Position: Advisor, Budget and Procurement (Organizational Capacity Building-OCB)
Nationality: American National (AN) or Third Country National (TCN)
Base of Operations: Kabul, Afghanistan
Required Clearance (to be obtained): Moderate Risk Public Trust (MRPT)
Tetra Tech seeks candidates to be considered for a Subject Matter Advisor, Budget/Procurement (OCB) position on the INL-funded 5-year Justice Sector Support Program (JSSP II) in Afghanistan.
This program is designed to utilize international and Afghan advisors to train and build capacity for Afghan officials within the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), Attorney General’s Office (AGO), Supreme Court (SCT), Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MOWA), and other justice organizations through four main components: organizational capacity building, legislative reform, case management system, and gender mainstreaming and protection of vulnerable groups.
The Subject Matter Advisors shall liaise with Afghan government officials and provide support to the USG (in Kabul and Washington) as well as other actors on the Afghanistan-based JSSP team. The Advisor shall assist in project development, monitoring and evaluation, and production of Deliverables under this SOW.
The Advisor shall actively participate in recruitment and selection of JSSP personnel based on position description qualifications (or equivalent with the permission of the INL/AP and INL/K Program Managers) through provision of significant input to the DC based program management team.
The Budget/Procurement Advisor shall:
- Assist counterpart judicial institutions in improving budget management
- Coordinate with the JSSP embedded staff in identifying the justice institutions’ shortcomings in their capacity to budget and procure. Develop a work plan in coordination with the justice institutions
- Help the justice institutions conceptualize the elements of budget management and best international practices
- Develop training materials on budget management based on international best practices with relevance to Afghanistan and Afghan Laws
- Conduct training in the justice institutions
- Assist the justice institutions in enhancing inter-departmental coordination
- Maintain current knowledge of the Public Expenditure Law, budget law, budget policy, chart of accounts, budget execution, and other significant documents related to budget
- Liaise with the Ministry of Finance and other agencies as needed
- Develop the capacity of Afghan colleagues to help in transition
- Ensure the budget department of each institution is focused on, and capable of, staffing an in-house training department
- Provide regular reporting on work activities or other reports required by the project management
- Assist the ministries in streamlining the procurement process according to the Procurement Law and Rules of Procedure
- Assist the ministries in tendering, pre/post bid evaluation, selection of appropriate suppliers and contractors and promoting good procurement practices with due regard to sustainability of the process and procedures, and ethical purchasing standards
- Develop training materials on procurement
- Build procurement capacity in the ministries and provide mentoring on procurement activities
- Assist in warehouse management
- Participate in meetings promoting procurement best practices and coordinate with other donors working on procurement reforms
- Work and assist the ministries in developing and implementing a database system
- Provide regular reporting on work activities
- Maintain current knowledge of Procurement Law, Rules of Procedure and other significant documents related to procurement
- With LN assistance, translate written and spoken English and Dari as requested
- Conduct training needs assessment and prepare training curricula
- A minimum of five years of professional experience, including relevant leadership experience
- A minimum of four years substantive experience in a field relevant to their position (ex: law reform, training, organizational change management, finance/budgeting, etc.)
- A minimum of two years international experience, including development programs
- The candidate should demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the Afghan governmental structure and processes
- Must have a bachelor’s degree, with juris doctor or relevant master’s degree from an accredited institution preferred
- Excellent communication skills, including public speaking and writing
- Superior interpersonal skills
- Willingness to endure austere living conditions and the inherent danger of living and working in Afghanistan, including possibly living in tents, double bunks, dry hooches, etc.
- The ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, stressful environment. In addition, he or she must be flexible, willing to perform other duties and work irregular hours.
- Provide past professional or personal experience that demonstrates an ability to work creatively and effectively in stressful situations while maintaining a positive attitude
- Experience developing positive, professional relationships with clients, colleagues, or business partners. Interpersonal skills are tremendously important as SMAs will be the primary interlocutors with Afghan government officials, and must set a positive, motivating and constructive tone for mentees/advisees. Superior interpersonal skills shall be understood to include the ability to interact in a constructive, cooperative, and harmonious manner; to work effectively as a team player; to establish positive relationships and gain the confidence of others.
Please submit a cover letter and resume to ApplyJSSP@tetratech.com referencing the position and project name in the subject line as soon as possible. No phone calls, please.
Tetra Tech is committed to diversity and gender equality in all of its operations - in the U.S and overseas. We strive to reflect these goals in our global mission and in our workplace. We encourage applications from women and underrepresented ethnic, racial and cultural groups. Tetra Tech is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.