Coordinator, Agriculture and Food Security (Program)

Coordinator, Agriculture and Food Security (Program)

AKDN - Aga Khan Development Network

Kabul, Afghanistan

Objective of the Position:

The Agriculture and Food Security (AFS) Coordinator, is a key member of the AFS management team.

  • Ensuring all AFS grant-related deliverables and commitments are met including high-quality reports, work plans, and other grant contract requirements;
  • Producing proposals and concept notes as per required deadlines;
  • Establishing and maintaining good day to day relationships and with potential and current donors and partners; and;
  • Representing AKF in sector-specific fora meetings, conferences, and working groups.

S/he will be based in Kabul. The AKF Agriculture and Food Security program currently works in four provinces of central and north-eastern Afghanistan (Bamyan, Parwan, Baghlan, and Badakhshan). S/he may be required to undertake some travel on occasion to each AKF program province, as needed.

Core Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Reporting: As Project Focal Point (PFP), ensure high-quality grant reports are submitted on time through coordination with National and Regional Agriculture and Food Security (AFS) teams; obtain all relevant information from program staff in a timely manner; ensure National and Regional AFS team members are aware of grant deadlines; coordinate and prepare any other grant ad-hoc requests from internal and external stakeholders;
  • Impact Monitoring: In close coordination with the National AFS Manager and MERL, ensure shared knowledge of all grant indicators; review monitoring tools to ensure that data for all donor indicators is captured; ensure regular qualitative data-gathering instruments are in place and meet grant needs; develop consultant ToRs as per grant requirements; review consultant reports, in coordination with the National and Regional AFS teams before submission to donor;
  • Grant Adaptation: In close collaboration with the National and Regional AFS team, identify areas that require program adaptation and process its approval with the donor; ensure the process is in compliance with the grant agreements and donors’ requirements;
  • Work plan Tracking: Develop and submit project annual work plans/Project Implementation Plans as per donor requirements and deadlines; monitor program activity and progress against grant work plans; coordinate with National and Regional AFS teams to identify activities/outcomes/output that are not being met and work with National and Regional AFS teams to identify solutions; review National and Regional Yearly Plans of Operation (YPO) to ensure alignment with grant targets and work plan;
  • Grant Compliance: Ensure compliance to the grant contractual requirements (Special and General Terms and Conditions) are met by the National and Regional AFS teams; where appropriate, develop and deliver the internal capacity building to strengthen AKF staff understanding of donor grant and compliance requirements;
  • Financial monitoring: Work with the National AFS Manager and Grant Finance Managers to monitor expenditure against grants, explore reasons for the variance, address any problems in good time and communicate to the donor, as necessary;
  • Donor Visits: Coordinate donor/external audits, evaluations, monitoring visits, and field missions with relevant units as needed;
  • Knowledge Management: Keep thorough electronic records on all relevant grants; produce and disseminate meeting records with external stakeholders; maintain an up-to-date grants management and resource mobilization matrix/database of and follow up and report accordingly;
  • Resource mobilization and proposal development: Support the AFS team and Partnerships Unit to identify future program resource needs and highlight future funding gaps; coordinate with partners, technical advisors, sectors, AKDN agencies, regional teams and the local/global Partnerships Units to prepare new concept notes and full proposals to donors, leading or supporting the process of consultation and proposal writing.

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in a relevant field or Bachelor’s degree with an equivalent relevant work experience.;
  • Excellent English written and spoken communication skills (Knowledge of Dari and/or Pashto is an advantage);
  • Ability to meet deadlines, plan and organize time, and manage high pressure situations;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage internal reporting systems;
  • Minimum of five year’s relevant professional experience in project management, contract management, and/or agriculture and food security in a post-conflict zone;
  • Ability to be an effective team member, use initiative and work with limited supervision;
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively and openly at different levels within an international team;
  • Proven experience in agriculture and natural resource management programming or related fields.

Required Core Competencies:

  • Sensitive to religious, cultural and gender issues in the Afghan context;
  • Ability to critically analyze and provide constructive recommendations;
  • Strong analytical and communications, facilitation and presentation skills;
  • Strong sense of personal initiative, problem solving skills, team work, creativity and innovation;
  • Good team player and ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships with colleagues and donors;
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.

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