Capacity Building and Operation System Development Consultant, Education, Afghanistan

Location: Afghanistan
Deadline: September 27, 2020

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region?

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote international cooperation.

The Asia Foundation’s (the Foundation) Afghanistan Office, with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is implementing the seven-year (2014 – 2021) Strengthening Education in Afghanistan project. This project involves the following activities:

  • Affordable Private Schools (APS) in Afghanistan: The activity is implemented by the Foundation in five cities: Jalalabad, Kandahar, Herat, Mazar and Kabul city to develop institutional capacities and policies/guidelines within the Ministry of Education (MoE), enhance the leadership capacity of private school associations (PSAs) to create a long lasting and sustainable organization, and to facilitate access to resources and facilities (Finance, electricity, internet, license and so on) for the expansion and increase of APSs in Afghanistan.
  • Children’s Museum for Science & Technology (CMST): Founded in 2017, CMST is the only standardized and modern science and technology center of its kind, with informed staff and standard level of competency in science and technology, currently operating in Afghanistan. CMST was established to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning, enrich the current MoE curriculum, train teachers, promote science education, and make learning science an exciting experience. The Foundation’s SEA II project will support CMST in the development of a mobile laboratory, an inexpensive lab-in-a-box, a professional website, and capacity development in the areas of financial management, procurement, human resources and administration.
  • Teach for Afghanistan Organization (TAO): TAO is the country office of the international organization Teach for All. TAO selects new university graduates and places them as teachers / teachers’ aides for two years in selected schools for two years. The graduates are known as fellows and they receive a small monthly stipend along with training in computer literacy, English, pedagogy, leadership and so on. Once the two-year placement is over, the expectation is that the fellows will enter the field of teaching and for those that do not, they will become actively involved in the education sector through participation in parent shuras, continuing as volunteers in schools, and become informed parents who are more involved in their children’s’ education. The Foundation, through SEA II, previously supported TAO in the recruitment of 200 fellows and developed their capacities in governance and M&E.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

The Foundation seeks to recruit an international consultant to develop/reform operational management systems for PSA, CMST and TAO and develop their internal capacity in the areas of finance, procurement, human resources and administration. The key responsibilities for the position include:

  1. PSA:
    • Develop a simple system for effective management of APS. The modules may include (but not limited to) tracking of student information, teacher information, school facility information and so on; and
    • Train PSAs on how to use this system with PSAs later training APS owners to use this same system.
  2. PSA, CMST, and TAO:

Financial Management, Procurement, Human Resources and Administration

    • Conduct an assessment of the organization’s (PSA, CMST, TAO) existing systems to identify gaps in both institutional and staff capacities.
    • The Foundation has already developed manuals for financial management, procurement, human resources and administration for small to mid-sized NGOs. The consultant will work with each organization to customize these manuals and obtain approval from the organizations’ Board of Directors for the adoption and use of these customized manuals.
    • Train staff at these three organizations on how to effectively implement the manuals and guidelines within and provide post-training support as needed in order to develop/strengthen management and staff capacity.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree in Business Administration or similar graduate degree
  • Minimum of five-years of professional experience in the area of operation management/administration for nonprofit or for-profit organizations.
  • Relevant experience conducting on-the-job or off-the-job training, workshops or overseeing other capacity building support.
  • Relevant experience working in a school environment or part of a PSA is preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of Financial Management and Accounting, internationally accepted procurement standards and practices, human resource administration and general administration standard practices.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) in English. Knowledge of one of Afghanistan’s national languages (Pashto and Dari) preferred, but not required.
  • Willingness to relocate and physically work in Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • Demonstrated ability in prioritizing, multi-tasking, meeting deadlines while functioning amicably under pressure.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Proficient in the use of operation management software programs and Microsoft Office applications.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV by September 27, 2020 to country.afghanistan.consultantvacancy@asiafoundation.org with the position title listed in the subject line. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, EOE/M/F/D/V. No phone calls, please.