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INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR / CONSULTANT OPPORTUNITIES

The Asia Foundation is an international organization based in San Francisco with 18 offices in Asia, and an office in Washington, D.C. The Human Resources Department in San Francisco handles all employment and internship inquiries for the entire organization. The Asia Foundation is committed to a policy of providing equal opportunities in recruiting and selecting employees.

The Asia Foundation believes in providing equal opportunities without regard to age, color, country of origin, handicap, veteran status, religion, sex or sexual orientation. For U.S.-based positions, you must be legally eligible to work in the U.S.

We are currently seeking qualified motivated individuals for the following independent contractor/consultant positions:

ASIA

Afghanistan

     Fundraising Specialist

     TVET Curriculum Specialist

Myanmar

     Deputy Chief of Party

UNITED STATES

     No positions are available at this time.

For U.S.-based positions you must be legally eligible to work in the U.S.

Afghanistan

Fundraising Specialist

The Asia Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, and open Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation, with the support of USAID, will begin a five year project called Strengthen Education in Afghanistan (SEA-II) in 2015. The project will improve institutional capacity in the areas of operations, administration, leadership, management, and fundraising of educational institutions and civil society organizations in Afghanistan, (and provide support to some other program activities.) These institutions include the International School of Kabul, the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University (ACKU), the Afghanistan Technical Vocational Institute (ATVI) and the National Science Center in coordination with the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and Ministry of Education (MoE). Strategic planning to incorporate USAID goals for education, gender equity, development of youth programming, inclusion of marginalized populations, inclusion of people/children with disabilities, and the development of public-private partnerships will be integrated into the design of the project. One of SEA-II's objective is to develop the institutions' capacities in resource mobilization and financial sustainability planning in order to decrease their dependency on donor funding.

Purpose and Objectives of the Assignment

The Foundation is seeking a Fundraising Specialist to provide technical support to the SEA-II implementing partners in formulating fundraising strategies. Specific objectives of the assignment are to:

  • Carry out a financial sustainability situational analysis of the SEA-II implementing partners.
  • Identify and prioritize areas with potential for income diversification for the partners with a focus diversifying income from multiple sources including grants, donations, endowments and generating own income.
  • Assess and make recommendations on opportunities for public-private partnerships as a strategy for enhancing financial sustainability. Train implementing partners in resource mobilization and financial sustainability planning. Work with the staff and management to prepare resource mobilization and financial sustainability plans.
  • Identify key risk factors and recommend mitigation measures.

Deliverables

  • A financial sustainability assessment report and recommended interventions to address capacity gaps
  • A financial sustainability plan for each of the implementing partners
  • A summary of donor profiles specific to the area in which the implementing partners work.
  • A financial sustainability planning training report (that will include facilitation notes, presentations, participants' handouts, reference materials and training evaluation report)
  • Overall assignment completion report


Specialized Qualification

  • Minimum of five year experience in resource mobilization and fundraising (including donor research, proposal writing, and communication) for non-profit institutions
  • Master's degree in Social Sciences, International Development, Non-profit Management, or any other relevant area.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in developing social enterprises for non-profit organizations.
  • Proven experience in resource mobilization and financial sustainability capacity building of organizations.
  • Knowledge of the current funding and new business development environment in Afghanistan.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Fluency in English is a must.
  • Ability to communicate in Pashto/Dari is a plus
  • Work experience in post-conflict countries is a plus

How to apply

Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit their resumes with a detailed application letter and contact details, no later than April 17, 2015 to opportunities@asiafoundation.org Please clearly indicate "Fundraising Consultant" in the subject line.

Only short listed candidates will be informed.

TVET Curriculum Specialist

The Asia Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, and open Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation, with the support of USAID, will begin a five year project called Strengthen Education in Afghanistan (SEA-II) in 2015. The project will improve institutional capacity in the areas of operations, administration, leadership, management, and fundraising of educational institutions and civil society organizations in Afghanistan, (and provide support to some other program activities.) These institutions include the International School of Kabul, the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University (ACKU), the Afghanistan Technical Vocational Organization (ATVO) and the National Science Center in coordination with the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and Ministry of Education (MoE). Strategic planning to incorporate USAID goals for education, gender equity, development of youth programming, inclusion of marginalized populations, inclusion of people/children with disabilities, and the development of public-private partnerships will be integrated into the design of the project. One of SEA-II's objective is to develop the institutions' capacities in resource mobilization and financial sustainability planning in order to decrease their dependency on donor funding.


Project Background (ATVO)

The Afghanistan Technical and Vocational Organization (ATVO) was founded in February 2006 to provide market oriented technical and vocational training opportunities for Afghan youth. Currently, there are two fully operational ATVO campuses; one in Kabul with a capacity of 2,000 full-time students, and the other in Laghman province (near Jalalabad city) with capacity for 1,000 full-time students. At present received training in the fields of construction, business management, horticulture, automotive and ICT in both Kabul and Laghman campuses. The current deliverables of ATVO include continued technical and vocational education and training (TVET) for Afghan students; professional development programs for teachers; an updated curriculum; and increased capacity in administration, operations, and fundraising contributing to a sustainable and self-funded institution.

The Curriculum Specialist (CS) will report to the President of ATVO to develop and implement a curriculum that is in demand in the current market and also a curriculum that looks to be meeting the needs of Afghan youth (male and female) in the field of TVET. Currently ATVO is being financially supported by the Foundation under the USAID funded SEA-II program.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Curriculum Development:

  • Conduct a market analysis based on available labor market study reports and National Occupational Skills Standards (NOSS) as inputs in developing the curriculum that is responsive to the labor market and employment needs of Afghanistan.
  • Review, analyze and update ATVO's current curriculum and or design and develop new curriculum.
  • Identify classroom and lab equipment required for students to be successfully trained.
  • Ensure the curriculum addresses the needs of the labor market for both males and females.
  • Ensure the curriculum meets international standards and offers a balance of theory and practical exercises.
  • Develop specialty curriculum for shorter-term courses for potential income generation occupations.

Pedagogy:

  • Implement international standards of pedagogy that include participatory teaching methods, lesson plans, classroom management to raise student learning and achievements.
  • Ensure classroom instruction is complemented with hands-on training, apprenticeships and that ATVO laboratories are fully equipped to meet the new curriculum requirements.
  • Design and implement effective monitoring and evaluation processes for teachers to ensure continuous improvement in pedagogy.

Education:

Must have a PhD or equivalent experience in secondary/junior college education with emphasis in TVET.

Experience

  • At least five year experiences in the subject field and experience in the development of technical and vocational institutes in developing countries emerging from conflict.
  • Experience in working in Afghanistan or a culturally and demographically similar country.
  • A minimum of five years of experience working with TVET educational institutes in the area of curriculum development and academic and operational system reforms.
  • Experienced in working with public and private sectors.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability in transforming institutes from being donor-supported to self-sustainable.
  • Knowledge of mapping market research to TVET curriculum development that leads to quick employment.
  • Knowledgeable about addressing gender in curriculum development.
  • Knowledgeable of best practices for job placement services.
  • Knowledgeable of best practices of governance of private educational institutions.
  • Able to work with government ministries to develop strong public-private partnerships.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit their resumes with a detailed application letter and contact details, no later than April 30, 2015 to opportunities@asiafoundation.org. Please clearly indicate "Curriculum Specialist" in the subject line. Only short listed candidates will be informed.

Myanmar

Deputy Chief of Party, Myanmar

The Asia Foundation, a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to improving lives and expanding opportunities across a dynamic and developing Asia, is seeking qualified persons for a DCOP-level position on an upcoming private sector development project that will have a focus on broad-based economic opportunities in Myanmar.

Applicants will be responsible for the overall management of projects including technical oversight, administration, fiscal management, and grants management to assure quality, impact, and cost effectiveness. Responsibilities will include: developing and designing workplans; monitoring and evaluating project activities to ensure project goals are met; management and supervision of project staff; overseeing finance and grants management; maintaining cooperative relationships with local and national counterparts; coordinating and reporting to donors; and ensuring coordination with related programs in the Foundation's Myanmar Office.

Qualifications:

  • Five to seven years of demonstrated relevant field experience and programming expertise in one or more of the following areas: economics, law, economic reform and integration, economic governance, and private sector development. More specifically, experience related to inclusive economic governance at national and local levels, multi-stakeholder engagement in the economic policy process, capacity building on economic policy research and analysis, and/or financial inclusion and rural finance would be highly desirable.
  • Experience developing and managing complex projects; working with government, private sector, and civil society; managing large development aid programs and budgets; and building collaborative relationships in a complex development environment.
  • Relevant formal training (Master's degree at a minimum) and education in economics, law, business administration, finance, public policy or a related field.
  • Excellent communication and team building skills, and fluent in written and oral English.
  • Experience working on US Government-funded projects is highly desirable.
  • Working experience in developing countries, particular Asia and Myanmar, is highly desirable.

This announcement is for a proposed project and is contingent upon available funding. Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to psds.consultants@asiafoundation.org by April 20, 2015 indicating the position in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

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