Emergency Project Manager

ACTED, Afghanistan

Skill Required: Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Email for CV Submission: 
Apply By: 
11th November, 2017


Job Description

Since 1993, as an international non-governmental organization, ACTED has been committed to immediate humanitarian relief to support those in urgent need and protect people’s dignity, while co-creating longer term opportunities for sustainable growth and fulfilling people’s potential. ACTED endeavors to respond to humanitarian crises and build resilience; promote inclusive and sustainable growth; co-construct effective governance and support the building of civil society worldwide by investing in people and their potential. We go the last mile: ACTED’s mission is to save lives and support people in meeting their needs in hard to reach areas. With a team of 4,300 national staff 300 international staff, ACTED is active in 35 countries and implements more than 450 projects a year reaching over 11 million beneficiaries.

Country profile

In Afghanistan, ACTED’s strategy combines emergency aid and development programming aiming at providing holistic assistance and at addressing the various challenges faced by the country, with the overall goal of alleviating poverty and building resilience. For 23 years, ACTED has remained committed to supporting Afghans through diverse programming such as good governance, building the capacity of civil society, rural development, and emergency humanitarian response. ACTED continues to strengthen stock piling, contingency planning and preparedness, in order to provide timely assistance for those affected by natural or man-made disasters.

Providing emergency and recovery assistance for communities hit by conflict and natural disasters

Natural disasters affect approximately 250,000 Afghans each year. In addition, the past years have seen an influx in military operations and offensives lead by armed opposition groups, resulting in the displacement of 197,000 individuals in 2015. ACTED responds to emergency needs by providing conflict and natural disasters-affected populations with emergency assistance in the forms of food and non-food items, vouchers or cash distribution. ACTED’s interventions also aimed at supporting recovery, through participatory approaches to building back shelters and water infrastructure damaged by natural disasters, as well as disaster risk reduction through training.

Supporting the development of economic, education and livelihood opportunities for marginalised populations

To support marginalized groups such as farmers, youth, and women, ACTED works with cooperatives and farmers to enhance governance, production, access to agricultural inputs and training in order to support the development of sustainable livelihood opportunities in rural areas. Vocational training, literacy classes, and support to small business development are also provided to hundreds of women and youth, and Self Help Groups every year, providing over women with safe and supportive space to develop business activities. ACTED is supporting education through the construction of Youth Development Centres, and formal and informal education opportunities to approximately 14,000 girls.

Investing in governance and local civil society to improve service delivery and inclusive development

ACTED vision for development is of an inclusive, vibrant civil society, and accountable government. Focus in Afghanistan is placed on empowering youth and women, through providing training on human rights, promoting volunteerism, facilitating sports and cultural events and the creation of grass-root organisations such as youth councils, aligned with government strategies and development plans. ACTED is a major facilitating partner of the National Solidarity Program, the flagship program of Afghanistan, that supports governance at the village level, and has established and empowered close to 3,000 Community Development Councils across the country. ACTED also works closely with local civil society organisations, building their capacity and developing joint projects to reach vulnerable communities.

Position profile

The Project Manager Emergency will contribute to the development of his project, which is a constitutive part of the country strategy, and subsequently manage its implementation.

Ensure external representation of ACTED in relevant sectors

  • Representation vis-à-vis provincial authorities:
  • Representation vis-à-vis Donors:
  • Representation vis-à-vis international organisations:
  • More generally, the project manager is expected to contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organisation, notably through the application of ACTED’s mandate, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to other actors.

Project Cycle Management

  • Project implementation:
  • Plan the various stages of project implementation;
  • Guide the implementation of the project and the methods of follow-up;
  • Manage project finances, logistics and materials;
  • Project reporting requirements
  • More generally, communicate systematically to the relevant Country Director or Area Coordinator on project progress and planning.

Provide Relevant Technical Expertise

  • Ensure that technical quality and standards are considered during project implementation:
  • Collect technical information and analyse associated opportunities and risks;
  • Identify relevant technical authorities and partners, and propose formal partnership and/or contracts.
  • Undertake quality control:
  • Analyse technical added-value and project impact;
  • Set up technical evaluation exercises during and following implementation.

Oversee Program Staff and Security

  • Guide and direct program staff
  • Contribute to the recruitment of expatriate staff
  • Oversee staff security

Identify Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Qualifications

  • University degree in a relevant field
  • At least 2 to 4 years work experience in a development, emergency or post-conflict setting
  • Excellent written and oral English skills required
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Familiarity with different European and other international donor regulations.
  • Organized and detail oriented, with an ability to multi-task.
  • Must be able to function effectively in a fluid, loosely structured, but complex work environment and to set appropriate priorities and deal effectively with numerous simultaneous requirements.
  • Must be able to work independently, with minimum supervision, within the context of a larger team.
  • Willingness to live and work in an insecure environment and to travel regularly to program locations as security allows.

Conditions

  • Salary defined by the ACTED salary grid; educational level, expertise, hardship, security, and performance are considered for pay bonus
  • Additional monthly living allowance
  • Free food and lodging provided at the organisation’s guesthouse/or housing allowance (depending on contract length and country of assignment)
  • Transportation costs covered, including additional return ticket + luggage allowance
  • Provision of medical, life, and repatriation insurance + retirement package

Source:http://www.acted.org/en/emergency-project-manager-kabul


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