Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Plan Consultant

  • Senior-level
  • Posted on 11 December 2018

Job Description

Category: Short Term Consultancy

Education: Minimum Graduate Degree

Vacancy #: BCDRPC-122018

Job Title: Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Plan Consultant

Organization: OXUS Afghanistan

City: Kabul

Contract Duration: Short Term Consultancy

No of Jobs: 1

Nationality: Expatriate

Gender Any

Salary Range: According to organization salary scale/month

Announcing Date: December 11, 2018

Closing Date: December 24, 2018

Job Type: Full-Time

Experience: 10-15 Years

  1. About the Project

Owing to the long history of foreign invasions, evolving political situation, relationships with the neighboring countries and related security issues, the security situation in the country cannot be termed as adequate. This leads for the businesses to assess the situation, monitor the risk and ensure that the business remains working in unwarranted situations, if such situations arise. We are faced with multiple internal as well as external threats, some of which are man-made e.g. terrorist attacks, thefts, wars etc. and others are natural e.g. earthquakes, fire, rain, drought etc.

Hence, business continuity and disaster recovery are critical parts of any business operating in the country. Businesses need to ensure that the customers receive uninterrupted services though, the situation deteriorates or any unforeseen event occurs. On the other side, the business need to ensure that its assets are protected and the related risks are mitigated accordingly.

  1. About Consultancy:

The purpose of this consultancy (Individual & Independent Consultant) is to produce detailed outline / guidance related to the Business Continuity Plan (BCP) in context of the business operation of OAF.

The consultancy should result in composite and comprehensive documents outlining all the areas related to the BCP which can be applied by the OXUS Afghanistan. The consultant is also expected to prepare security manual for all the branches of the OXUS in terms of the security of the property, asset, data, documents and personnel.

  1. Main Responsibilities:

4.1 Develop a detailed business continuity plan and all accompanying background materials for implementation at OAF:

The consultant is expected to develop and deliver a comprehensive business continuity plan. An outline of such plan is also being provided along with the Terms of Reference. The plan should be based on the best practices and should be applicable in the context of the business operations at Afghanistan.

4.2 Review the existing arrangements & gap analysis identified by OXUS and security Company:

An initial survey of the OXUS branches has been carried out by OAF management and the security company providing services to OAF. Certain recommendations have been made by the Security Company and OAF management which include:

  • Installation of security cameras,
  • Construction of strong rooms
  • Development of a monitoring mechanism

The consultant will review gap analysis done by OAF and Security Company.

  • Physically visit and review the arrangements in the branches.
  • Review of current infrastructure reinforcement
  • Design security manual and plan
  • Recommend the upgrades required
  • Come-up with Provide OAF with Guide OAF about the adequacy

The consultant will also check and guide OAF about the adequacy of the measures taken and the expected improvement which the plan will have on OAF’s business continuity.

4.3 Suggest ways and areas for improvement:

The consultant shall suggest ways and means to improve the existing security plan in place at OAF according to the best practices.

4.4 Provide training and coaching:

The consultant shall intervene on-site at the HQ and in Kabul’s branches, possibly in one province if security conditions allow it. The consultant will work jointly with the Training and Security Managers in adjusting and designing trainings, which will favor on-the-job training for the OXUS Afghanistan managers. The consultant will deliver training of trainers and will oversee the first trainings sessions delivered by OXUS staff, in order to make sure that OXUS trainers are conveying the right messages.

4.5 Travel:

The consultant will be required to visit at least 05 Branches inside Kabul (if possible all of them) and visit at least 02 regions in Afghanistan (to be decided by the management depending on availability of flights, weather and security situation) in order to assess the on ground arrangements inside the branches, their locations and measures to be taken to improve the security situation in the branches. Local security Manager will accompany, coordinate and support these visits.

  1. Deliverables include:
  • Business Impact Analysis
  • Comprehensive Business Continuity Plan
  • Comprehensive review report of existing systems and setup and recommendations for improvement
  • Review of infrastructure reinforcement
  • Training and awareness-raising materials
  • Training of Trainers
  1. Key competences, technical background, education & experience required:

  1. a) Minimum Qualification required is Graduation
  2. b) At least 10 to 15 years of professional experience in security installations, security operations and related areas, with added experience dealing with IT-related security issues
  3. c) Relevant training in IT will be preferred
  4. d) Experience in review of security arrangements
  5. e) Strong writing skills, and experience of presenting complex technical information in an easily comprehensible way for non-specialist readers
  6. f) Fluency in English.

  1. Reporting:

The Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Plan Consultant will report to the Chief Executive Officer or anyone designated by CEO.

  1. Submission Guideline:

Make sure to write the position title and vacancy number in the subject line of your email and send your CV along with a cover letter to:

Human Resources Manager
HQ, OXUS Afghanistan

For hard copy submission; submit your CV along with a cover letter to OXUS HR Department, House # 600, Street # 6, Qala-e-Fatullah Khan, Kabul, Afghanistan.

  • Only short listed candidates will be notified.
  • No phone calls will be entertained

About the Organization

  1. Background:

OXUS Afghanistan (OAF) is a part of the OXUS Group, a global network of Microfinance Institutions created by ACTED, a leading international NGO operating in 25 countries. The OXUS Group is present in Central Asia (Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan), and has its headquarters in France.

OXUS Afghanistan began operations in January 2005 and currently has a portfolio of over US$ 13.2 million with an outreach of about 24,000 customers managed through 23 branches in 10 provinces

More information

BCP consultant announcement Dec 2018.pdf

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