Infrastructure Manager, Afghanistan (2009167)

IRD; Middle East; 11 Nov 2009

International Relief and Development Inc (IRD) is a non-profit organization specializing in international development and humanitarian assistance. IRD's mission is to reduce the suffering of the world's most vulnerable groups and provide tools and resources needed to increase their self-sufficiency. IRD has projects throughout Afghanistan and seeks an "Infrastructure Manager."
International Relief and Development (IRD) previously implemented the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Afghanistan Vouchers for Increased Productive Agriculture (AVIPA) in 14 northern provinces in Afghanistan. The program will be extended for an additional 12 months (September 1, 2009 - August 31, 2010) and expanded to support stabilization operations within an agricultural development framework in Helmand and Kandahar. Entitled AVIPA Plus, the program has four components: Cash for Work, Small Grants, Agricultural Vouchers, and Training and Capacity Development for farmers and Ministry of Irrigation, Agriculture, and Livestock (MAIL) officials. AVIPA Plus will be implemented in close collaboration with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA) and USG partners, particularly Provincial Reconstruction Teams and US Military and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF). The long-term goals of AVIPA Plus are increased rural family farm production and productivity and strengthened links between the GoIRA and its people.
To achieve these goals AVIPA Plus will:
- Increase farm family use of high quality agricultural inputs; - Support profitable farm family participation in agricultural value chains; - Implement cash for work projects that enhance rural family farm production and productivity; - Implement a grants component that contributes to rural family farm production and productivity; - Build the capacity of MAIL officials at the provincial and district level through targeted training and extension service development.

Job Description:
The Infrastructure Manager will report to the Director of Operations, Kandahar or Director of Operations, Helmand. S/he will supervise field operations and manage field staff overseeing rehabilitation and/or construction of infrastructure projects (irrigation canals, small bridges, rural roads, etc.) The Infrastructure Manager will ensure that contracts issued for infrastructure projects are in full compliance with USAID and IRD rules and regulations. Operations may be conducted in close coordination with other US interagency team members.
- Provide leadership in the design and implementation of infrastructure rehabilitation and construction projects; - When necessary coordinate with communities, MAIL/DAIL (District Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock) staff, other GoIRA agencies, and appropriate USG interagency partners in identifying infrastructure projects;- Develop bills of quantity, scopes of work, and other contract elements; - Work with AVIPA Plus contract/grants specialists in soliciting proposals, negotiating, awarding, and finalizing contracts; - Supervise, manage and coordinate the rehabilitation and/or construction of all infrastructure projects, either through direct implementation, or through supervision of subcontracts; ensure compliance with IRD/AVIPA Plus procedures;- Prepare feasibility and environmental studies in compliance with Federal US Environmental Requirements (USAID 22 CFR 216 - Agency Environmental Procedures), ensuring no significant negative environmental impact;- Supervise the maintenance of infrastructure project files;- Conduct sites visits with MAIL/DAIL, other GoIRA, and USG agency staff to monitor projects;- Contribute to quarterly, bi-annual or annual reporting and work planning requirements.- Supervise national staff so that they are trained and equipped to efficiently accomplish their responsibilities;- Other responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications : - Masterís degree in Civil Engineering or a related field;- 5 years experience with small and medium scale engineering projects.- Experience with the United States Army Corps of Engineers preferred.- Ability to work productively with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds.- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.- Strong communication and interpersonal skills. - A minimum of 5 years experience working internationally on donor funded infrastructure projects.- Effective oral and written communication skills. - Ability to work and live under extremely difficult conditions.

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Reference : FJA-IRD-216807