Afghanistan Strong Hubs for Afghan Hope and Resilience (SHAHAR)
Municipal Capacity Development Advisor
Period of Performance On/About (From – To)
On/about July 19, 2018
September 13, 2018
Maximum Level of Effort
Base of Operations
position reports to
Van James – Chief of Party
Since late November 2014, DAI has been implementing the USAID funded Strong Hubs for Afghan Hope and Resilience (SHAHAR) project with the Deputy Ministry of Municipalities (DMM) and in up to twenty provincial municipalities across Afghanistan in order to form well-governed, fiscally sustainable Afghan municipalities capable of meeting the needs of a growing urban population. As of November 30, 2017, the SHAHAR project will be extended for two additional years in order to continue to partner with and support DMM; to partner with and support Kabul Municipality in the core areas of administrative efficiency, client management, rehabilitation of municipal landfills, and revenue generation; and to continue to partner with and build the capacity of the four regional hub provincial capitals of Kandahar City, Hirat, Jalalabad, and Mazar-e-Sharif to serve as regional learning hubs, providing a mechanism to continue to deliver technical assistance and training to all 20 original SHAHAR partner municipalities, while also strengthening the capacity of municipal staff and systems in the regional hub provincial municipalities.
The Municipal Capacity Development Advisor will support the piloting of a customized Large Municipality Municipal Governance Capacity Index (MGCI) assessment tool for Kabul Municipality and the four regional hub provincial municipalities.The tool was developed in concert with DMM and Kabul Municipality and is tailored to assess the core competencies required to effectively govern and manage large urban centers, and considers their unique circumstances and challenges. The Municipal Capacity Development Advisor will: (1) support Kabul Municipality in coordinating and conducting a baseline assessment of Kabul Municipality’s Headquarters and its 22 districts using the Large Municipality MGCI; (2) support DMM to implement the Large Municipality MGCI with the four regional hub municipalities using. The Municipal Capacity Development Advisor will consider recommendations and lessons learned from previous applications of the MGCI when applying the updated index.
Objectives and Duties
The Municipal Capacity Development Advisor’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Coordinate with DMM officials and municipal officials at the regional hub municipalities to finalize the design of the Large Municipality MGCI assessment tool;
- Plan a training using lessons learned from previous applications of the MGCI and guidance developed for MGCI assessors tailored to the Large Municipality MGCI;
- Conduct a training for embedded teams to ensure that all SHAHAR, DMM and municipality embedded staff are familiar with the requirements of the Large Municipality MGCI assessment tool, are prepared to support the assessment in their municipalities, and can provide accurate reports following the assessment;
- In concert with DMM and Kabul Municipality, prepare an organization plan for conducting the Large Municipality MGCI baseline assessment.
- Coordinate and conduct the baseline assessment of Kabul Municipality and the four regional hub provincial municipalities.
- Produce individual municipality baseline reports and a consolidated summary report for the baseline assessment of Kabul Municipality and the four regional hub provincial municipalities.
- Manage and oversee the preparation of capacity building plans at the municipality-wide and departmental levels for the four regional hub provincial municipalities and at the municipality-wide and district or Nahya level for Kabul Municipality.
- A finalized Large Municipality MGCI assessment tool.
- Slide-deck from a training on lessons learned from previous applications of the MGCI.
- Organization plan for conducting the Large Municipality MGCI baseline assessment.
- Individual municipality baseline reports and a consolidated summary report for the baseline assessment of Kabul Municipality and the four regional hub provincial municipalities.
- Lessons Learned report following implementation of each assessment.
- At least 10 years of professional experience including experience with Capacity Building, Community Engagement and governance.
- A Master’s degree in a related field of study.
- Experience (as outlined in above qualification) managing surveys and reporting results.
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Experience providing technical assistance in conflict/post-conflict, transitional, or developing country environments, previous experience in Afghanistan will be an advantage;
- Previous experience with USAID will be an advantage;
- Oral and written fluency in English.
Conditions of Work Requirements
Work and living facilities are in high security zones with frequent security drills and protocols and limited access to medical facilities. General work environment and living quarters requires ability to walk numerous flights of stairs on a daily basis. Security protocols require the individual in this position to be able to quickly climb multiple flights of stairs while wearing 30 lbs. of personal protective equipment, walk swiftly or run across uneven terrain without assistance, and enter and exit project vehicles without assistance.