Position:           Consultant (Technical Watershed Management or Management)
Duration:          15 April 2018 – 15 September 2018
Base station:   Ayni District (Sughd Oblast), regular field visits and travel to Dushanbe
Reporting to:   Senior Programme Officer, Rural Development

Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) began activities in Tajikistan in 1993 through a humanitarian response to acute food shortages in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast. The foundation has since transitioned to full-fledged development in rural, mountainous areas countrywide and established a reputation as a leader and trusted partner in implementing high-quality projects, in cooperation with development partners, as part of its long-term commitment and community-driven approach. Six programme areas – agriculture and food security, economic inclusion, health and nutrition, education, early childhood development and civil society – are critical to achieving the following goals: build economic opportunities and employment; strengthen civil society institutions; and, develop and invest in social services sustained and delivered through communities, local organisations and different levels of government. The foundation covers 35 districts across all four oblasts – Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast, Khatlon, Districts of Republican Subordination and Sughd – and reaches approximately 1.9 million people.

Project Background

Improving Livelihoods and Food Security through Sustainable Natural Resource Management is funded by the European Commission (EC) and implemented by AKF and its consortium partners – ACTED, Mountain Societies Development Support Programme, Non-Commercial Cooperative Sarob and CAMP Kuhiston – with most activities concentrating in 32 villages in 10 sub-watersheds of Zerafshan Valley (Ayni and Kuhistoni Mastchoh districts). The overall objectives are to: 1) contribute to poverty reduction by improving livelihoods, and 2) contribute to food security through improve food availability, accessibility and diet. The specific objective of the project is to improve accessibility, provision and usage of water and natural resources to promote greater sustainability in the upper catchment of Zerafshan Valley. The following results are expected: (i) sustainable biomass cycling and soil erosion control is enhanced through participatory water and NRM management, (ii) access to clean drinking water and sanitation is increased via improved, collective governance, (iii) access to energy is improved through adoption of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies, and (iv) conservation-focused, climate smart agro techniques and practices are promoted and integrated into agricultural practices.

AKF is currently seeking a highly motivated and experienced individual to serve as Consultant (Technical Advisor) based in Ayni District of Sughd Oblast. The technical advisor will support the project manager with applying a watershed management approach across the project to enhance the technical quality and integration of activities across implementers, as reflected in work plans, budgets, the logframe, implementation, monitoring and other critical aspects of the project. This support will extend to improving management, coordination and communications flows across all consortium partners and their key stakeholders: communities, local community-based organisations, and local authorities. The Consultant (Technical Advisor) will draw on his/her expertise, and a range of past experiences to contribute to the overall achievement of project goals.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Ensure a strong understanding of the integrated watershed/river basin management approach among project staff and key stakeholders.
  • Support coordination and development of annual work plans, detailed implementation plans, technical reporting, budgeting, and related processes and systems related to all project activities.
  • Provide technical support to project staff on implementing, planning and monitoring activities for timely, on-budget execution, in accordance with applicable policies and procedures.
  • Review project monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems, methodologies and tools, in coordination with the project manager and AKF, to ensure implementation aligns with logic framework objectives.
  • Lead the project team to develop technical tools and processes to guide implementation, such as sub- watershed-level ‘action plans’ outlining planned interventions to meet identified needs in target sub-watersheds.
  • Provide strategic advice to the project manager on managing relations with key stakeholders, including the donor, other international organisations, beneficiaries, local government authorities and community-based organisations.
  • Analyse information and data from monitoring visits and reports to provide recommendations that assure quality, and inform decision-making and donor and steering committee reporting.
  • Support development of communication materials, knowledge sharing and coordination with others, including EU-funded projects.

Essential Qualifications and Experiences

  • Minimum graduate degree, or equivalent academic or professional experience, in environmental sciences, geology, natural resources, hydrology, agriculture or a related field.
  • Minimum seven years of demonstrated experience managing multi-sector development projects.
  • Experience developing and managing project work plans, detailed implementation plans and budgets.
  • Experience working in development projects employing an integrated watershed management approach.
  • Experience successfully delivering new and/or integrated approaches to development.
  • Experience managing diverse teams to deliver results in complex and challenging environments.
  • Experience creating and maintaining effective working relationships with partners, government officials, and in-country and foreign experts.
  • Experience with written reports for donors or international organizations.
  • Experience developing systems and processes to track project performance.
  • Experience with guiding M&E activities, and formulating recommendations from data analysis.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Excellent skills in MS Word and MS Excel.

Assets

  • Knowledge of relevant sectors (e.g., watershed management, water supply management, sanitation and hygiene, horticulture, natural resource management).
  • Experience with managing or working for an EU-funded project.
  • Knowledge of rules, regulations, policies and procedures related to donor compliance.
  • Knowledge of governmental priorities and legislation related to project objectives.
  • Ability to coordinate within an organisation and/or across different organisations.
  • Experience with research and analysis for different purposes.
  • Ability to think critically and problem-solve to identify and manage risks.
  • Ability to communicate effectively across a range of stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of Tajik and/or Russian.

Application Process

A cover letter (2 pg max) and resume (2 pg max) clearly demonstrating how applicants meet essential qualifications and asset criteria should be submitted to: Human Resources Department at hr.recruitment@akdn.org, or through the Aga Khan Development Network Career Centre at http://bit.ly/2slFKeq by no later than Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Applications from foreign citizens will be accepted, and only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

For more information on the Aga Khan Foundation and Aga Khan Development Network visit: http://www.akdn.org and http://www.akdn.org/tajikistan.