Fixed term | 12 months | ASAP
Since 1993, as an international non-governmental organization, ACTED has been committed to immediate humanitarian relief to support those in urgent need and protect people’s dignity, while co-creating longer term opportunities for sustainable growth and fulfilling people’s potential.
ACTED endeavors to respond to humanitarian crises and build resilience; promote inclusive and sustainable growth; co-construct effective governance and support the building of civil society worldwide by investing in people and their potential.
We go the last mile: ACTED’s mission is to save lives and support people in meeting their needs in hard to reach areas. With a team of 4,600 national staff 400 international staff, ACTED is active in 38 countries and implements more than 500 projects a year reaching over 20 million beneficiaries.
ACTED has started developing its activities in Uzbekistan in 1999 and to date remains one of the few International NGOs active across the country. ACTED has been active in the fields of food security, livelihood, economic development, conflict mitigation, local governance, strengthening civil society organizations through capacity building, shelter and infrastructure, microfinance, health education, reproductive health care, water and sanitation, etc. ACTED is focusing on the needs of marginalized groups, in particular rural women, as well as committed to continue the work underway in the field of civil society development.
You will be in charge of
The Rural Infrastructure Development Project (RIDP) is implemented by the Ministry of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction (MoED) with financing from the World Bank (WB) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The development objective of the RIDP is to (i) improve the quality of basic infrastructure and (ii) strengthen participatory local governance processes in Selected Qishloqs, where participatory local governance refers to inclusive community participation in needs assessments as well as the planning, prioritization, and selection of subproject investments, and oversight activities including the monitoring of procurement, subprojects, and social audits.
Facilitating partners (FPs) will provide training and capacity support to district hokimiyats, MCA executive committees and MDUs to increase citizen participation, transparency, and accountability throughout the RIDP implementation cycle by mobilizing, training and deploying Qishloq Facilitators and Qishloq Engineers overseen and supported by technical specialists. FPs will also provide technical assistance to the PIU on topics including community mobilization and capacity building and rural water supply and sanitation.
The purpose of the FP RIDP Project Manager is to provide strong leadership to the Facilitating Partner (FP) team, and:
- to represent the FP to all key stakeholders;
- to ensure strong cooperation with the MoED;
- to act as a liaison between the MoED and field-level staff, and provide advice to the MoED on improving project implementation;
- to act how to strengthen the role of Mahalla Development Units (MDUs) and Mahalla Citizens’ Assemblies (MCAs);
- to develop and implement the work plan and methodology for community mobilization activities.
- Provide overall project leadership, including representing the FP in all aspects of implementation and vis-à-vis all key stakeholders.
- Prepare and submit high-quality reports to the MoED PIU in a timeline manner.
- Ensure strong cooperation with the MoED PIU on all aspects of implementation and contract management, and with the World Bank project team.
- Advise the MoED PIU on opportunities to refine and improve the project implementation cycle based on feedback from field staff.
- Coordinate closely with the MoED PIU opportunities to strengthen the role of MDUs and MCAs to carry out activities in support of the GoU’s Poverty Reduction Strategy.
- Develop and implement the work plan and methodology for community mobilization activities that minimize risks associated with COVID-19 and are in line with prevailing norms and regulations for public gatherings and social distancing.
Expected skills and qualifications
- Master’s degree or higher in rural development or similar field;
- Minimum of 10 years’ professional experience managing community-based, rural development or similar projects;
- Prior experience managing donor-financed projects, and the associated fiduciary requirements and processes; prior experience working on World Bank-financed projects is a plus
- Prior experience in community mobilization and communications;
- Sound technical, analytical and report writing skills;
- Experiencing interacting with Government structures, senior government officials, and representatives of international organizations;
- Fluency in English, and/or Uzbek languages is an advantage;
- Prior experience working in the Ferghana Valley of Uzbekistan is desirable
- Salary defined by the ACTED salary grid depending on education level, expertise, security level and experience
- Living allowance of 300 USD
- Lodging and food provided in the ACTED Guesthouse / or housing allowance (depending on the contract lenght and country of assignement)
- Flight tickets in and out + Visa taken in charge by ACTED
- Provision of medical and repatriation insurances
How to apply
Send your application by email under Ref: FP RIDP PM/UZB