Afghanistan – A Deputy Head of Mission Programs
Starting date : October 2019
Duration of Mission: 3 months
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians’ victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. The association leads in average 200 projects by year in the following sectors of intervention: food security, health, nutrition, construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures, water, sanitation, hygiene and economic recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 6 million people in 22 countries – in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.
Humanitarian Situation and needs:
Afghan mission is the oldest PUI mission, with the first medical intervention launched in 1979 just after the Soviet Invasion. Since then, the country has mostly been in conflict, causing mass casualties and massive movements of population, within or out of the country. In 2017, 438,000 people have been internally displaced (bringing the total number of displaced people to 1.7 million) and there has been an influx of more than 550,000 afghan returnees from Iran and Pakistan. This high number of returns is putting pressure on host communities who are already strained by the conflict. The achievements realized by the international community following the post-2001 intervention are now jeopardized by the intensification of conflict and violence and fragile governance. Indeed, due to the increase of the attacks, casualties, displacements and consequently, of the acute needs, the United Nations reclassified Afghanistan conflict from protracted to an active one. Many Armed Opposition Groups (AOGs) are threatening the Government of Afghanistan, struggling to impose its vision of development, despite continuous extended military, financial and political support, nationally and internationally.
Insecurity, economic concerns, governance issues and increased pressure on the delivery of services are pushing many Afghans to risk their lives fleeing to Europe, as they fear for their lives in Afghanistan. Afghan refugees represent the third largest refugee group worldwide and the second largest contingent of asylum seekers to the EU.
In this scenario, with elevated pressure on aid actors, the capacity to deliver aid to the most in need in remote areas is extremely challenging. Access on the field is difficult in Afghanistan, especially in some province in the Eastern Region. The humanitarian crisis is looming as actors are overstretched and resources oriented to other crises. A high capacity to deliver aid is then required in such a complex environment where humanitarian needs are huge.
Our actions in the field:
PUI’s strategy is to address the fundamental needs of the Afghan population in respect with all humanitarian principles. Indeed, neutrality and impartiality are key principles to respect in order to enable humanitarian access to the affected populations. PUI has a strong health expertise in the country that can be used as an entry point to implement an integrated approach to support the population to regain their most basic needs and also to their self-sufficiency. Indeed, such problems as malnutrition and undernutrition request a multi sectoral and comprehensive response in order to decrease the prevalence of the phenomenon. Since the beginning of 2013, PUI in Afghanistan is intervening on emergency preparedness and medical activities for conflict-affected populations. With constant increasing of civilian casualties from January 2014 to December 2017 (around 10,000 documented during the year 2017), it is indeed crucial to have health staff prepared and equipped for mass casualties, and also to address displaced population needs. Due to the violent recent history of the country and the constantly increasing number of security incidents in the country, PUI is developing an advocacy plan for development of PFA/PSS (psychosocial support) in the country, in order to support the development of such activity countrywide.
The main programmatic objectives of the mission for 2018 and 2019 are: PUI will continue its emergency interventions in Kunar and Nangarhar provinces as well as expanding in the whole Eastern Region to procure live-saving assistance to people whose needs are the most urgent. The reduction of the malnutrition in Kunar by the implementation of targeted supplementary feeding program still constitutes a priority for PUI teams. With the presence of a PFA/PSS advisor and the implementation of Mental Health interventions, PUI keeps developing the MHPSS component in its mission. Finally, PUI is BPHS implementer in Kunar until at least end of 2018 and aims at remaining the main implementer in this province for the coming years.
As part of our actions, we are looking for a Deputy Head of Mission
Under the supervision of the Head of Mission, the Deputy HoM for Programs will lead the Program Department (Technical Coordinators, Monitoring and Evaluation Teams, Grants Officer) in order to coordinate the tactical and strategic programming aspects of the mission for ensuring the implementation of high quality Programs and helping in strengthening the PUI Mission development.
She/He will operate these duties in line with the global PUI’ Strategic framework and the agreed Country Strategy for Afghanistan.
Tasks and responsibilities:
- Program oversight and development
- Program quality and monitoring
- Internal/external compliance, reporting and documentation
- Coordination with partners and external communication
- Field implementation team performance analysis
- Ensuring the representation of PUI
- Comprehension of the context (Security and displacement of persons)
- Develop projects according to PUI strategy in country
- Develop PUI notoriety in the country
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Training and Experiences
- Project management
- Education in Agriculture/Watsan /Public Health/Psychosocial
- Financial Management
- Human Resource Management
- Logistics and Security
- 3 years of humanitarian experience in project co-ordination.
- Successful experience in expatriate team management and multi-sector programmes.
- Experience in security management
- Previous experience as Deputy Head of Mission in an NGO or OSI
- Experience with PUI
- Experience in project progression.
Knowledge and Skills:
- Excellent writing skills
- Team management
- Project management
- Detailed knowledge of the donors (ECHO, OFDA, UN agencies, EuropeAid, AAP…)
- French & English MENDATORY
Required Personal Characteristics:
- Leadership skills and the ability to make decisions
- Trustworthiness and a sense of responsibility
- Charisma and the ability to awake enthusiasm for the work the project involves
- Ability to use authority, when necessary
- Analysis and synthesis abilities (discenrment, pragmatism)
- Ability to adapt
- Organisational skills, ability to be thorough and respect due dates
- Strong listening and negotiation skills
- Good people and communication skills
- Ability to remain calm and level-headed
- General ability to resist stress and particularly in unstable circumstances
- Fixed-Term Contract: 6 months renewable
- Starting date: October 2019
- Monthly Gross Income: from 2 420 up to 2 750 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI
- Cost covered: Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…
- Insurance including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation
- Housing in collective accommodation
- Daily living Expenses « Per diem »
- Break Policy : 5 working every 2 months + break allowance
- Paid Leaves Policy : 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months
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