Independent Directorate of Local Governance
The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) is the governmental organization responsible for subnational governance in Afghanistan. IDLG incorporates the Offices of Provincial Governors, the Offices of District Governors and Municipalities in its administrative structures, plays a key role in the appointment of Governors and provides assistance and capacity building to Provincial Councils. IDLG is also responsible for the overall programme of subnational government reform in Afghanistan.
Since its creation, IDLG has launched a Strategic Work Plan, A Strategic Framework and subnational governance programmes with a combined value of nearly $750m. It has also led the government of Afghanistan through the process of formulating the country’s first Subnational Governance Policy, which was before the Council of Ministers at the time of writing. In order to support the implementation of its strategic plans, its programmes and, if approved, the subnational governance policy, IDLG is launching a major programme of capacity development for its Finance and Administration department, starting with its Human Resources Function. IDLG is being assisted in this progamme by a new Afghan government programme, the Civilian Technical Assistance Program (CTAP).
CTAP aims to create stronger government institutions with more effective structures, efficient processes and skilled personnel. It will enable line ministries to design and implement programmes that will increase their capacity to achieve their ANDS goals, supported by teams of Technical Assistance staff with strong experience in improving the performance of government. The entire process, including strategy development, deployment and programme management, will be demand-driven and Afghan-led.
The capacity building programmes supported by CTAP will help government agencies to make their permanent structures, processes and personnel more effective. As a result, these agencies will be better able to improve the lives of the people of Afghanistan. In the long term, the capacity development process will also allow government to use its permanent staff to carry out more of the work that is currently being undertaken by external technical assistance providers. CTAP will work closely with other capacity development initiatives to achieve these results, and will ensure that best practices in capacity development are applied throughout.
CTAP is an Afghan-led government institution whose clients are the ministries, commissions and directorates of the government. It is funded from the treasury, under a budget support arrangement with donors.
On behalf of IDLG, CTAP is now seeking to fill the position of Capacity Building Specialist to work in IDLG, under the management of IDLG’s Director of Human Resources. This position is open to international passport holders: Afghan expatriates and nationals of regional countries are especially encouraged to apply.
Position:Capacity Building Specialist
Vacancy No:CTAP Secretariat - 004
Functional Area:Public administration / management
(Possibility of extension)
Contract Type:Permanent (3 months probationary period)
Number of position:1
Salary:120,000 US $
Date Announced:19 April 2011
Closing Date:10 May 2011
Location of Job:Kabul- Afghanistan
Nature and scope of assignment:This assignment involves supporting a government-led capacity development programme within the Independent Directorate of Local Governance. Under the supervision of the Director of Human Resources, the successful candidate will provide technical advice and inputs in respect of capacity development, training and organizational restructuring.
The successful applicant will be expected to work with and through his/her Afghan national counterparts, and to progressively transfer skills and responsibilities to them. This position does not involve management or line responsibilities.
Duties and responsibilities:Working under the supervision of the IDLG Director of Human Resources, with assistance from the CTAP Capacity Development team, the Capacity Development Specialist will:
• Conduct functional analyses of structures, departments and units under IDLG’s supervision
• Assist in the organizational re-design of structures, departments and units under IDLG’s supervision
• Develop capacity building services to support IDLG’s central and subnational structures
• Improve IDLG’s management and administrative processes
• Develop a system of coaching, mentoring and training for IDLG permanent staff in the centre and at subnational level
• Review and update current capacity building programs
• Coordinate capacity building programmes and services provided by internal and external organizations
• Undertaking any other task asked by the HR Director
Deliverables:The deliverables of the Capacity Building Specialist are:
• Capacity development services for IDLG central office, Provincial Governor Office (PGOs) and District Governor Office (DGOs) developed, coordinated and implemented
• IDLG and (PGOs) and (DGOs) organizational processes, management procedures updated and their service delivery improved
• Coaching, mentoring and training strategy/program developed and implemented at center and sub-national level
• Capacity Building operational manual and detailed implementation plan for IDLG’s capacity building programs developed and implemented
• Effective coordination mechanism established with other institutions that deliver capacity building support to sub-national governance institutions to ensure a coherent delivery of services and use of resources
• Functional analysis for all PGOs and DGOs units completed and reorganized if necessary in accordance with the findings of the functional analysis
• Adequate structures and procedures created and strengthened that will enable PGOs and DGOs to develop and implement their programs and accelerate service delivery to citizens at the provinces
Skills, experience and qualifications required
Experience:10 years total with at least 5 years relevant
Qualifications:The successful candidate should have the following skills, experience and qualifications:
• University degree, preferably in Human Resource Management, Public Administration, Business Administration or related subject, preferably at Masters’ Level or above
• Minimum 10 years’ development or governance experience, including at least 5 years’ experience in a role with significant responsibilities for capacity building, organizational development or Public Administration Reform
• Demonstrated history of providing training, coaching and mentoring to local counterpart staff
• Able to produce reports and other standards documents, in English, up to a professional standard
• Previous experience in under-developed, insecure or post-conflict environments a plus
• Fluency in Dari and/or Pashto a plus
Afghan expatriates and nationals of countries in Afghanistan’s region are especially preferred for this position.
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