I am recruiting on behalf of CADG (Singapore) as they seek key candidates for the proposed AusAID-funded Malaysia Australia Education Project for Afghanistan.
Title: Manager Australia Awards
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan (with travel to Malaysia in accordance with the approved Work Plan.)
Start Date: anticipated July 2012,
Position Description: The Manager, Australia Awards will have responsibility for ensuring all aspects of the Australian Development Scholarships (Postgraduate and Undergraduate, in Afghanistan, Australia and Malaysia) are delivered to best practice standards in accordance with the requirements and terms of the Contract, and for managing the day-to-day activities of the Australia Awards team.
The Manager — Australia Awards reports to the Facility Manager.
This position is an international position with fee rates governed by AusAID's Adviser Remuneration Framework: Remuneration Tables and Guideline (February 2011). The position fits under Table D: Long-term Adviser, Discipline Group C, Job level 4.
Summary of Project:
Development Assistance Facility for Afghanistan (DAFA) Phase III will assist Afghanistan develop the leadership and human capacity of men and women required to achieve sustainable economic and social development. To achieve this goal, DAFA III will focus on building the capacity of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA), civil society and the private sector through an expanded scholarships program, an expanded Malaysia Australia Education Project for Afghanistan (MAEPA), a new Public Financial Management Program, and additional activities that support Australia's and the GoIRA's development priorities in the areas of education, mining, agriculture and rural development, governance, gender and elections.
Responsibilities and Tasks
1. Manage the Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) program and act as main point of contact for AusAID.
2. Provide strong direction, leadership and performance management of the ADS team to ensure activity outcomes are achieved.
3. Manage the implementation by the ADS team of the ADS cycle of activities that includes selection, pre-departure preparations, English language training, mobilization and on-award monitoring.
4. Ensure ADS processes and time lines are adhered to and trouble-shoot issues which may compromise program time lines.
5. Work closely with all Program counterparts and staff, including university Student Contact Officers, to coordinate the effective implementation of the Program and jointly resolve emerging issues.
6. Ensure close liaison and effective relationships between ADS team and participating Ministries, AusAID Canberra and Kabul, Australian Scholarships Section of AusAID Canberra, DIAC officials in the Australian High Commission, Islamabad, and Australian universities.
7. Manage the provision of IELTS testing and English language training.
8. Manage in-country liaison with participating Ministries.
9. Manage the university course selection process and placement procedures.
10. Review recommended awardees' course selections to ensure they are in line with Australian development priorities, ADS eligibility criteria and Australian university entry requirements.
11. Work with awardees to facilitate course and subject selection aligned with GIRoA capacity development priorities or Desired Applicant Profiles.
13. Provide advice and counselling to assist awardees finalize university and course selection.
14. Ensure university offers are in line with needs of the awardees (e.g. Pre-Course English, Foundation Programs, etc.).
15. Liaise with universities on the placement of awardees.
16. Prepare key documents and reports including Implementation Plans, Monitoring Reports and Progress Reports.
17. Review ADS alumni activities to date and develop and implement an alumni strategy.
18. Review and refine databases required for the effective analysis of information collected from the M&E framework and to store awardee and scholarship information.
19. Conduct ADS risk monitoring and management, including timely liaison with AusAID on any potential risks or deficiencies or other management issues.
Required Experience and Mandatory Competencies
- Extensive (10 years) experience working in developing countries -required.
- Experience in the education, training and development sectors is required
- Thorough understanding of Australian and Afghanistan education and training sector policy and regulatory frameworks.
- Thorough understanding of Australia Awards scholarships programs operations and management.
- At least 2-3 years’ experience in the design and implementation of financial management, contracting, reporting and monitoring and evaluation systems.
- Proven experience in supervising locally-engaged staff in a developing country context.
- Demonstrated ability in working with counterpart staff in government or counterpart agencies.
- Proven ability to manage education and training sector activities in a developing country.
- An understanding of the social, cultural, political and institutional factors affecting development in Afghanistan.
- Strong analytical skills, strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills in English
Desirable Competencies and Experience
- Tertiary qualification in a relevant field.
- Experience in the education, training and development sectors in Afghanistan, at both the national and sub-national levels.
- Experience with AusAID processes and procedures.
Because the positions are being filled for a proposal submission, each position is contingent on receiving the proposed funding.
Deadline for Applications: March 19, 2012