Following the political events in Afghanistan in August 2021, the subsequent economic collapse has led to an unprecedented humanitarian crisis putting over 20 million people in need of aid. To provide immediate short-term livelihood opportunities and deliver urgent essential services in rural and urban areas, UNOPS is working with the World Bank managed Afghanistan Resilience Trust Fund to implement the Afghanistan Community Resilience and Livelihood Project (CRLP). The initiative aims to reach an estimated 1.1 million households, or 7.1 million Afghans, with livelihoods and income support. In addition, nine million Afghans in some 6,450 rural communities and eight cities will benefit from improved access to essential social services through strengthening the capacity of community institutions in inclusive service delivery. The project is in its second year and already reaching millions of Afghans, providing work and livelihoods. A second phase is currently being considered.
Under the direct supervision of the Country Director, the Programme Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the project, liaison and communication with the funding partner, implementing partners, and project beneficiaries. In consultation with the Country Director, the Programme Director will also liaise with local and national authorities including with the De facto Authorities, in line with United Nations guidelines. The Programme Director will manage a team with expertise in different areas: program and contract management, financial management, procurement and supply chain, social mobilization and training, engineering, reporting, monitoring and evaluation, regional coordination, gender, grievance redress, security risk management and environmental and social risk management. They will be responsible for the overall coordination, procurement arrangements with local organizations and contractors, engagement with communities, fiduciary, environmental and social risk management, quality assurance, monitoring and reporting, and managing technical assistance activities.
The Programme Director manages the project on an ongoing basis. They ensure performance of the project funds in the areas of financial (budget/cash flow/expenditure), work planning and resource mobilization, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), programmatic/administrative (including audit results) and procurement operations.
Overall, the main responsibility of the Programme Director is to ensure that the project outputs are delivered within the specified project tolerances of time, cost, quality, scope, risk and benefits. They will engage, discuss, negotiate, liaise and represent UNOPS with the private sector, civil society including non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other relevant stakeholders (including UN agencies) to promote excellence, good practice and policy dialogue.
Project delivery and performance:
Monitoring and reporting:
Personnel management and leadership:
Knowledge building and knowledge sharing:
Impact of Results:
The effective and successful achievement of results by the Programme Director directly impacts on achievement of project results by adhering to project management methods and strategies, reducing risks, cutting costs and improving success rates. It confirms UNOPS role as a trusted partner to the World Bank, and UNOPS position as a service provider in challenging work environments. If successful, CRLP will provide critical and timely support to millions of Afghans in need. Given the current political and humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, this project would support the repositioning of AFCO and strengthen UNOPS presence and relevance in Afghanistan, demonstrating UNOPS capacity to deliver basic human needs at scale.
Monitoring and progress controls will be in accordance with work plans that the supervisor and incumbent will prepare at the beginning of the assignment