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AID Development Program Specialist



AID Development Program Specialist - Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, FSNPSC - 11
Vacancy code/notice no :14-06
Organisation Name :USAID Nepal
Organisation Type :NGO / INGO / Development Projects
Published on :Kantipur
Published Date :March 22, 2014
Category :NGO / INGO / Social work
Job Type :Full Time
Job Level :senior
Salary :-
Experience :5 - Any years
Educational :Master
No. of Vacancies :1
Job Location :Kathmandu
Apply Before :April 4, 2014 [9 days left]

Educational Description
  • Masters degree in a Development field, Social Science, Economics or relevant discipline.
Job Specification
PRIOR WORK EXPRIENCE :
  • Minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in a performance monitoring and / or evaluation role with an international development organization
KNOWLEDGE :
  • Demonstrated ability in data analysis, project design, monitoring and evaluation of development activities.
  • Experience developing results frameworks, logical frameworks or similar tools for project design is required
  • Experience developing and / or using performance management plans or similar tools is required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in monitoring and evaluating programs - including indicator development, study design and data analysis - in multiple sectors.
  • Experience using knowledge management software or database is highly desired.
  • Experience managing grants or contracts is also highly desired.
LANGUAGE :
  • Level IV (fluent) in English and Nepali is required.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES :
  • Excellent analytical skills and the ability to summarize disparate information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Excellent research and data collection methodology skills.
  • Ability to create organizational work plans based on higher-level goals.
  • Ability to lead and coordinate multiple offices through multiple step processes without being a direct supervisor (although appropriate authority will be given).
  • Skills in supporting staff with a variety of levels of knowledge and capabilities.
  • Strong organizational skills in order to balance competing priorities.
  • Ability to work independently to efficiently meet deadlines.
  • Strong inerpersonal skills.
  • Oral and written communication skills to deal effectively with mid and high level partner contracts, the host goverment and the local communities.
  • Ability to apply Agency regulations and procedures to daily work requirements.
  • Excellent computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheet programs and data base management.
Job Description
  • OPEN TO : All interested and qualified candidates.
  • OPENING DATE : March 21, 2014.
  • CLOSING DATE : April 4, 2014 - 5:00 P. M. Kathmandu time.
  • WORK HOURS : Full-time; 40 hours / week.
AID Development Program Specialist is a member of the Program and Project Development Office (PPD) and provides technical assistance in :
  • General program monitoring and evaluation.
  • USAID and partner staff use of a Web-based management information system.
  • Developing indicators for monitoring USAID performance.
  • Developing and maintaining the USAID Performance Management Plan and projecti-level monitoring and evaluation plans.
  • Supporting project design.
  • Producing annual reports on USAID performance and supporting USAID to learn from and make decisions based on monitoring and evaluation data.
Specific Requirement
  • All ordinarily resident applicants must have the required work and / or residency permits to be eligible for consideration.

Apply Instructions
A detailed job description for the position can be obtained by visiting USAID/Nepal website at http://www.usaid.gov/nepal/careers
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and a resume - not to exceed 3 pages - and any other documentation that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed in the full job description. Please provide names of three refereneces and their contact numbers and email addresses as well.
Please send your application to the attention of USAID/Nepal Human Resources Office, U. S. Embassy Maharajgunj, G. P. O. Box. 295, Kathmandu, Nepal. Applications may be sent electronically to : USAIDNepalHR@usaid.gov
Only short listed applicants will be contacted to participate in the hiring process.
USAID/Nepal is an equal opportunity employer committed to a staff composition that reflects the social and ethnic deiversity of Nepal society. We believe that social inclusion and diversity contributes to excellence. Applicants from disadvantaged caste, under represented ethnic groups and women are especially encouraged to apply.

Child Protection and Development Officer



Umbrella Organisation Nepal (UON)

Job Description

Position: Child Protection and Development Officer (CPDO)

Overall Goal:
The overall goal of this job is to ensure safe, healthy and encouraging environment to the umbrella children, protect and prevent them from all forms of abuse, exploitation and violence by promoting a safe, caring and nurturing environment at Residential Child Care Homes, according to the Acts, rules, regulations and norms of the Government of Nepal and minimum guidelines set by the Central Child Welfare Board (CCWB) of Nepal.

Under the direct line management of Programme Director (PD) the (CPDO) will be working as a key team member of the organization for smooth operation of child protection and development programme, effective implementation of protection and development policies and to ensure safety and security of Umbrella children.

Key Responsibilities:
·         To deal with Assistant CPD Officers, Child Protection and Development Supervisors and other support staff on children and other management issues.
·         To coordinate with other departments - such as Next Step Youth and Education &Reintegration for career and psycho-social counselling, career development, family counselling etc .
·          To manage Child Development Program including group counselling, discussion groups and youth clubs and facilitate workshops and trainings. Maintain a Child Centred Approach in all aspects of organisation and implement Child Protection Policies in Child care homes.
·         Hold counselling sessions and oversee referrals for counselling.
·         Facilitate staff training to ensure that CPD Supervisors are fully equipped to care for children
The major responsibilities for the CPDO, and the success criteria that will show whether these have been achieved, are:

  • Organize regular meeting with the children, fortnightly meeting with CPDS and at least bi-monthly meeting with home assistants.
  • Prepare and establish the action plan of residential childcare homes and monitors the progress of the same maintaining a close relationship with all parties and ensures their active involvement in the programme.
  • Develop and manage a Master list of children in each home and record their every development and other required information on regular basis.
·         Update children profiles and maintain the database.
·         Develop/update the Code of conduct and guidelines for Umbrella Homes that is in compliance with the Govt. policies and UON’s mandate/philosophy to provide a protective, supportive and caring environment for children and enforce the code of conduct and guidelines, with clear understanding among the staff that in case of violation, formulating a list of immediate possible consequences.
·         Organize trainings and workshops to the children on child right, child protection and anti- child trafficking issues.
·         Organize training, workshop and orientation program to the program staff to enhance their skills and knowledge that help to achieve the organizational goal under its policy.
·         Coordinate with Youth Officer and Reintegration Officer to run Umbrella NSYEP and Reintegration programme efficiently.
·         Conduct group and individual counseling among Umbrella children and youth and refer to specific counselor if any alarming case.
·         Prepare counseling reports, case studies and success stories and maintain the confidentiality of the children’s information.
·         Coordinate with Doctor, Health Assistant and House Parents on children’s health issue.
·         Prepare and establish the action plan of residential childcare homes and monitor the progress of the same maintaining a close relationship with all parties and ensure their active involvement in the programme.
·         Prevent and protect the children from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury, abuse, neglect, maltreatment and exploitation, including sexual abuse
·         Provide required supervision, advice and support to Assistant CPDOs on all child related issues.
·         Supervise Asst.CPDOs responsible on child protection and development issues.
·         Work closely with international team and volunteers on programme related issues.
·         Regular update of up bi-monthly progress report of the programme and submit to PD.
·         Forecast monthly budget projection for the programme and regularly submit to the Finance and Admin Department.
Experience: At least 2 years in relevant field.

Qualifications: Bachelors Degree in Social Science or equivalent.

      Benefits:
·         Monthly Gross Salary:As per rules 
·         Other benefits: As per organization policy.
Application process: Interested candidates may apply on apply@umbrellanepal.org

Livelihood Specialist


Terms of Reference

Title: Livelihood Specialist: Conservation and Development
Thematic Area : Livelihoods
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Background

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. Our aim is to influence policy and practices to meet environmental and livelihood challenges emerging in the HKH region. To do this we bring together researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from the region and around the globe to generate and share knowledge, support evidence-based decision making, and encourage regional collaboration. ICIMOD delivers impact through its six Regional Programmes of Adaptation to Change, Transboundary Landscapes, River Basins, Cryosphere and Atmosphere, Mountain Environment Regional Information System, and Himalayan University Consortium (emerging). These regional programmes are supported by the four Thematic Areas of Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, Water and Air, and Geospatial Solutions and underpinned by Knowledge Management and Communication. ICIMOD seeks to reduce poverty and vulnerability and improve the lives and livelihoods of mountain women and men, now and for the future. 

The Livelihoods Thematic Area focuses on promoting diversified and sustainable livelihood options in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. It seeks to enhance understanding of the human-environment interface, rural-urban linkages, driving forces of change, and linkages between conservation and development. Value chain development of high-value products (HVPs) like non-timber forest products, honey, medicinal and aromatic plants, and horticulture products and non-farm activities including tourism and other services are key priority areas. 
The Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KSLCDI) is an innovative effort under the Transboundary Landscapes Regional Programme being implemented in parts of China, India and Nepal. These countries have joined hands to help preserve the landscape‘s unique biological diversity, many ecosystem goods and services, and value-based cultural heritage while developing the livelihoods of the local communities of one of the most revered and sacred transboundary landscapes in the world. 

ICIMOD seeks to promote natural resource-based livelihood options in high-altitude mountain regions of the HKH. To strengthen its existing capacity in this regard, ICIMOD is looking for an Expert with a sound understanding and experience in identifying, designing, and implementing natural resource-based livelihood options in transboundary landscapes of mountainous areas.

Responsibilities and tasks

The Livelihood Specialist will be responsible for the following tasks and responsibilities: 
  • Analysing existing value chains (VC), markets, policies, programmes and socioeconomic drivers/factors that influence natural resource-based livelihood options in high-altitude mountain regions of the HKH.
  • Exploring and promoting natural resource based-livelihood options and opportunities for integrating conservation and development into value chain promotion. 
  • Developing strategies and approaches for upgrading existing value chains and promoting socially inclusive and environmentally sensitive value chains for enhancing income and livelihoods of local communities. 
  • Designing and implementing integrated livelihood options including the development of value chains of farm and non-farm products and services in pilot sites for increasing income, reducing vulnerabilities, and enhancing resilience of target groups by promoting good practices in collaboration with local and national partners. 
  • Plan and organize training programmes and workshops on natural resource-based livelihood options, including high-value products (HVP) and value chain development, to build the capacity of relevant partners and key stakeholders to integrate farm and non-farm options. 
  • Support to coordination and planning of partner activities and budget for HVP and tourism VC related activities under the KSLCDI.
  • Work as a member of the Livelihood Theme and provide support to KSLCDI in particular and to other initiatives of the Transboundary Landscapes programme as and when necessary. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Postgraduate degree, preferably PhD, in agribusiness, development studies, economics, or other related field. 
  • At least 5 years of work experience in designing, managing/coordinating, and implementing livelihood promotion programmes and projects, preferably of which a part has been gained in the mountain regions of Asia.
  • Proven ability to identify, design, and implement pilots for innovative options particularly on natural resource-based products and upgrading strategies in value chains.
  • Proven expertise and experience with multi-stakeholder engagement and public-private partnerships in HVP VC promotion.
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team in a regional context and to travel frequently in mountainous areas. 

Competencies

  • Knowledge: Sound knowledge and understanding of livelihoods analysis and promotion at different levels including household and community, and ability to conceptualize different dimensions of conservation and development imperatives and operationalize them in the changing socioeconomic context of the HKH region. Sound skills in analysing policies and programmes focusing on conservation and development, drawing policy lessons and recommendations, and linking policy to action for livelihoods development.
  • Research skills: State-of-the-art knowledge of research on livelihoods analysis, value chains analysis, and development; a track record of relevant publications.
  • Management and coordination: Ability to plan, coordinate, and work in an interdisciplinary team across different programmes and projects. 
  • Social/team competency: Ability to work smoothly across interdisciplinary teams with intercultural sensitivity and contribute towards establishing commitment among team members and partners. 
  • Networking/stakeholder management: Ability to identify relevant partners, maintain existing relations, and build new linkages and effectively facilitate stakeholder processes on livelihoods development from farm and non-farm based products and services.
  • Results/impact orientation: Proactive approach within and outside the organization to generate concrete results on an output level; seek opportunities to transform output to outcome and impact.
  • Flexibility/innovation: Stay abreast with changing context of livelihood issues of HKH region and find ways to introduce innovative approaches in livelihoods promotion in transboundary landscapes and lead and advocate the development towards a continuous learning culture.
  • Report and proposal writing: Excellent analytical and writing skills and demonstrated ability to write reports and document good practices and impact stories.

Duration

3 years, of which the first six months are probation, with a possibility of extension subject to ICIMOD’s future funding levels.

Starting Date

As early as possible,

Remuneration

Salaries and benefits of ICIMOD are highly competitive compared to other regional organizations; remuneration is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Gender and Equity Policy

Qualified and eligible women candidates and those from disadvantaged backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. ICIMOD implements a gender fair policy and is supportive of working women. It operates a Day-Care Centre at the campus and is committed to gender mainstreaming at the organisational and programmatic levels.

Method of application

Applicants are requested to apply online before 16 April 2014 through ICIMOD's Online Application System.
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Regional Program Manager


Terms of Reference

Title: Regional Programme Manager: Himalayan University Consortium
Programme: Himalayan University Consortium
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Background

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. Our aim is to influence policy and practices to meet environmental and livelihood challenges emerging in the HKH region. To do this we bring together researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from the region and around the globe to generate and share knowledge, support evidence-based decision making, and encourage regional collaboration. ICIMOD delivers impact through its six Regional Programmes of Adaptation to Change, Transboundary Landscapes, River Basins, Cryosphere and Atmosphere, Mountain Environment Regional Information System, and Himalayan University Consortium (emerging). These regional programmes are supported by the four Thematic Areas of Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, Water and Air, and Geospatial Solutions and underpinned by Knowledge Management and Communication. ICIMOD seeks to reduce poverty and vulnerability and improve the lives and livelihoods of mountain women and men, now and for the future. 

The vision of the Himalayan University Consortium (HUC) Regional Programme is to contribute to enhanced collaboration among universities in the region and to promote centres of excellence on key topics relevant to the region. The aim is to build a dynamic mountain knowledge partnership among universities, ICIMOD, and regional member country partners to promote research and learning. ICIMOD and universities will work together to strengthen capacity by developing joint research and knowledge management programmes on contemporary topics and, in so doing, help ease some of the shortcomings that regional institutions may have in terms of capacity and funding. HUC partners will be involved in developing and sharing new curricula. Key outcomes will include new curricula adopted and more students relevantly trained to meet the mountain challenges of the future. HUC’s members share resources, facilities, and expertise to provide higher education relevant and accessible to students and communities in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region.  

Responsibilities and tasks

The HUC Regional Programme Manager is responsible for the overall management and for building and driving the HUC Regional Programme. This will include active networking in the region and outside, developing concepts and designs, and strategic programme planning and coordination, financial management and budgeting, coordination and communication with stakeholders, monitoring the delivery of results, ensuring proper dissemination of impacts, etc. 

Main responsibilities and tasks

1. Leadership and Regional Programme Management: 
  • Responsible for overall strategic management of the HUC Regional Programme; ensure that the results are consistent, complementary, and in line with the expected programme objectives.
  • Implement the Programme so that it reflects HUC’s principles and values, including the key role of mountain people for the development of the HKH region. 
  • Serve as the member secretary of the steering committee and is responsible for the overall administration of HUC and the development and delivery of its programmes. 
  • Organize HUC workshops and conferences, with specific attention to the participant list, funds allocation, outputs, and report quality.
  • Collaborate with leaders of thematic areas on “Big Research Questions” arising from the HUC Regional Programme.
  • Responsible for linking the major outputs to outcome level and ensuring the achievement of impacts from the regional programme. 
  • Ensure that gender guidelines are administered (gender balance in workshops, women are given chances in leadership roles, etc.).
2. Programme planning, monitoring, and reporting: 
  • Responsible for the overall development of the HUC Regional Programme and actively participates in and provides inputs to ICIMOD’s strategic planning process on academic networking and knowledge sharing.
  • Take responsibility for preparing the ’Annual Plan and Budget’ for the Programme. 
  • In collaboration with the Strategic Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Unit, monitor and adjust the programme to ensure impact. 
  • Ensure timely and high quality reporting to the donors. 
  • Regular review of the activities, budgets, and related expenditure of the programme. 
3. Collaboration and partnership development: 
  • Adhere to institutional norms and practices in line with the partnership strategy and guidelines for partnership development and management with the programme.
  • In coordination with the Partnership Unit, develop and manage the partnerships within the Consortium for strategic collaboration to contribute to the regional programme objectives. 
  • Help coordinate and promote scientific research across the members of HUC, as well as engaging in strategic partnerships with regional science organizations.
  • Work closely with member universities to ensure that programmatic activities are initiated and implemented. Strengthen HKH Universities by sharing resources, facilities, and expertise through development of thematically focused networks of knowledge experts.
  • Enhance the roles of higher education institutions in the HKH as creators, holders, and communicators of knowledge about mountain issues and regions.
4. Communication and outreach: 
  • Primary responsibility for coordinating the internal and external information and dissemination of results regarding the HUC Regional Programme, and for maintaining the website and other news services.
5. Fundraising and resource mobilization: 
  • In close coordination with the Senior Management, contribute to resource mobilization, e.g., write concept notes and proposals; maintain constructive dialogue with sponsors whenever required; explore co-funding opportunities involving regional partners and/or member countries.
6. Human Resource Management
  • Supervise HUC Programme support staff and carry out their performance appraisal.
  • Whenever necessary, ensure efficient and effective engagement of human resources in smooth cooperation with the leaders of the thematic areas.
  • Motivate and inspire team members towards the delivery of high quality results and the achievement of impact.
7. Other: 
  • Develop own professional skills and knowledge by attending relevant conferences and training courses as necessary.
  • Work as a team player within ICIMOD to support other activities and promote institutional goals, and work closely with colleagues at the Centre to contribute to a constructive and professional working environment and to the development of ICIMOD as a fully integrated mountain development centre.
  • Perform other duties as assigned/requested by the Director of Programme Operations or other members of the Senior Management.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD degree in social science, business administration, information science, communication, or related field.
  • At least 10 years of work experience in University Consortiums or University Administration
  • Ability to use common office and communication software

Competencies

  • Management and coordination: The ability to plan and manage large-scale programmes on a strategic level, including financial overview, people management, monitoring and evaluation
  • Networking/stakeholder management: The ability to identify relevant partners, build new linkages, and effectively facilitate stakeholder processes, manage conflict and negotiate major programme issues
  • Knowledge: Possess state-of-the-art knowledge on subjects related to the regional programme, and has ability to represent institution in international forums.
  • Communication and outreach: Excellent written and spoken English; the ability to effectively present, discuss, convince people and target groups on different levels with tailored messages; ensure effective channels of communication across the organization
  • Results/impact orientation: Ability to work independently with a strong sense of initiative and self-motivation; the ability to apply a proactive strategic approach within and outside the organization to generate concrete results leading to impacts
  • Social/team competency: The ability to build effective teams including people from different disciplinary and cultural backgrounds and across the organization; give and receive constructive feedback; provide information and share resources across the organization to help make decisions collaboratively and solve mutual problems
  • Report and proposal writing: The ability to write and coordinate the preparation of complex project and programme reports, write successful proposals, and synthesize results from different thematic areas

Duration

Initially for three years with possibility of extension subject to future funding levels.

Starting Date

As early as possible preferably from 1 August 2014

Remuneration

Remuneration will be commensurate with experience and qualification as per ICIMOD rules.

Gender and Equity Policy

Qualified and eligible women candidates and those from disadvantaged backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. ICIMOD implements a gender fair policy and is supportive of working women. It operates a Day-Care Centre at the campus and is committed to gender mainstreaming at the organisational and programmatic levels.

Method of application

Applicants are requested to apply online before 22 April 2014 through ICIMOD's Online Application System.
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.