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Capacity Building Officer


  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Kabul
  • Grade: LICA-8, Local Individual Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: 2022-05-31

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Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

Background Information - Job-specific

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Project Manager, the Capacity Building Officer is responsible for the overall design, coordination and delivery of capacity-building activities under the Rural component of the project.

Functional Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions  

  1. Planning and preparation

  2. Material development

  3. Training delivery and monitoring  

1. Planning and preparation

  • Develop a detailed train-the-trainer plan and budget for all the training to be conducted by the project team for the Facilitating Partners (FPs) for the duration of the project.

  • Ensure that the complete training package and detailed training plan are reviewed and approved in a timely manner by the project management team and the World Bank task team.

  • Coordinate with the thematic training specialists for each focus area and host the train-the-trainer sessions, including coordination with FPs on trainee attendance, accommodation, venue, training materials, food/catering, security, pre-and-post training assessment of trainees, FP certification, etc.

2. Material development

  • Develop all training materials for the stated project components, in adherence to the Project legal documents and the Operations Manual and in close consultation with the thematic experts. 

  • Design tools and internal evaluations/surveys to assess the capacity building of CDCs as a whole, CDC office bearers, CDC subcommittees, and women CDC members, as part of the project activities and in consultation with the thematic experts.

3. Training delivery and monitoring

  • Work closely with the FPs to prepare and implement the downstream training and capacity building of communities, CDCs, CDC sub-committees, mosque committees in urban areas without CDCs, etc.

  • Prepare and implement a monitoring plan for FP downstream capacity-building of CDCs, covering a small sample of FP training, by FP, region, province, topic, trainee category, etc., and report on the findings of the same.

  • Support the management in compiling lessons-learned, best practices, challenges, success stories etc. in field implementation and in updating policy, procedural and training manuals as required.

3. Impact of Results

The effective and successful achievement of results by the Capacity Building Officer ensures the project is delivered according to the Project’s design and as per the Results Framework and that key data is regularly shared and is accessible to key stakeholders. It confirms UNOPS’ role as a key and trusted partner to the World Bank, and UNOPS’ position as a critical service provider, in all challenging work environments. Given the current political and humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, this project would support the urgent repositioning of AFCO and strengthen UNOPS presence and visibility in Afghanistan, raising the profile of UNOPS  in the global humanitarian context. 

Monitoring and progress controls will be in accordance with work plans that the Supervisor and incumbent will prepare at the beginning of the assignment. 

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Qualifications and Experience

a.  Education

  • A first-level university degree (e.g. Bachelor) in Development Studies, Project Management, Sociology or other relevant discipline is required. 

b. Work Experience 

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in managing organizational development or capacity building activities from national to community level is required.

  • Experience working with the World Bank, UN agencies or other donor agencies, government ministries, and/or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is an asset.

c.  Languages

  • Fluency in English is required.

  • Fluency in Pashto and/or Dari is desirable.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

This VA is open only for Afghan nationals under CTG contract modality not UNOPS ICA.

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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