Livelihoods Project Manager
Location: Afghanistan
Last Date: June 29, 2008

I. Background on ACTED
ACTED is an independent international, private, non-partisan and non-profit organization that operates according to principles of strict neutrality, political and religious impartiality, and non discrimination.

ACTED was created in 1993 to support populations affected by the conflict in Afghanistan. Based in Paris, France, ACTED now operates in 22 countries worldwide, with over 120 international and 2500 national staff. ACTED has a 40 million € budget for over 150 projects spanning 8 sectors of intervention; including emergency relief, food security, health promotion, economic development, education & training, microfinance, local governance & institutional support, and cultural promotion.

II. Country Profile
Active since 1993, ACTED Afghanistan is the organisation’s longest running and largest operation. Today, with a staff of close to one thousand people, ACTED Afghanistan implements projects from emergency to development throughout the entire northern region of the country. Current emergency projects include land allocation, returnee reintegration, and emergency shelter reconstruction. Rehabilitation efforts include peaceful coexistence trainings, local governance initiatives, rapid rural project generation initiatives, and livelihood recovery programs; while development projects include micro finance, cultural promotion efforts and cooperation with the National Solidarity Program (NSP). Future ACTED Afghanistan interventions include expanded support to the resettlement and reintegration process for returnees, a multi sector rural development program in the Faryab, and the development of National Solidarity Program activities in previously isolated areas.

III. Project Profile
ACTED Afghanistan launched a year-long intervention to encourage resettlement and reintegration of vulnerable returnees in North Afghanistan by developing sustainable livelihood capacities. The project targets communities in Dashte Shor (Balkh) and Khowja Alwan (Baghlan) provinces of Northern Afghanistan, and builds on ongoing BPRM supported projects to accommodate returnees on the new Land Distribution sites in the area. With essential infrastructural needs met, such as shelter, water supply, access, schools and clinics, livelihoods and economic development are now key determinants of re-settlement and successful re-integration.

This livelihoods project includes income generating activities, cash for work programs, small business incentives, an apprenticeship scheme, support to capacity building programs for CDC members, beneficiaries, and government authorities, the construction and launch of Training Centres in target communities, and the development of sustainable transport systems to facilitate economic access.

Approximately 7,413 persons, 1,059 returnee and IDP families will benefit directly from the project’s activities as well as 22 small businesses, 40 young apprentices, more than 60 CDC members, and 4 government ministry employees. Indirect beneficiaries include 9,829 families, or the total number of families that have been selected for the Land Allocation Scheme in Baghlan and Badakshan.

IV. Position Profile
Under the authority of the Country Director and overseen by the Area Coordinator and Base Managers, the Project Manager is responsible for the management of his project in coordination with the ACTED Afghanistan strategy.

-Management of a local and expatriate staff team;
-Close supervision and monitoring of the finance, administration and logistics teams;
-Supervise program budgets and evaluate financial program effectiveness;
-Management and supervision of ACTED's programmes and their timely implementation according to financial and programmatic frame;
-Facilitate program development, through conceptualization, design, proposal and program initiation;
-Build and/or improve systems to supervise and manage the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of programmes;
-Monitor security situation in the region and oversee implementation of ACTED security procedures;
-Internal reporting to Country Coordination on project follow-up and best practices;
-Ensure external representation of ACTED in relevant sectors, including provincial authorities, donors, and other international organisations in the area
-Provide Relevant Technical Expertise to ensure that technical quality and standards are maintained during project implementation
-Oversee Project Staff, including regular coordination meetings and appraisals for staff, developing a productive work environment, and assisting in the recruitment process

V. Qualifications:
-Experience in program management and coordination;
-Background in livelihoods initiatives an asset;
-Knowledge of aid system, donor and government requirements;
-Excellent communication and drafting skills;
-Able to coordinate and manage staff and project activities;
-Proven ability to work creatively and independently in the field and at the office;
-A strong team player adept at fostering team spirit;
-Ability to work with culturally diverse groups of people;
-Ability to travel and work in difficult conditions and under pressure;
-Knowledge of local language and/or regional experience an asset

VI. Conditions:
-Salary defined by the ACTED salary grid; educational level, expertise, hardship, security, and performance are considered for pay bonus
-Additional monthly living allowance
-Room and board provided at the organisation’s guesthouse/or housing allowance (depending on contract length and country of assignment)
-Transportation costs covered, including additional return ticket + luggage allowance
-Rest and Recuperation package, including round trip plane ticket and a week of R&Rdays (besides regular vacation days)
-Provision of medical, life, and repatriation insurance + retirement package

VII. Submission of applications:
Please send, in English, your cover letter, CV, and three references to

Att: Human Resources Department
33, rue Godot de Mauroy
75009 Paris
Fax. + 33 (0) 1 42 65 33 46
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