Project ManagerSupporting Agricultural Development Project - Mission d’Aide au Développement des Economies Rurales, Afghanistan, Deadline: Apr-30-2011

Mission d’Aide au Développement des Economies Rurales – Afghanistan (MADERA) is a French non-profit, non-governmental organization, founded in 1988 with the purpose of improving the quality of life of the people of Afghanistan and fostering the conditions necessary for peace. Its actions are oriented towards empowering rural communities by building their capacities and supporting their initiatives, with the aim of giving them greater control over their own development.
MADERA implements a two-track strategy which links relief and rehabilitation with development. MADERA provides a response to:
(i) Emergencies, through the creation of short term employment opportunities paid in cash and food, and distribution of food and agricultural inputs (seeds, fertilizer, etc); and provides vital water and sanitation facilities, etc -aiming at supporting the most vulnerable families.
(ii) Medium to long term concerns, through rural development projects aiming at a more sustainable impact on livelihoods and improvement of the quality of life of the population. These projects adopt a multi-sector approach, in several rural development fields.

MADERA is active in six provinces of Afghanistan: 4 eastern provinces (Kunar, Laghman, Nuristan, and Nangarhar), 1 central province (Wardak) and 1 western province (Ghor). MADERA has over 500 employees (including around 10 expatriates). In 2009, MADERA’s annual budget was over 5 million Euros.
II. About the Supporting Agricultural Development Project
Farmers, herders and orchard owners in district of Behsud I district and northern parts of Behsud II district of Wardak province have received support over the previous four years under rural rehabilitation and development projects but are still recovering from the impact of severe drought over the past decade and many require further support to improve their quality of life.
In order to secure successful community development in future, it is necessary for these communities to become empowered and actively involved in local development.
The supporting agricultural development project started in August 2010
Under this project, the development priorities of the populations are clarified. MADERA facilitates participatory community-based studies (participatory rural appraisal) which will enable communities to identify their needs and resources and shape their own development paths and lives.
At the same time, MADERA works with selected communities to implement rangeland regeneration activities in order to increase awareness of the need to protect and regenerate rangelands, and develop the necessary technical knowledge and resources to enable communities to better manage this vital natural resource in the future.
The project has two specific objectives:
To assist community members to identify their development needs and how they can address those needs.
To gain the knowledge required to assist communities to protect their natural resource base, on which their agricultural development depends.

The project has two main components, as described below
1 Identification of community development priorities In order to ensure that development in the targeted districts proceeds in the most appropriate and beneficial way for the residents, MADERA will support some communities and groups in the two districts to identify their development priorities.
2 After initiating discussions within communities regarding the degeneration of rangelands and how they perceive the rangelands can be regenerated and protected, the target communities, in

1cooperation with a rangeland management expert, will design a pilot rangeland regeneration activity. At the same time, activities will be implemented to encourage the local population to reduce their consumption of fuel (wood/shrubs) collected from the rangelands.

III. Job Description
Objectives and Responsibilities
The position includes the following dimensions: project implementation, monitoring of activities, partnership and coordination, training, and reporting.
Based in Wardak province with regular visits to Kabul, the Project Manager (PM) oversees the implementation of all components of the project in the targeted areas. He/she plans and leads the project, ensuring that activities are consistent with MADERA’s overall objectives and specific objectives for the region and that they are carried out in an efficient and timely manner. The PM is also responsible for preparing reports, addressing any issues, and adjusting activities accordingly.

Main Duties
The Project Manager is responsible for the following:
Overall management of the project
Planning, supervision and monitoring of activities
Supervision of the process for selecting beneficiaries
Development, in coordination with the Monitoring and Evaluation department, of appropriate tools and documents to follow-up, monitor and evaluate the core indicators of the project
Compilation, checking and analysis of data collected at field level
Budget management and financial planning
Coordination and capacity building of the People-Led project team
Launching and supervision of all necessary procurements
Planning and organizing missions of consultants / experts
Liaison with national, provincial and district authorities and partners
Preparing reports: internal reports, donor reports, and local authorities’ reports
Providing technical assistance and training to national staff in financial, administrative and logistics procedures.

Internal relationships
The PM works under the direct supervision of the Operations Director; they decide priorities while planning activities and related means together; the PM reports achievements and difficulties encountered.
He/she works in close collaboration with the Provincial Coordinator who is responsible for coordination of activities in Wardak province.
He/she works in close coordination at field level with the People-Led project team (4 community facilitators, 1 Team Leader), and the technical Madera staff (Agriculture TL, Rangeland activities TL, etc).
He/she coordinates with the Monitoring and Evaluation department for all related issues and with the Grant Manager for reporting purposes and donors’ relations;
He/she takes great care to apply and respect MADERA’s procedures including security rules working in partnerships with finance, logistic and human resources departments.

External relationships
For all project components, the PM liaises and strengthens cooperation with local authorities and ministry representatives (Ministry of Rehabilitation and Rural Development; Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Ministry of Public Works, etc.) as well as with all other stakeholders (including other NGOs) involved in rural development in the project area.
IV. Qualifications
Masters degree or equivalent professional experience in the fields of rural development and/or sociology/anthropology.
At least 2 years of experience in project management including managing human resources, logistics and budgets.
Experience in implementing participatory appraisal activities.
Excellent communication skills including a good sense of diplomacy and discernment.
Leadership skills.
Ability to work in a multicultural environment and in an Islamic context.
Willingness to live and work in remote areas and in an unstable environment.
Fluent in English (spoken, written and read).
Proficient in Microsoft Office (particularly Word and Excel).
Fixed term salaried contract – 12 months renewable
Remuneration: 24 000 € -30 000 € annual according to experience + distance allowance
Rest and Recreation benefits
Housing at subsidized cost
Medical insurance and repatriation insurance

VI. How to apply
Applications, in English, should include a CV, picture, cover letter and three references.
Applications should be submitted to: Marion Léonetti MADERA, 3, rue Roubo, 75011 Paris, France Tel: + 33 (0)1 43 70 50 07 Fax: + 33 (0)1 43 70 60 07

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