Date Posted: Mar 26, 2013
Ref. ARTF/GDPDM/CBR/127/ 03 /2013
Public Administration Reform National Advisor position with IARCSC (2304 Views)
About IARCSCThe establishment of strong state institutions at central and sub-national levels capable of achieving measurable improvements in the delivery of services of all Afghans is at the core of the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS). The Government’s Public Administration Reform (PAR) strategy encompasses a range of reforms needed to achieve this objective, including financial and economic management and civil service reform. A core element of this strategy is to continue with capacity building within the civil service so as to create a modern, well functioning and affordable administration. Reforms underway include the restructuring of ministries and other government bodies and introducing changes in the way human resources are mobilized and managed.
The long-term nature of the tasks ahead is recognized. In the interim, government policy is to recruit highly qualified persons at higher levels of remuneration than those presently available within the civil service. This is necessary in order to compete with the salaries and benefits paid to national staff by international organizations already working in country, as well as to make it possible for expatriate Afghans with relevant managerial experience to return to contribute their skills at home.
The Independent Administrative Reform Civil Service Commission Capacity Development Secretariat (IARCSC-GDPDM) has been occupied with several programmes aimed at channeling the available resources. With assistance from Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) an Afghanistan-based lateral entry programme (LEP) has been operating, as also an Afghan Expatriate recruitment programme (AEP). A Capacity for Afghan Public Service (CAP) programme has added to the flow with assistance from the European Union and UNDP. The General Directorate, Programs Design and Management (GDPDM) is responsible for implementation of Management Capacity Program (MCP) from 2007 till 2012 and now its flagship Capacity Building for Results (CBR).
The Capacity Building for Results (CBR):
Capacity Building for Results (CBR) is an Afghan led reform and capacity building program, funded through Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) under the Afghan National Budget.
The CBR aims to assist the government in improving the capacity and performance of select line ministries in carrying out their mandates and delivering services to the Afghan people through National Priority Programs. This will be achieved through the implementation of specific capacity and institution building programs, which include systematic monitoring of and reporting on results. All line ministries can participate in the CBR, while the level of support is based on results.
The CBR facility has four inter-related components:
I. Technical Assistance Facility for the Preparation and Implementation of Capacity Building Programs: line ministries will lead and be responsible for developing and implementing holistic reform plans, with some targeted TA support.
II. Building Human Capacity: line ministries will receive funding to recruit, pay and manage skilled national staff which will be part of the line ministry’s civil service. A feature of CBR will be the creation of a senior civil service cadre, along with the training of several hundred management interns, to become future civil service managers. This also includes support for on-going PAR reforms.
III. Civil Service Training: custom made public administration management training programs will be developed and offered for civil servants to ensure their have the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver Ministry’s mandate.
IV. Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation: CBR program coordination, evaluation and monitoring will be conducted through two Project Support Units based in the Ministry of Finance and IARCSC. World Bank will facilitate and supervise the delivery of the program as the ARTF administrator.
CBR program will be managed by the Ministry of Finance and Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Services Commission and it will be supervised by a Steering Committee which is composed from the Minister of Finance, Chairman of IARCSC and Representative of OAA. Line Ministries will get support from CBR program against their progress on reforms and indicative results. CBR program will be coordinated with all current on-budget and off-budget technical assistances which are being provided to the Line Ministries to improve the synergism and avoid from duplication.
Independent Administration Reform & Civil Service Commission:
The IARCSC was established in accordance with the Bonn Agreement and based on President’s Decree in the year 1382. With the ratification of the Afghanistan civil service law which is based on the Article (50) of Afghan Constitution, the legal basis of the Commission and its fundamental structure were authenticated. The philosophy of the creation and existence of the IARCSC is to introduce changes in various dimensions including legal, cultural, management, structural, human, technical and capacity of Afghan civil service institutions towards standardization of these institutions and delivery of standard services.
Job SummaryIn support of the Capacity Building for Results Program, the consultant will facilitate the process of CBR implementation at the participating line ministries and help implement public administration reforms across government. The incumbent will report to PAR director in CSMD? and liaise with the Program Support Unit at MoF.
Duties and Resposibilities1. Within six weeks of joining he/she shall develop an action plan as per the annual plan and exiting working procedures and also a work plan in agreement with his/her supervisor.
2. Advise the PAR Director in development of P&G and Tasheekat reform across civil service organization.
3. Support the PAR Director in quality assurance and improvement of P&G reform in civil service ministries/ agencies.
4. Advise the Director of PAR on all aspects and the necessary steps to be taken to facilitate the successful implementation of CBR program at the ministry level.
5. Monitor the realistic and sustainable translation of World Bank’s CBRF Strategic Plan into streams of constructive activity for the CBR Advisory Group, reporting as required on progress to date and objectives met.
6. Represent Civil Service Management Department (CSMD) at all Advisory Group Meetings.
7. Support the development and preparation of CBR Proposals for each ministry.
8. Assist with the feedback process and help provide guidance to ministry to refine their CBR Proposals with clear vision of reform and building and effective and efficient organization.
9. Assist with the CBR criteria, guidelines and procedures making sure they are adhered to and considered by Line Ministries.
10. Assist and advise with provision of periodic reports to the Steering Committee regarding the preparation of the proposals and ensure required quality at the preparation stage of the CBR proposal.
11. Follow the suggested modification of the Steering Committee in case of the revision of the proposals.
12. Establish and maintain informed and productive relationships with stakeholders including, but not limited to, the international donor community, the Ministry of Finance, other relevant government ministries and agencies, as well as other existing or future stakeholders.
13. Any other duties as required by higher authorities in accordance with the laws, objectives and regulations of the Ministry/agency.
PAR Advisor will report to Director, PAR or Director General, Civil Service Management Directorate/IARCSC.
Notice of revision:
These terms of reference may be revised subject to operational need.
Qualification1. A Bachelor degree in Public Administration, Business Administration or Public Policy with 4 years of relevant experience or a Master degree in the mentioned subjects with 3 years of similar experience.
2. Fluent in Dari/Pashto, Good Standard of English is an advantage.
3. Computer skills in MS office packages, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Submission GuidelineInterested Afghans with the required qualifications and experience should fill in the application form online by clicking on the link 'login to apply’ and submit their applications electronically through our website: www.afghanexperts.gov.af or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Kabul based and international applicants should submit their applications electronically. Applicants from the provinces in Afghanistan may submit hard copy applications to the office address:
Independent Administrative Reforms and Civil Service Commission
General Directorate of Programs’ Design and Management
3rd Road, Afghan Film Street, South of Kolup Askari
In all cases applications must be made using the prescribed application form: submissions of curriculum vitae alone cannot be considered.
Please submit ONLY your application electronically and mention the Title of the position plus Vacancy Number in the subject of the e-mail; please do NOT submit any other supporting documentation or educational certificates with your application. If you are short listed you will be asked to submit electronic copies of your educational certificates and if you are invited to interview you will be required to present the originals of certificates.
Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.
Note: In the interests of open and fair competition and a merit based selection process applicants are advised that lobbying for a position , whether by the applicant or by any person acting on his or her behalf, shall result in the immediate disqualification of the candidate from further consideration. Applicants are strongly advised to inform potential supporters of this restriction which shall be strictly enforced.
“Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply”