The Asia Foundation
The Asia Foundation (the Foundation) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region. Drawing on 60 years of experience, the Foundation supports initiatives to improve governance, law and civil society; women’s empowerment; economic reform and development; sustainable development and the environment; and international relations. The Asia Foundation has offices in 18 countries throughout Asia and is headquartered in San Francisco. In Afghanistan, the Foundation supports four primary themes: Governance and Law, Women’s Empowerment, Education, and Survey/Research and Knowledge Development.
In the Education department, the Foundation through the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is implementing a six year umbrella project titled Strengthening Education in Afghanistan (SEA-II). The goal of SEA-II is to improve institutional capacity, operations, management, and programming of educational institutions and civil society organizations in Afghanistan that implement activities in line with higher and basic education needs of Afghanistan as expressed in the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and Ministry of Education (MoE) strategic plans as well as the USAID-Afghanistan strategy.
An activity in SEA-II is the strengthening of the Human Resource Development Board (HRDB) capacity. The mandate of HRDB is to serve as a forum for coordination of education and skills development programming among concerned seven Government Ministries including 1) Ministry of Education, 2) Ministry of Higher Education, 3) Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled, 4) Ministry of Women’s Affairs, 5) Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, 6) Ministry of Public Health, 7) Ministry of Information & Technology and the 8) Ministry of Finance. The overall aim of the HRDB is the prioritization of a set of policy reform issues that contribute to an overall improvement in access, retention, quality, and management of human development sector. To that end, the HRDB is concerned with strategic planning, policy debate, stakeholder consultation, as well as oversight of multi-agency / ministerial / department programming and evaluations concerning the development of Afghan Human Resources.
The work of the HRDB is supported by a Secretariat. HRDB Secretariat is based in the Ministry of Education (MoE) and provides technical and administrative support to the Board. They are particularly responsible for planning and executing the Board’s annual plan, following-up on Board’s decisions, organizing, facilitating, and documenting Board meetings, as well as creating/updating agendas.
The HRDB Secretariat (HRDBS) will facilitate a discussions focused on solving the question: what are inter-sectoral issues, policies in need of development, programs in need of cross-sectoral advocacy, and prioritization (within the framework of budgets and contributing to short and long-term employment opportunities (Human Resources Development). To this end, the Foundation is intending to hire one national coordinator initially for a period of one year (with possibility of extension) with skills of coordination, communication and planning. The coordinator will be placed in one of the above ministries. The coordinator will work with the HRDBS and a national or international consultant to identify cross-sector opportunities and synergies that contribute to work force development in Afghanistan.
The HRDBS Coordinator will be responsible for being a focal point of HRDBS in one of the line ministries and key responsibilities include;
• Work with respective Ministry level Coordination Committees to submit the items to HRDBS and also highlight priority policy recommendations from the respective ministry ;Support the HRDBS to develop quarterly meeting agendas and materials;
• Work with HRDBS to develop annual work plan and operational plans;
• Establish and coordinate working groups to prepare documents for review by the HRDB;
• Organize and facilitate monthly meetings with the technical Working Groups (WG) of eight ministries and draft the minutes of meetings plus encourage WGs for their effective involvement in achieving the strategic goals of their respective ministry at the HRDB;
• Supports the International/ National Consultants to identify the common subjects for policy development, advocacy and issue resolution in each of the eight ministries;
• Support the International/ National consultants by interpreting / translating from local language to English;
• The Coordinator will be full time and dedicated to the HRDB activity;
• Work with the other coordinators from the different ministries to identify common ground and be able to look at the bigger picture that brings together interests common to all eight ministries; and
• Discuss and plan the execution of the tasks with the line ministries.
1. A bachelor’s degree in Education, Social Sciences, or other relevant field;
2. A minimum of three years of experience in work related to human resource and / or work-force development;
3. A minimum of three years of experience in working with the government sector; preferably in one of the ministries identified above;
4. Ability to collect, analyze quantitative and qualitative data and develop comprehensive reports;
5. Ability to plan and execute the tasks and communicate the tasks with the relevant team;
6. Ability to effectively communicate at middle and highest levels;
7. Excellent written and communication skills in English, Pashto and Dari;
8. Excellent interpersonal relationship skills and ability to work with a diverse team of national and international staff and consultants;
9. Able to quickly join the organization;
10. Provide relevant information and key documents and facilitate the liaison between the consultants and relevant unit of ministries;
11. Support the international/ national consultant with effective and culturally sensitive communications;
12. Ability to conduct interviews with different units of the ministry; and
13. Computer skills of Ms. Office package is required;
• While applying to these positions, please specify the position title and the exact ministry in the subject line (e.g. HRDB Coordinator – MoHE or any other ministry), else the application will not be reviewed.
Qualified applicants should submit a copy of their CV accompanied by a detailed application letter, contact details and completed Biodata 1420 form, no later than January 15, 2017 to submission email. Applications without a completed Biodata 1420 form (attached is the form) will be automatically disqualified. Please clearly indicate the position applied for in the subject line. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
***Women are strongly encouraged to apply***
Contract Duration1 Year
Number of positions8