Chief Information Officer (CIO)



 Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT)

Request for “Expressions of Interest” for Individual Consultant

                                  Consultancy Services: Chief Information Officer

Project: E-Government Resource Center


Position:                      Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Number of Positions:  1

Contract Type:           Services Contract (Advisory Services)

Duration:                   12 Months (Possibility of Extension)

Publish Date:             19th September /2016

Closing Date:             2th October/ 2016

Duty Station:             Kabul

Gender:                     any

Vacancy:                   (Local)



EGRC-II is USAID on budget funded project based on milestone in the premises of MCIT and this center became as a source of technical expertise and skills, advice and guidance for development and deployment of E-Government in the ministries and provide timely, high quality advice and technical expertise to Government of Afghanistan (GoA) for design and development of the E-Government program as a whole and for specific projects within it.  The Centre will also provide services to donor supported projects and other agencies of the government at the central and provincial levels in the development and deployment of ICT for governance and development including training and capacity building in the agencies and in the development and implementation of E-Government projects in various application areas.

Services to be rendered by the E-Government Resource Centre can be classified into the following major categories:

  1. E-Government Consulting and Advisory Services
  2. E- Government Human Resource Capacity Development
  3. E-GIF Implementation and IT standardization Services
  4. Information Technology and electronic government Audit



The Ministry of Communications and IT is the core body to promote, design, implement and adopt ICT in the country. In order to establish the basis for Government Wide Information Technology (GWIT) leadership and decision-making, EGRC will establish the CIO culture within the government.

  • The Chief Information Officer’s role is to provide vision and leadership for developing and implementing information technology initiatives that align with the mission of focus.
  • The Chief Information Officers using between MCIT and Line ministry (1)Ministry of Foreign Affairs, (2) Ministry of Interior, (3) Ministry of Finance,(4) Ministry of Commerce and Industry, (5) Ministry of Education, (6) Ministry of Information, Culture & Tourism, (7) Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, (8) Ministry of Higher Education,  (9) Ministry of Public Health, (10) Civil Service Commission(11) Independent Directorate of  Local Governors, (12) Ministry of Public Work and )13) Central Statistics Office.
  • CIOs are ensuring the implementation of MCIT policies and strategies.
  •  Deploy standardized PC/Work Station operating environments
  • Develop ministry-wide Information Security policies and guidelines. 
  • Develop plans  for Centralized Data Center operations and Hosting of applications
  • Develop a CIO Handbook and conduct CIO Training


Scope of Work  

CIO’s supporting Government Wide Information Technology (GWIT) are needed at the National and Ministerial Level

The National CIO will align Government Wide Information Technology (GWIT) strategies to meet national socio-economic goals:

  • Oversee Return on Investment (ROI)
  • Provide leadership to streamline processes, develop standards and identify common applications
  • Develop and implement citizen programs by supporting an e-Government infrastructure
  • Enhance skills and training opportunities for constituents and in turn create jobs
  • Show transparency, modernity, and bestow credibility to international community
  • Develop private sector and vendor relationships

The Ministerial CIO will align GWIT (Government Wide Information Technology) strategies to improve inter/intra ministerial operations:

  • Implement National CIO Programs, GWIT (Government Wide Information Technology) policy and standards
  • Increase efficiencies, productivity, and government transparency
  • Implement e-Government and improve service to constituents
  • Manage (Return on Investment) ROI
  • Develop human resources to increase government capabilities

Detailed tasks include:

  • Create CIO Strategic Plan for their own organization with the coordination of MCIT strategic plans.
  • Assess and update or establish the legal structure for a National and Ministerial CIO Program that empowers the CIO to execute responsibilities
  • Align policy and procedures to support the legal structure
  • Identify areas where process change should be implemented
  • Define the foundation (IT Organization & Process) for GWIT Management
  • Implement processes so that IT resources are applied in a way that is well-aligned with overall government strategy
  • Manage GWIT (Government Wide Information Technology) expenditures and eliminate duplication of systems, data, and effort
  • Establish budgets and execution methods to assure proper use of government funds
  • Assure new legal, policy, and procedural efforts support a service oriented model aimed at constituents
  • Establish e-Gov efforts for broad socio-economic development objectives
  • Use e-Gov to build trust between governments and citizens
  • Introduce innovation in public services
  • Increase efficiency and transparency of government for business transactions
  • Conduct IT transformation and change impact assessment
  • Map the assessment results to the desired “future state”
  • Develop comprehensive, pragmatic actions to address  people and organizational risks inherent in the CIO organization redesign
  • Proactively identify and address the specific risks posed by the change
  • Establish metrics and measurements to track success in the short and long term
  • Focus on achieving current goals and objectives and sustaining future ROI (Return on Investment).


Qualification and Skills Requirements

Chief Information Officer should have the following qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor Degree in Computer Science or related field with 8 years works experience (Master degree is preferable)
  • Master degree in Computer Science or related field with 3 years’ works experience.
  • Fluency in Pashtu, Dari and English (reading, writing, speaking).
  • High integrity and accountability, good team work spirit.
  • Good knowledge of training and capacity building in Afghanistan content.
  • Ability to draft clear and concise reports.
  • Ability to work in new technological environment
  • Ability to develop any type of database based on modern technology concepts
  • Demonstrated experience in public sector management.
  • Demonstrated experience in effectively managing people and projects.
  • A capacity to build relationships.
  • Skills required maintaining confidentiality and secrecy.
  • Sound knowledge of planning and prioritization.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Excellent technological skills.

Contact Information Application Procedures:

Expressions of interest and the latest CVs must be delivered or sent by e-mail to the addressees below, no later than   24th September/ 2016

E- Government Recourses Center:

Attn: HR Officer EGRC-II Project 15th floor, Ministry of Communications and IT (MCIT) Mohammad Jan Khan Watt; Kabul, Afghanistan Cell phone: +93 781 616 724

 Email: ; Web site:


Copy to:

  1. Abdul Mujeeb Mohmand: E – Government Director, Ministry of Communication and IT, I.R of Afghanistan; Mohammad Jan Khan Watt, Kabul Afghanistan.


  1. Sayed Masoud Samim: Human Recourses Director, Ministry of Communication and IT, I.R of Afghanistan; Mohammad Jan Khan Watt, Kabul Afghanistan.                                   Email:     



  • Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to equally qualify female candidates.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Any persuade will be threat as disqualification
  • Fraudulent documents and or fraudulent claims in CVs and or documents will result in disqualification at any stage of the recruitment process.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be notified or contacted


Any queries on the position may also be addressed to the above mentioned email addresses, latest 3 working days before the deadline for submission of applications.