s degree is required
Work Experience:5 of relevant experience Years

The Regional Cooperation Expert/Consultant will report directly to the leadership of the Regional Cooperation Directorate of the MoFA and also report to the Asia Foundation. The Regional Co-operation Expert/ consultant will provide advice support guidance coaching mentoring and training to the staff of the Regional Cooperation Directorate (RCD) as required and in close coordination with the Director General Regional Cooperation Directorate and PRCC-MoFA Project team lead. The specific tasks to be carried are including but not limited to the following:


Contribute to the development of the strategic direction for the Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process and regional organizations that Afghanistan is a member with;

Lead the development of strategic plan(s) for implementation of the CBMs including reviewing the existing implementation plans and specifying regional priorities;

Analyzing the hindrance factors for the project(s) related to regional organizations and trilateral and quadrilateral entities and providing recommendations;

Mentor staff in writing relevant documents (declarations statements reports speeches etc);

Participate and contribute to discussions that support the regional process’s strategic goals and objectives;

Write analysis and support the Director General to follow up the regional organizations’ and trilateral and quadrilateral entities’ activities;

Develop a lobbying plan;

Contribute to the Regional Cooperation Directorate section of MoFA website;

Developed a plan for enhancing various elements of the regional organizations and trilateral and quadrilateral entities;

Work with the DG and DDG’s on regional cooperation policies;

Analyze synergy between the regional organizations Istanbul Process and trilateral and quadrilateral entities;

Draw a strategic vision and action plan for promoting existing trilateral and quadrilaterals;

Write relevant pieces/articles to promote regional cooperation;

Provide written and systematic capacity and institutional development advice to RCD and Asia Foundation;

Assist PRCC-MoFA project Program Manager to facilitate and implement project activities and priorities;

Collect record and classify all international and regional conventions treaties and other documents relevant to the region as required;

Assist the Foundation in identifying and hiring international experts from SAARC ECO and various other relevant agencies to conduct trainings and provide specialized support to the RCD’s activities;

In consultations with RCD DG assist with all necessary preparations for events and meetings of Regional Organizations with which Afghanistan is a member;

Assist with research activities and RCD database development process as required;

Assist in widening the scope of the RCD to include other regional and sub-regional multilateral organizations;

In addition specific deliverable will be given to achieve in exact time period

Perform any other duties as required.

Knowledge Skills and Experience

Extensive experience in diplomacy particularly in a multilateral context

Extensive knowledge of political economic and social status of the Heart of Asia region and the existing political dynamics between them

Good knowledge of landlocked countries’ trade and transit issues and the challenges they are facing

Experience in negotiation and lobbying is required

Strong team working skills and ability to work under pressure and in government institutions and bureaucratic environments.

Willing to mentor and couch inexperienced government officials and experience in capacity building programs.

Experience of working in and visiting countries in the region.

Good understanding of bilateral and multilateral economic political trade and transit aspects of regional cooperation.

Experience of working with international and regional organizations.

Relevant postgraduate qualifications

Excellent writing and analysis skills

Proficiency in high level writing in English is a must.



Duties & Responsibilities

An experienced expert/consultant on regional cooperation is required to join the Regional Cooperation Directorate (RCD) within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) of Government of Afghanistan (GoA) as part of the “Promoting Regional Cooperation Capacity in Ministry of Foreign Affairs PRCC-MoFA” phase II project. The Asia Foundation is implementing the two-year project with the Delegation of the European Union funding and in close coordination with MoFA. The Expert is expected to join the project by September 2018 or as early as possible thereafter. The initial contract will be for 4 months with the prospect of extension.


PRCC-MoFA phase II project will build the capacity of the Regional Cooperation Directorate (RCD) within MoFA to enable it to lead the country’s efforts in promoting regional cooperation and illuminate avenues for securing donor support towards promoting regional cooperation. The project will focus particularly on strengthening the RCD’s capacity to support MoFA’s efforts in leading the Istanbul Process and in implementation and follow-up of the Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) agreed between all 14 Heart of Asia Countries at the Istanbul Conference in 2011. The project will also build the capacity of the RCD to engage and coordinate with regional organizations and trilateral and quadrilateral entities in an effective and professional way.


 The Istanbul Process is an unprecedented initiative that has placed Afghanistan at the center of the regional cooperation agenda as Afghanistan has been given the leading role for implementation and coordination on all CBMs. The Government of Afghanistan (GoA) recognizes also the importance of working with all existing initiatives and fora at the regional level. It was in pursuit of its vision of effective mutually beneficial regional cooperation that over the past few years Afghanistan has acceded to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in 2007 and to the Cross-Border Transit Agreement under the framework of the Central Asian Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) in 2011 as well as renewed and deepened its relationship with other regional organizations including the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-building in Asia (CICA) and others. The recent decision by the SCO to accord an observer member status to Afghanistan was a positive development in the context of Afghanistan’s effort to expand its regional links through regional organizations. This effort is complemented by a number of trilateral and quadrilateral initiatives involving in most cases Afghanistan’s immediate and extended neighbors. These provide an appropriate platform for discussing issues of specific concern to Afghanistan and the countries concerned.

Submission Guideline

Qualified applicants should submit a copy of their CV accompanied by a detailed cover letter writing sample contact details and completed Biodata 1420 form no later than Oct 24 2018 to [email protected] Applications without a completed Biodata 1420 form( writing sample or cover letter will be automatically disqualified.

Please clearly indicate the position applied for in the subject line. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be evaluated on the quality of translation from English to Dari and Pashto.

Candidates that do not meet the essential qualifications and experience will not be shortlisted. Kindly do not send random unrelated CVs.

Email: [email protected]