District Admin/ Reporting Assistant, Kapisa (Kohistan), Afghanistan

District Admin/ Reporting Assistant, Kapisa (Kohistan), Afghanistan

Vacancy No: 2008-11-208
Post Title: District Admin/ Reporting Assistant
Organization: UN-Habitat
Location: Kapisa (Kohistan)
Duration: 9 Months (with possibility of extension)
No of Post: 1
Sex: Male/ Female
Nationality: Afghan
Date Announced: 2008-11-05
Closing Date: 2008-11-15

Background NSP:
The national community empowerment project for Afghanistan known as National Solidarity Programme (NSP) is a programme to establish community institution and develop communities? abilities to plan, manage, finance and monitor their own development projects.
The project will lay the foundation for long-term local governance and rebuild the social capital and leadership within villages and neighbourhood of Afghanistan.
UNHABITAT has been requested to assist the government in preparing a NSP implementation framework which will include fine-tune methodology of community development, defining operational detail of fund disbursement, technical support, financial assistance and establishing monitoring and feedback system for Programme.
The National Solidarity Programme consist of four core elements: 1- A facilitate planning process at the village level leading to formation of community institution, 2- A system of direct block grant transfer, 3- A series of capacity development activities, 4- network with the external actors.

Background LCEP 2:
In Afghanistan, where conflict and misguided policies have stolen education from so many over the past thirty years, literacy rates are reported at about 50% for men and 20% for women. The rural areas of the country are in a worse state, and, at the same time, most rural Afghans live at or below a subsistence level. They have limited vocational skills and almost no accumulated assets or resources to enable them to take the first steps out of poverty.

LCEP 2 aims to contribute to a sustainable process of lifelong learning and foster the growth of self-reliant communities in urban and rural settings through economic and human capital development for poverty reduction, socio-economic improvement, and community well-being.

The key concept of LCEP is the careful integration of literacy education and productive skills elements. This integrated approach will make people literate and provide them with the skills they need to engage in productive activities. Participants? engagement in both literacy and productive skills training will allow them to take those first steps out of poverty. By integrating productive skills into the literacy curriculum, as literacy progresses, productive skills will also be enhanced, each building on the other.

LCEP 2 also aims to provide career pathways for men and women through their engagement in literacy education and self help savings and investment groups and through their participation in basic entrepreneurship and business skills training. This latter training will assist them to start small enterprises.

From a pedagogical standpoint, LCEP 2 will deliver a learning package predicated on the needs of Afghanistan?s youth and adults. The package conveys practical livelihood and life skills while building critical reading, writing and computational abilities and critical thinking skills.

A total 312,000 learners in 3,120 communities of 20 provinces will participate in LCEP 2 over five years. Sixty percent of the total number of learners will be women.
Literacy Classes, Productive Skills and Vocational Training, and the Establishment of a Community Based Microfinance System are Integral Parts of the Programme.

LECP-2 has four components as follows:
Component I: Develop National Literacy Programme (NLP) Institutional Framework

Component II: Develop the NLP Community-based Materials, Pedagogy, and a National Literacy and a Productive Skills Programme.

Component III: Develop Low-Cost, Scale-Up Model and National Literacy Programme Roll-out

Component IV: Enhance LCEP-II Impact through Linkages with Other National Literacy and Productive Skills Programme Actors.

Duties & Responsibilities:
Under the direct supervision of the District Manager, the incumbent reports to the Admin/ Reporting Assistant at the provincial level at the respective province and his duties includes but not limited to:

Admin Responsibly:
1. Responsible for the administrative management related issues of the district office.

2. Monitoring of the staff attendances and attendance records.

3. Monitoring and keeping records of staff leaves and missions.

4. Arrange for workshop logistics, such as food, transportation and payment of daily allowances for the workshop attendees.

5. Assume administrative and personnel responsibilities including records, procedures and filing system to be maintained in accordance with the UNDP/UNCHS rules and regulations.

6. Ensure timely provision of logistic supplies and services, and keeping proper records thereof.

7. Ensure that transport means are properly managed and provided to project personnel.

8. Be responsible for proper and accurate management, safeguard and inventory record of HABITAT assets and properties.

9. Perform any other task assigned by the District Manager.

Reporting Responsibility:
1. Providing progress reports of National Solidarity Programmes? projects on weekly and monthly basis and forwarding to provincial reporting assistant.

2. Providing progress reports of LCEP II on weekly and monthly basis and forwarding to provincial reporting assistant.

3. Establishment of an effective working relationship with the media for the benefit of the programme.

4. Writing and publishing of any public information such as press release, brochure.

5. Responsible for designing and publishing newsletters and programme website.

6. Extensive editing of all documents.

7. Assisting communities in local publication to facilitate the flow of information at the community level in support of the community development programme.

8. Working closely with the artist and all programme assistants.

9. Undertaking any additional tasks within the staff member?s competency and as directed by supervisor.

Qualifications required:
The successful candidate should have a High School Diploma. Knowledge of computer applications such as MS Office is essential. She/he should be able to speak, read and write English reasonably well. Candidates with previous experience of working in related field with government and/or international agency office will be preferred.

Submission Guideline:
The application comprises of a one-page cover letter explaining your interest and suitability for the post and your CV. Interested Afghan Nationals should submit their applications to:

Human Resources Section, UN-HABITAT Main Office
Address: House No. 235, Street No. 8, Taimani Watt, Kabul or Kapisa office.
Email: vacancies@unhabitat-afg.org

Please indicate the Vacancy Announcement No. of the position for which you are applying.

Please note that applications received after the closing date "mentioned above", will not be given consideration. Only short- listed candidates whose applications respond to the above criteria will be contacted for test and interview.

The salary will be determined according to the qualifications and skills of the selected candidate.

In line with UN policy on gender equity, applications from female candidates will be particularly welcome.

Closing Date: Saturday, 15 November 2008

Tags: Capacity development; Community Development; Computer Applications; Dari; Development Projects; ERP; Financial Assistance; Human Resources; Logistics; Microfinance; Poverty Reduction; Project Personnel; Public Information; Rules and Regulations; Rural Areas; Small Enterprises; Social Capital; Technical Support; Vocational Training; local governance