Activation Date: 25 Mar, 2021 Announced Date: 25 Mar, 2021 Expire Date: 07 Apr, 2021
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 kilometer: ACTED’s mission is to save lives and support people in meeting their needs in hard to reach areas. ACTED develops and implements programs that target the most vulnerable amongst populations that have suffered from conflict, natural disaster, or socio-economic hardship. ACTED’s approach looks beyond the immediate emergency towards opportunities for longer term livelihoods reconstruction and sustainable development. ACTED is active in 35 countries and implements more than 495 projects a year reaching over 11 million beneficiaries with 400 international staff and 4,300 national staff.
ACTED is working in 14 north, north eastern and East & West provinces of Afghanistan. These provinces are affected by natural and man-made disasters. ACTED is providing relief and emergency assistance to the vulnerable population affected by displacements, conflicts or natural disasters, in the field of agriculture, NFI, shelters, WASH and food security
In Afghanistan the protracted crisis continues to disproportionately affect children, disrupting education services and depriving them from their rights as access to basic education. Shortage of teachers (especially female), long travel distances to schools, overcrowded classrooms and poor-quality learning and teaching resources are particularly affecting the education system. These constraints resulted in 3.7 million out-of-school children across the country, of which 60 % are girls, according to HRP 2021. Faryab is among one of the most affected provinces. Data collected by REACH in August 2018 indicates that 66% of displaced households in Faryab had at least one child aged 5-18 not enrolled in school, and 16% removed at least one child aged 5-18 from school in the last 12 months due to conflict or natural disasters. In Hard-To-Reach (HTR) districts of Faryab, 53% of the communities interviewed reported having girls removed from school, and 43% reported having boys removed from school. Primary reasons for this removal include safety concerns as children travel to and from school and schools closed due to the conflict.
Since organizational inception in 1993, ACTED has consistently operated in Afghanistan to deliver development assistance and humanitarian relief assistance. ACTED conducts extensive education programming in Afghanistan, particularly within the Northern provinces, under the mandate of either development assistance or humanitarian response. In order to address the above-mentioned challenges, the project will improve access to learning and the well-being of crisis-affected girls and boys in Faryab province over a twelve-month period following the community-based education (CBE) methodology.
- Job Summary:
- The Project Manager (PM) has the responsibility to ensure the effective and efficient day to day implementation of the project in all targeted areas with the ultimate objectives Broadening and improving access to inclusive quality education for 21,000 emergency-affected out-of-school girls and boys through 700 community-based education spaces that meet CBE Minimum Standards; and Creating safe and protective teaching and learning environments in the context of COVID-19 for 21,000 children in Faryab Province.
General objectives of the position
- Objective 1: Managing and implementing project-based project plan, project proposal and budget
- Objective 2: Ensuring smooth coordination and communication with project stakeholders and partners
- Objective 3: Ensuring that protection principles, dignity and safety of all project beneficiaries are protected
- Objective 4: Timely collection of data and reporting to line managers
Duties & Responsibilities:
Planning and Management
- Recruit project team according to qualifications and experience needed, including contextual experience; manage and support project team throughout project cycle.
- Liaise with relevant government authorities and community stakeholders to obtain the necessary permission and community-buy in for the project; ensure project beneficiaries are selected according to contextual needs and under guidance of local government authorities.
- Plan and supervise day to day implementation of the project activities in alignment with project proposal and Education in Emergencies Minimum Standards as determined by the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) and according to applicable guidelines established by the Afghanistan National Education in Emergencies Working Group (EiE WG) and Ministry of Education (MoE).
- Adhere to proposal requirements beyond planned activities, including reporting and monitoring; coordinate with the AME team for the execution of the AME plan, arranging site visits/meetings, preparation baseline/endline surveys, capacity assessments, etc.
- Coordinate with other ACTED staff, including Citizen’s Charter staff, to ensure maximization of community sustainability pilot component of project.
- Coordinate with ACTED Logistics and project donor to ensure timely procurement of the required goods and services.
- Develop and regularly update the project expenditure plan, cash need projections, and oversee budget utilization. Contribute to the preparation of monthly phased expenditure plan.
- Ensure mainstreaming of gender and child protection principles throughout the project.
- Liaise with stakeholders and partners not already mentioned as relevant to ensure coordination and transparency in planning and executing project activities.
- Provide professional technical leadership in preparing viable recommendations on project implementation, alternative approaches, and optimal utilization of resources that contribute effectively to the fulfilment of the needs of the target groups.
- Abide by humanitarian principles and ensure ACTED is represented to the highest standard in all conduct.
- Develop the yearly project plan based on the project log frame and proposal, provide guidance to the project team in implementing the plans and make close supervision of their performances.
- Make sure all project interventions are accomplished, develop and implement the handover plan of CBEs to the MoE/PEDs and DEDs.
- Implement any other relevant task requested by line manager as necessary for project success.
Reporting and Coordination
- Prepare timely, transparent, honest, and accurate reports according to the requirements of the donor, and internal deadlines of the Project Development Department; reflecting all project progress, challenges, lessons learned, and other relevant details, withholding information pertinent to the project for any reason.
- Provide regular update on project implementation, in particular through updated and accurate PMF, weekly or monthly reports as required by ACTED Coordination, and maintaining an accurate and up-to-date project database.
- Prepare reports according to government requirements and requirements of the EiE WG.
- Attend coordination meetings to report on any project challenges to Coordination as requested; pro-actively raise foreseen issues, challenges, and delays to line manager and Education Technical Coordinator in advance to maximize risk mitigation.
- Support the Finance Department in maintaining an accurate Budget Follow-Up.
- Contribute and provide insights into fundraising efforts related to the scope of the project.
- Ensure project staff are familiar with ACTED policies and procedures and project objectives, indicators, and requirements and are able to conduct work on a day-to-day basis in line with these requirements.
- Develop the capacity of the project team, deepen their understanding of their roles and assist with career development. Plan induction and technical trainings, as well as refresher trainings.
- Ensure staff has proper weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual plan for project implementation
- Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback informally and formally via regular one on one and performance reviews.
- Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
- Participate actively in weekly area or base meetings, workshops, seminars and conferences.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university (Master degree will be preferred)
- Minimum of 6 years’ experience working in humanitarian or in development assistance fields, with experience in education projects highly desired
- At least 3 years’ experience in a managerial position, with demonstrated ability to lead projects
- Demonstrated ability to work with local authorities and government agencies
- Knowledge of education line agencies’ mandates and key policies
- Familiarity with INEE Minimum Standards
- Knowledge of the target area’s culture, traditions and sensitiveness
- Experience working with and coordinating with I/NGOs and other stakeholders
- Ability to regularly travel to project sites to oversee field work
- Demonstrated budget management skills;
- Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills, and demonstrated capacity to implement this skillset in a leadership position
- Enthusiasm and commitment to improve others’ education opportunities, and to engage with rural communities, particularly women and girls
- High competency using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
- Extensive experience writing reports
- Fluent in English and Dari
- Commitment to the mission and objectives of ACTED
Those who fulfill the above mentioned criteria should send their updated CV to below submission Email:
Kindly mentioned Vacancy number, position title along with province name in subject line or your application may not be considered.
Please do not send heavy size documents (i.e. Tazkira, Education documents, and work certificates)
Only shortlisted candidates will be call for the next stage of recruitment.
No CV will received after closing date.