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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

Organization Development Consultant

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

Organization Development Consultant

Background

The Asia Foundation (the Foundation) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region. Drawing on 60 years of experience, the Foundation supports initiatives to improve governance, law and civil society; women's empowerment; economic reform and development; sustainable development and the environment; and international relations. The Asia Foundation has offices in 18 countries throughout Asia and is headquartered in San Francisco. In Afghanistan, the Foundation supports five primary themes: Governance and Law, Women's Empowerment, Education, Survey/Research and Knowledge Development, and Regional Cooperation.

In the Education department, the Foundation, with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is implementing a six year project titled Strengthening Education in Afghanistan (SEA-II). A key deliverable is to build organizational and staff capacity of local CSOs and specific departments within two ministries – The Ministry of Education and The Ministry of Higher Education.

The Foundation is seeking for an organization development consultant or a consulting company to provide technical support on how to assess the current level of capacity among the targeted organizations in the areas of strategic planning, human resources, financial management, procurement, administration, financial sustainability, performance management and service delivery. Once the assessment is completed they are required to convert the assessments' recommendations into strategies and action plans for implementation with the goal of building institutional and human capacity of the targeted organizations. The consultant(s) will be assisted by TAF staff knowledgeable in OCA, OCAT, and NUPAS (explained in more detail below).

Note: This position can be filled by an individual or a Consulting Company that can provide one or more consultants to deliver the items in the "Deliverables" section.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Organization Capacity Assessment (OCA)

OCA is a holistic and a self-assessment process, identifying capacity gaps and developing a plan of intervention to address the gaps with a view of improving organizational performance in areas identified above. Implementation of OCA using the OCA Tool (OCAT) is highly recommended by USAID as an approach to assess the institutional and staff capacities of organizations. Key responsibilities include:

  • Assist national staff (both TAF and targeted institutions) in conducting the assessment in an inclusive and participatory manner;
  • Assist and develop national staff in analyzing and consolidating the data;
  • Assist the national staff in identifying gaps and recommending interventions to address the same; and
  • Work with the team to develop a calendar that lays out in which sequence the interventions should be introduced and implemented.

Non-U.S. Organization pre-Award Survey (NUPAS)

NUPAS is also a recommended USAID tool whose objectives are:

  1. To determine whether the organization has sufficient financial and managerial capacity to manage USAID funds in accordance with U.S. Government and USAID requirements;
  2. To determine the most appropriate method of financing to use under the potential USAID award; and
  3. To determine the degree of support and oversight necessary to ensure proper accountability of funds provided to the organization.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Develop and, if needed, work with TAF assigned specialists to customize the NUPAS Toolkit to assess the targeted organization in relation to each of the specified capacity building areas;
  • Develop local capacity in relation to the above tasks by involving relevant stakeholders in the development of the toolkit;
  • With application of NUPAS, identify the organizations that have adequate capacities to receive direct funding from USAID; Determine capacity gaps and identify appropriate interventions to address the gaps;
  • and Assist SEA II M&E team to set a baseline and generate data for use in monitoring and evaluation of the change in capacities of the targeted organizations.

Strategic Planning

Institutional or staff capacity of an organization is difficult to achieve without a quality 3 to 5 year strategic plan that clearly lays out the vision, mission, goals, objectives, key activities, budget and so on. As such, one of the key deliverables is to facilitate a process by which the institution develops a strategic plan or modifies an existing one. Key responsibilities include:

  • Facilitate a strategic planning workshop involving key stakeholders;
  • Assist the institutions' and TAF local staff in the preparation of a three to five-year strategic plan;
  • Based on the final strategic plan and strategic objectives assist IPs to develop an operational plan for the same period;
  • Assist and train IPs on how to develop a risk management plan based on the strategic plan; and
  • Transfer key knowledge and skills to the institutions to enable them to execute the plan and develop monthly reports giving updates on progress made in its execution.

Deliverables

Key deliverables for this assignment include:

  • An inception report;
  • A three to five year strategic plan for relevant institutions;
  • A recommended organizational structure and staffing arrangements;
  • Assignment exit report and detailed achievements;
  • Customized NUPAS tool developed based on need;
  • A comprehensive report detailing current levels of capacity among targeted organizations and recommendations for addressing gaps;
  • A detailed capacity development action plan for each of the targeted organizations; and
  • Fully trained qualified national staff on moving the work forward.

Qualifications

  • An advanced degree (master's level and above) in organizational development, public administration, economics, or a related field;
  • Knowledgeable in the theory and application of OCAT and NUPAS within the CSO/NGO sector;
  • A minimum of five years of experience in strategic planning and organizational capacity development in the ministries/CSO sector;
  • Experience in Afghanistan and/or similar context required; Excellent analytical reporting and professional English communication skills;
  • Facilitation, presentation and mentoring skills; and
  • Excellent facilitation skills with demonstrated ability in working with people from diverse backgrounds.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants and/or consulting companies are encouraged to submit their resumes with a detailed application letter and contact details, no later than January 31st, 2016 to afghanistan.jobs@asiafoundation.org. Please clearly indicate "Organization Development Consultant" in the subject line. Only short listed candidates / consulting companies will be informed.

Note: This position can be filled by an individual or a Consulting Company that can provide one or more consultants to deliver the items in the "Deliverables" section.

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