Activation Date: 01 Jun, 2021 Announced Date: 01 Jun, 2021 Expire Date: 16 Jun, 2021
About Independent Directorate of Local Governance, Deputy Ministry of Municipalities:
About IDLG: The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) was established in August 2007 pursuant to a decree by the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, with the mandate of transferring civilian responsibilities of the then Ministry of Interior (MoI) to an independent entity. Furthermore, in accordance with the Presidential Decree, the responsibility of supporting the Provincial Councils was delegated to IDLG, which was then also designated as the only entity responsible in Afghanistan for local governance. IDLG was established for the purpose of strengthening good governance, provision of services, consolidating stability, accountability, and transparency at sub-national levels through strong and capable sub-national government administrations. The core mandate of the IDLG includes: • Improving local governance to ensure access to development, stability, and security; • Providing good governance at the local level; and • Supporting local administration and ensuring public participation in the decision-making process. The mandate of the IDLG has then been divided into 4 core areas: • Policymaking: developing sub-national governance policy and revision of laws, regulations, and bylaws in accordance with this policy; • Institutional development: supporting institutions, capacity building and supporting sub-national administrations; • Inclusive Governance: supporting the participation of stakeholders and citizens in the sub-national governance processes; • Supporting: facilitating the implementation of national programs through sub-national governance entities. The IDLG is headed by a General Director, of equivalent rank as a Minister. He/She is supported by Directorates of Staff, Information and Public Awareness, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Internal Audit. The IDLG is then divided into the 3 Deputy Ministries of Municipalities (DMM), Administration and Finance (DAF), and Policy (DMP). About CIP CIP, together with the ongoing KMDP and UDSP (and the anticipated EZ-Kar Project), would provide a well-integrated and sequenced program of institutional development, training, and investment financing that are vital in supporting Afghanistan’s urban development needs. The UDSP is strengthening the institutional foundation for strategic development planning at the city level and enabling the preparation of a pipeline of municipal investments at five PCCs. As a follow-on operation, the CIP would be designed in two phases using the SOP as follows: SOP I ($50m, 5 years) would provide financing for priority investments, while expanding SDF preparation to include four additional cities, and SOP II ($150m, 5 years) would provide financing for catalytic investments in nine cities. In SOP I, CIP would set-up and mobilize the mechanism for performance-based financing for critical municipal investments. SOP I would be implemented by IDLG over five years and would have four components.
Under the direct supervision of the CIP Director and the respective Mayor of the PCC, the City Coordinator will support the existing municipal staff in implementing the project. The selected candidate will need to build a strong link between the CIP management team at the PIU in the IDLG and the local administration of the PCC. She/he is in charge of management and supervision and will therefore coordinate and oversee all activities on the ground at the city level. This includes, as outlined below in greater detail, strategic planning and policy coordination, implementation oversight of priority projects as well as the work of consultants, capacity building, performance improvement target selection and reporting.
Summary of Key Functions:
Specific responsibilities will include but not limited to:
Coordinate and oversee all the Project activities on the ground in the respective PCC, including implementation oversight of the Priority Projects.
Manage city level team for CIP including city engineer, financial analyst, technical (IT) specialist etc.
Responsible to ensure that effective implementation, monitoring and supervision tools are developed and implemented.
Respond to implementation challenges and support mainstreaming of technical assistance into the relevant PCC departments.
Ensure the establishment of a close working relationship and cooperation with partners in the provinces; participate in provincial coordinating bodies or other relevant provincial platforms.
Arrange weekly meeting with the Technical Unit of the respective Municipality and the CIP Project to make updates on progress reports and confirm that all work is completed according to the Project requirements.
Help build local teams and capacity to gather baseline and performance benchmarking data at the city level.
Submit bi-weekly physical progress reports and all related reporting documents and provide timely inputs to the quarterly Progress Reports.
Undertake periodic review of the CIP Project activities, in consultation with all key stakeholders and produce recommendations and proposals as required.
Facilitate organizing and/or participating in events, seminars, ad hoc working groups etc., as required.
Manage the day to day activities in regard to environmental, social and grievance-related issues and communicate with the relevant stakeholders and local communities.
Report on issues identified relevant to implementation and safeguards, to enable timely resolution by management/stakeholders.
Facilitate the work of consultants with respect to both the Municipal Capacity Building (MCB) package design, performance improvement target selection and reporting.
Support the implementation of the Afghanistan Financial Management Information System (AFMIS) in accordance to the MoF procedures.
Assist the implementation of the own source revenue (OSR) enhancement plan and the Municipal Finance data-base, to be developed under the CIP.
Follow up with the respective Mayor regarding implementation of the Strategic Development Framework (SDF) for the PCC.
Assist the CIP Manager, Operation Manager and Kabul based team in preparation of project documents, revision of the design, work progress and technical documentation in accordance with World Bank standards.
Support the Contract Management Specialist (Kabul), Operation Manager for the CIP and the Head of the Municipality Engineering Section for QA/QC of the work of the contractor.
Coordinate any changes, especially design changes that are processed by the Contract Management Section during implementation.
Build the capacity of the respective PCC and Counterpart Engineers, in road and construction techniques, including good practices and troubleshooting methods.
Perform any other duty in line with these ToR’s as directed by the Director.
Minimum of a bachelor’s, preferably master’s degree in Project Management, City Planning, Urban Planning, Public Policy or Civil Engineering from a recognized, accredited university. Additional certification in Project Management will be an added advantage.
At least 5 to 7 years’ experience of supervising development projects. Supervision and monitoring, preferably for urban development or capacity strengthening operations.
Experience of working on international donor-funded projects will be an added advantage.
Excellent analytical, interpersonal and communication skills.
Ability to produce reports and other documents up to a professional standard.
Fluency in Written and Spoken English, Dari & Pashto.
Contract Period, Reporting and Remuneration
The City Coordinator will be engaged on a one-year renewable contract, of which the first three months would be a probationary period. The contract may be renewed on an annual basis, depending on performance and need, for the duration of the CIP.
The City Coordinator will be compensated in accordance with the National Technical Assistance (NTA- Grad B) GOA and World Bank/Donor pay scale, based on level of experience and performance.
The City Coordinator will report directly to the CIP Director against the accountabilities noted above and will be subject to the periodic review of his/her performance accordingly.
Qualified Afghan applicants are encouraged to submit their resumes with a detailed application letter including a contact number and email address.
Females are highly encouraged to apply.
Please submit your applications electronically at:
The HR Department will not entertain telephonic inquiries.
Hard copies may be mailed to: Independent Directorate of Local Governance, Deputy Ministry for Municipalities, District #: 4, Shahr-e-Naw, Ansari Square towards Kolola Poshta, first left street, Beside Turkish Cargo Head office, Kabul – Afghanistan
Note: Please specify the vacancy number along with the title of the position or else your application will not be considered by the system.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the written test/interview.