NGOs and Community Development Specialist Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of the Kabul to Jalalabad Highway Project

Società Italiana di Monitoraggio SpA
Apply by 3 February 2013
Senior-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 4 January 2013

Job Description

The road section is approximately 100 km in length. MPW is the Executing Agency (EA) for the Project.

3. The scope of the civil works contractor’s (the Contractor) contract includes: a review and update of the detailed engineering design for the road and all associated works, provided by the EA, following detailed site investigations and survey; construction of the road including bridges, structures and other incidental works in accordance with the Afghan Interim Road Standards and the approved design, technical specifications and environmental monitoring plan: and, the implementation of a community outreach program amongst impacted communities along the road alignment.

4. The scope of the PMCS consulting services (the Services) will include: approving the final engineering design of the Project for construction; certifying the works for quality and quantity; contract administration; supervising the implementation of the environmental monitoring plan; updating and assisting the EA with implementation of the land acquisition and resettlement plan; directing and supervising the community outreach program; and, benefit monitoring and evaluation.

. The scope of Services is as follows:

(i) Overall project management, reporting to the EA and ADB, coordinate with local communities and other stakeholders in the project area and, with the Ministry of Interior (MOI) and international security forces on security issues.

(ii) Review and approve the Detailed Engineering Design (DED), including all drawings, specifications and supporting calculations and documentation for the Project submitted by the Contractor.

(iii) Act as the Engineer in administering the Contract. Advise the EA, as the Employer, on all matters concerning implementation of the Contract including, but not limited to – the progress of the civil works (the Works) and issues arising, certification of the Works, variations to the Works and the Contractor’s contract, the settlement of disputes and, arbitration or litigation if required.

(iv) Monitor, inspect and certify the temporary and permanent Works ensuring they are constructed in accordance with the provisions of the Contract, including the Contractor’s approved Quality Assurance Plan, Health and Safety Plan, Environmental Management Plan (EMP) and Method Statements.

(v) Update if necessary and assist the EA to implement the approved Project Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plan (LARP).

(vi) Design and implement a Project Performance Management System (PPMS).

(vii) Coordinate the development of the Project Security Plan (the Security Plan) and supervising its implementation.

(viii) Assessment and design of a Community Outreach Program and supervising implementation by the Contractor.

Community Development Specialist [International, 9 person-months]:

The specialist should have a degree preferably in sociology economics, business, commerce, management or communications, who must has:

(i) 12 years of experience or more in working directly with non-government organizations (NGOs) and community organizations at the grassroots level;

(ii) field experience including the design and enumeration of gender-sensitive surveys;

(iii) experience of baseline condition assessment and the development of support programs to match community requirements (addressing the needs of men and women);

(iv) experience in coordinating and facilitating the development of networks between communities and stakeholders;

(v) experience in working in Afghanistan and working on strengthening women’s participation in community development projects;

(vi) experience in preparing program cost estimates,

(vii) excellent command of written and spoken English; and

(viii) experience in managing and monitoring projects funded by international agencies.

Detailed tasks include:

(i) Prepare a Community Outreach Manual for approval by the EA and ADB setting out: the goals and objectives of the Community Outreach Program; community consultation requirements and methods; minimum selection criteria for sub-programs including economic and social criteria; cost allocation guidelines; supervision requirements; and, an investigation, analysis and implementation program.

(ii) Design and supervise the community consultation program including identification, recruitment and tasking of suitably qualified national NGOs or other local organisations.

(iii) Review and analyze all sub-program proposals in accordance with approved criteria and prepare a recommended list of approved sub-programs for approval by the EA and ADB including a detailed implementation methodology, program and budget for each sub-program.

(iv) Establish appropriate benefit monitoring and evaluation criteria for each sub-program in consultation with the PPBM consultant.

(v) Supervise and monitor the implementation of the sub-program and certify the payment of funds by the Contractor.

(vi) Prepare reports on the Community Outreach Program for inclusion in the Quarterly Reports and the PCR.

The project duration is 36 months and the starting date is foreseen for next June 2013