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INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR / CONSULTANT OPPORTUNITIES

The Asia Foundation is an international organization based in San Francisco with 18 offices in Asia, and an office in Washington, D.C. The Human Resources Department in San Francisco handles all employment and internship inquiries for the entire organization. The Asia Foundation is committed to a policy of providing equal opportunities in recruiting and selecting employees.

The Asia Foundation believes in providing equal opportunities without regard to age, color, country of origin, handicap, veteran status, religion, sex or sexual orientation. For U.S.-based positions, you must be legally eligible to work in the U.S.

We are currently seeking qualified motivated individuals for the following independent contractor/consultant positions:

ASIA

Afghanistan

Fundraising Consultant

Legal Education Expert

Indonesia

Chief of Party - BERSAMA

Deputy Chief of Party - BERSAMA

Chief of Party - MAJU

Deputy Chief of Party - MAJU

UNITED STATES

No positions are available at this time.

For U.S.-based positions you must be legally eligible to work in the U.S.

Fundraising Consultant

Background

The Asia Foundation (the Foundation) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous open Asia-Pacific region. In Afghanistan, the Foundation implements projects in five key thematic areas including governance, women empowerment, education, Islam and development, and the annual survey of the Afghan people. The Asia Foundation is, with funding from USAID/Afghanistan, implementing a five-year project titled "Strengthen Education in Afghanistan-II (SEA-II)." The goal of SEA-II is to improve institutional capacity, operations, management, and programming of educational institutions and civil society organizations in Afghanistan that implement activities in line with higher and basic education needs of Afghanistan as expressed in the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and Ministry of Education (MoE) strategic plans as well as the USAID-Afghanistan strategy. The specific objectives of SEA-II are to:

  • Improve primary level reading skills of students in grades one to three or adults being introduced to literacy.
  • Improve the organizational capacity of Afghan education institutions with the aim of enhancing organizational governance, diversifying funding streams, and reducing dependence on USAID funding.
  • Implement educational opportunities for Afghan youths that prepare them to improve their likelihood of finding employment.

SEA-II currently involves three educational institutions and civil society organizations including the, Afghan Technical Vocational Institute (ATVI), Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University (ACKU), and the National Science Centre (NSC).

Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University

Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University (ACKU) is a non-governmental organization operating in Afghanistan. The mission of ACKU is to support the process of nation-building in Afghanistan, by providing a platform for sharing information, facilitating research and exchange of ideas, and encouraging a habit of reading among Afghans. ACKU has its main office and centre at the Kabul University in Afghanistan. ACKU currently has a collection of over 100,000 documents written in Dari, Pashto, English and other languages. In addition, ACKU also has a collection of thousands of pictures and other items. The materials are mainly sourced from the Afghanistan government, United Nations agencies, NGOs, international scholars and the media. In addition to the main library collection, ACKU implements a library extension program for the community and schools (ACKU's Box Library Extension–ABLE) and facilitates research through the use of its collection. ACKU is currently regarded as the richest source of information on Afghanistan in the region.

One of the key challenges of ACKU is financial sustainability: Currently ACKU has only one major grant that make up to 90% of its annual operating budget. Other sources of income include sale of books, rental of the auditorium, holding of events at the Centre and the donations it receives from the Louis and Nancy Dupree Foundation. The Foundation, through SEA-II, providing technical support to ACKU in developing and diversifying its funding base.

The Purpose and Objectives of the Consultancy

The Foundation seeks an Independent Contractor to serve as a fundraising specialist to provide technical support to ACKU in developing a fundraising strategy. Specific objectives of the assignment are to:

  • Conduct an analysis of the funding landscape for the educations sector in Afghanistan.
  • Preparing a database of donors for education sector in Afghanistan.
  • Conduct a funding gap analysis of ACKU.
  • Conduct an assessment and recommend interventions to improve the capacity of ACKU to effectively implement fundraising activities.
  • Identify, prioritize and profile potential funding sources for ACKU with a focus on major grants, donations, endowments and generation of own income.
  • Assess and make recommendations on opportunities for public private partnerships for ACKU as a strategy for enhancing financial sustainability.
  • Develop a fundraising strategy for ACKU that is aligned to its current strategic plan.
  • Prepare a fundraising implementation plan for ACKU covering the period 2015-2016.
  • Consult with the board, management, staff and other key stakeholders to research and identify potential funding opportunities with clear information on areas of interest and requirements.
  • Identify 1-2 funding opportunities and, working jointly with ACKU management, prepare and submit fundraising concepts and proposals in response to the opportunities.
  • Create a series of templates for fundraising proposals and transfer key knowledge and skills to ACKU management and staff to enable them successfully implements the fundraising plans.
  • Through a learning-by-doing approach, train ACKU management and staff in the preparation and implementation of a fundraising strategy.

Deliverables

  • An inception report outlining the methodology and work plan for the assignment.
  • A donor landscape map for the education sector in Afghanistan.
  • A fundraising capacity and a financial gap analysis for ACKU
  • A fundraising strategy aligned to the current strategic plan
  • An operational plan for the fundraising
  • Fundraising proposals prepared in response to 1-2 existing funding opportunities.
  • Overall assignment completion report outlining key achievements and lessons, and recommending further interventions to improve ACKU's financial sustainability.

Qualifications

  • Master's degree in social sciences, international development, non-profit management, or any other relevant area.
  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in fundraising for non-profit organizations.
  • Proven success in the development of proposals and applications for at least two major grants.
  • Knowledge of the current funding and new business development environment in Afghanistan.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Work experience in post-conflict countries is a plus.
  • Fluency in English is a must. Ability to communicate in Pashto/Dari is a plus.

The selected candidate will report to the Education project Director or her/his appointed designee for all programmatic related matters.

To Apply

Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit their resumes with a detailed application letter and contact details, no later than Monday, August 31, 2015 to opportunities@asiafoundation.org.

Please clearly indicate "Fundraising Consultant" in the subject line. Only short listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Legal Education Expert

Background

The Asia Foundation (the Foundation) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region. Drawing on 60 years of experience, the Foundation supports initiatives to improve governance, law, and civil society; women's empowerment; economic reform and development; sustainable development and the environment; and international relations. With a network of 19 offices throughout Asia, an office in Washington, D.C., and its headquarters in San Francisco, the Foundation addresses these issues on both a country and regional level. In Afghanistan, the Foundation supports five primary themes: Governance, Women's Empowerment, Education, Islam and Development, and the Annual Survey of the Afghan People.

About the Project

The purpose of this project is to contribute to the strengthening of rule of law and enhancing access to justice in Afghanistan by increasing the capacity and professionalism of the legal community through improving legal education and strengthening legal aid services for poor and marginalized segments of the community. In order to develop a consensus among legal stakeholders on the project objectives and activities, The Asia Foundation wants to recruit an international consultant to help create supplementary legal courses (SLC) for 3rd and 4th year law students. These courses will concentrate on practical skills such as legal research and writing, forms, client interaction and clinic preparation. The courses will be developed with the help of practicing attorneys and in coordination with the university professors.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The main responsibilities for this position include, but not limited to, the following:
  • Collect and review current supplementary materials;
  • Regularly meet with educational stakeholders (professors, practicing attorneys, Ministry of Higher Education, students)
  • Assist in the creation of university specific course catalogs;
  • Identify necessary supplemental educational needs at partner universities;
  • Curate old materials and assist the authoring of new teaching materials for SLC;
  • Combine materials to create course packets for legal research, writing, ethics, client interaction, etc.
  • Create TOT course for instructors;
  • Help train SLC instructors.

Deliverables and Timeline

Unless otherwise agreed, the course creation phase will involve the following deliverables, including written products and presentations and participation in relevant meetings.

Timeline

September 2015 Hold first consultation conference in Kabul for faculties and stakeholders
October 2015 Draft and deliver conference report
October 2015 Share draft course catalogs and lesson plans to the faculties and finalize them
October 2015 - January 2016 Draft course packets
December 2015 - January 2016 Create teaching guides and TOT materials
January 2016 Hold second consultation conference in Kabul for faculties and stakeholders
January 2016 Second Advisory Group to provide feedback on findings and develop lessons learned
February 2016 Finalize, format and copy edit course materials
February – March 2016 Hold TOT for instructors

Qualifications

  1. Knowledge
    • University degree in law. Degree in political science and other social sciences is eligible.
  2. Experiences
    • A minimum of three years of relevant professional experiences.
    • Proven professional skills in drafting course materials, TOT materials, course catalogs, etc.
    • Deep understanding of legal education system in Afghanistan.
    • Experience working with Afghan legal education professionals and bodies (public and private universities, ministries, alumni associations, etc.).

Skills and Abilities

  • Encourages risk-taking in the pursuit of creativity and innovation.
  • Ability to prioritize workload and meet deadlines.
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written).
  • Consensus building and mediation skills.
  • Analytical and strategic thinking. Results oriented.
  • Ability to work with local community and travel to districts and provinces in line with security restrictions.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task in a fast-paced and multi-culture environment

The selected candidate will report to the Director Governance or her/his appointed designate for all programmatic related matters.

To Apply:

Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit their resumes with a detailed application letter and contact details, no later than Monday, August 31, 2015 to opportunities@asiafoundation.org.

Please clearly indicate "Legal Education Expert" in the subject line. Only short listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Chief of Party - BERSAMA

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia's continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

Currently, the Foundation is recruiting for the position of Chief of Party (COP) for the upcoming USAID/Indonesia BERSAMA Gender-based Violence Eastern Indonesia project. The purpose of this project will be to reduce gender-based violence in targeted districts in Eastern Indonesia by generating demand for more and better services to combat GBV.

The COP will be responsible for providing overall vision, leadership and guidance for the project. S/he will service as the project’s main point of contact for grant recipients, GOI institutions, USAID/Indonesia, and other stakeholders. The COP will be responsible for overall project management and technical operations and ensure that project tasks are completed on time and the project objectives are successfully met. The Asia Foundation anticipates that the Chief of Party will be based in Jayapura, Papua but with project-funded travel to other parts of Papua and Jakarta, Indonesia. This position is contingent on project funding.

SUMMARY OF JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Leading the project’s team and serving as the primary point of contact with USAID regarding the day-to-day activity implementation and management matters relating to the agreement.
  • Overseeing technical implementation and ensuring project activities are of high Technical quality.
  • Managing and supervising the work of all experts/personnel provided under the agreement.
  • Serving as the primary point of contact for information on the progress and current status of all project activities.
  • Establishing appropriate mechanisms to ensure that activity progress and specific implementation concerns are regularly and promptly reported.
  • Managing the preparation and presentation of work plans, M&E plans, and all reports.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least 10 years of experience successfully managing complex international programs (implementation, logistics, budgeting, staffing) preferably those funded by USAID and those conducted in Indonesia.
  • Experience working in Papua, Indonesia strongly desired.
  • Strong understanding of issues related to gender, GBV, health and legal service provision.
  • Master’s degree in international relations, law, public health, or political science.
  • Demonstrated skills in effectively working, coordinating and negotiating with local institutions and organizations, donors, other USAID projects, U.S. embassies, and partners.
  • Ability to manage USAID agreements and all required reporting requirements.
  • Ability to perform internal control functions to manage day-to-day operations of the project.
  • Fluency in Bahasa strongly encouraged and fluency in English required.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send your application letter and CV to The Asia Foundation by email to hrd@tafindo.org by September 15, 2015. Please write "Chief of Party (COP) BERSAMA" in the subject of the email. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

Deputy Chief of Party - BERSAMA

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia's continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

Currently, the Foundation is recruiting for the position of Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for the upcoming USAID/Indonesia BERSAMA Gender-based Violence Eastern Indonesia project. The purpose of this project will be to reduce gender-based violence in targeted districts in Eastern Indonesia by generating demand for more and better services to combat GBV.

The Deputy Chief of Party will be responsible for co-managing the implementation and all logistics of the program. The Asia Foundation anticipates that the Deputy Chief of Party will be based in Jayapura, Papua. This position is contingent on project funding.

SUMMARY OF JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Responsible for program development and oversight of logistics.
  • Acts as Chief of Party when latter is absent or in the field.
  • Oversees sub-grants and subcontracts issuing in line with USAID requirements.
  • Procure commodities, lease office space in line with USAID, contractor and U.S security regulations.
  • Supervise grants, administration, and Human Resources staff members. · Manage day-to-day operations of office.
  • Supervise travel arrangements of international and Indonesian staff and consultants, in accordance with regulations.
  • Track budgets and monitor expenditures.
  • Contribute to the overall program planning, monitoring, and reporting.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience managing operations, including significant management experience in a developing country context.
  • Master’s degree in a social science or relevant field.
  • Strong knowledge of USAID regulations and procurement systems.
  • Demonstrated experience leading teams/managing an office with diverse staff. The experience should include: hiring; supervising; systems and office set-up; budgeting; and financial and technical management.
  • Experience with Indonesian Human Resources and government manpower regulations.
  • Excellent written and spoken English required. Fluency in written and spoken Bahasa Indonesia preferred.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send your application letter and CV to The Asia Foundation by email to hrd@tafindo.org by September 15, 2015. Please write "Deputy-Chief of Party (DCOP) BERSAMA" in the subject of the email. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

Chief of Party - MAJU

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia's continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

Currently, the Foundation is recruiting for the position of Chief of Party (COP) for the upcoming USAID/Indonesia MAJU Human Rights project. The purpose of this anticipated five-year project will be to strengthen democratic governance in Indonesia through the promotion of human rights.

The COP will be responsible for providing overall vision, leadership and guidance for the project. S/he will service as the project's main point of contact for grant recipients, GOI institutions, USAID/Indonesia, and other stakeholders. The COP will be responsible for overall project management and technical operations and ensure that project tasks are completed on time and the project objectives are successfully met. The Asia Foundation anticipates that the Chief of Party will be based in Jakarta but with project-funded travel to other parts of Indonesia. This position is contingent on project funding.

SUMMARY OF JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Leading the project's team and serving as the primary point of contact with USAID regarding the day-to-day activity implementation and management matters relating to the agreement.
  • Overseeing technical implementation and ensuring project activities are of high technical quality. Managing and supervising the work of all experts/personnel provided under the agreement.
  • Serving as the primary point of contact for information on the progress and current status of all project activities.
  • Establishing appropriate mechanisms to ensure that activity progress and specific implementation concerns are regularly and promptly reported.
  • Managing the preparation and presentation of work plans, M&E plans and all reports.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least 10 years of experience successfully managing complex international programs (implementation, logistics, budgeting, staffing) preferably those funded by USAID and those conducted in Indonesia.
  • Experience working in Indonesia strongly desired.
  • Strong understanding of issues related to human rights, democracy and governance.
  • Master's degree in law, political science or international relations.
  • Demonstrated skills in effectively working, coordinating and negotiating with local institutions and organizations, donors, other USAID projects, U.S. embassies, and partners.
  • Ability to manage USAID agreements and all required reporting requirements.
  • Ability to perform internal control functions to manage day-to-day operations of the project.
  • Fluency in Bahasa strongly encouraged and fluency in English required.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send your application letter and CV to The Asia Foundation by email to hrd@tafindo.org by September 15, 2015. Please write "Chief of Party (COP) MAJU" in the subject of the email. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

Deputy Chief of Party - MAJU

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia's continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

Currently, the Foundation is recruiting for the position of Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP), for the upcoming USAID/Indonesia MAJU Human Rights project. The purpose of this anticipated five-year project will be to strengthen democratic governance in Indonesia through the promotion of human rights.

The Deputy Chief of Party will be responsible for co-managing the implementation and all logistics of the program. This position is contingent on project funding.

SUMMARY OF JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Responsible for program development and oversight of logistics.
  • Acts as Chief of Party when latter is absent or in the field.
  • Oversees sub-grants and subcontracts issuing in line with USAID requirements.
  • Procure commodities, lease office space in line with USAID, contractor and U.S security regulations.
  • Supervise grants, administration, and Human Resources staff members.
  • Manage day-to-day operations of office.
  • Supervise travel arrangements of international and Indonesian staff and consultants, in accordance with regulations.
  • Track budgets and monitor expenditures. Contribute to the overall program planning, monitoring, and reporting.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience managing operations, including significant management experience in a developing country context.
  • Master's degree in a social science or relevant field.
  • Strong knowledge of USAID regulations and procurement systems.
  • Demonstrated experience leading teams/managing an office with diverse staff. The experience should include: hiring; supervising; systems and office set-up; budgeting; and financial and technical management.
  • Experience with Indonesian Human Resources and government manpower regulations.
  • Excellent written and spoken English required. Fluency in written and spoken Bahasa Indonesia preferred.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send your application letter and CV to The Asia Foundation by email to hrd@tafindo.org by September 15, 2015. Please write "Deputy-Chief of Party (DCOP) MAJU" in the subject of the email. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

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