Ex-minister among 17 referred to AGO on graft charges

Ex-minister among 17 referred to AGO on graft charges

KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 17 employees of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP), including former acting minister Nargis Nehan, have been referred to the Attorney General Office (AGO) for investigations on graft charges. The former acting minister and 16 other employees of the ministry have been referred to AGO in connection with corruption in the Ghorian salt mine contract, which was canceled two and half years ago. MoMP had signed a five-year contract with a private company named “Namak Nasir Omaid” on January 2, 2018 for extracting sedimentary salt from the mine in the Ghorian district of western Herat province. The salt was to be obtained from running water. According to Nehan, who was acting minister at the time, 25,000 tonnes of salt was to be extracted annually from the mine, and the contracting firm would have to pay 1,065 afghanis in royalty per tonne --meaning an annual income of 65 million afghanis for the ministry. She had then claimed the company would pay the ministry an additional amount of 120,000 afghanis annually in land rent.

SIGAR: 50% Police in South Use Drugs, 50-70% ‘Ghost Soldiers’

SIGAR: 50% Police in South Use Drugs, 50-70% ‘Ghost Soldiers’ Also, “50% to 70% of police positions were “ghost soldiers,” said SIGAR, meaning personnel listed on the books do not exist. The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), citing reports by Afghan agencies, said that nearly half of …

Intern

Title Intern
Organization Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC)
Duty Station Kabul
Duration Four Months
No. of Jobs 1
Nationality Afghan
Sex Female
Salary Range 22,440 Afs
Announcing Date August 25, 2020
Closing Date September 10, 2020
Shift 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Saturday through Wednesday (weekend work may be required)
Experience  

 

 

Background

MEC (www.mec.af) was created after the need for independent monitoring and evaluation of anti-corruption efforts was identified at a series of international conferences. MEC is wholly independent of the Government of Afghanistan and receives financial support from the international community. This independence ensures that MEC is capable of carrying out its mandate in a transparent manner without undue influence. The governing Committee, which is made up of 3 Afghan and 3 international anti-corruption experts, meets in Afghanistan quarterly, normally resulting in the setting of recommendations and benchmarks.  MEC issues regular reports every three months, with interim reports being issued regularly.  The Committee is supported by a technical secretariat of national and international staff led by an Executive Director who is supported by a Technical Director. The intern will work in VCA department.

 

 

Job Summary

The Research Intern will support the data collection and analysis of MEC Research projects. She may have to conduct interviews or assist in conducting of focus group discussions. In addition, the research intern is expected to file all the collected information.

Duties and Responsibilities:

·         Correspondence with Gov. Institutions

·         Receiving on the job training and assist in Data collection

·         Receiving on the job training regarding data analysis and contributing in data analysis to some extent

·         Collecting required documents for primary and secondary desk research.

·         Fulfilling any other task delegated by VCA team lead and officers

Qualifications

Education and Experience:

At least in the last year of a bachelor decree in a relevant social science field

Ability to write in Dari and English minutes of meetings or transcripts of interviews.

Ability to write email and meeting minutes

Good observation skills and academic curiosity

Well organized and good planner

Good communication and interpersonal skills

Knowledge of Afghan political, administrative and legal environment will be desired.

Professional Skills:

Proficient use of Excel, Microsoft Office, multi-tasking skills, and the ability to consistently meet deadlines.

How to Apply:

Candidates can apply for the position by sending their cover letter and CV in one PDF or Microsoft Word document, named in the following way:

 

“LAST_NAME_first_name.pdf” or “LAST_NAME_first_name.doc.” Supplementary documents – degrees, certificates, etc. – should not be sent at this stage.

The single PDF or Word file should be emailed to jobs@mec.af with the subject line “Monitoring & Evaluation Intern” by September 01, 2020.

 

National Consultant

Title National Consultant for MEC’s Active Follow-Up of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum
Organization Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC)
Duty Station Kabul, Afghanistan
Duration 4 Months
No. of Jobs 1
Nationality Afghan
Sex any
Salary Range According to organization salary scale
Announcing Date 23 August 2020
Closing Date 31 August 2020 (interview will be conducted on rolling base)
Shift Full time – Saturday through Wednesday, 08:00AM to 04:30 PM
Experience Three years of experience in mining/extractives sector; experience conducting research
General Overview of MEC

In 2010, the Government of the Islamic Republic Afghanistan (GoIRA) invited the international community to form the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (“MEC”), to provide anti-corruption policy advice, and monitor and evaluate progress against specific anti-corruption benchmarks. MEC was established jointly by the GoIRA and the international community, following the London and Kabul Conferences in January and July 2010, respectively, and by Presidential Decree 61, 2010.

MEC is an independent agency and is not subject to direction from either the Afghan Government or from the international community. Following the London Conference, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan invited the international community to form a joint Afghan-international monitoring and evaluation committee. On September 18, 2016, the Afghan President issued Presidential Decree No. 115. This changed the legal status, duties, scope of activities and authorities of the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee which abrogates all previous Presidential Decrees. MEC focuses on:

·         Designing and conducting research to assess corruption vulnerabilities.

·         Developing anti-corruption recommendations.

·         Monitoring and evaluating the anti-corruption efforts of the Afghan Government and the international community; and

·         Reporting on a regular basis to the President, Parliament, and people of Afghanistan, as well as to the international community, about the state of the fight against corruption.

Job Summary

The primary responsibility of the National Consultant will be to support the active follow-up and monitoring of implementation of recommendations from MEC’s Ministry-wide Vulnerability to Corruption Assessment (MVCA) on the Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum. This is an exciting opportunity to engage in one of the most important sectors for Afghanistan’s future development. The active follow-up is being conducted with the cooperation of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum and other key stakeholders in the sector.

The National Consultant will be part of the active follow-up team monitoring and evaluating the implementation of MEC’s recommendations from the 2018 Ministry-wide Vulnerability to Corruption Assessment. The team will produce periodic monitoring reports. The work will involve original research consisting of semi-structured interviews, Focus Group Discussions, direct observations, case studies, and process mapping, as well as desk research and analyses of the institutional arrangements, policies, and legal frameworks that support and underpin the mining and extractives industry in Afghanistan.

Duties and Responsibilities

·         The Consultant will bring high caliber expertise in the mining and extractives industry, best practices, and development and implementation of reforms into the project.

·         The Consultant will work closely with an International Consultant and support a team of data collectors, including staff from the MEC Secretariat.

·         The exact roles of the team members will be decided based upon the experience of the chosen candidates.

·         The Consultant will be engaged in data collection and analyses, as well as in the writing and finalization of the periodic Monitoring Reports (in English).

·         The engagement of the National Consultant is expected to be about 5 months with the possibility of extension; the final period of performance will depend on the agreed-upon timeframe and schedule of the  MEC team.

·         The National Consultant is expected to contribute substantially to the methodology that will monitor the implementation of MEC recommendations by MoMP and other stakeholders.

·         The National Consultant will support the overall monitoring effort of the team and with a particular focus on mining industry’s technical issues such as MoMP-NEPA coordination, geological survey related issues, mining industry’s legal framework, monitoring and inspection activities by MoMP, and issues related to mining sector finance and revenue.

·         The National Consultant will not be expected to complete, nor be reimbursed for, any tasks performed outside of his or her expected work-days.

·         The format, content, and length of the monitoring project can be changed at any time with the approval of the MEC Executive Director.

·         The National Consultant will support the MEC – MoMP MVCA active follow up team in designing tools to collect information through interviews, document analysis, and the review of qualitative and quantitative data.

Qualifications:

The National Consultant must have the following qualifications:

·   University degree in project management, mining and extractive studies, Geology, international development, or a related field;

·   Five years of experience in the mining and extractives industry;

·   Knowledge of research methodologies is a significant plus;

·   Ability to work in a politicized environment on a highly sensitive topic;

·   Ability to effectively work in a team environment in a challenging, multi-cultural and fast-paced setting;

·   High quality report writing skills in English.

The National Consultant will report formally to the monitoring project’s team leader and MEC’s Technical Director.

 

How to Apply

Candidates can apply for the position by sending their cover letter and CV in one PDF or Microsoft Word document, named in the following way: “LAST_NAME_first_name.pdf” or “LAST_NAME_first_name.doc.” Supplementary documents – degrees, certificates, etc. – should not be sent at this time.  The single PDF or Word file should be emailed to jobs@mec.af with the subject line “MoMP Active Follow-Up National Consultant” by 31 August 2020.

 

Note: (interview will be conducted on rolling base)

 

National Consultant

Title MoE End State Assessment National Consultant
Organization Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC)
Duty Station Kabul, Afghanistan
Duration 4 Months
No. of Jobs 1
Nationality Afghan
Sex Female Only
Salary Range According to organization salary scale
Announcing Date 22 August 2020
Closing Date 5 September 2020
Shift Full time – Saturday through Wednesday, 08:00AM to 04:30 PM
Experience Three years of experience in Education sector; experience conducting monitoring and evaluation
General Overview of MEC

In 2010, the Government of the Islamic Republic Afghanistan (GoIRA) invited the international community to form the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (“MEC”), to provide anti-corruption policy advice, and monitor and evaluate progress against specific anti-corruption benchmarks. MEC was established jointly by the GoIRA and the international community, following the London and Kabul Conferences in January and July 2010, respectively, and by Presidential Decree 61, 2010.

MEC is an independent agency and is not subject to direction from either the Afghan Government or from the international community. Following the London Conference, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan invited the international community to form a joint Afghan-international monitoring and evaluation committee. On September 18, 2016, the Afghan President issued Presidential Decree No. 115. This changed the legal status, duties, scope of activities and authorities of the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee which abrogates all previous Presidential Decrees. MEC focuses on:

·         Designing and conducting research to assess corruption vulnerabilities;

·         Developing anti-corruption recommendations;

·         Monitoring and evaluating the anti-corruption efforts of the Afghan Government and the international community; and

·         Reporting on a regular basis to the President, Parliament, and people of Afghanistan, as well as to the international community, about the state of the fight against corruption.

Job Summary

The primary responsibility of the National Consultant will be to support the active follow-up and monitoring of implementation of recommendations from MEC’s Ministry-wide Vulnerability to Corruption Assessment (MVCA) on the Afghan Ministry of Education. This is an exciting opportunity to engage in one of Afghanistan’s most important sectors. The active follow-up is being conducted with the cooperation of the Ministry of Education and other key stakeholders in the sector.

The National Consultant will be part of the active follow-up team monitoring and evaluating the implementation of MEC’s recommendations from the 2017 Ministry-wide Vulnerability to Corruption Assessment. The team will produce end state assessment report. The work will involve original research consisting of semi-structured interviews, Focus Group Discussions, direct observations, case studies, and process mapping, as well as desk research and analyses of the institutional arrangements, policies, and legal frameworks that support and underpin the work of the Ministry of Education in Afghanistan.

Duties and Responsibilities

·         The Consultant will bring high caliber expertise in the issues addressed by the Ministry of Education, best practices in Human Resources, curriculum development, monitoring and evaluation, procurement etc.

·         The exact roles of the team members will be decided based upon the experience of the chosen candidates.

·         The Consultant will be engaged in data collection and analyses, as well as in the writing and finalization of the end state assessment report.

·         The engagement of the National Consultant is expected to be about 4 months with the possibility of extension.

·         The National Consultant is expected to contribute substantially to the methodology that will monitor the implementation of MEC recommendations by MoE and other stakeholders.

·         The National Consultant will support the overall monitoring effort of the team with a particular focus on MoE’s Human Resource Management, procurement, monitoring and evaluation.

·         The National Consultant is expected to hold great knowledge and practical experience in relation to logical framework development and Monitoring and Evaluation tools designing.

·         The National Consultant will not be expected to complete, nor be reimbursed for, any tasks performed outside of his or her expected work-days.

·         The format, content, and length of the monitoring project can be changed at any time with the approval of the MEC Executive Director.

·         The National Consultant will support the team in designing tools to collect information through interviews, document analysis, and the review of qualitative and quantitative data.

Qualifications:

The National Consultant must have the following qualifications:

·   University degree in project management, Human Resource Management, Sociology, international development, or a related field;

·   Three years of experience in Education sector;

·   Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation is a significant plus;

·   Ability to work in a politicized environment on a highly sensitive topic;

·   Ability to travel to the provinces;

·   Ability to effectively work in a team environment in a challenging, multi-cultural and fast-paced setting;

·   High quality report writing skills.

The National Consultant will report formally to the monitoring project’s team leader and MEC’s Technical Director.

 

How to Apply

Candidates can apply for the position by sending their cover letter and CV in one PDF or Microsoft Word document, named in the following way: “LAST_NAME_first_name.pdf” or “LAST_NAME_first_name.doc.” Supplementary documents – degrees, certificates, etc. – should not be sent at this time.  The single PDF or Word file should be emailed to jobs@mec.af with the subject line “MoI Active Follow-Up National Consultant” by September 5,2020.

 

 

We can purchase smuggled ventilators: Embassy

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50-70 percent of police positions in four Afghan provinces are ghost soldiers: SIGAR

50-70 percent of police positions in four Afghan provinces are ghost soldiers: SIGAR

Between 50 and 70 percent of police positions in four Afghan provinces are not active, valid personnel, but ghost soldiers, according to a new US watchdog report has said. According to the report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the assessment was jointly made by Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry and the National Directorate of Security. The provinces cited in the report were Kandahar, Zabul, Helmand and Uruzgan.

In a decade, 7pc of work on dam costs 1b afs

In a decade, 7pc of work on dam costs 1b afs

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