Our client in Afghanistan is responsible for implementing a number of projects on behalf of the Government of Afghanistan and the aid donor community. The Afghanistan Project Implementation Facility (AGOC) has been set up as an organizational mechanism to deliver a range of projects for which our client has been designated as the Implementing Agency.
The functional objective of our client is to deliver its projects in an efficient and effective manner, so as to achieve the outcomes sought by the project and to assist in the development goals of the Government of Afghanistan. The stated goal is to provide implementation services to the Government of Afghanistan, the donor community and partner agencies in the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan. The adopted Mission of our client is to exceed the expectations of our stakeholders.
The government of Afghanistan requested a loan to the World Bank for the support on the on-going institutional reform, specifically regarding customs modernization (increase collection of revenues, reduce clearance time, establish tariffs, exchange rates, and other trade related reforms). Our client, as the implementing agency for the Emergency Customs and Trade Facilitation Project (ECMTF), coordinates all activities related to support of operations, construction, as well as operational support to various UN stakeholders, Trade Facilitation, and the government.
Funded by the Government of Japan, this project aims to build on the current Takhar Border Management Project, projected (ending 31 January 2012). The aim of the original TMBP is to create fully functioning border management facilities at Ai Khanem Border control Pint (BCP) and provide training to the border personnel. In particular, the project is designed to improve the operational capacity of inter-agency border management. The overall project aim is to suppress the smuggling of illicit narcotics and precursor’s chemicals, suppress human trafficking and smuggling of goods and arms, and enhance trade by providing support to customs services in infrastructure, equipment, and training. The TBMP extension will remain focused on these overall goals by building on newly developed infrastructures and adding additional inputs to the project. The project also provides support to the Government of Afghanistan’s long-term goals of peace-building and economic development.
Our client works closely with the Afghan Customs Department (ACD) - Ministry of Finance, Afghan Border Police - Ministry of Interior, and the Ministry of Commerce in all aspects of project implementation. By the end of the TBMP, the project is expected to provide: 1) modern operational infrastructure at the zero point for border police, a cargo clearance facility for the Afghan Customs Department, and office and warehouse space for the Ministry of Commerce. The infrastructure will also include a fully furnished accommodation area for the government agencies operating at the border, provision of equipment to enable border personnel to operate effectively, and training of border personnel, including ACD officers, customs police officers, border police officers and commerce officers. The training component is focused on capacity building of the government agencies working at the border.
The objective of the Takhar Border Management Extension Project (TBMEP) is to further develop and implement activities at the BCP to enhance the government of Afghanistan’s ability to increase customs revenue through legitimate trade and to increase eradication of on-going trafficking and smuggling of illegal drugs, precursor chemicals, arms, and illegal migration; to develop improved community relations within the surrounding area through engagement on the government’s border management issues, and through the provision of a supplementary power source.
The particular focus of the Alternative Energy Consultant is to recommend a reliable power source to be constructed in place, sufficient to supply power to the Border Control Facility and to the immediate surrounding community. To accomplish this, the Consultant will conduct an assessment to ascertain facility and community levels of need and the appropriate power solution (water, solar or wind) and provide recommendations for the facility.
General Functions The Alternative Energy Consultant, reporting directly the Project Manager, will be responsible for providing advice and recommendations for an economical and appropriate alternative energy source for the Takhar Border management program as well as suggested design for an alternative energy source (water, solar or wind) to supply power to the border management facility and to immediate surrounding villages. Specifically, the Alternative Energy Consultant will be responsible for the following functions and responsibilities: • Provide advice to Project Manager (PM) on formulating and executing strategies needed for successful implementation of project activities; • Provide advice to PM on project management expertise to ensure effective execution of the project plan according to the Takhar Border Management Extension Project document. The Consultant will also ensure smooth project implementation and close cooperation with the three government counterparts: Afghan Customs Department, Border Police, and Ministry of Commerce, as necessary; • Provide advice to PM on the appropriate type of power source as well as related time frames, delivery of appropriate training, necessary equipment, and construction components; • Provide advice to PM on effective coordination with our client’s engineering and design unit, as well as other engineering/technical partners; • Ensure that key project documents are uploaded to the our client’s Document center and all reporting requirements are done in a timely manner; • Ensure transfer of capacity and technical skills within the project support team; • Monitor project issues and risks and ensure solutions or mitigating measures are implemented in a timely manner; • Provide a final document that captures and reflects the recommendations for the alternative energy source and all pertinent supporting information and documentation; • Liaising with donor as necessarily and in coordination with PM • Other relevant tasks assigned by the PM.
Fiscal Responsibilities: • Develop overall plan of action in line with current budget constraints • Provide advice on effective and efficient financial, procurement and asset management • Participate in preparing financial forecasts
Technical Functions: • Research, identify, and introduce appropriate technologies for the execution of the project • Assist in planning, developing, implementing and maintaining appropriate engineering standards for the project
Human Resource Responsibilities: • Provide advice to the PM for staffing issues related to project component implementation. • Assist project manager in ensuring compliance with our client’s Rules, Regulations and Policies on procurement of any additional consultants. • Plan and coordinate related staff training within the Project component as part of the final report.
Communication Functions: • Report to the Project Manager with regards to all matters regarding the Project component.
Monitoring and Progress Controls • Weekly meetings with supervisor and providing updates either in formal reporting format or via email.
Expected Deliverables Submission of report that provides advice and recommendations on the most appropriate type of alternative energy generation system (water, wind or solar), estimated cost (in line with current budget restraints), time frame for construction, and suggested training and maintenance requirements.
Essential Experience Education • Master degree in international development or engineering/power generation. Bachelor degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master university degree.
• Demonstrated experience as a consultant with small scale alternative energy projects. • Minimum 5 years’ experience in management/project management roles with proven capacity to provide advice on Project Management issues a plus. • Demonstrated substantial knowledge on design, financial and procurement issues related directly to small scale alternative energy projects, • Strong organization and record keeping skills, with experience with Project Management tools and methodologies and MS Office applications • Excellent oral, written, and structured presentation skills with the ability to address senior management, business and technical audiences • Must have the ability to multi-task and prioritize work schedules • Must possess strong skills in planning, problem solving, and be able to understand the total impact of the project component on the entire project.
Key Competencies • Fluency in English both written and spoken; knowledge of local language is an advantage • Positive attitude with the ability to adapt the change rapidly • Low maintenance self-starter, with good organizational skills • Good in stressful situations • Well-developed cultural awareness • High sense of personal accountability/responsibility • Comfortable taking decisions with confidence with limited information
Working Conditions • Working conditions are normal for an office environment. Work may require frequent weekend and evening work. Work may require frequent overnight travel. • Based in Afghanistan competitive international package.
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Organisation: CTG Global
Closing date: 31 Jan 2012